2024 Applications Are Now Open At These Universities And TVET Colleges


It's that time of the year, applications season. Many universities in South Africa are now taking late applications for the 2024 academic year, here's a list of them and how you can apply.



Late Applications Available Now

UPDATE: 29th December 2023

KZN Universities Open For Late Applications in 2024

  • Durban University of Technology is open now for late applications to start studying in January 2024.
  • Mangosuthu University of Technology is open now for late applications for courses that start in January 2024.
  • Study at Unizulu in 2024 - open now for late applications.
  • Apply now for DUT, MUT or Unizulu via the Central Applications Office CAO.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology - CPUT Late Applications

CPUT will open for late applications from the 15th January 2024 until the January 2024. These late applications will be available for courses that have spaces available. These late applications are for former CPUT students who may have taken a gap year or need to complete a course that they were studying.

If you are interested visit the CPUT website for more details.

If you want to study at a university, you'd be glad to know that you can begin applying. A number of tertiary institutions have opened their applications process. Here are the Universities open for 2024 application.

They all have differing opening dates and with that comes differing closing dates as well. Some of their closing dates are closer than you would think. 

It is therefore important that university applications are submitted as soon as possible so that a space can be secured.

Central Applications Clearing House

If you missed out on getting into College/University because their wasn't space then you still have a chance if you use the Central Applications Clearing House (CACH).

Using CACH, you can receive career advice, referral to other opportunities such as being referred to other universities, T-vet college opportunities, artisan development opportunities and other possibilities.

Click here to find out how to use CACH to get a space to study.

University Applications for 2024

The following universities have opened their 2024 applications:

There are 26 public universities in the country with 25 of them having opened their 2024 university applications already.

Unisa is expected to release their application dates in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out so that you don't miss the deadlines.

NSFAS Late Applications

Does NSFAS allow late applications? The answer is usually no - NSFAS does not allow late applications. This year in particular it seems that funding for NSFAS is going to be cut by government so there has been speculation that there might not be enough money to fund all applicants.

So the last thing you want to do is leave your application to the last minute - or to try to apply late. So the best thing to do is to make your NSFAS application now. If you don't end up using the NSFAS bursary funding there is no penalty, and it doesn't stop you from using it in another year. You can find our guide on how to apply for NSFAS funding for all the help you need.

University Closing Dates

Many university application closing dates are between July and October. 

These universities are expected to release their application dates in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out so that you don't miss the deadlines.

South African University Life

If you don't live in South Africa but you would like to study here you will find that most SA universities are very welcoming of students from other countries. This is particularly true for potential students who live in other African countries.

You should contact the universities of your choice individually. There is no centralised application process in South Africa - except for places available at the last minute, in January and February.

All universities in South African are contact universities with lectures and tutorials taking place in person. However since the Covid-19 pandemic many universities have been a lot more accepting of online classes.

The one exception to the contact universities is Unisa - the University of South Africa - which is a correspondence university.

The Western Cape has a number of popular universities like Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town.

South Africa also has a number of very good universities that use the term University of Technology. These include the Tshwane University of Technology, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, and a number of others.

Most universities have open days where people who want to study there can visit. If you are living overseas this may be difficult for you, but many of the local universities also have online open days.

Academic Qualifications

To enroll in a South African university, prospective students must hold a National Senior Certificate (NSC) or an equivalent qualification, such as an international school-leaving certificate. The NSC is obtained after completing the National Senior Certificate Examination, commonly known as Matric.

Subject Requirements

Different degree programs have specific subject prerequisites depending on the university. For instance, engineering programs may require Mathematics and Physical Science.

Teaching students also have requirements about what courses they can follow. If you want to study architecture you will probably need to submit a detailed portfolio.

Prospective students must consult the admission guidelines of their desired program to ensure they meet the subject requirements at their desired university.

Minimum Admission Points Score (APS)

The APS is a points-based system used by South African universities to assess applicants' academic achievements. It considers both the NSC results and performance in specific subjects.

Each programme has a minimum APS requirement, and students must aim to achieve or exceed this score to be considered for admission.

Language Proficiency

Since English is the primary medium of instruction in most South African universities, international students and those whose first language is not English may be required to demonstrate proficiency through tests like the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Application Process

Students must submit their applications directly to the universities of their choice. The application process typically includes completing an online application form, providing necessary documents, and paying an application fee.

When making an online application make sure that you follow the online application guidelines and pay the required application fee. You should be able to keep track of your online application status by email.

Application Fee

Many, but not all universities, need you to pay an application fee as part of your application, such as the University of Pretoria. Universities will issue application fee information once their applications open.

Which Universities Don't Need Application Fees?

  • University of Johannesburg
  • North West University
  • University of the Free State
  • Sol Plaatje University
  • Central University of Technology
  • Nelson Mandela University
  • Walter Sisulu University
  • University of the Western Cape


TVET Colleges Taking Applications For 2024

Another option to consider for studying in 2024 is a TVET College. There are 52 of these public colleges around the country, and they usually have a number of different campuses. So you are likely to find one near you. If you qualify for NSFAS they will also pay for you to study at at TVET College.

Colleges That Are Open For 2024

Some colleges will have late applications for courses that still have places available when they finalise their intake for 2024. These places will be advertised early in January 2024 before registration is finalised.

For more details check out our article on Careers Portal called TVET Colleges Now Taking 2024 Applications

Some Good Advice For You:Things To Avoid When Applying To University

So to help you navigate the application process smoothly, here are some common mistakes to avoid when applying for your university studies.

Submitting an application with missing documents:

Failure to include all the necessary documents is a leading cause of application rejections. Take 
the time to carefully review the application requirements and ensure that you have included all the requested documents. 

These typically include a copy of your passport, school qualifications and transcripts, personal statement, and your exam results. Double-checking will save you from unnecessary setbacks and increase your chances of success.

Forgetting to pay the application fee

Many universities require applicants to pay an application fee as part of the application process. This fee is separate from tuition fees and is often non-refundable. Before submitting your application, check if the university requires an application fee and ensure that you pay it on time. Neglecting this payment could lead to the automatic rejection of your application.

Neglecting the validity of your supporting documents 

Having invalid supporting documents can also result in rejection or delays in your application. Most universities require that your supporting documents be valid for at least three months at all times. 

It is essential to ensure that all of your supporting application documents are valid, so plan ahead and ensure your documentation is in order.

Personal statement errors

In applications where this is required, it is key to be mindful of the fact that your personal statement is an opportunity to showcase your passion, qualifications, and suitability for your chosen university. Avoid common personal statement mistakes by:

Clearly explaining why you want to study at that specific university. Demonstrating your interest and enthusiasm for the program you wish to study. Highlighting relevant extracurricular activities or achievements will.

Proofread your statement thoroughly for spelling and grammar errors. Consider asking a trusted friend or family member to review your statement for additional feedback and suggestions.

Applying too late

Submitting your application close to the deadline can reflect poorly on your candidacy. Tertiary institutions often track application submission dates, and a last-minute submission may give the impression that you lack commitment or organisational skills. 

Applying early not only demonstrates your enthusiasm but also allows time to rectify any potential issues or missing documents.

Sending your application to the wrong place 

Submitting your application to the wrong address or failing to use the correct postage can result in missed opportunities.

Carefully read the submission instructions provided by the university and ensure that you are sending your application to the designated location. To be sure, consider double-checking with the university to confirm that they have received your application.

By being diligent and proactive, you can ensure that your application stands out for all the right reasons. With careful attention to detail, you can navigate the application process smoothly and make your goal of pursuing your tertiary studies a reality. 


Where To Study

Head to this Where To Study page to find out more about the universities listed above, and other places which you can study at.


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