Unisa Short Courses Fees

By Victoria N · Jul 11, 2023
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Unisa short courses fees are affordable, making them ideal and accessible to prospective students who want to be equipped with skills and knowledge. These short courses allows professionals, students, and lifelong learners to engage in focused and specialized learning without  financial burdens.

Unisa Short Courses Fees

You could be asking yourself, are Unisa short courses free? well, No. Unisa short courses are not free. Unisa short courses fees range from R2000 to R20000 depending on the type of the course and the duration. Students can pay fees in affordable monthly instalments. Below is the list of Unisa short courses fees per faculty. 

Take note that the fees stated here are subject to change as Unisa fees are revised annually. For the most up-to-date and accurate course fees, click HERE. These fees do not cover the library access card and matriculation exemption. 

Unisa Short Courses in accounting sciences Fees


Unisa Short CoursesTotal course fee
Course in Fundamental AccountingR7 200
Course in Taxation R9 200


Unisa Short Courses in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Fees


Unisa Short CoursesTotal course fee
Course in The Application of Climate-Smart Agriculture as a Sustainable Agricultural Practice R9 000
Short Course in Barista Skills R5 431
Short Course in Environmental Law & Environmental Management Legal Enforcement R 12 241
Short Course in Environmental Law and Liabilities for the Regulated Community R8 574
Short Course in the Introduction to Agribusiness Management R2 889
Workshop in Nutrition and Food Safety R2 080


 Unisa Short Courses in Economic and Management Sciences Fees


Unisa Short CoursesTotal Course Fee
Course in Ethics for Industrial and Organisational Psychology Practice               R8 000
Course in Fundamentals of Banking and Risk Management                 R3 000      
Course in Personal Financial Management                                   R2 160
Short Course in SMME Management                                        R2 000  
Course in Share and Forex Trading                                     R6 480 
Course in the Introduction to Supply Chain Management                         R3 000 
Programme in Accelerated Public Management Development              R7 830  
Programme in Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Project Management (ODL)        R13 178 
Programme in Public Administration and Management             R11 208   
Short Course in Employee Wellness                                                R7 489 
Short Course in Basic Financial Life Skills                            R1 990 
Short Course in Basic Business Finance                                R1 750 
Programme in Sales and Marketing                                       R6 400
Programme in Credit Management                                         R7 000   
Programme in Disaster Management                                       R15 120
Programme in International Freight Management and Administration for Importers and Exporters               R7 488
Programme in Local Government Management (ODL)                       R11 620 
Programme in Marketing Management                                      R6 480 


Unisa Short Courses in Teaching Fees


Unisa Short CoursesTotal course fee
Advanced Course in the Facilitation of Learning for Tutors in Higher Education R3 400
Short Course in Student Support And Academic Development R5 800
Short Course in Teaching Accounting in Further Education and Training (FET) PhaseR4 600


Unisa Short Courses in Human Sciences Fees


Unisa Short CoursesTotal course fee
Course in Foundation Music Theory R3 294
Course in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults R8 738
Programme in Cultural Policy and Management R5 388
Developing a Project Plan for an Advocacy Campaign on HIV and AIDSR2 311
Short Course in Biblical Hebrew Beginners R1 248
Short Course in Mainstreaming HIV and AIDS into Academic Development, R2 700
Research and Community Engagement R4 992
Short Course in Practical Guidelines in Building Stakeholder Relations R8 736
Short Course in the Introduction to Creative WritingR3 744
Short Course in the Psychology of Mentorship R7 223
Short course in the Orientation and Background to HIV Aids Care and CounsellingR3 582
Emotional Intelligence Workshop: Self in Relation to OthersR6 000
Workshop in Advanced Archives and Records Management R14 792
Workshop in Basic Archives and Records ManagementR10 474
Workshop in Intermediate Archives and Records Management R12 134


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Unisa Short CoursesTotal Course Fee
Advanced Corporate Law and Securities Law R9 985
Advanced Programme in Children's rights R19 063
Advanced Short Course in Africa and marine law R4 320
Advanced Short Course in Intellectual Property Management and Innovation R8 736
Course In Agricultural and Food Law of South Africa R15 800
Course in the Introduction to Corporate GovernanceR5 928
Programme in fundamentals aspects of children's rights R8 665
Short Course in Public Competition LawR9 000
Short Course in Refugee Law and Humanitarian Support

R2 496


Unisa Short Courses in Science, Engineering and Technology Fees


Unisa Short CoursesTotal Course Fee
Course in C++ Programming R5 721
Course in Computer Networks R5 488
Course in the Introduction to Java ProgrammingR5 721
Programme in Industrial Engineering R15 000
Short Course in Advanced Information Security R5 721
Short Course in Applied Information Security R5 490
Short Course in Applied Project Management in an Information Technology Environment R5 721
Short Course in Database Design R5 490
Short Course in Database Implementation R5 490
Short Course in Designing and Implementing Telecommunication Networks R4 565
Short Course in Developing Web Applications with PHPR5 259
Short Course in I-SET Robotics Problem-solving, Data and Debugging R4 450
Short Course in Introduction to Information SecurityR5 259
Short Course in Introduction to Internet and Web Design R5 721
Short Course in Introduction to Visual Basic.Net Programming R5 721
Short Course in Introduction to Visual C#.Net R5 490
Short Course in Strategic Information Systems Planning in PracticeR5 490


Unisa Short Courses in Administration Fees


Unisa Short CoursesTotal Course Fee
Advanced Course in Diplomacy Studies  R12 000
Advanced Course in Good Governance in AfricaR12 000
Advanced Course in Humanitarian and Development Leadership R6 000
Advanced Course in Intelligence Management R12 000
Advanced Course in Security Management on the African Continent within a Global Context R12 000
Advanced Course in Thought Leadership for Africa's Renewal R6 000
Advanced Programme in Dynamics of Peace and Conflict in Africa R8 000
Advanced Programme in Policy Making and Analysis for Africa's Development R20 000


I will now address the frequently asked questions regarding the costs of UNISA short courses such as funding, registration fee and how to pay fees for Unisa short courses.


Does Nsfas fund Unisa short learning Programmes?

Unisa short courses/short learning programmes are not funded by NSFAS (National Student Financial Aid Scheme). Short courses offered by UNISA are self-funded. Tuition fees or other associated costs are the responsibility of the individual enrolled for the course. These short courses are often more affordable and flexible compared to full-degree programs.

Is there a registration fee for Unisa short courses?

Yes there is a registration fee for Unisa short courses. To activate your registration, it is necessary to make a payment of at least the minimum amount specified in your Temporarily Registered status letter, also known as the TP letter.  In case you cannot afford to pay the full minimum amount, a 50% partial payment of the minimum amount is required.

If the total fee for your selected Short Learning Programme is R4500, and you don't have the complete amount available, you can still proceed with registration by making a payment of R1,500, which is half of the minimum required amount of R3000. However, to do this, you must sign the Acknowledgement of Debt (AOD) form, which will allow you to arrange a payment plan for the remaining R3000 debt.

How to pay for short courses at Unisa?

Before you can pay fees for the chosen short course, you first need to register the modules associated with that course. After registering, you will receive at temporarily registered status letter which has the total costs due to you and the minimum fee to pay, to be a fully registered student at Unisa.

 Unisa offers various payment methods to cater to different preferences. You can pay the fees via your local bank’s electronic fund transfer (EFT), credit/debit card, or cash deposit. Remember to include your student number in all payments you make to UNISA.


UNISA Short courses fees payment options

1. Bank Deposit 

You can make cash and direct bank deposits at any First National Bank (FNB) and ABSA Bank branches.


Go to your nearest FNB or ABSA branch, fill in the deposit slip. Ensure that you fill out the deposit slip correctly to avoid issues. Follow the simple instructions below to pay the application fee:

Deposit to: Unisa Student Fees

Unisa Account Number:  62799625200

Deposit reference: first eight blocks are for the student number. However, if the student number consists of only seven digits, then a “0” must be inserted as the initial digit of the student number. Leave one block blank, then fill in the following code, 3128374764, for short learning programmes fees. for example 73232323 3128374764.

Should any of the data on the bank deposit slip be incomplete or inaccurate, the transaction will not be approved by the bank or may delay the allocation or transfer of funds to your account. The University of South Africa cannot be held liable for delays incurred. Within two to ten business days, funds will be deposited into the account.


2. Electronic Funds Transfer (ETF)

Electronic Funds Transfer is another option available to pay your fees at Unisa. For those who prefer EFT, you will need to initiate a transfer from your bank account to UNISA's designated account. Make sure to accurately enter UNISA's banking details, including the account number, branch code, and reference number. This reference number is crucial to link your payment to your registration, so double-check that it is correct.


South African students using FNB should follow these steps to complete the transaction:

Bank name: First National Bank (FNB)

Account name: Unisa Students Deposits

Unisa Account Number: Choose Unisa on the list of pre-approved public beneficiaries

Reference: Student number, a space, 3128374764 , for example 73232323 3128374764

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Please use the following details for your EFT if you are a South African student who is not banking with FNB:

Bank name: First National Bank (FNB)

Account name: Unisa Student Fees 

Unisa Account Number: 62799625200

Branch code: 250645

Reference: Student number, space, 5370810030, for example 73232323 3128374764 


Electronic Funds Transfer simple Instructions: Go to any bank near you and deposit the Unisa short courses fees at the ATM OR go to your banking app and make a transfer from your account to the Unisa bank account. You will enter the Unisa account number: 62799625200 and your reference. Ensure that the reference is correct. For example, 73232323 3128374764 

How long does it take for Unisa short courses fees to reflect? 

After making the payment, allow a reasonable amount of time for the payment to reflect in UNISA's system. The payment will reflect within 2 to 10 working days depending on the payment method and the bank you used. Once your payment has been received, your registration will be activated. If your payment does not reflect after 10 working days, you should contact UNISA and provide them with your proof of payment.

Investing in a UNISA short course can yield long-term benefits for your career and personal growth. The acquired knowledge, skills, and certification can open doors to new opportunities, advancements in your current job, or a shift to a different career path. With many employers valuing continuous learning and professional development, UNISA short courses can enhance your resume and set you apart in a competitive job market.

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