Unisa 2025 Online Applications and Requirements

Unisa 2025 Online Applications and Requirements: So you are up and ready for your studies at Unisa for 2025 right? On this page, we will guide you in terms of application dates (open and closing dates), how to apply, what are the main requirements, as well as other important information you should know.

At this time, you should already know what courses or careers you want to pursue in your life. Choosing the wrong course will result in many unfavorable circumstances, including, hating school, dropping out, failing, and depression.

Largest university in South Africa: With more than 300,000 students enrolled, UNISA is the largest university in South Africa and one of the largest distance learning institutions in the world.

Oldest university in South Africa: UNISA was founded in 1873 as the University of the Cape of Good Hope and was later incorporated as UNISA in 1918. It is the oldest university in South Africa.

Distance learning: UNISA is primarily a distance education institution, offering a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses through online learning and print-based materials. However, it also has several campuses and learning centers across South Africa and other parts of Africa.

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Avoid the following when selecting a course to study at a University

  1. Only looking at high-paying salaries
  2. Not knowing if there is a demand for the course you are applying for
  3. Not looking at the course requirements to determine if you will cope
  4. Choosing a specific course just because someone told you to do so (whether you like it or not)
  5. Underestimating yourself
  6. Always changing to different courses every time
  7. Not knowing what you truly want to achieve in life
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Requirements for online applications at Unisa

If you would like your application to be considered at Unisa for the year 2025, you need to ensure you have the following details:

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  • Email address
  • Internet access
  • Valid Passport or Identity Document.
  • Provide proof of English Proficiency where English was not used as a medium of lecturing

The application process

  • 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 qualifications 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 (eg semester 1).
  • You must accept or decline Unisa’s offer within the prescribed period of time. If you miss this deadline, Unisa will withdraw the offer and give your space to another applicant.
  • First-time applicants to Unisa will be required to complete the First-Year Experience MOOC (massive open online course) before being able to accept Unisa’s offer.
  • You may only accept one offer. This means that when you accept an offer for one qualification (irrespective of whether it is your first or second qualification of choice), the other offer will automatically fall away.
  • If you accept Unisa’s offer, you must register for the period for which you have been granted admission. Should you not register for the relevant semester of study, you will need to re-apply for admission during the next application period.
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Who must apply?

  • Everyone wanting to start a new qualification must apply for admission. This includes first-time Unisa applicants and Unisa students changing to a new qualification and/or specialisation.
  • If you are completing a higher certificate, you must apply for admission if you want to continue with further undergraduate studies.
  • You must re-apply for admission if you previously applied for admission and were offered a space, but did not accept the offer and/or 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.

Submit your online application to Unisa here

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Application Dates for 2025 at Unisa

Generally, applications at Unisa will open from March 2024 and close on 30 September 2024. However, please consult the university’s website for accurate details.

Why applying early at Unisa is essential in 2025?

Year after year in South Africa, the population of qualifying students who seek to enroll at universities keeps on growing. This is also due to the ever-growing population in the country, as well as a continuous rise of urbanisation. in 2022, universities in South Africa received more than a million applications. That is for the 26 public universities in the country. This makes the process of applying at a university extremely competitive at this day and age. Furthermore, universities prioritise top-performing students for many various reasons. Thus, applying early puts you first in line (in terms of getting space) for the courses that are popular.

Other South African Universities to Apply for and Application Links for 2025

To increase your chances of getting a space to study next year, please apply at other South African universities below:

Eastern Cape Universities

Kwazulu Natal Universities

Gauteng Universities

Limpopo Universities

Free State Universities

Western Cape Universities

North West

Northern Cape

Mpumalanga

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