UNISA Registration dates

You need to keep a close eye Unisa registration dates at all times.  If you miss registering your subjects at the start of the term you will not be able to study in the coming 6 months.

If you just applied to UNISA and this is your first registration remember that your admittance is cancelled if you do not register in the next application period.  That means you will have to apply all over again from scratch.


UNISA Registrations 2018


3 to 26 January 2018

This is the period when you can register your subjects for the first term 2018:

  • Undergraduate qualifications
  • CTA and MCompt
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, PGCE


3 January  to 31 March 2018

This is the period when you can register for the following:

  • Year modules for undergraduate qualifications
  • Honors
  • Postgraduate diplomas
  • Masters qualifications
  • Doctoral qualifications

UNISA opening times

Official Saturdays open: 13 and 20 January, 17 February, 30 June and 7 July 2018.
Self-help centres are open from 08:00 to 15:30 week days and from 08:00 to 11:30 on Saturdays.

Still Need to Apply  to Study at UNISA?

Did you know that you cannot register until you have applied at UNISA and been accepted?

Do you still need to apply at UNISA?

Applications usually open again in March or April. The earliest you can study at UNISA is June 2018.

Can’t bear to wait that long?  Why not join a private distance learning college and start your qualification within a week.  Watch the video below about your alternative distance learning institutions if you want to start studying right away.

Register and be studying in 3 days time

Remember, if you want to start studying right away you can.

Call now to find out more:  0800 37 00 29.

UNISA Registration Dates are tricky, and always have been.  Be very careful in 2017/2018 as the dates both UNISA registration dates and UNISA application dates have changed from where they usually are.  An additional UNISA application session has been opened in November, and the usual UNISA Registration dates started in mid November/ December was moved to September/ October.

So don’t get caught out!  Use this page as your guide to the UNISA registration dates – we will keep it is as up to date as possible.

First Semester Registrations 2018 – Undergraduate Studies

(Online, self-help, post and fax registration dates)

Registrations open Registrations close Final payment date
First semester registration (semester and year modules) 03-Jan-18 26-Jan-18 15-March-18
Students who write examinations in January and February 2018 for year modules 03-Jan-18 09-Mar-18 15-May-18
 Second semester registration (new and currently registered students) Has not been released yet

UNISA opening times

Self-help centres are open from 08:00 to 16:00 weekdays
Saturdays Close
Unisa officially re-opens on Wednesday 3 January 2018.

Understanding Application and Registration UNISA

The first thing to understand is the difference between what Application and Registration is.

  • Application:  applying to study at the university
  • Registration: registering what subjects you will study in the following year.  This can only be done once your application is successful.

At UNISA you used to be able to apply to study at the University, and register your first subjects at the same time.  That is definitely not the case any longer.

FIRST you need to APPLY.  Application periods happen twice a year, and applications for UNISA for first term 2018 are already closed.  Your next chance to apply to study at UNISA will be from April 2018 to start studying in Term 2.  If you want to find out more about the application process at UNISA please follow this link to see our application tutorial.

Once your application is successful you can register your subjects.  The next registration period opens in June 2018.  You can read our registration tutorial on how to register at UNISA here.

Remember: your application is not guaranteed.  And if you apply and are accepted, but then do not register any subjects your application will be revoked.  It will also be revoked if you don’t pay the associated fee.

Now keep reading and we will give you all the application and registration dates for 2018, given in order of what is coming up next.

Registration process: Undergraduate and Honours studies

  • Successful applicants and re-registering students must register to study through Unisa in 2018.
  • Applicants can only begin the registration process once they have received an official approval of their application.
  • Students who are re-registering can begin the process of registration once they have received their registration details from Unisa.

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Hints & Tips for your UNISA Registration

  1. Remember – when you register for your modules try to keep the UNISA timetable in mind so that you keep your modules nicely space, and dont have 3 exams in 2 days!  Contact our staff for help you don’t know how to check your provisional timetable
  2. Try to stagger your courses so the subjects you register for so that you are not being held up by having to wait for your UNISA exam results to be released
  3. DON’T PANIC if your exam results are not what you wanted.  Don’t give up, or think badly of yourself.  Read this blog to get hints on how to deal with it, and what to do to IMPROVE!
  4. If you need more detailed instructions on UNISA Registration please follow the link for detailed instructions.

Studying via UNISA can be tough, and our UNISA student community is here to help.  Not only do we help you with study groups and resource sharing, but also with helpful information on how to navigate UNISA – making your life easier, less isolated with alot more PASSING happening at exam time!  Join us today to enjoy the experience for yourself.

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Last Updated Jan 6, 2018

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