North West University (NWU) Online Applications for 2021: The North-West University (NWU) is a South African university with three campuses at Potchefstroom, Mahikeng (Previously Mafikeng) and Vanderbijlpark, South Africa. In Potchefstroom is the head office of the University. With its merged status, the North-West University became one of the largest universities in South Africa and has 64 081 students (full-time and distance education).

The universities that merged to form this institution are the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education and the University of North-West (formerly the University of Bophuthatswana). The Potchefstroom University already had a Vanderbijlpark branch.

North West University (NWU) Online Applications Info for 2021

Step 1: Getting a student number (start at step 2 if you already have one)

Please note that the allocation of a student number does not mean that you have completed the application process. Please go through all the steps below to ensure that your application is complete and that it reaches us. Incomplete applications will not be processed by the University.

Step 2: Log in: When you receive a student number, use that together with the PIN number you created to log in.

Step 3: What do you want to study?Complete all the fields. Use the yearbooks to obtain more information about the qualifications, modes of delivery and curricula.

Step 4: Upload supporting documents

In order to consider your application, please upload the following supporting documents. If the application is incomplete, it may be declined by the University:

  • Grade 12 results (only June or final results, March results will not be considered), grade 11 results (final results only) or a copy of your matric certificate – if you have already passed matric.
  • Copy of your ID
  • Copy of your academic record (if applicable).
  • Additional documents for international prospective students:
    • A copy of relevant results
    • A copy of your passport
  • Completed undertaking

Step 5: Submit application

Please make sure that you press the Submit application button when you have finished ensuring that we receive your application.

Applications close on Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Courses that require selection tests:

Selection is done on the basis of academic achievement based on Gr 11 or Gr 12 marks as well as a psychometric assessment. The psychometric evaluation includes personality, aptitude and other questionnaires, as required by the specific studying direction. Some courses also require subject specific tests such as Mathematics or Chemistry and Physics. When appointments are made for the tests, students will be notified if they also have to write subject-specific tests and what to study for these.

  • Law (LLB, BA Law and BCom Law)
  • Theology
  • BSc in Urban and Regional Planning
  • B Social Work 

In order to book a selection test, the appointment form can be completed electronically or appointments may be made telephonically using any of these numbers 018 299 2890/2896/2893. Be sure to contact us to obtain information about the venues.

Test centres (dates are available on the electronic appointment form):

  • Bloemfontein
  • Durban
  • George
  • Kempton Park
  • Mahikeng
  • Middelburg (Mpumalanga)
  • Nelspruit
  • Polokwane
  • Potchefstroom
  • Pretoria
  • Stellenbosch
  • Upington
  • Vanderbijlpark
  • Vryburg
  • Walvisbaai (Namibia)
  • Windhoek (Namibia) 

North West University 2021 Prospectus Per Faculty

Economic and Management Sciences

Postgraduate (Honours, Masters, PhD)



In-Service and Further Training Programmes: ADE

In-Service and Further Training Programmes: ACT

In-Service and Further Training Programmes: GRADE R

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Postgraduate (BEdHons, MEd & PhD)







Health Sciences


Natural and Agricultural Sciences



Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Other Universities to Apply for

Universities of Technology

Cape Peninsula University of Technology 2021 Application link (CPUT) , Western Cape 

Central University of Technology 2021 Application link (CUT), Free State 

Durban University of Technology2021 Application link (DUT), KZN  

Mangosuthu University of Technology 2021 Application link (MUT), KZN  

Tshwane University of Technology 2021 Application link (TUT), Gauteng  

Vaal University of Technology 2021 Application link (VUT), Gauteng

Traditional and comprehensive universities

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University 2021 Application link (NMU), Eastern Cape 

North-West University 2021 Application link (NWU), North-West

Rhodes University 2021 Application link (RU), Eastern Cape  

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University 2021 Application link (Medunsa), Gauteng

Sol Plaatje University 2021 Application link (SPU), Northern Cape

Stellenbosch University 2021 Application link, Western Cape  

University of Cape Town 2021 Application link (UCT), Western Cape    

University of Fort Hare 2021 Application link (UFH), Eastern Cape

University of Johannesburg 2021 Application link (UJ), Gauteng

University of KwaZulu-Natal 2021 Application link 2021 Application link (UKZN), KZN 

University of Limpopo 2021 Application link (UL), Limpopo  

University of Mpumalanga, Mpumalanga  

University of Pretoria 2021 Application link (UP), Gauteng  

University of South Africa 2021 Application link (Unisa), Gauteng / national

University of the Free State 2021 Application link (UFS), Free State 

University of Venda 2021 Application link (Univen), Limpopo

University of the Western Cape (UWC), Western Cape

University of the Witwatersrand 2021 Application link (Wits University), Gauteng

University of Zululand 2021 Application link (Unizulu), KZN 

Walter Sisulu University 2021 Application link (WSU), Eastern Cape

Colleges to Apply at

Rosebank College


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