Obtaining a student number

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I am looking to study and would like to know how do I go about the process of getting a student number.

Thank you

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The 7 steps to explain the UNISA Application Process

There are 7 steps you need to follow in order to apply at UNISA, including filling in the online UNISA application form:

  1. Choose your qualification

Choose a UNISA qualification and make sure you meet the admission requirements.

  1. Fill in the UNISA application form

You must apply for admission to UNISA by filling and submitting the admission form. You can either fill in the form online or at a regional office.

  1. Submit documents to UNISA
    Have scanned copies of the following documents handy to submit online together with your application form:
  • Certified copy of your school qualifications (eg Senior Certificate)
  • Certified copy of your official tertiary academic record(s) (if applicable) (please note that internet copies will not be accepted)
  • Certified copy of your ID document (RSA students) or passport (international students)
  • Certified copy of your marriage certificate (if applicable) or divorce decree (if applicable)
  • Certified sworn translations of documents if they are not in English or Afrikaans
  • DSAR04 form and supporting documents if you are applying for exemptions
  1. Receive your student number
  • Once you have submitted your application form + supporting documents and UNISA processes your application you will receive a student number. Remember this student number as you’ll use it for my.unisa.ac.za and further communications with the university.
  1. Pay the Application fee
  1. Wait for a response from UNISA
  • UNISA will get back to you to inform you about the outcome of your application. For enquiries regarding applications etc. please contact UNISA.  Click here for the UNISA Contact information.
  •  Expect the processing of the application to take from three days to a few weeks.
  1. Once you are accepted you can then Register

Once your application is successful, it is now time to register your modules and start studying! Follow the UNISA registration tutorial.

Please remember:

  • If you want to study at UNISA, you first  need to apply to get accepted for your chosen course.
  • You can only register for a semester after you received confirmation that your application has been accepted by UNISA.
  • The UNISA Application process takes place more or less every 6 months.
  • This happens around 6 months before you will be able to study.  You need to fill in the UNISA application form, and follow all the steps outlined below.
  • First, check the next application dates.
  • When you are ready to apply go to this page: Apply for admission. select which type of course you want to do, and then select “start the process”.
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