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2018 University Deadline Application Dates

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If you would like to study in 2018, the first thing you need to do is apply to an institution or ten.  The earlier you submit your application, the better your chances of getting into the institution of your choice.  

To avoid missing the deadlines, it is important to know the closing dates for applications. Here is a list of all the university and university of technology application dates for 2018: 

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan (NMMU)
Applications Open: 1 April 2017
Applications Close:  1 August 2017

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North West University (NWU)
Applications Open: 1 March 2017
Applications Close: 30 June 2017 (Health Science programmes)
29
 September 2017 (all other programmes)

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Rhodes University
Applications Open: 1 April 2017
Applications Close: 30 September 2017 (all programmes)

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Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences
Applications Open: 1 April 2017
Applications Close: 30 June 2017 (MBChB, BDS, B Dent Ther, B Oral Hygiene, BSc (Physio), BRad (Diagn), B Pharm)
28 Jule 2017 (BSc (Diet), B Speech Lang & Audio, B Occ Ther, BSc, B Cur, BNSc)

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Sol Plaatje University
Applications Open: 1 April 2017
Applications Close: 29 September  2017 (all programmes)

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Stellenbosch University
Applications Open: 1 March 2017
Applications Close: 
30 June 2017 (all programmes)
                                             31 May 2017 (medical programmes)

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University of Cape Town (UCT)
Applications Open: April 2017
Applications Close: 29 September 2017 (Bachelor of Architectural Studies and Bachelor of Fine Art)
                                         30 September 2017 (all other programmes)

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University of Fort Hare
Application are Open
Applications Close: 29 September 2017

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University of Free State (UFS)
Applications Open: 1 April 2017
Applications Close: 31 May 2017 (architecture and medical programmes)
29 September 2017 (all other programmes)

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University of Johannesburg (UJ)
Applications Open: 1 April 2017
Applications Close: 29 September 2017

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University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (UKZN)
Applications Open: 1 March 2017
Applications Close: 30 June 2017 (medical programmes)
                                          29 September 2017 (all other programmes)

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University of Limpopo
Applications are Open
Applications Close: 29 September 2017

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University of Mpumalanga (UMP)
Applications are Open
Applications Close: 31 October 2017

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University of Pretoria (UP)
Applications Open: 1 March 2017
Applications Close: 31 May 2017 (Veterinary Science, Health Sciences (except Sport Science), some BSc degrees)
30 June 2017 (Bachelor of Town and Regional Planning, BMus, BDram, some BSc and BA degrees)
30 September 2017 (All other programmes)

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University of South Africa (UNISA)
Applications Open:  3 April 2017
Applications Close: 28 April 2017 (for second semester studies in 2017)
10 November 2017 (for first semester in 2018)

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University of Venda
Applications are Open
Applications Close: 29 September 2017 (all programmes)

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University of Western Cape (UWC)
Applications Open: The Middle of May
Applications Close: 31 August 2017 (BCHD programme)
                                           30 September 2017 (all other programmes)

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University of Zululand
Applications are Open
Applications Close: 31 August 2017 (Social Work)
29 September 2017 (Nursing Science)
31 October 2017 (all other programmes)

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Walter Sisulu University
Applications are Open
Applications Close: 31 August 2017 (Health Sciences)
29 September 2017 (all other courses)

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Witwatersrand (Wits)
Applications are Open
Applications Close: 30 June 2017 (Health Sciences, Architecture and BA (Speech and Hearing Therapy))
30 September 2017 (Wits Business School)
31 October 2017 (School of Law, Faculty of Science, Economic and Business Sciences, Accountancy, Architecture, Construction Economics and Management, Engineering, Wits School of Governance,  Some Human and Community Development Programmes, some Social Sciences programmes, )
30 November 2017 (some Social Sciences programmes, School of Arts)

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Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)
Applications are Open
Applications Close: 31 July 2017 (Design and Architecture Programmes)
30 September 2017 (all other programmes) 

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Central University of Technology (CUT)
Applications Open: May/June 2017
Applications Close: 31 August 2017

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Durban University of Technology (DUT)
Applications Open: April/May 2017
Applications Close: 15 August 2017 (Chiropractic)
30 August 2017 (Graphic Design, Child and Youth Development, Diagnostic Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, Radiotherapy, Diagnostic Sonography, Emergency Medical Care, Environmental Health)
18 September 2017 (Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics)
20 September 2016 (Dental Technology)
22 September 2017 (Somatology)

31 October 2017 (all other programmes)

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Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)
Applications are Open
Applications Close: 30 July 2017 (certain Agriculture, Engineering, Medical, Science, Business and Sports programmes as well as all Arts and Education programmes)
29 September 2017 (all other programmes)

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Vaal University of Technology (VUT)
Applications are Open
Applications Close: 29 September 2017

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Get it Together

There are three main documents that almost all institutions require:

  1. A certified copy of your ID
  2. Proof of payment of any application fees
  3. A certified copy of your grade 11 results and latest grade 12 results

Getting your documents certified sounds more fancy than it actually is.  All you need to do is head down to your local police station or find a commissioner of oaths (a lawyer will do).  If you have this sorted, you’re off to a good start.

FYI: South Africans learners wishing to apply online will need a working email address and an ID number. Foreign learners wishing to apply will need to have their passport number.

NBTs are NB

Applicants must check individual further requirements for each course and each tertiary institution. Please also be aware of NBTs and check with your university if you need NBT results to apply. For more information on NBT’s click here.

Keep Calm

If you are intimidated about the whole applying thing, we have some pointers to help you keep it together.  Breathe in, breathe out and take a look at a few application tips hereNo one likes to stress out and leaving your application to the last minute is the best way to go into panic mode.  The number one rule for applying to tertiary institutions is to meet the application deadlines.  If you do that, you’re winning at being an applicant.

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Don’t miss out!  Applying for tertiary education is the only way to get a tertiary education.  This is your time to make it happen.  Choose an institution or a few institutions and get applying.  Bring on the studies, 2018!




Join the Conversation

Please note: With this comments section, we are trying to stimulate great conversation between members of our amazing community. We don’t guarantee the participation of EduOne team members, however, should you have a specific question, you are welcome to get in touch with us here. Be cool, be cool. Our team will do our best to moderate comments to the discussion but if we all follow the general rules of engagement ( be cool, don’t attack people, don’t discriminate and don’t be a troll), we should be okay.

59 thoughts on “2018 Application Dates”

  1. Hi.can I please get help on can I upload my documents at nwu vaal triangle campus if I’ve already applied ( having student number)

  2. I mean how can i upload my documents at nwu vaal triangle campus if i have already applied (having student number) but didn’t upload them

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