2020 Institution Application Dates

If you would like to study in 2020, you need to know the institution application dates. From there, you can start the application process.  Exciting times!

There is no doubt about it: applying for tertiary studies is a big deal.  For starters, you need to get your application in on time.  The only way to do this is to know the application closing dates.  But, where can you find these dates?  Well, you have come to the right place.  We have all the 2020 closing application dates for South African institutions lined up.    To save time, choose the type of institution you are looking to apply to below.  You can then skip down to these dates straight away 🙂 You’re welcome.

Is Education Fee-Free?

Yes!  If you meet the criteria set by the government, you are eligible for fee-free education in South Africa.  So, what’s on the checklist?
You will need to:

  • meet the minimum requirements for your study choice
  • have an annual household income of less than R350 000 a year if you’re a first-time applicant

So, you qualify fee-free education?  That’s awesome.  Next step: apply directly to a public institution before the closing date.  The government will only reopen the Central Application Clearing House (CACH) in January 2020.  Therefore, you can apply for fee-free education through NSFAS once they open applications this year.

Please note: the CACH system will NOT allow you to choose a specific institution to study at.  It will simply match you to the institutions that still have space available.

CHOOSE YOUR INSTITUTION

UNIVERSITY APPLICATION DATES

Nelson Mandela University (NMU)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Open: 1 April 2019

Applications Close:
2 August 2019 (early closing date)
30 September 2019 (late closing date)

North West University (NWU)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Open: 1 March 2019

Applications Close:
30 September 2019 (non-selection courses)
30 June 2019
(selection courses)

Rhodes University

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Open: March 2019

Applications Close: 30 September 2019

Walter Sisulu University (WSU)

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Open: May 2019

Applications Close: 
28 September 2019 (
Health Sciences faculty)
31 October 2019 (
Other faculties)

University of Cape Town (UCT)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Open:  TBC

Applications Close: 31 July 2019

Stellenbosch University

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Open: 1 March 2019

Applications Close:
31 May 2019 (programmes in the Faculty of Medicine)
30 June 2019 (all other undergraduate programmes)
31 October 2019 (Diploma in Public Accountability)

University of Fort Hare (UFH)

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Open: April 2019

Applications Close: 31 October 2019

University of the Free State (UFS)

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Open:
1 March 2019 (Health Sciences Faculty except for Bachelor of Optometry and BSoc Sc Nursing)
1 April 2019 (all other programmes)

Applications Close:
31 May 2019 (Health Sciences programmes apart from Nursing)
31 July 2019 (Architecture, Quantity Surveying, Construction Management, Nursing)
30 September 2019 (all non-selection programmes)
1 November 2019 (Fine Arts)

University of Johannesburg (UJ)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Open: 1 April 2019

Applications Close: 27 September 2019

University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Open: 15 March 2019

Applications Close:
30 June 2019 (Medical programmes)
30 September 2019 (all other programmes)
30 April 2019 (second semester programmes)

University of Limpopo (UL)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Open: April 2019

Applications Close: 30 Sepetmeber 2019

University of Mpumalanga (UMP)

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Open: May 2019

Applications Close:
30 September 2019
(Education and Training programme)
31 October 2019 (all other programmes

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Open: 11 March 2019

Applications Close:
28 June 2019 MBChB, B Radiography, B Dental Surgery, B Dental Therapy, B Pharmacy, BSc Physio
26 July 2019 B Sc, BSc Diet, B Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, B Occ Therapy, B Oral Hygiene, B Nursing Sciences

University of Pretoria (Tuks)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Open:  March 2019

Applications Close:
31 May 2019 (Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, Health Sciences and Architecture)
30 June 2019 (Faculty of Humanities: Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology, Fine Arts, Information Design, Music and Drama)
30 September 2019 (most other programmes)

Check out the closing dates for specific programmes

University of South Africa (UNISA)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Open: 20 August 2019

Applications Close: 27 September 2019

University of the Western Cape (UWC)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Open:  May 2019

Applications Close: 30 September 2019

University of Witwatersrand (Wits)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Open: 4 March 2019

Applications Close:
30 June 2019 (Faculty of Health Sciences; Bachelor of Architecture; Bachelor of Audiology, Bachelor of Speech-Language Pathology, Bachelor of Arts in Film and TV)
30 September 2019 (all other programmes)                              

University of Venda (UniVen)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Open: May 2019

Applications Close: 27 September 2019

University of Zululand (UniZulu)

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Open:  15 March 2019

Applications Close:
30 August 2019 (Social Work)
30 September 2019 (Nursing Science)
31 October 2019 (all other programmes)                       

Sol Plaatje University (SPU)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Open: 25 March 2019

Applications Close: 30 September 2019

UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY APPLICATION DATES

Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Open: 13th May 2019

Applications Close: 
31 July 2019
(certain programmes)
30 September 2019 (all other programmes)

Central University of Technology (CUT)

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Open: May 2019

Applications Close:  29 November 2019

Durban University of Technology (DUT)

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Open: 15 March 2019

Applications Close: 31 October 2019

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Open: 15 March 2019

Applications Close: 30 September 2019

Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Open: 15 March 2018 

Applications Close:
15 June 2019 (medical qualifications)
30
September 2019 (the majority of other programmes)

For specific dates, take a look at the 2020 General Enrolment Guide.

Vaal University of Technology (VUT)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Open: June 2019

Applications Close: 30 September 2019

SUGGESTED

2019 Institution Open Days

Confused about which institution you would like to study at in 2020?  Why not visit the campus?  An Open Day will allow you to explore the institution first-hand and ask any questions you may have.  

PRIVATE COLLEGE APPLICATION DATES

Boston City Campus

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Close: 26 July 2019 (second semester)

Central Technical College (CTC)

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close: You can apply for first or second semester, as well as part-time courses, throughout the year. 

City Varsity

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close: applications are open throughout the year for different intakes.

City Varsity Online

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close: short courses start throughout the year so applications are open for different intakes.

CodeSpace Academy

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close: applications are open throughout the year for different intakes.  Take a look at their website.

Damelin

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Close: the second week of February when classes begin.

Damelin Correspondence

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close: applications are open throughout the year.

Dermatech

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close: are open throughout the year for different intakes.

EHL - Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Close:
1 April 2019 (Singapore, Yangon, Dehli/Bangalore/Mumbai)
1 May 2019 (Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, Bangkok, Dehli/Bangalore/Mumbai)

eta College

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close:  applications are open at different times throughout the year.

Health and Fitness Professionals Association (HFPA)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Close: February 2019

ICESA Education

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close: applications are open throughout the year for the January and July intakes.

Inscape

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close: the application process is open at different times throughout the year.

Intec College

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close: you can apply throughout the year.

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Find Funding

Are you looking for funding to study in 2020?  Browse through a range of funding opportunities listed on our EduFunding platform.  

Lyceum Correspondence College

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close:  applications are open throughout the year.

MasterStart

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close: you can apply at different times throughout the year.

Open Learning Group (OLG)

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close: applications are open throughout the year.

Oxbridge Academy

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close: applications are open throughout the year.

Pearson Institute of Higher Education

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close: applications are open throughout the year for different intakes.

Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close: applications are open throughout the year.

Rosebank College

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Close: end of February for the first-semester intake.

Vega

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close:
31 May 2019 (early bird application)
31 October 2019 (standard application)

TVET COLLEGE APPLICATION DATES

Buffalo City TVET College

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close: registration is open at different times throughout the year, depending on the course of study.

False Bay TVET College

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close: applications are open throughout the year, depending on the course of study.

Northern Cape Urban TVET College

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close: registration is open at different times throughout the year, depending on the course of study.

Northlink TVET College

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close: registration is open at different times throughout the year, depending on the course of study.

Lovedale TVET College

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close: 30 November 2019

Tshwane North TVET College

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Close: registration periods take place three times a year for trimester courses – January, April/May, August/September.

Please note:  Most TVET colleges in South Africa are open to applications throughout the year.  There will be different intake and registration periods for each trimester. 

SUGGESTED

Institutions in South Africa

Not sure about which institution/s you would like to apply to?  Take a look at everything you need to know about each institution in South Africa.

Studying in 2020 is NOT impossible.  Start applying now and make 2020 your year.  Good luck! 🙂

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