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Unisa 2021 application requirement

Undergraduate qualification

Unisa will accept applications for admission to undergraduate qualifications (higher certificates, advanced certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas, PGCE, BTech & degrees) for the 2020/2021 academic year.

Everyone who wants to start a new qualification must apply for admission. This includes first-time Unisa applicants, Unisa students changing to a new qualification, and applicants who previously applied for admission and were either not offered a space or were offered a space and did not register.

All applications for admission must be submitted online during the prescribed application period.

Applicants who plan to enroll for classes at a Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college under the Unisa-TVET agreement may apply via the relevant TVET college or at Unisa via the online or self-help options.

How to apply for admission as an international student

All applications for admission must be submitted online during the prescribed application period.

I completed my schooling or undergraduate studies outside South Africa. Do I qualify?

For a list of acceptable school qualifications for admission per country, visit usaf site.

If you qualify for admission on the basis of a conditional exemption certificate, Unisa will facilitate this during the application processing stage.

A separate fee is applicable for the Matriculation Board to issue the conditional exemption certificate.

How to pay the application fee

The non-refundable online application fee is R115,00.

The preferred method of payment is a credit card via the Unisa website. Unisa web payment link (this is a secure site).

Alternatively, you can make payment by means of a SWIFT transfer (see bank account details below).

Note that any payments other than those made via the Unisa website might take a few days to reflect on the Unisa account. Send proof of payment to susdepid@unisa.ac.za

SWIFT transfers can be made if you already have a student number in respect of fees, for example, study fees, examination fees (supplementary, sick or special exam fees), exemption fees, and library charges provided that the details are filled in as follows:

  • Bank: Standard Bank
  • Beneficiary: Unisa student deposits
  • Branch code: 010645
  • Swift code: SBZAZAJJ
  • Account number: 011554622
  • Deposit reference: The first eight (8) blocks are for the student number (if the student number consists of only 7 digits, then a “0” must be filled in as the first digit of the student number). Leave one block open, then fill in the following code: 5370810030 for the application fee.


Student fees and funding your studies

Unisa’s study fees are generally lower than other higher education institutions, but studying is still a significant investment either way.

The cost depends on the qualification, obviously, as well as the number of modules you choose.

The average student registers for between 4 and 6 modules per year at a cost of between *R1 470,00 and *R3 800,00 per module (*these amounts are subject to change). The module costs do not include your prescribed books.

Books are an additional cost that you must factor into your calculations for your full costs of study.

You can also create Mynsfas account and apply for funding.

How to contact Unisa

Remember to use only your student number in the subject line with all correspondence.

For inquiries related to undergraduate higher certificates, diplomas, and degrees, please send an e-mail to international@unisa.ac.za.

For inquiries related to postgraduate diplomas and honors degrees, please contact the College of Graduate Studies Postgraduate Administration Division (Hons@unisa.ac.za; PGD@unisa.ac.za).

Note: Unisa application fee is non-refundable even if you decide not to study through Unisa or do not qualify for admission to Unisa. Unisa does not accept cash at any of its offices.

Unisa application faqs

Are Unisa applications still open?

Unisa application model is open and continuous, which means that applications remain open throughout the year. The next application opens from 1 September to 30 November 2020. All applications for admission must be submitted online.

How do I apply online at Unisa?

You can apply for admission to Unisa online or at a Unisa self-help terminal
Online via the Unisa application website: unisa.ac.za/apply.

How much is the application fee at Unisa?

Unisa application fee is R115,00. The application fee is non-refundable even if you decide not to study through Unisa or do not qualify for admission to Unisa.

How long is Unisa application?

Unisa will assess your application according to the academic admission requirements for your qualification of choice and your final mark received at the undergraduate level. Applications follow a formal selection and approval process, which may take up to three months to be finalized.

Will Unisa reopen applications for 2020?

UNISA has decided to reopen the application period for studying degrees and diplomas in 2020/2021 academic year. If you were previously too late to apply you now have another chance. UNISA has reopened the application window for studying from September 1 to 30th November, 2020.

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