Unisa Second Semester Applications 2023: What You Need to Know

The second semester application window for selected undergraduate qualifications at Unisa for the 2023 academic year is now open.

If you didn’t get accepted to study a qualification at Unisa the first time around, this is your second chance to apply for your selected course and try again. However, not all qualifications are available to study at Unisa.

Unisa second semester 2023 applications open from 17 April to 5 May 2023, giving applicants just over two weeks to apply to study at the institution. Those who can apply for a Unisa undergraduate qualification includes the following:

  • Applicants applying to study at Unisa for the first time
  • Current students who are changing to a new qualification and/or specialization
  • Applicants who previously applied and were not offered a space
  • Applicants who previously applied and were offered a space, accepted but did not register
  • Current students who completed a higher certificate and wish to further continue their studies.

Returning students who have completed a higher certificate and want to move on to the next level with their studies can find a list of related qualifications here.

Undergraduate Programs Offered by Unisa for 2023

The following qualifications are currently available for students to apply:

Higher Certificates

Advanced Certificates


Advanced Diplomas

Bachelors Degrees

College of Accounting Sciences (CAS)

College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES)

Economic and Management Sciences (CEMS)

College of Human Sciences (CHS)

College of Law

Qualifications from the College of Education are not open. That is because there is no available Education programme due to the full capacity of all qualifications.

Naturally, this will disappoint a large number of people who were planning to apply for an Education-related course at Unisa in 2023 for the second semester. 

Applicants interested in studying an Education-related course will have to wait until the 2024 first semester application window in order to apply. Only then will there be space available for all qualifications.

How Much Will it Cost to Apply?

It currently costs R125 non-refundable to apply at Unisa. This is only applicable to first-time applicants. Returning students and applicants who have applied before do not have to pay the application fee again.

Applicants will have to use their Unisa student number plus the application fee reference number on their deposit slip in order to complete payment.

The application fee reference number is 5370810030 ( visit Unisa’s Payments webpage here to view all banking details and payment information). Applicants can send proof of payment of their application to [email protected]

Applicants will have to take note of the following information when it comes to applying:

  • Applications can only be submitted online. There will not be any self-help application stations available at any Unisa campus.
  • Remember that when applying, it’s not an automatic given that you will be accepted for the course of your choice.

Speaking on the second point, applicants will possibly only qualify for a chosen course if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Match or surpass the APS of the qualification, and
  2. Meet the admission requirements of the qualification in question.

APS is not the only factor that can allow students to qualify for a Unisa qualification. If an applicant does not meet the admission criteria, then they will not qualify – as simple as that.

What Do I Need to Apply to Study at Unisa?

Applicants will need to have the following digital documents on hand in order to apply to study at Unisa second semester 2023:

  • A copy of your school qualifications (National Senior Certificate or equivalent)
  • A copy of your official tertiary academic records
  • A copy of your identity document (ID)
  • A copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree (if applicable)
  • Sworn translations of your documentation if not available in the English or Afrikaans language.

All documentation has to be certified and additional documentation can be requested by the university for verification purposes.

Documentation has to be uploaded as individual documents in a PDF, DOC or TIF format with a 2MB maximum size to streamline the application process.

Although not available at time of writing, the postgraduate application process follows the same procedure. The only difference is that your official tertiary academic record should consist of the following:

  • The year of registration
  • Your modules passed
  • Percentages obtained

How to Know If You Are Ready to Study at Unisa

Not everyone is ready to study. If applicants feel like they are not ready to study yet, the university offers the First-Year Experience Massive Open Online Course – otherwise known as FYE MOOC.

The FYE MOOC is a programme offered by the university which can help applicants learn more about the university and help you make the right decision in choosing a course.

Visit the Unisa FYE MOOC page here to learn the detailed (yet easy) steps on how to do the programme.

There is no point choosing a course to study if you have no interest in the field (which is a trap a lot of students fall into). The FYE MOOC can help you navigate that field and help you make a definite decision in your choice.

Applicants can also use Unisa’s Readiness Tool, which can help make applicants understand the responsibility of studying through distance learning. Distance learning is not an easy way of studying, so this tool can help students decide whether distance learning is the right method of studying for them.

Remember that once applicants complete the FYE MOOC, only then will they be able to accept the university’s offer.

Study At Unisa with Together We Pass

At Together We Pass, we understand that studying through distance learning can be difficult, but it does not need to be. We offer course packages for the UNISA B.Com and LLB qualifications, which give you access to study notes, exam packs, and more study resources, as well as course tutors and online study groups

This means you can study using UNISA past exam papers, so you can see how the questions are structured, and how you should structure your answers. 

These resources, along with online study groups, makes learning easier and more fun, and allows you to get the most opportunities to pass with your best possible results.

What Have We Learned?

  • The applications for the Unisa second semester 2023 is open from 17 April to 3 May 2023.
  • Applicants can only apply for a limited number of qualifications.
  • It costs only R125 for new applicants to apply to study at Unisa for the course of their choice.
  • Applicants have to do the university’s FYE MOOC and Unisa Readiness Tool in order to complete their application.

Written by Dylan F.

Published on 17 April 2023

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