How to Apply to University of South Africa

How to Apply to University of South Africa

UNISA Application and Acceptance Process

When should I apply?

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible in the application cycle. You can find UNISA’s online application form here.

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.

Application Fees:

Applicants are required to pay an application fee of R100.00. This fee in non-refundable, even if applicants chose to not study through UNISA.

NOTE: UNISA does not accept cash at its offices. Applicants must deposit cash into the university’s bank account.

Payment information for students living in South Africa

  • Pay online using your credit card:
  • Pay via bank deposit. Further details will be communicated once a student number has been allocated to you.

Payment information for international students

  • International students must pay fees via SWIFT payment:
  • Beneficiary: Unisa student deposits;
  • Standard Bank;
  • Account number: 011554622;
  • Branch code: 010645;
  • Please e-mail proof of SWIFT payment to

Submitting of Results and Documents:

School learners must ensure that all examination results from Grade 11 until September of Grade 12 are submitted. Failure to do such may result in delays within the student’s application process. You might find that you applied early in Grade 12 and thus only sent in your final Grade 11 results. If this is true, as the year progresses and you receive more results keep sending them through to UNISA, that way they will have all your results by the time finals come around.

Transferring students should too ensure that all transcripts and academic records are submitted as early as possible as well as that a final transcript of current studies being undertaken reaches the Admissions Office as soon as possible after receipt.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact UNISA.

Dates to remember:

Application Dates:

For applications in 2024 and onwards, there will be only one application period per academic year for both semesters.

Application Closing Date: To be announced, applications open in August.

Check Unisa Application Forms Online here