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Register at a tertiary institution

About
What you should do
How long does it take
How much does it cost
Forms to complete
Who to contact

 

 

About registering at a tertiary institution

You can further your studies at a university, university of technology or  technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges of your choice, if you qualify.

Universities offer academic and professional programmes, while universities of technology and TVET colleges offer vocation-oriented programmes.

You should confirm the minimum admission requirement with the institution of your choice. 

If you are an international student, you must first apply for a study permit at the South African high commission, embassy, consulate or trade mission in your country of origin. Your foreign qualifications must first be evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (Saqa) before you register. Evaluations may take up to 16 days.

What you should do

  1. Based on your entry scores and the requirements of the institution choose a course for which you qualify.
  2. If you enrol at a private institution, check if it is registered with the Department of Education. 
  3. Apply for admission directly to the institution of your choice.
  4. Complete the institution’s prescribed application form.
  5. Submit the application form and all the required documentation to the institution.

If you are an international student, apply for the following:

How long does it take

Different institutions have different time frames.

How much does it cost

Study fees vary from institution to institution.

Forms to complete

Registration forms are available at universities and TVET colleges.

Who to contact

Universities

Public TVET colleges

Private TVET colleges