When Are Unisa Applications Opening for 2025?

by Staff Reporter

We’re officially halfway through 2024, meaning matriculants and students alike are gearing up to send in their applications for the 2025 academic year. Among those who are looking to embark on their education journey are the individuals eager to apply to the largest open distance learning institution in the country—the University of South Africa (Unisa)

Each year, Unisa attracts thousands of hopeful applicants eager to pursue higher education. If you’re one of these applicants, you may be wondering when the university is set to open applications for 2025. Well, it’s time to get some answers. In this article, you’ll discover when Unisa will open their doors for the next academic year, what documents you’ll need and more!

Key takeaways:  

  • Unisa is the largest open distance learning university in South Africa.
  • The 2025 Unisa application dates are yet to be announced.
  • Applicants must meet the admission requirements and availability of space to secure a place.
  • Stay tuned for the official announcement of the 2025 Unisa application dates.

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When Are Unisa Applications Opening for 2025?

While Unisa has not yet officially announced the specific dates for the 2025 application process, it’s expected that the applications will open around September 2024 and close by January 2025

As a prospective student, it’s essential that you keep a close eye on Unisa’s social media channels—such as Facebook, X (Twitter), Instagram and LinkedIn—to stay informed about the latest 2025 application deadlines and ensure that your application is submitted within the required timeframe.

You can also check out the FundiConnect website to get all the latest updates and information you need to know about the 2025 Unisa applications.

Essential Documents for Your Unisa Application

Applying to the Unisa requires gathering and submitting several essential documents. As a prospective student, you’ll need: 

  • Copy of your school qualifications, such as your Senior Certificate or National Senior Certificate 
  • Copy of your official academic records (if applicable)
  • Copy of your ID document if you’re a South African citizen, or your passport if you’re an international student 
  • Copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree (if applicable)
  • R135 application fee

Remember, all documents required for your Unisa application must be scanned and uploaded as individual files, with each file not exceeding 2MB in size. The accepted file formats are PDF, Microsoft Word, and TIF. Carefully check the Unisa application document checklist to ensure you have everything you need before starting your application.

By gathering these documents to upload for your Unisa application in advance, you’ll be well on your way to a seamless and stress-free application process.

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Universities Accepting Applications for 2025

While the Unisa has not yet announced their 2025 application dates, many other esteemed South African institutions have already opened their doors for the upcoming academic year. 

If you’re a prospective student eager to kickstart your higher education journey, you’ll be delighted to know that the University of Johannesburg (UJ), the University of Stellenbosch (Maties), and the University of the Free State (UFS) are all now accepting applications for 2025.

University of Johannesburg (UJ)

As one of the leading universities in South Africa, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) has already commenced its 2025 application process, inviting talented individuals like yourself to be a part of their dynamic student community. 

Be sure to visit our institution page to familiarise yourself with the university and its application requirements.

University of Stellenbosch (Maties)

The University of Stellenbosch (Maties), a renowned institution located in the picturesque Western Cape, has also opened its application portal for the 2025 academic year. Renowned for its exceptional research, cutting-edge facilities and vibrant campus life, Maties is a popular choice among South African and international students alike. 

Explore the Maties institution page to learn more about the 2025 application process and seize this opportunity to secure your place at this esteemed university.

University of the Free State (UFS)

The University of the Free State (UFS) is another prestigious South African university that has recently started accepting applications for the 2025 academic year. With its diverse programme offerings, state-of-the-art infrastructure and strong focus on community engagement, UFS is an attractive option for those seeking a well-rounded university experience. 

Visit the UFS institution page to familiarise yourself with the application requirements and deadlines, and make sure you have all the necessary documents ready to submit your application.

Other Universities Open for Applications in 2025

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FAQs About 2025 Unisa Applications

Have questions about applying to Unisa in 2025? Find the answers you need in our FAQ section below:

When Will Unisa Open Applications for the 2025 Academic Year?

While Unisa has not yet announced the specific dates for their 2025 applications, based on previous application periods, it is anticipated that the applications will open around September 2024 and close by January 2025.

What Are the Eligibility Criteria for Applying to Unisa?

To be eligible to apply to Unisa, prospective students must ensure they possess the necessary school qualifications, such as a diploma or National Senior Certificate (NSC), and meet the minimum academic points score (APS) for their chosen qualification. They must also have a valid email address and mobile number.

What Documents Do I Need to Submit for My Unisa Application?

All first-time applicants and Unisa students starting a new qualification must submit a copy of their school qualifications, any tertiary academic records (if applicable), a copy of their ID or passport and a copy of their marriage or divorce certificate (if relevant). These documents must be scanned and uploaded as individual files, not exceeding 2MB in size, and in the required file formats (PDF, DOC, or TIF).

How Much is the Unisa Application Fee, and When Do I Need to Pay It?

The Unisa application fee for the 2025 academic year is R135. This non-refundable fee must be paid by the application closing date, and proof of payment should be kept. Unisa does not provide cashier services, so the payment must be made via a bank.

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Fund Your Studies at Unisa With Fundi

While you’re waiting for Unisa applications to open for next year, you may be wondering which funding options are available to you. This is where Fundi steps in. Fundi offers study loans to prospective students within the public sector.

The student loans cover everything from tuition fees to study devices, and more! Eager to see if you qualify for a Fundi study loan? Be sure to try out the Fundi Loan Calculator and start your academic journey today!

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