The University of South Africa(UNISA)

The University of South Africa (UNISA) is the largest university system in South Africa by enrollment. It attracts a third of all higher education students in South Africa. Through various colleges and affiliates, UNISA has over 400,000 students, including international students from 130 countries worldwide, making it one of the world’s mega universities and the only such university in Africa.

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Application process

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.

How do I pay the application fee?

The non-refundable online application fee is R135,00.
* 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 via Flywire or 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 

Flywire payments 

  • Click here for more information about using Flywire’s global payment network. 
  • Click here to make a payment via Flywire. 

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.

Undergraduate applications

If you are applying for admission to an undergraduate qualification, please ensure that you submit the following documents as part of your application: 

* 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.