Apply for admission

International students

Who must apply for admission?

Everyone wanting to start a new qualification must apply for admission.

When may I apply?

  • For the application dates for undergraduate qualifications (higher certificates, advanced certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas & degrees), click here.
  • For the application dates for honours degrees and postgraduate diplomas, click here.
  • For the application dates for master's and doctoral degrees, click here.

How do I apply for admission? 

All applications for admission must be submitted online during the prescribed application period. Visit for more information.

I completed my schooling or undergraduate studies outside South Africa. Do I qualify?

For a list of acceptable school qualifications for admission per country, visit

If you qualify for admission to an undergraduate qualification on the basis of a conditional exemption certificate, Unisa will facilitate this during the application processing stage. A separate fee is applicable for the Matriculation Board to issue the conditional exemption certificate.

You do not need an exemption certificate if you are applying for admission to a master's or doctoral qualification. Click here for more information on master's and doctoral qualifications.

How do I pay the application fee?

The non-refundable online application fee is R120,00.
* If you already have a Unisa student number for a formal qualification, you do not need to pay the application fee, as it is a once-off fee.

You can make payment by means of a SWIFT transfer (see bank account details below). Please note that any payments other than those made via the Unisa website might take a few days to reflect on the Unisa account. Please send proof of payment to

SWIFT transfers can be made

  • once you have a Unisa student number
  • in respect of fees, for example: study fees, examination fees (supplementary, sick or special exam fees), exemption fees and library charges
  • provided that the details are filled in as follows:
    • Bank: First National Bank
    • Beneficiary: Unisa income account
    • Account type: Cheque
    • Branch code: 250645
    • Swift code: FIRNZAJJ
    • Account number: 62799625200
    • Deposit reference: first eight (8) blocks are for the student number (if the student number consists of only 7 digits, then a "0" must be filled in as the first digit of the student number). Leave one block open, then fill in the following code: 5370810030 for the application fee

Funding for foreign students

The government is currently investigating the subsidy for foreign students, which means that prescribed student fees for foreign students could increase substantially in the future. Unisa reserves the right to charge fees in certain countries in the currency of that country. The levy for students in foreign countries must be paid in addition to the minimum initial payment at the time of registration. A student must be in possession of a student number before registration can be processed, or fees paid or deposited into the First National Bank, South African account.

What documents do I need to submit when applying for admission to Unisa?

Undergraduate applications:

  • Copy of your school qualifications. For a list of acceptable school qualifications for admission per country, visit h
  • Copy of your tertiary academic qualifications (if applicable)
  • Copy of your passport
  • Copy of your marriage certificate (if applicable) or divorce decree (if applicable)
  • Original sworn translations of documents if they are not in English or Afrikaans
  • M30 form - Application for a Certificate of Conditional Exemption (ONLY for admission to bachelor degree studies) (PDF 33KB) and supporting documents if you are applying for a certificate of exemption

Honours degrees and postgraduate diploma applications:

  • Copy of your tertiary academic qualifications, including the ledger.
  • Copy of your passport.
  • Marriage / divorce documents (if applicable and if the names on your academic record do not correspond with the names on your passport).
  • Original sworn translations of documents if they are not in English or Afrikaans.

Master's and doctoral qualification applications:

  • Copies of all official academic records, including all papers / modules passed, percentages obtained and the ledger. You do not need to submit Unisa academic records. If your official records are not in English, you must also submit translations by a sworn translator.
  • A copy of your ID or passport.
  • A research outline, CV and any additional documents as indicated in the admission requirements for the specific qualification under the departmental focus area requirements (applicants applying for the MBA, MBL, DBL, coursework LLMs and the Coursework MCom in Industrial Psychology do not need to submit a research outline).
  • If you intend applying for admission to a qualification offered by the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, please contact the college before submitting your application, as you require a letter of permission from the college / department to be uploaded as part of your application. You must also upload a SAQA certificate from the South African Qualifications Authority (
  • Departmental forms for the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (available under the college's research focus areas)
  • Click here for the departmental application form for the coursework MCom in Industrial Psychology (professional qualification).
  • RPL approval letter if you applied for admission via RPL.

* Please note that some qualifications may require additional documents. Unisa reserves the right to request original documents and / or to verify the correctness of submitted documents at any time.

Please note the following rules for uploading supporting documents:

  • Files cannot be larger than 2MB (2048KB) each.
  • Only black and white documents may be submitted.
  • Only the following file types are allowed: PDF (Adobe Acrobat Portable Document format file), DOC (Word document file) or TIF (image file).
  • The maximum number of files allowed is 5.
  • Unisa does not provide scanners or electronic devices. Please ensure that your documents are in an electronic format before starting the application process.

How can I contact Unisa?

Please remember to use only your student number in the subject line of your e-mail.

Accreditation of Unisa as an institution

Unisa operates in accordance with the Higher Education Act 101 of 1997, as amended. It is recognised by the South African Department of Education (DoE), accredited by the South African Council on Higher Education (CHE) and all its qualifications are registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). Since Unisa operates in accordance with the Higher Education Act, 1997, it does not have a registration number at the Department of Education.

International accreditation of Unisa’s qualifications

One way for the accreditation of Unisa’s qualifications in foreign countries with an established Qualifications Authority, is for the two qualification authorities involved to negotiate the mutual recognition and accreditation of each other’s qualifications. 

In other cases the publication of an institutions name in specific authoritative publications, forms the basis of accreditation. Unisa is inter alia listed in the International Handbook of Universities published by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and officially verified by the International Association of Universities.

Students must, however, enquire from the specific foreign country/university whether Unisa’s qualifications are accredited  / recognised.

Last modified: 2021/08/04