The University of South Africa (Unisa) is an Open distance e-learning institution that makes learning accessible to the working class. Unisa offers flexible modes of study and flexible delivery methods such as self-paced study, onsite classes and live online sessions. Unisa applications are now open for 2023. Students are encouraged to apply early and use all available resources if they encounter any challenges.

If you are thinking of doing a Unisa course, you will have to complete a Unisa online application. This can be done through the Unisa website.

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Unisa Requirements

  • A valid email address
  • A valid cellphone number
  • South African applicants will need an ID number.  Foreign applicants will need their passport number.
  • Copy of your school qualifications (eg Senior Certificate)
  • Application fee of R125 which should be paid once you receive your student number 

How to Apply at Unisa

  1. Head to the ‘Apply for admission’ page
  2. Once you’re here, you will see options for which qualification you want to apply to. Choose the type of qualification you’re applying for. 
  3. Read the information then click on ‘Start the process
  4. Read the information then click on ‘Proceed to ODL and Unisa’
  5. Read the information and then scroll back to the top and click on the circle with a number 2 inside which says ‘Are you certain about your career?’
  6. Read the information and then scroll back to the top and click on the circle with a number 3 inside which says ‘Choose or find your qualification?’. (If you require more information on the courses being offered and the different faculties, scroll down to where it says ‘Explore qualifications by interest fields’. Once you know which faculty you want to go into and the qualification you want to pursue, to go back to select, click on the circle with a number 3 inside which says ‘Choose or find your qualification?’ again.)
  7. You can then select your qualification by the college (faculty) or level.
  8. Once here, you will find the different qualifications Unisa offers in that college/faculty. If you click on the different qualifications, you will find information such as admission requirements and if you click on ‘Registration and curriculum information, you will find the modules that belong to that specific qualification. 
  9. You then head back to the page where it shows the different qualifications offered with the step circles on top. 
  10. You have now found the qualification you want to apply for and should now click on the circle with a number 4  inside which says ‘Apply for admission’
  11. Read the information and then click on ‘CLICK HERE to apply online’
  12. In the first section, click on the bubble next to the qualification you’re studying towards. 
  13. If you already have a student number, click yes. If not, click no. 
  14. Fill in your details and follow the prompts. 
  15. Once you’re done, you’ll need to submit relevant documents.

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Documents Needed for Unisa application

  1. Head to the ‘Apply for admission: application tool’ page
  2. Click on the bubble next to ‘Documents’
  3. Fill in your information
  4. Click on choose file and select the corresponding files from your device
  5. Click on ‘Upload’
  6. Once done submitting all documents, click on ‘Submit documents and continue’
  7. Now, you need to pay the application fee

How much is Unisa Application fees?

Students will receive a student number from Unisa, and the application fee reference number can be used to retrieve this student number.

Students are required to pay an application fee of R440 at the time of application. 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.

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How to check your Unisa application online

  1. Head to the ‘Apply for admission: application tool’ page
  2. Scroll to the bottom and select the bubble next to status.
  3. Fill in your details and it should then show you what the current status of your application is.
  4. If you’re accepted, you’ll need to accept the offer here.
  5. Scroll to the bottom and select the bubble next to ‘Offer’
  6. After accepting, you’ll need to register and then you can consider yourself a student of Unisa.

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