How to apply online at UNISA

By Victoria N · Jun 23, 2023
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Are you looking for a reputable institution with low admission requirements? University of South Africa (UNISA) might be the perfect choice for you. UNISA is one of the largest distance learning universities in the world, offering a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs. If you're interested in becoming a UNISA student, this step-by-step guide on how to apply online at UNISA will help you navigate the application process smoothly.

How to Apply online at UNISA

Applying online at UNISA is easy. You need to follow the steps below to apply successfully at UNISA. UNISA receives millions of applications in an application cycle therefore you need to apply as soon as the applications open to avoid disappointments. Before you apply at UNISA keep in mind of the two important things. Firstly, you need to research and choose the course you want to apply for and secondly you need to check the admission requirements of the course you are interested in.

Research and Choose Course
The first step in applying to UNISA is to research and decide on the program you want to pursue. UNISA offers a broad spectrum of courses across various fields of study. Take your time to explore the available programs, consider your interests, career goals, and ensure that the program aligns with your aspirations. 

If you plan to apply for higher certificate courses, take time to go through the Follow on Qualifications document which is available on the UNISA website. Again before applying at UNISA ensure that you familiarise yourself with the additional documents required such as Police Clearance and testimonials in some courses.

Check the Admission Requirements
Once you've identified the program you wish to pursue, it's crucial to check the admission requirements specific to that program. UNISA has different criteria for each course, including academic qualifications, prerequisites, and any additional requirements. 

Make sure you meet all the requirements before proceeding with the application. When checking  requirements don't conclude that you qualify based on your APS alone. Check English, Mathematics level and other subjects that may be required for that specific course. Check UNISA admission requirements here.


To apply successfully at Unisa you need to have a valid email address and phone numbers, Easy right? Now let's break down the process on how to apply online at UNISA Step by step.

STEP 1: visit the UNISA Website

Firstly, you have to visit the UNISA Website by typing UNISA on your browser. Then click on the Unisa website with the domain name; Scroll down a bit and click on Apply. After clicking apply, click on First time Unisa applicant, if it is the first time applying and you don't have the Unisa student number. Click on returning students, if you have applied before at Unisa and you do have the Unisa Student number. 

Then click on Step 4: Apply for admission then click on Apply now. After clicking on Apply now, you will be taken to the Unisa application tool. This is where you will choose whether you are applying for undergraduate, Postgraduate, Short Learning, or Masters/Doctoral Programmes.


Then select YES or No. Yes , if you already have a student number and No, if you don't have a student number

Click here to apply online at UNISA (direct link)

STEP 2: Personal Information 

Fill in your personal details such as names, surname, date of birth and ID number. If you already have a student number you will be required to enter your personal details and your student number. When applying with a phone ensure that you rotate your phone to be able to enter your student number.

STEP 3: Choosing Courses

In this step you will get to choose courses you desire to pursue. You have the opportunity of choosing first and second choice. You need to meet requirements for the both courses, if you don't qualify the system will not allow you to continue with the application. 

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STEP 4: Fill in your address

Continue with the application and fill in your home and postal address. This is important since UNISA is a distance learning institution and they require your address to communicate with you and to deliver your study materials. You will not be able to continue with your application if you enter invalid address or an address the system doesn't recognize. 

STEP 5: School Leaving Information

In this particular step you will be required to fill in your school leaving information such as your matric endorsement (whether you have passed with a higher certificate, diploma or bachelor), the year you completed your matric and the last school you attended. This information is crucial in your application therefore do not provide false information because you will be required to upload your matric certificate, statement or your grade 11 results.

STEP 6: Upload Documents

UNISA requires various supporting documents to be submitted along with your online application. These documents include certified copies of your academic transcripts, identification documents, Matric certificate/grade 11 results and any other documents specified in the application requirements. Gather these documents in advance to ensure a smooth application process.

NB If you are applying for social work you should submit a police clearance and two testimonials. If you are applying for Diploma in Grade R you should submit a proof of employment since the grade R applicants should be Grade R teachers in primary school or Creche. 


STEP 7: Submit your application. 

The last step of the online application is to submit your application. You will receive an acknowledgement of your application and your student number. Make sure that you note down your student number. You will need the student number for future communication with Unisa or when paying application fee.

STEP 8: Pay Application Fee

To finalize your application, you'll need to pay the non-refundable application fee of R135. UNISA provides various payment methods, such as credit/debit card payments, bank transfers, and online payment portals. Keep the proof of payment as it may be required for future reference purposes. 


You may be wondering how to pay Unisa application fee well, Go to your nearest FNB branch and pay your application fee or you can  use your Capitec app to pay the application fee, click here for easy steps to pay application fee.

STEP 9: Check Application Status

After submitting your application, you can track its progress. UNISA provides updates on the application status, including whether it is under review, requires further information, has been accepted or has been rejected. Regularly check your status for any updates and respond promptly if additional information is requested. Click here for step by step guide on how to check your Unisa application status.

 If your application is successful, you will need to accept or decline an offer to study at Unisa. After accepting an offer to study at Unisa you will receive an official admission letter stating the terms and conditions of your enrolment. Take note of any deadlines or further actions required to secure your place.

Applying to UNISA may seem like a daunting process at first, but by following these step-by-step instructions, you'll be well-prepared to submit your application with confidence. Remember to research your desired program, check the admission requirements, gather necessary documents, pay the application fee and track your application. Please note that Unisa has lot of competition because it is an institution that accepts students with very low points. To be on a safe side apply for courses where you exceed the minimum requirements.

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