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If you wish to secure your spot in the class of 2022 at one of the twenty-six South African higher education institutions, you have to start working on starting your application process.
It’s important to note that before you make any application, consider different factors. And those include the environment you see yourself living and working comfortably in, the location, (public) transportation facilities and routes, accommodation, daily economic costs, financing for studies via institutional bursaries, and the general style of the learning institution you want to attend.
NB: application dates may differ and/or change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The institutions hold the privilege to revise the dates published in order to match what has been a constantly changing learning environment since the pandemic began.
Nelson Mandela University (NMU)
5 August 2021 for early applications (excluding MBChB).
30 September 2021 for late applications (excluding MBChB).
30 September 2021 for international student applications (excluding MBChB).
30 September 2021 – International student applications (application fee: R500).
University of Fort Hare (UFH)
Friday, 29 October 2021
You can find the application forms here, application guidelines and fees, and banking details.
University of Pretoria (TUKS)
New applications for the Faculty of Health Sciences have been extended until 31 July 2021.
While the last opportunity for matric learners to write their national benchmark test is 30 September 2021.
Further closing dates are Specific to Faculties.
You can browse all faculties and their stated dates here.
North-West University (NWU)
31st July 2021 (Selection courses)
30 September 2021 (Non-selection courses)
University of South Africa (UNISA)
1 September 2021 (applications open)
15 December 2021 (closing date)
You can read up on the institution’s application guidelines and how to download the 2022 prospectus here.
University of the Free State (UFS)
31 July 2020: Architecture, Quantity Surveying, Construction Management, and Social Work:
30 September 2020: All non-selection programmes
1 November 2020: Fine Arts
Download a PDF that contains dates and important information for students from the institution.
Rhodes University (RU)
30 September 2021 (Undergraduate studies)
31 October 2021 (Postgraduate studies)
Walter Sisulu University (WSU)
30 September 2021 (Faculty of Health Sciences)
31 October 2021 (Other Faculties)
University of Johannesburg (UJ)
30 September 2021 –12:00 PM (Undergraduate Studies)
You can read up on the institution’s comprehensive application guidelines, closing dates for postgraduate applications, fees, and contact information here.
University of the Western Cape (UWC)
30 September 2021 (excluding Bachelor of Dentistry and Oral Health, BA Honours Biokinetics, BSc Honours Biokinetics)
31 August 2021: School of Government postgraduate degrees
Visit this page to learn how to launch and process your application.
University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)
30 June 2021: Medicine
30 September 2021: All other programmes
University of Witwatersrand (Wits)
30 June 2021 (Faculty of Health Sciences (all programmes); Bachelor of Architecture; Bachelor of Audiology, Bachelor of Speech-Language Pathology; BA Film and TV).
30 September 2021 (All other University programmes; Residence applications).
Visit this page to apply online, learn about application fees, ways to process payment, etc.
University of Cape Town (UCT)
31 August 2021 for all undergraduate programmes.
Note: applications for student accommodation close the same day.
University of Limpopo (UL)
23 September 2020 (for both South African and International students).
Find the online application form and admission requirements on this page.
University of Venda (UniVen)
30 November 2021
This page will direct you to the application portal.
University of Mpumalanga (UMP)
30 September 2021: Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching
30 November 2021 (All programmes)
15 January 2022 (Masters programmes)
University of Stellenbosch (SU)
31 July 2021 (applications for Undergraduates, residence applications)
01 August 2021 (NSFAS assistance applications opening date)
30 November 2021 (NSFAS assistance closing date)
15 December 2021 (closing date for Diploma in Public Accountability)
Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
30 July 2021 (B Radiography, B Dental Surgery, B Pharmacy, B Dental Therapy, MBChB, and BSc Physiotherapy)
30 July 2021 (BSc, BSc Diet, B Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, B Occupational Therapy, B Oral Hygiene, B Nursing Sciences)
University of Zululand (UniZulu)
30 August 2021 (Social Work)
30 September 2021 (Nursing Sciences)
31 October 2021 (for other programmes)
Sol Plaatje University
30 November 2021 (All programmes)
Universities of Technology
Central University of Technology (CUT)
30 November 2021 (South African applications)
29 October 2021 (International applications)
Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)
30 November 2021 (All other programmes)
30 July 2021 (2022 applications for the CSIR Bursary Programme close)
Vaal University of Technology (VUT)
30 September 2021 (Undergraduate Studies)
Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT)
30 September 2021 (Engineering – 1st-semester applications; Management Sciences; and Natural Sciences Faculties)
Durban University of Technology (DUT)
30 September 2021 (All programmes)
Walter Sisulu University of Technology and Science
30 September 2021
Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)
31 August 2021 (certificate & higher certificates; postgraduate studies; B-Ed programmes).
Visit this page for further application information.