University of South Africa Online Application 2020

The University of South Africa (UNISA), established on the 26 June 1873, is a reputable, comprehensive and accessible open distance learning institution.

UNISA Application For Admission 2020

Undergraduate qualifications (higher certificates, advanced certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas & degrees):
20 August – 27 September 2019

Honours degrees & postgraduate diplomas:
20 August – 27 September 2019

Master’s & doctoral qualifications:
10 September – 8 November 2019

All applications for second semester 2019 is now closed. Applications for 2020 will open around August

To apply to UNISA for the next application thus for 2020 academic year, you will need the following ;

1) A certified copy of the green bar coded ID

2) Proof of payment of any relevant application fees

3) Certified copy of grade 11 results and any latest grade 12 results

Applicants must check individual further requirements for each course and each tertiary institution. Please also be aware of NBTs and check with your university if you need NBT results to apply.

FYI: South Africans learners wishing to apply online will need a working email address and an ID number. Foreign learners wishing to apply will need to have their passport number.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Apply For Admission At UNISA ?

  • Everyone wanting 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 but were not offered a space.
  • Everyone completing a Higher Certificate or Alternative Pathway / Extended Programme must apply for admission to a follow-on qualification.
  • You must re-apply for admission if you previously applied for admission and received feedback, but did not register for any reason.
  • Everyone planning to enrol at a Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college under the Unisa-TVET agreement must apply for admission.

When can I apply for admission?

Applications for admission to selected undergraduate qualifications (higher certificates, advanced certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas, PGCE, BTech & degrees) for semester 2 of the 2019 academic year will be open from 6 – 13 May 2019.

How many qualifications can I apply for?

You can apply for a maximum of two qualifications. You may be offered a place based on the following: whether you meet the academic admission requirements for your qualification of choice, your minimum points score and the number of places available for the qualification for which you have applied.

How do I apply?

Visit the Unisa application website (www.unisa.ac.za/apply) and follow the 5-step process.

I studied previously through Unisa. Must I also submit my academic record?

Yes, please obtain this information from myUnisa and submit your academic record as part of the application process. Please note that you do not need to get this unofficial academic record certified, as Unisa can verify the information against the Unisa database.

Will I still be able to submit any outstanding documents after applications have closed?

Unisa will not accept any late applications or documents submitted after the closing date for applications. You will need to re-apply for the next academic year.

Will I be able to change my proposed qualification to a diploma or higher certificate if my Grade 12 results don’t give me admission to my degree of choice?

No qualification can be changed or added after the closing date for applications. You may apply for a maximum of two qualifications during the application process. We suggest that you also therefore apply for a qualification at a lower level to make provision for a situation such as this.

Current or returning Unisa students who wish to change to a new qualification / specialisation may ONLY apply for this change during the relevant application period.

I’m currently in Grade 12. When should I apply?

If you are in Grade 12 this year (2019), please apply for the 2020 academic year. The application period for the 2020 academic year will be open in August 2019.

Is there an application fee? If so, how much is it?

  • The non-refundable application for self-help and online applications is R105,00.
  • The non-refundable application fee of R160,00 for hard copy applications (hard copy applications will only be considered in exceptional cases).

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

Please note: The closing date for applications is the closing date for the application fee. No late fees will be accepted.

Who must pay the application fee?

Only first-time applicants at Unisa have to pay the application fee. You do not need to pay the application fee if you have previously paid an application fee at Unisa.

When can I apply for NSFAS funding?

Visit the NSFAS website for all information related to NSFAS funding for 2019.

I’ve applied. What happens now?

  • Unisa will assess your application, which includes the points score system. You may be offered a place based on the following: whether you meet the academic admission requirements for your qualification of choice, your minimum points score and the number of places available for the qualification for which you have applied.
  • Please note that you will not automatically be accepted to study through Unisa even if you meet the above requirements for your qualification(s) of choice. Students will be accommodated on the basis of the number of places available for each qualification.
  • Unisa will inform you of the outcome of your application.
  • You must accept or decline Unisa’s offer within the prescribed period of time.
  • If you accept Unisa’s offer, you must register for the period for which you have been granted admission. Should you not register for the relevant semester of study, you will need to re-apply for admission during the next application period.

When can I expect feedback on my online application?

The verification of applications takes some time. You may only receive feedback from Unisa six to eight weeks after the closing date for applications.

I’ve applied for one qualification, but now want to change to another qualification. What should I do?

In exceptional cases and on receipt of a written request, an applicant may change the qualification for which he or she has applied. Unisa will consider such a request, but the outcome will be based on merit and the number of spaces available in the proposed qualification.

Accepting Unisa’s offer

  • If your application for admission to the 2019 academic year is successful, Unisa will offer you a space for the period for which you have applied and will also indicate for which qualification you are being offered a space.
  • You must accept or decline Unisa’s offer within the prescribed period of time.
  • You may only accept one offer. This means that when you accept an offer for one qualification (irrespective of whether it is  your first or second qualification of choice), the other offer will automatically fall away.
  • You will only be permitted to register for the qualification for which you have accepted the offer.
  • If you accept Unisa’s offer, you must register for the period for which you were granted admission.
  • If you do not register for the relevant semester of study, you will need to re-apply during the next application period.

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