How Do I Apply To UNISA?

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With the year coming to a close faster than many of us have been ready for, the discussion about whether or not to study in 2019 is becoming more common as people look at their options. One of the major tertiary education institutions, UNISA, will be flooded with applications from people who want to take their knowledge and skills a step further, but before you can do that, you need to apply. So how can you apply to study at UNISA?

Applicants would be able to apply at UNISA for the second semester if:

  • If you have previously applied, but failed to register for your qualification;
  • If you are starting a new qualification for the first time or changing your chosen qualification;
  • If you plan to study a UNISA qualification at a TVET college as part of the UNISA-TVET agreement;
  • If you are completing an alternative pathway or extended programme.

Applications for 2019

The application dates for the second semester at UNISA have been released and are as follows:

  • Selected undergraduate qualifications (higher certificates, advanced certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas, PGCE, BTech & degrees): 6 – 13 May 2019
  • Selected honours degrees & postgraduate diplomas: 6 – 13 May 2019
  • Master’s & doctoral degrees:  Closed (some exceptions apply)

The application period lasts for  ONE WEEK only, so once you’ve successfully applied, you will be able to register at UNISA for the second semester of which you can find the registration dates:

Registration Dates for the Second Semester:

Undergraduate Registration: (higher certificates, advanced certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas, PGCE, BTech & degrees, including the Postgraduate Certificate in Education [PGCE])

  • Semester 2 registration for new and returning students: 10 June – 28 June 2019
  • Semester 2 registration for students awaiting results: 16 July – 26 July 2019
  • Final date for initial minimum payment for finalization of registration: 31 July 2019

Honours degrees & postgraduate diplomas: online only (excluding the Postgraduate Certificate in Education [PGCE])

  • Semester 2 registration for new and returning students (semester modules only): 10 June – 28 June 2019
  • Semester 2 registration for students awaiting results (semester modules only): 16 July – 26 July 2019
  • Final date for initial minimum payment for finalization of registration: 31 July 2019

Master’s & doctoral degrees: 3 March – 30 April 2019 (with some exceptions)

Read More: 2019 UNISA Application Dates – 1st Semester

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Who Has to Apply at UNISA?

Now that you have taken the dates into account, it is important to know who has to apply at UNISA.

It is very important to note that if you were accepted previously but did not register in the following semester for any reason, you have to apply again from scratch! It is heartbreaking when this happens, so make sure you know when and how to register if you are accepted to study.

If you are starting a new qualification as a first-timer or changing your qualification you will need to apply.  Even if you are planning to study at a TVET college that is a part of the UNISA-TVET agreement, you also have to apply.

If you are completing an alternative pathway or extended programme, you must also apply for the follow-on qualification. Applications can also be done online via the UNISA Application Tool.

What Do I Need to Apply to Study at UNISA?

To apply to UNISA you will need your grade 12 marks or NSC (National Senior Certificate). However, pass your grade 12 does not guarantee you a space, as you still need to get certain subjects and particular marks for certain programs.  And where a programme has many people applying only the top of the top will be taken, so you have to get far higher than the minimum requirement!

Before you apply for a specific course be sure to check that your marks meet the requirements for that course by checking the minimum admission requirements. You will also need to check the specific course you want to study on the UNISA website to see what you need for entry.  

If your marks do meet the requirements it will increase the chances of getting into the course, but note that the decision to accept a student is not based solely on their academic achievement.  There are other factors that come into play. The university often has quotas so that their student population will better reflect general society. This is with regards to race and gender.

What Do I Apply For?

When you apply you need to state your main choice, as well as a second option should you not be accepted on your first choice. This means you are allowed to apply for two qualifications, but can only be registered for one if both of your applications are successful.

After you have been accepted, UNISA will need you to respond and accept or decline their offer to be a student. If you do not respond within the given period, you will need to reapply during the next application process.

If you do agree to become a UNISA student, you need to register for the correct semester, or you will have to reapply during the next application process.  So if you are accepted in November you MUST register to study in January or you will have to reapply. UNISA is very strict about this!

What Documents Do I Need to Apply?

In order to complete the application process, you will need some documents scanned and uploaded in your electronic application form. These documents are:

  • Copy of your school qualifications
  • Copy of your official tertiary academic record (if you have one; no internet copies)
  • Copy of your ID document or passport, depending on if you’re from South African or from another country
  • Copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree (if that is applicable)
  • Sworn translations of the above documents if they are not in English or Afrikaans

How Much Does It Cost to Apply?

After you have uploaded all your documents, you will be required to pay an application fee once you have received a student number from UNISA. Online applications cost R105, while hard-copy applications cost R160. The fee is non-refundable.

The due date for the application fee is the closing date for the application period, so if you did not pay by that time, your application will be invalid.

The UNISA application dates for the second semester are from 6th to 13th May 2019, so for those that missed out the first time, you have another chance to apply so make it count.

Also Read: UNISA Application Dates 2020

Last Updated: 11 December 2019