We Will Call You

  • We shall call you back as soon as we have a line available.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

How To Register At UNISA

How to register at Unisa

Matric.co.za – How to register at Unisa

Many students who wish to study with Unisa are not sure how to register at Unisa. You first need to apply and get confirmation from Unisa, that your application was accepted before you can register at Unisa. Registration for the second-semester 2018 academic year is from 11 June 2018 to 13 July 2018. 

How To Register at Unisa 2018

The second-semester registrations have not yet opened. You can register between 11 June 2018 – 13 July 2018. Applications closed on 26 April 2018. Follow the steps below on how to register at Unisa.

First Apply, Then Register

You can only register if you are allowed to study at Unisa. You need to apply to study at Unisa and get confirmation from Unisa that you are allowed to study at Unisa. If you have received this confirmation, you should have a Unisa student number for registration purposes. If you don’t have a student number, you can’t register with Unisa.

Registration Period

Unisa has a registration period when you are allowed to register for the academic year. If you don’t register in the registration period, your registration will be considered unsuccessful. As you know, the registration dates for the second-semester will be open 11 June 2018. Once you know when you can register, follow these steps to register online:

Step 1

Go to www.unisa.ac.za.

Step 2

Click on “Register to Study”.

Step 3

Choose your study qualification type, for example, Undergraduate and honours qualifications, Short Learning Programmes etc.

Step 4

Click on the blue tab saying: Start the process.

Step 5

Find your qualification. You can search for it in the bar or click on the correct faculty button. By clicking on the button, it will give you all of the courses in the faculty. Make sure you choose the correct one. All of the course modules will be listed.  

Step 6

Choose the modules that you want to do. You have to write them down to use them later.

Step 7

Click on “Proceed to calculate your student fees”.

Step 8

Select the correct “prescribed student fees” category. The first blue block is for undergraduate studies. You can also use the “Study fee quotation” if you know exactly which modules you first want to do.

Step 9

Click on number 3, right on top, “Complete and submit your registration”. You have to read through the information on the webpage. Now you have to select how you will register, online, via post and so forth. The online registration is quicker to process.

Step 10

Once again, read through the information and then click on “Proceed to pay your fees”.

Step 11

Click on the “Payment methods” button to make sure where you can pay your student fees. Once you have made payment or know how to make payment, you can click on number 5 “After registration”.

What Courses Can You Study Without A Matric Certificate?

Not everyone finishes matric. Many students don’t know that they can further their studies without matric. The buttons displayed below will give you distance learning courses that you can study without having matric. Click on the button that you relate to most.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Unisa Registrations

Potential Unisa students are not always sure how to register and what you should have with you. Find out more about the questions that students ask.


Pre-registration means that you have not yet registered, but you have received confirmation from Unisa for admission to study. Let’s have a look what do you need to know, before you register.

Is it Possible to Transfer From a Different University to Unisa?

Yes, you can, but you still have to apply to study at Unisa. Please note that Unisa will not accept your application if you have been suspended or expelled from your previous/current university.

Can You Register For Both at The Same Time?

You can only register for both institutes at the same time, if you have received written permission from your institute, allowing you to study at Unisa. You can also do so if you are planning to study a non-degree qualification. You need to submit the written permission to Unisa when you apply and register to study.

Does Unisa Recognise Previous Education?

Yes, they do recognise previous higher education, whether it was formal (Diploma or Degree) or informal (Community work, knowledge or skills needed during your practical work experience). You can read more about it here.

You Applied for Exemptions but Received No Confirmation

You have to make sure that you have followed the correct application process for “credit exemptions”. If you did, then you can send an email to adhoccredits@unisa.ac.za.

Qualification That Needs Practical Work Experience

Some Unisa courses require you to do practical work. You need to make sure you know which modules in your course need this. It could be named “work-integrated learning” (WIL) modules. You need to pass this module. If you find it difficult to get a learning provider, you can contact your academic department to help you.

During Registration

You have to know that registration period is one of the busiest times of the year for Unisa. It takes time to get every student registered. Sometimes, during registration, you make silly mistakes. Let’s have a look at some of them.

Choose Your Unisa Subjects 

How to Register at Unisa

Matric.co.za – How to Register at Unisa

You need to be wise of how many modules you choose to do at a time. Are you the person who does the most difficult modules first, and then the easier ones? Other students choose their subjects according to the exam timetable. They make sure that they have enough time to study in between exams.

Postponement of Registration

If you are no longer planning to register for the academic year or semester, you can notify Unisa about it. You can apply for “deferment” by downloading the DSAR26 form, complete it and submit it during registration.


Surely, there are still questions that students ask after they have registered at Unisa. Let’s look at some.

Registered And Paid, But Have Not Heard Anything From Unisa

You have to remember that the Unisa registration period is their busiest time of the year. Students need to be patient waiting for their registration to be activated. Make sure that you’ve paid to correct amount and use the correct banking details. If you are a returning student, make sure you’ve returned your outstanding library books.

You’ve Registered For The First Semester, But Would Like To Change To The Second Semester

You can only change during the registration period. You are also allowed to switch modules during this period.

How Much Money Will You Lose If You Cancel Your Modules?

If you cancel in the first-semester, before 15 March, you will only lose the minimum amount paid. If you do it after 15 March, you will lose the full amount. The same principle applies for the second semester. The date is 15 August.

| Read more about Frequently Asked “How to register at Unisa” questions here.

Card Payments

It is good to know where you can pay your student fees. Students with credit cards can make payments online. To make a card payment, you should have a valid email address and use your student number as reference. You can make your payment by clicking here.

Forgot Your Student Number?

No need to panic, you can click on the link below:



| Study for free at Unisa

Unisa Contact Details

Contact Unisa if you need more information. You can contact them in the following ways:

Telephone: 012 429 3111

Fax: 012 429 4150

General email: infoservices@unisa.ac.za

All Unisa contact details: http://www.unisa.ac.za/sites/corporate/default/Contact-us/Student-enquiries

Join a Unisa Facebook Group to Get the Latest Information

Join one of the Unisa Facebook Groups to stay up to date with the latest application and registration dates.


| Courses to study without matric | Contact Details


Written by: Olivia Pika

Last Updated: 22 May 2018