If you want to study at UNISA and have not registered for a formal qualification (degree, diploma, higher certificate or postgraduate certificate) with them before, you will need to apply for admission. Once you have applied for admission, UNISA will consider your application and inform you of the outcome. The application process can take a few weeks. If the closing date for registration is approaching, and you haven’t had any feedback from the university, you should contact them to enquire about your UNISA application status.
In order to apply for admission to UNISA, you need to supply UNISA with the following:
* The non-refundable application fee (R150 if you apply by post or by fax; R100 if you apply online or at a UNISA regional office).
* Your UNISA application form.
* A certified copy of your ID (if you are a South African citizen) or a certified copy of your passport (if you are a foreign/international student).
* A certified copy of your school qualification, such as a Senior Certificate (this does not apply to applicants who are currently in Grade 12).
* Certified academic records of all previous studies, both complete and incomplete, as well as a certificate of conduct where applicable.
* If your documents are not in either English or Afrikaans, the original official translation of your documents into English or Afrikaans.
* If you are applying for exemptions: include the DSAR04 form and the relevant supporting documents.
* If you are applying for a certificate of exemption: include the M30 (section H) form and the supporting documents as indicated on the form.
* UNISA will not process your application if it is not complete.
* UNISA will not process your application if they receive it after the closing date for applications. Make sure that you submit your application early so that it has enough time to reach UNISA.
* The application dates can be found on the UNISA website.
* UNISA can request you to submit additional or original documents if they deem it necessary.
You can only make online applications for Masters or Doctoral studies. UNISA will not accept any applications made by post or by fax for these programmes. Applications for study in 2013 are closed, and the UNISA application dates for the 2014 academic year will be made available on their website in July 2013.
When you apply to study at a university, it is a good idea to consider other study options as well, just in case your application is unsuccessful.
If you would like to study further, but do not meet the minimum entry requirements for university, you can always think about studying at a college. Most colleges offer courses that prepare students for entry into the workplace, or that are aimed at updating students’ knowledge and skills. The entry requirements are usually less strict than those of universities.
College SA is a private FET distance learning college that offers a wide range of courses for students to choose from. You can apply and register for a course at any time of the year. Even if you do not have a Matric or senior certificate, you should be able to find a course that you are eligible to study.