Who must apply?

  • 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 the 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 for classes at a Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college under the Unisa-TVET agreement must apply for admission.

What’s new for 2019?

  • You may apply for a maximum of two qualifications, ranked in order of preference (although you may only register for one should both of your applications be successful).
  • Unisa will inform you of the outcome of your application. If successful, Unisa will indicate for which qualification you have been accepted and will offer you a space for the period for which you have applied (ie either semester 1 or semester 2).
  • You must accept or decline Unisa’s offer within the prescribed period of time.
    What happens if I don’t accept Unisa’s offer?

    • The university will withdraw your offer and give your space to another applicant.
    • You will not be able to register for the 2019 academic year.
  • If you accept Unisa’s offer, you must register for the period for which you have been granted admission (ie semester 1 or semester 2). Should you not register for the relevant semester of study, you will need to re-apply for admission during the next application period.

Check your documents & confirm that you are ready to apply

Please note that if you don’t meet the exact requirements listed below, your application will be declined and you will have to re-apply during the next application period.

 I am sure…

  • that Open Distance Learning (ODL) and Unisa are for me
  • about my career
  • that I have chosen the correct Unisa qualification(s) for my career choice
  • that I meet the statutory and college admission requirements for my qualification(s) of choice
  • that I have a valid e-mail address and cellphone number, and I accept that Unisa will communicate with me during the application process using this e-mail address and cellphone number. Please ensure that you provide only one e-mail address and one cellphone number during the application process.

 I have the following documents scanned & uploaded to an electronic device

All applicants starting a new qualification must upload all the required documents, which generally consists of the following:

  • Copy of your school qualifications (eg Senior Certificate)
  • Copy of your official tertiary academic record(s) (if applicable) (internet copies will not be accepted)
  • Copy of your ID document (RSA students) or ID / passport (international students)
  • Copy of your marriage certificate (if applicable) or divorce decree (if applicable)
  • Sworn translations of documents if they are not in English or Afrikaans

*Some qualifications may require additional documents. Unisa reserves the right to request original documents and / to verify the correctness of submitted documents at any time. Submitting fraudulent documents is an offence in terms of the Student Disciplinary Code.

 I am sure that my documents are scanned according to the rules

Follow the instructions carefully when completing the online application process. Only upload the required documents as individual files and not a complete set of documents as one file.

  • Files are not larger than 2MB (2048KB) each.
  • Only black and white documents may be submitted.
  • Only the following file types are allowed: PDF (Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format file), DOC (Word document file) or TIF (image file)

How to apply?

Ways to apply

Upload supporting documents

Everyone applying for a new qualification must submit the required documents (all first-time applicants and Unisa students starting a new qualification). The due date for uploading the required documents is the closing date for applications. No documents submitted after the closing date for applications will be accepted.

Unisa does not provide scanners or electronic devices. Please ensure that your documents are scanned and uploaded to an electronic device before starting the application process.

Pay the application fee once you’ve received a student number from Unisa

  • R105 for online applications
  • R160 for hard copy applications (non-degree purposes only)
  • Use the student number you receive from Unisa AND the application fee reference number (ie STUDENTNUMBER 5370810030)
  • Visit www.unisa.ac.za/paymentinfo for banking details and payment information.

This fee is non-refundable even if you decide not to study through Unisa, do not qualify for admission to Unisa or cannot be offered a space due to limited spaces available. Unisa does not accept cash at any of its offices.

The due date for the application fee is the closing date for the application period. Any application submitted without an application fee paid on time will not be processed. Please ensure that you keep a copy of your proof of payment.

Make sure that your application is complete

If your application for admission to study through Unisa is incomplete, you will have to re-apply during the next application period.



  1. I’m a qualified Teacher with Diploma in Secondary School Teaching and has previously registered for B Compt Accounting Sciences. I now want to study Advanced Certificate in Education.

  2. Am Phumzile Nombika.I want to apply for 2019.Foundation phase in teaching.please send me appication dates to my following email.Thank you

  3. For those students who are currently using nsfas do we have to apply every year or it automatically reapply it felt

  4. I applied on 2013 I had been given the student number but i had failed to register because of the money, now I’m do I have reapplying or am I going to continue using the same number?

  5. Good day

    I would love to apply at unisa for 2019 academic year. I have a qualification in various fields, Web And Graphic design, Project Management, Small Business Management from USB (University of Stellenbosxh Buss School).

  6. I obtained a National Professional Diploma in Education with NWU in 2017 now which course can i top up to have a degree in education.
    Any advice?

  7. Morning…
    I’ve studied Student Development, in the past years, with Unisa, I found the certified course interesting, and since I’ve started working as a trainer I find it more relevant and informative in my line of work.
    I would like to learn/ study towards something in that line…what courses or, more likely, what’s supplementing courses can I take to further and to upgrade my skills?

  8. I want to check if I qualify to do method. I have N Diploma in Financial Management and I want to study foundation phase or primary school teaching

  9. I m zama tube 36 yrs old I wold like to study in unisa a social worker .can you send application forms to my e-mail. Thanks z.tube

  10. Good day i was studying with Unisa five years back I misplace my student number and I am not sure if I can still use it my I’d number is 8006070462089.

  11. Good day Iwant to know if you like to study full time is it possible to apply or is for people want to study adistance learning olny

  12. I would like to study with free education at UNISA . I am currently grade 12 student will graduate by December would like to see my self persuing my career at UNISA

  13. I could love to study psychology or social work with you guys cause I feel since I am working this could be a break through for me.As I want to develop myself feather.

  14. I passed only 2 of my matric subjects and just registered to do the rest, can I apply for GradeR Diploma because I already have level 4 and 5 in Early childhood development. Please assist me in applying for this at unisa.

  15. If there is a student drops up longtime because of a miner reason ,and then now he/she want to continue studying,is he/ she can apply again.

  16. Hi i want to know if i can apply for NSFAS since was postponed and what i must have in order to qualify to apply and when is the closing date

  17. I am 24 yrs old and I matriculated in 2012. I was never able to study further due to not being able to afford it. I really want to put an effort in to do so. Can you please tell me if this is for me and if I can afford this.

  18. I wonder if you do have honours in physical science in your insitution.im in position of ACE…Physical science(FET).

  19. Hi.. I’m interested in studying with Unisa for 2019.. How do I go about registering online and what is the cut off date.. Thank you

  20. Hea i am B.T khumalo i wish to study at unisa i done business management n4, n5, n6 but for now i wish to change my qualification to financial management or supply chain & logistics how can i do it as if i have an experience from supply chain under finance department . So my huge problem is that i didn’t receive my diploma because i done inservice training in public company as i done business management course DHET didn’t approve my experiantial training

  21. Good morning I’m 45 year old lady who like to do public administration with your institution. I am currently working at department of health. Regards Mrs Zindela

  22. how do we apply for the course at UNISA if NSFAS is postponed?It is good and we thank you for free education but don’t you think that the government is delaying thing?

  23. Good day can I still apply even if I’m a Unisa student not able to pay her fees. I registered with Unisa foa a ABET Course in 2015 and completed in 2016 but I couldn’t get my results because I am oweing fees. I want to study further and do my BED I am not working and I don’t have anyone in assisting helping out, my mother is doing piece cleaning and ironing jobs and I sometimes do Baby sitting jobs. Can I still apply here?

  24. It will be an honour as an undergraduate students to start my career course by studying at Unisa,I’m hope to hear from you.

  25. I have higher certificate and I am around Pretoria I want to do teaching so I want to know what can I do .,.because I want to apply for next year,Thank you

  26. is it true that it doesn’t matter what your age is , anyone who wants to study can apply ? I am currently 49 old and would like to study.

  27. I am interested in studying with Unisa but don’t have funds. This would be a big opportunity for me and I would take it with both hands and run with it. I am a hard working young man from Johannesburg.

  28. I would like to do social work and human resource in the next year and I’m the first applicant in unisa ur respond to this comment will be highly appreciated thank u

  29. I want to study teaching as far as I heard that universities doesn’t allow applicants for teaching and what may I suppose to do in order to study? Is that true that teaching close for 2019 students?

  30. I would like to study teaching with Unisa in 2019, because I don’t have degree I will start with higher certificate.

  31. I am a student at Richfield and am doing high certificates for office administration, so next year I would like to do diploma would I be able?

  32. I would like to find out more about this course I’m busy finishing off my level 4 and would like to do my matric next year do I qualify I’m 49 years old.

  33. good morning I am trying to call your offfices in need of information regarding your teaching courses, mainly BEd(FET).. i would like to come in on monday 27th of this month.. I have recently quit mg job in the motor industry to pursue other career choices.. Thanking you in advance

  34. Hi I would like to apply for a Psychological course but with regards to low marks i would like to know if perhaps are their any lower courses like a diploma or one year course which I will complete and will take me through to a bachelor’s or diploma?

    Kind regards

  35. Good day.I need to study for teaching degree or diploma or whatsoever needed. I completed matric in 1991 and have a diploma in secretarial and am now working at Metropolitan as a branch manager. Which one must I apply for.

  36. Hi

    My son is in grade 12 and he wants to study commercial law full time next year.

    What is required of him to qualify for this course, and if he does not qualify, what bridging courses can he take.

    Please email us the registration application form for 2019.

  37. I apply to study at Unisa-2019,I passed grade 12 in 2007.In2009 I was doing a computer course,at elchees software solutions.

  38. Please help me, I real need to studying I’m desperate because I am suffering without education no jobs,I h’d grade 12 certificate and computer course certificate

  39. Hi my name is Alion Harson and would like to study through UNISA, still struggling, please help.
    I would appreciate if you get back to me.Thanks.

  40. Hey
    I need your help I really do its 1 month trying to get your online application so that I can apply but I couldn’t find its.so may you please help me with the online application form because I don’t know what am going to do next year with my future😭😭.please help me with unisa online application so that I can secure my dreams and become a better person in future.THANK YOU!!

  41. Hey
    I need your help I really do its been1 month trying to get your online application so that I can apply but I couldn’t find its.so may you please help me with the online application form because I don’t know what am going to do next year with my future😭😭.please help me with unisa online application so that I can secure my dreams and become a better person in future.THANK YOU!!

  42. Hi am Athalia ngwenya . I did apply at Unisa last week but i didn’t get any notification 2 prove dat I apply. while others they did get the notification.

  43. I really want to register at unisa ,I went to unisa on February for information, they have told me because I have completed my N6 mechanical engineering and aircraft structural worker trade test,it’s better if I apply for Ndiploma ,I applied for Ndiploma I’m still waiting for it,I want to apply before closing date,will you please help me ?

  44. I have applied as a returning student but changing my course. I’ve already paid my application fee but I didn’t upload any document and I can’t go through mylife email…my student number is 49267693 Miss K Dumakude. I can’t update my details online.

  45. Good day!I am Hlako Petrus Matlou, I like to study/rewrite my matriculant at UNISA & I hope i will be registered at UNISA for 2019 study

  46. I am struggling to upload the supporting documents for my application. Is there no email address that I can use to send those documents.

  47. I would like to apply for pharm assistant.. I have finished my grade 12 in 2010 but i was unfortunately to be admitted at college or even university… I come from a very poor background please assist me by furthering my study

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  49. I want to be a student of UNISA.I don’t have grade 12 or metric so I want to do a teaching or social worker so I want to now what must I do

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