I found this online, this is probably the most comprehensive instruction guide to how the new application procedure works for UNISA starting in 2014 onward >>

Apply for admission

All qualifications

Apply online

Career counselling

Student funding & NSFAS loans

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Who should apply for admission?
You must apply for each new qualification even if you already have a Unisa student number.
This includes new applicants (prospective students) and current and returning/previous students. A formal qualification includes: higher certificates, diplomas, bachelor degrees, BTech degrees, postgraduate certificates, postgraduate diplomas, advanced certificates, advanced diplomas, honours degrees, master’s degrees and doctoral degrees.

New applicants include
prospective students who have never before studied through Unisa
students who have previously registered or who are currently registered for short learning programmes
current Grade 12 learners
students studying at other higher education institutions and who wish to study through Unisa in 2014
Current and returning students include
any student who wishes to change the qualification for which they are currently or were previously registered
students in their final semester/ year and who intend to study further
students wishing to change the specialisation of their current qualification
Master’s or doctoral degree applicants
any student meeting the admission requirements to apply for a master’s or doctoral degree
Take note of the following before you apply:
You must have a valid e-mail address so that Unisa can communicate with you during the application process.
You must upload all the necessary supporting documents as part of the application process. If you are unable to do so, you will not be able to submit your application.
You must not pay the application fee until you receive a reference number from Unisa.
You can apply for a maximum of two qualifications.
No application payments or documents will be accepted during the registration period.
Application dates
Period and category Applications open Applications close
Period 1: Semester 1 / semester 2 / year modules (including CTA)
Online for all formal qualifications Thursday 15 August 2013 for all formal qualifications Friday 20 September 2013
Period 2: Semester 2
Online for all formal qualifications with semester modules Tuesday 7 April 2014 Friday 25 April 2014

The application for admission process
Each link below contains important information about the admission process. Work through the information carefully to ensure that your application for admission is complete and submitted correctly.

Confirm your career choice
Choose your qualification & check the admission requirements
Complete online application
Online via applications.unisa.ac.za
Or visit a Unisa regional office to submit your complete application online (application form + uploaded supporting documents) (08:00-15:30, Mondays to Fridays)
Upload supporting documents
Upload the following relevant supporting documents 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)
Original sworn translations of documents if they are not in English or Afrikaans
DSAR04 form and supporting documents if you are applying for exemptions
Rules for uploading supporting documents

Unisa does not provide scanners or electronic devices. Please ensure your documents are in an electronic format (as stipulated below) before starting the application process.

Files cannot be larger than 2MB (2048KB) each.
Maximum number of files allowed: 5 (combine similar items as one file, eg all school certificates as one file).
Only black and white documents may be submitted.
Only the following file types are allowed: pdf (Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format file), doc (Word document file) or tif (image file)
Receive reference number
After Unisa processes your application for admission, you will receive your reference number and further communication from the university.

Pay application fee
Pay the application fee of R100,00 (online payment by credit card is available). This fee is non-refundable even if you decide not to study through Unisa or do not qualify for admission to Unisa. Unisa does not accept cash at any of its offices. You may deposit cash into the university’s Standard Bank account:

Payment information for students living in South Africa
Pay online using your credit card: applications.unisa.ac.za
Pay via bank deposit. Further details will be communicated once a reference number has been allocated to you.
Payment information for international students
International students must pay fees via SWIFT payment:
Beneficiary: Unisa student deposits;
Standard Bank;
Account number: 011554622;
Branch code: 010645;
Please e-mail proof of SWIFT payment to susdepid@unisa.ac.za
Check list for the application process
If your application for admission to study through Unisa is incomplete, you will have to re-apply during the next application period. Make sure that you’ve done the following:

I have chosen my Unisa qualification
I have checked that I meet the detailed admission requirements for my qualification of choice
I have applied online
I have uploaded a certified copy of my school qualifications (eg Senior Certificate)
I have uploaded a certified copy of my official tertiary academic record (if applicable)
I have uploaded a certified copy of my ID document (RSA students) or passport (foreign students)
I have uploaded a certified copy of my marriage certificate or divorce decree (if applicable)
I have uploaded sworn translations of my documents if they are not in English or Afrikaans
I have submitted my application with the supporting documentation before the closing date for applications
I will pay the application fee of R100,00 within 5 days of being informed of my reference number
For more information, send an e-mail to study-info@unisa.ac.za.

What will Unisa do upon receiving your application?
Unisa will assess your application, which may take a few weeks and will probably only be finalised after the closing date for applications. If your application is successful, visit the Unisa website for registration information and registration dates. If your application is unsuccessful, contact Unisa’s Directorate for Counselling & Career Development to discuss alternative options linked to your career vision and goals.

What happens once Unisa approves my application?
You must register for your approved qualification during the prescribed registration period. If you want to change the qualification for which you have applied and received confirmation, you will need to re-apply for admission during the next application period.”

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  1. hi I have applied online n I got the student nomber and I have also paid the app fee so ijust want to know how long will it take unisa to respond to my application


  2. hi I have applied online n I got the student number and I have also paid the app fee so i just want to know how long will it take unisa to respond to my application


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