What you need to know

Once you have received and accepted an official approval of their application you can begin the registration process. Students re-registering should begin their registration process as soon as they receive their registration details from Unisa. One way of registering at Unisa is web registration.

Web registration

When registering on the web one need to have the following things:

1. Student number

To have a student number you must be as a returning student

The other option is for first-time students (at Unisa), who have successfully applied for admission.

2. Email address

Free email for life is provided by Unisa.

If you need more information you can go to the myLife website.

Please take note the following:

  • The process of your registration can take up to two weeks
  • Once your material has been posted, you will be notified via letter, e-mail or SMS.
  • The track number will be included in the message as well as the dispatch date.
  • It is wise to get an estimate of your study fees before you complete your application.
  • The status of your registration can also be easily tracked.
  • Check the supported browsers.

Before you begin to do your registration you will be asked if you have ever registered through Unisa, below diagram shows some of these procedures;

First, you will need to go to the Unisa web registration page it will look something like this:


Then you have to proceed with the process by clicking on the HERE button

Choosing your subjects at UNISA

UNISA registration is now open and it’s time to get registered as early as possible so that you not only beat the terrible rush at the end of term (meaning slow response times from UNISA and a frustratingly long time to see your registration activated) but you also get precious extra days to study.

But how do you choose what subjects to do next?

  • Are you the type of student that follows through on all your major subjects straight through to third year, and then fills in the other subjects later?
  • Do you mix things up and do some 1st, some 2ndand some 3rd year subjects at the same time?
  • Do you try to choose some easy and some hard subjects?
  • Or even some interesting and some boring subjects?

How about checking with UNISA provisional exam calendar to see if the subjects you have chosen are writing too close together?

Do you make sure that you switch subjects around so that you are not waiting on exam results to see if you can move onto the next module

Registration FAQs

Forgot your student number?

There are students who might have forgotten their student numbers, you do not need to panic all you need to is to follow the below procedure in order to retrieve your student number.

The link below guide you through the process of retrieving your student number;


The diagram shows you the appearance of the search page;


Credit Card Payments

For students who does have credit cards, you easily make the payment direct online.

Students can make direct online credit card payment via the bank for a specific account.
PLEASE NOTE: You need a valid email address to complete the payment process.
To proceed you need to do the following steps;
You need to enter a valid student number or application reference number and choose Continue.

You can also track your application for registration by following the below process

Alternatively, you can follow the link bellow;



What do I do if I want to register but, but didn’t apply during the application period?

If the application period phase has passed already you need to wait for the next application period.

You will need to apply for admission during the next application period. Please visit www.unisa.ac.za/apply for more information.

Can I transfer from another university to Unisa?

It is possible to transfer from another University to Unisa. This process is not possible for those who have been excluded/ suspended from a prior institution of higher education due to misconducts.

Those not been expelled from other universities need to apply first.

Please visit www.unisa.ac.za/apply for the dates for the next application period.

Can I register with Unisa and another university simultaneously?

This is possible only if the qualification you register at Unisa is for non –degree purposes.

You also need to write for permission from the other University allowing concurrent registration

Submit the written permission from the other University at the time of application and registration

Students who do not have a Unisa student number should first need to apply.

To apply please visit www.unisa.ac.za/ apply for the dates for the next application period.

Can a student register for two or more formal programmes at Unisa simultaneously?

Unfortunately student cannot do two or more formal progranmmes at Unisa at the same time.

How do student get an academic record or credit certificate?

You need to complete the DSAR08 prescribed form and submit it to Unisa.

When do I register for a module if I was registered before and did not write the exam for the module?

Students should wait until exams are released. After the official release of the exam results for that exam period, you can register but before the appropriate closing date.

Will Unisa recognise my prior learning?

You do not need to worry because Unisa consider your previous learning, both formal (formal certificates, diploma and degree qualifications).

Unisa also consider you informal education (e.g. knowledge or skills acquired during practical work experience, including community work in a relevant field). Visit www.unisa.ac.za/rpl for more information.

Students who have applied for exemptions previously and have not been notified whether or not they were successful.

Students have previously applied for exemption and where not successful must make sure that they have followed the application procedure for credit exemptions.

You can also Visit www.unisa.ac.za/register for the application process. Once you have confirmed that you followed the correct procedure, please send an e-mail to adhoccredits@unisa.ac.za

What should students who have completed education in a country other than South Africa do?

Students who did and who are registering for a bachelor degree you must apply for a certificate of conditional matric exemption through the Access and Exemption Office at Unisa (ame@unisa.ac.za).

I did not register with Unisa for the past few years. Can I still complete my degree?

It is recommended that you conduct Unisa to confirm whether or not Unisa still offers your qualification. You can visit www.unisa.ac.za/register to check this information. Those who wish to apply for a new qualification, you have to take note of Unisa’s application process and academic progression rules.

My application for admission was approved and I registered online. What must I do now?

Students who did online application and have been approved need to be patient while Unisa process your registration. If you see that your registration will not be processed by the closing date for registrations, please visit your nearest Unisa Regional Office.

Did you know that some Unisa qualifications include workplace-based learning?

There are specific modules in certain qualifications offered at Unisa that include workplace-based learning that must be completed. You need to check if the qualification you have chosen has any work-integrated learning (WIL) modules. This experience is called work-integrated learning or experiential learning, and must be completed under the supervision of a suitably qualified and experienced person (mentor). If that module is workplace-based learning you need it is mandatory to pass that particular module in order to achieve your qualification. It is your responsibility before you register to always check for such a module so that you will be able to complete this work-integrated learning component.

Students who find it difficult to get a placement at an employer can contact the relevant academic department for assistance in finding a suitable experiential learning provider to gain this experience.

During registration

Registration dates and times for formal qualifications

Visit www.unisa.ac.za/register for all registration dates and times.

NQF-level and credit weight of the module

The information on www.unisa.ac.za/register will clearly indicate the NQF level of a module.

How do I know if a module is a semester or year module?

To know whether your module is a semester or year module, you need to check info on;

www.unisa.ac.za/register will clearly indicate whether the module is a semester or year module.

How to cancel or add a module?

Please also take note of Unisa’s progression rules on the number of modules you are required to pass per year


If you decide not to register for an academic year or a semester you must apply for deferment by submitting DSAR26 form prior or during registration

  • A student cannot apply for deferment after s/he has registered for an academic year.
  • Years needed to complete a specific qualification
  • Time limits for completing qualifications:
  • To complete a 120-credit qualification you will need to do 3 years (e.g. Higher Certificate or Advanced Certificate)
  • 8 years to complete a 360-credit qualification (3-year degree or diploma)
  • 10 years to complete a 480-credit qualification (4-year degree)
  • Please also take note of Unisa’s academic progression rules.


Students may be wondering if they need to attend classes? Unisa is a distance education university, which means that you study at a distance. Unisa do not offer classes, but offer some tutorial classes for certain modules.

If you have registered and paid, but have not received any correspondence from Unisa.

If you have not yet paid your minimum amount, visit www.unisa.ac.za/paymentinfo for banking details.

Students who have already made a payment should check if you have paid the correct amount according to Unisa’s fee structure. Follow this link for a quotation: /feequote

Also you need to check if you do not have any library books outstanding from a previous registration period. You can do this on myUnisa: https://my.unisa.ac.za

It is important to make sure that your registration meets all the pre-requisites and co-requisites. Visit the Unisa registration website for more information: www.unisa.ac.za/register

Students who have registered for the first semester, and would like to change to the second semester

This can only be done during the registration period.

Note that you may only request to exchange modules between semesters during registration period.

How much will I forfeit if I cancel my modules?

Semester 1 modules: If you cancel a module before 15 March, you forfeit the minimum amount. You will forfeit the full amount after 15 March.

Semester 2 modules: If you cancel a module before 15 August, you will forfeit the minimum amount. You will forfeit the full amount after 15 August.

For more information, visit www.unisa.ac.za/register.

Student Funding

Students who wish to apply for study loans should conduct the Directorate administers donor funds, in the form of study loans and bursaries, according to donors’ criteria. The main aim is to assist financially needy and academically deserving students.  Unisa is proud of the fact that the Directorate has empowered a large number of students from different Colleges and diverse geographical groups. Unisa’s vision is to be a beacon of great hope and excellence to their clients. Their mission is to effectively and efficiently administer all funding at their disposal by ensuring that every stakeholder, particularly students and donors, receive high-quality service from a committed and professional DSF team.

Different type of bursaries offered

DAC Linguistics bursary:

Who can apply:
Students who are registered for a BA, BAHons or Masters degree in:

  • African Languages
  • Linguistics
  • Language Practice can apply for this bursary

What does the bursary cover:
The bursary covers the following things:

  • Tuition
  • Textbooks
  • Academic Essentials

When can you apply?

Applications are currently open, all you need to do is to  download the application form (attached) for completion and submit to: DSF-gov@unisa.ac.za

Applications close on 10 January 2017.

NSFAS loans (incl. Historic debt loan & Post-graduate loan )


Apply online at www.nsfas.org.za or

complete the application form and submit to student@nsfas.org.za


If you have applied for the first time and your application was unsuccessful , you may appeal the rejection of their application by completing the appeals form and submitting it to student@nsfas.org.za

Appeals form


This type of bursary will only fund senior BCOM students for completion of the Registered Person’s Examination with SAIFM (South African Institute of Financial Markets)

Senior students in need of financial help who are in Financial and/or Economic disciplines are invited to apply for funding.

Criteria for consideration:

Students who re financially needy

You must have a proven Academic record

You must be residing in identified countries (Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Seychelles)

You should have passed at least 200 credits towards intended degree

Your majors must be in Finance and/or Economics

Application form SAIFM/Imara

Directorate of Student Funding brochure (PDF: 390.82Kb)

Bursaries undergraduate
For  alternative bursaries please click here http://bursaries-southafrica.co.za/anglo-platinum-ltd-bursaries/

Special funding opportunity for early to mid-stage African doctoral students (PDF: 74 kb)

Important dates and Information

  1. Please visit NSFAS website at www.nsfas.org.za or contact their call centre at 0860067327. General enquiries can be addressed to Unisa Student Funding at dsf@unisa.ac.zaor visit your nearest Unisa office.
  2. TETA bursary

Applications are closed.

  1. NSFAS students who have not yet signed your online LAF or SOP, you will not receive any allowances. For more information on sBux, click here.

Students who have received a bursary and want to claim any funds if approved- complete the relevant refund form.

Refund form South African students

Refund form International students

The completed refund forms and all supporting documents need to be submitted to:DSFref@unisa.ac.za

In the subject line you must put:(Bursary received) & (Student number). The DSFref email should only be utillized for submission of refund requests.

Please note that incomplete refund requests will not be processed – refund forms need to be accompanied by the correct supporting documents.

Be advised that refunds can take up to 15 working days to be finalized, from date of receipt.

Comtact information for Unisa

Should you need any further help registering for your studies with Unisa you can contyqact them here:



Tel:012 429 3111

Fax:012 429 4150

Last updated: November 21st 2016