Are you looking to study at one of South Africa’s higher education institutions next year? If so, the sooner you start planning your application the better!
We know it’s difficult to keep track of all the different application deadlines for the various Universities so we have compiled a list of all the University application dates in South Africa. We have included dates when applications open, application closing date and late application dates. By getting ahead and planning your university application, you can give yourself time to prepare all the necessary documents and even give yourself time to look at any available bursaries or looking at the NSFAS application.
|University||Applications Open||Applications Close||Late Applications|
|University of Cape Town||Now Open||31 July||NA|
|University of the Free State||Now Open||Closing dates vary||NA|
|University of Johannesburg||Now Open||27 September||NA|
|University of KwaZulu Natal||Now Open||30 September||NA|
|University of Limpopo||Now Open||31 October||NA|
|University of Mpumalanga||Now Open||30 September & 31 October||NA|
|North-West University||Now Open||30 September||NA|
|Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University||Now Open||30 September||NA|
|Rhodes University||Now Open||30 September||NA|
|Stellenbosch University||Now Open||30 June 2019 & 15 December||NA|
|University of Pretoria||Now Open||31 May, 30 June & 30 September||NA|
|University of the Western Cape||Now Open||TBA||NA|
|University of Witwatersrand||Now Open||30 June & 30 September||NA|
|Walter Sisulu University||Now Open||30 September & 31 October||NA|
|University of Venda||Now Open||27 September||NA|
|Universities of Technology||Applications Open||Applications Close||Late Applications|
|Cape Peninsula University of Technology||Now Open||27 September||NA|
|Central University of Technology||Now Open||31 October||NA|
|Durban Institute of Technology||Now Open||31 October||NA|
|Tshwane University of Technology||Now Open||15 June, 31 July, 30 September||NA|
|Vaal University of Technology||Now Open||30 September||NA|
Nelson Mandela University (NMU)
- NMU Admission Registration 2022 – 2023 is scheduled to close on 14th September 2022
University of Fort Hare (UFH)
- Applications for UFH will open on 1 April 2022.
- Applications must be submit by the deadline of 30 November 2022
- 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)
Applications for Vaal University are scheduled as per the below:
- VUT Admission Registration 2022 – 2023 to close on 30 November 2022.
- The Vaal University of Technology Application Portal is expected to shut down on the same date at 11:59 PM.
Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT)
MUT Admission Registration 2022 – 2023 will close on the below dates depending on which programme you are applying for:
- Faculty of Engineering – first semester applications – 30 September 2022.
- Faculty of Engineering – second-semester applications – 31 May 2022.
- Faculty of Natural Sciences – 30 September 2022
- Analytical Chemistry – second-semester applications – 31 May 2022.
- Faculty of Management Sciences – 30 September 2022.
- Applications submitted after 30 September may require a late application fee
Durban University of Technology (DUT)
Applications for Durban University of Technology are scheduled as per the below:
- Durban University of Technology Applications for 2022 – 2023 are scheduled to close on 31 November 2022.
Walter Sisulu University of Technology and Science (WSU)
- WSU Admission Registration 2022 – 2023 is scheduled to close on 30 September 2022.
- For applications submit after the end of September but before 31st October 2022, there will be late application fee of R200.
Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)
- CPUT Admission Registration 2022 – 2023 is scheduled to close on 30 September 2022 except for the following programmes:
- Nursing programmes – closing 30 June 2022.
- Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – closing 30 June 2022.
- Fashion Design, Visual Communication Design, Jewellery Design & Manufacture, Product Design, Interior Design, Architectural Technology – closing 31 July 2022.
- International applications – closing 31 August 2022.
CTI Education Group
- CTI Education Group Application Forms will open from April to November 2021.
Visit this page for further application information.