Apply at UNISA

Are you aspiring to join the prestigious University of South Africa to pursue your higher education? The application and registration process can become a bit overwhelming for newcomers. Therefore, this blog will help simplify the process for better understanding.

How to Apply at UNISA

The University of South Africa, or UNISA, is the leading educational institution in the country. Ergo, hundreds and thousands of students apply here, which is why the application process takes a little longer to minimize errors in the selection process.

So, it is essential to understand the requirements and the application process; otherwise, you might end up wasting your whole academic year or compromising on your dream university, aka UNISA.


UNISA offers a wide range of courses for undergrad students. For instance, it has accounting sciences, agriculture, and environmental sciences, economic and management sciences, education, human sciences, law, science, engineering, and much more. Moreover, it is ranked among the world’s top 50 under 50 by World University Ranking and Times Higher Education.

Application Process

How to Apply at UNISA

Step 1: Online Enquiry

Before applying at UNISA, first head to their official page and fill out an online Enquiry form. It consists of a series of questions that you will answer to let them judge your eligibility level. Afterward, one of their degree advisors will get in contact with you to talk about your preferred degree and the application process.

  • First, go to the official page of the University of South Africa or click here
  • Next, click on ‘enquire now.’
  • Finally, fill in the form by giving your information like name, ID card number, email, and password, and then answer the given questions then hit the ‘submit’ button.

Step 2: Compile your Documents

Before applying for the UNISA, ensure you have all the documents that you must upload. So, following are the documents that you should compile;

For South African Candidates

  • A certified copy of your Identification Document (ID).
  • You must own a certified copy of your school qualifications. For instance, your grade 12 exam results or if you are currently doing grade 12, then a grade 11 certificate.
  • Your email address and phone number. If you do not have an email address, then make one quickly.
  • A certified copy of your tertiary academic records (if you have any).
  • A copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree (if applicable).
  • Translation of documents if they are not in English or Afrikaans.

For International Candidates

  • A copy of your Identification Document (ID) of your home country.
  • You must have a certified copy of your country’s passport.
  • A copy of IELTS or TOEFL with an overall 6 bands or a score of 80 to 140, respectively.
  • A copy of the University of South Africa English Language Programme Test (if applicable).

Step 3: Online Application

  • First, visit the official page for application at UNISA by clicking here
  • Next, you will come across a bunch of options for the qualifications you can choose from. For instance, undergraduate qualifications, honors degrees, postgraduate diplomas, master’s and doctoral qualifications, and short learning programs. So, click on the type of degree you want.
  • Then, a new tab will open up with all the information on the chosen degree, read it carefully and then click on ‘Start the process.’
  • Again you will see a new page with information on the selection process, application process, and who must apply, read it carefully and click on ‘Proceed to ODeL and UNISA.’
  • Then, under the ‘undergraduate qualifications,’ click on ‘step 2, are you certain about your career’.
  • Similarly, read the information given in steps 2 and 3. If you are still not sure about your qualification, you can click on step 3. It will help you choose your qualification based on your college, level, and interest.
  • Then, scroll back to the top of the page and click on step 4, which says ‘apply for admission.’
  • Now, you will be able to see all the information on the documents and eligibility, read it carefully, and check the documents again. Afterward, click on ‘CLICK HERE to apply online.’
  • Then, click on the circle next to your selected qualification.
  • Click on ‘yes’ if you have a student number and ‘no’ if you do not have one.
  • Next, fill in all the necessary information and details and follow the given prompts.
  • Finally, upload all the supporting documents.

Step 4: Uploading Documents

It is necessary to upload your supporting documents. This step is very crucial for securing a seat at UNISA; however, you must learn about the document requirements and the conditions of uploading them. So, let’s go through the document’s conditions.

  • The documents and images must be clear.
  • It should not be uploaded as one set of documents but upload all of the documents separately.
  • The files must not be larger than 2048 KB or 2 MB each.
  • Colored copies of the documents are not allowed, so you must upload them in black and white form.
  • You cannot upload the documents in any format other than PDF (Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format File), DOC (Word Document File), or TIF (Image File).

Now that you know about the terms and conditions, ensure that your documents are in the above format. Moreover, here is how you can upload the documents during the application process.

  • First, click on the ‘Apply for admission: application tool’ while you are still on the online admission portal.
  • Next, click on the circle next to the ‘documents.’
  • Now, you will come across a form with boxes to fill in your basic information.
  • Then, click on the option ‘choose files’ then locate the files on your device.
  • Then, select and upload your documents.
  • Finally, click on ‘submit documents and continue’ after the documents are uploaded.

Step 5: Application Fees

After the documents are submitted, you will have to pay application fees. You can use the student number from UNISA to pay your application fees. Moreover, it is non-refundable, which means if you do not get a seat at the University or choose to withdraw yourself, you will not get this money back, and they do not accept cash as well.

Step 6: Check UNISA Application Status

Once you are done with the application process, you should keep track of your application status. It is a proactive approach to stay updated and address potential issues (if it occurs) to ensure an efficient application process. So, let me explain how to check UNISA application status.

Registration Process: Step 7

The final step of this whole application process is the registration. You can only register at UNISA if you have received the offer after selection. Otherwise, you cannot register at UNISA for the chosen qualification.

The process is easy; you have to use the University of South Africa (UNISA) Registration Tool. So, here is how the registration process works;

  • First, visit the UNISA Registration website by clicking here and select your qualification.
  • Next, initiate the registration process by clicking on ‘Go.’
  • Now, enter your student number in the given space.
  • Then, you will have to fill in the necessary information and details.
  • Now, select your module from the given list. Do not choose more modules than the prescribed one because it will delay your registration process.
  • Afterward, calculate the registration and study fees for the academic year.
  • Finally, click on ‘Submit your Registration,’ and you are a UNISA student now.


Is UNISA completely online?

Yes, UNISA offers 100 percent online degrees as it is the largest open distance learning institution in Africa. It gives maximum flexibility to students so that they do not have to compromise on their family and work. Furthermore, register yourself, and you will get full access to their online learning material.

How does UNISA online work?

It has two options available where you can choose one module for the part-time course and two modules for the full-time studies. Moreover, it consists of 4 terms per year, and each course is given within 10 weeks so that the students remain engaged.

When can I apply for Unisa 2023?

The University of South Africa will start its application process for the academic year 2024 to 2025 on 11 August 2023 and close on 14 October 2023 for undergraduate qualifications, honors degrees & postgraduate diplomas. So, mark your calendars and do not miss this opportunity for flexible distance learning.


In conclusion, the University of South Africa (UNISA) offers a variety of qualifications with the flexibility of getting your complete degree without ever visiting the campus physically. Moreover, it is one of the largest universities in Africa that offers flexible distance learning so that you can learn at your own pace and your schedule. The application process for the academic year 2024 to 2025 will start on 11 August 2023 and end on 14 October 2023.

Additionally, the application and registration process is completely online; you can easily apply by following the instructions given above. So, read the above process step-by-step and learn about how to apply and gather your documents before practically applying.

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