2018 Application Dates

If you would like to study in 2018, you need to be aware of the 2018 application dates so you can apply to an institution or ten. The earlier you submit your application, the better your chances are of getting into the institution of your choice. Let’s get started. 

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Free Education in South Africa

President Jacob Zuma announced last year that South Africa will have a fee-free tertiary education.  Before you get too excited, here are a few things that you need to know:

  • this is currently only available to first-year students
  • you will need to prove that your annual household income is less than R350 000
  • you will need to meet the minimum entrance requirements as per usual (make sure you calculate your APS)

So can I still apply for 2018?

The government have created a Central Application Clearing House (CACH) which will allow you to apply for tertiary studies for 2018.  Your matric marks and study preferences will be matched with the spaces still available at tertiary institutions in South Africa.  The system will take your matric results straight from the Department of Basic Education.  Please note that you CANNOT apply to a specific institution.  To use CACH, you will need to first sign up. You can do this below:

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Apply to Study in 2019

The earlier you apply, the better.  We’ve got all the application closing dates for you.  Start your 2019 application today!

UNIVERSITY – 2018 APPLICATION DATES

University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications close for Second Semester: 30 April 2018 

University of Cape Town (UCT)

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN FOR SECOND SEMESTER

Applications open for second semester: 8 January 2018

Applications close for second semester: 30 April 2018

University of Fort Hare (UFH)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications open: July 2017

Applications close: 31 October 2017

University of the Free State (UFS)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications open: 1 April 2017

Applications close: 29 September 2017 (all programmes except below)
Architecture and Medical programmes: 31 May 2017

Fine Arts: 1 November 2017

University of Johannesburg (UJ)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications open: 1 April 2017

Applications close: 29 September 2017

Please note: Late application enquiry is open from 9 – 13 January 2018.

University of Limpopo

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications open: 1 April 2017

Applications close: 29 September 2017

University of South Africa (UNISA)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Open: August 2017
Applications Close: 28 April 2017 (for second semester studies in 2017)
10 November 2017 (for first semester in 2018)

North West University (NWU)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications open: 1 March 2017

Applications close: 29 September 2017 (excluding Health Science)
Health Science applications close 30 June 2017

Please note: There are still some courses open for application.

Nelson Mandela University (NMU)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Open: 1 April 2017
Applications Close: 30 September 2017

31 October 2017 (international students) 

University of Pretoria (UP / TUKS)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications open: 1 March 2017

Applications close: 30 September 2017 (excluding below programmes)
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)

Rhodes University (RU)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications open: 1 April 2017

Applications close: 30 September 2017

Late applications open until 30th October 2017.

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

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 July 2017
 (BSc (Diet), Bachelor of Speech Language Pathology & Audiology, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Sciences, B Cur, BNSc)

Sol Plaatje University

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications open: 1 April 2017

Applications close: 29 September 2017

University of Zululand

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Open: August 2017
Applications Close: 31 August 2017 (Social Work)
29 September 2017 (Nursing Science)
31 October 2017 (all other programs)

Please note: Late applications open until the 30th November 2017.

Stellenbosch University

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Open: 1 March 2017
Applications Close:  30 June 2017 (all programs except medical programs)
Medical programs close  on 31 May 2017 

University of Venda

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Open: 1 April 2017
Applications Close: 29 September 2017

Walter Sisulu University

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Open: 12 June 2017
Applications Close: 31 August 2017 (Health Sciences)
29 September 2017 (all other courses)

Please note: WSU considers late applications after the 31st of October 2017. Keep your eyes peeled!

University of Western Cape (UWC)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Open: The Middle of May
Applications Close: 31 August 2017 (BCHD programme)
30 September 2017
 (all other
programs)

University of Witwatersrand (Wits)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Close: 30 June 2017 (Health Sciences, Architecture, Speech and Hearing Therapy)

30 September 2017 (all other University programmes and residence applications)

University of Mpumalanga (UMP)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications open: 1 April 2017

Applications close: 31 October 2017

TECHNIKON – 2018 APPLICATION DATES

Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications open: 1 April 2017

Applications close:
31 July 2017 (Design and Architecture programmes)
30 September 2017 (all other programmes)

Central University of Technology (CUT)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications open: May/June 2017

Applications close:
31 August 2017 

Durban University of Technology (DUT)

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications close for Second Semester: 30 April 2018

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications open: 1 April 2017

Applications close: 31 September 2017 (Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Natural Science and Faculty of Management Sciences)
31 May 2017 (Second Semester: Faculty of Engineering and Analytical Chemistry)

Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications close for Second Semester: 15 May 2018 

Vaal University of Technology (VUT)

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications open: 1 April 2017

Applications close: 29 September 2017 

International Students: 31 October 2017

PRIVATE COLLEGE – 2018 APPLICATION DATES

Central Technical College

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close:  You can apply throughout the year.

City Varsity

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close:  You can apply throughout the year.

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City Varsity Online

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close:  You can apply throughout the year.

Damelin College

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close:  The second week of February 2018.

Dermatech

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close: You can apply throughout the year.  The mid-year intake closes in June.  

ICESA Education

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close: To study in first semester, apply by the end of January 2018
To study in
second semester, apply by the end of July 2018

Inscape

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Close: 31 December 2017 (Warning: the later you apply, the more you will pay)

Intec College

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close: You can apply throughout the year.

Lyceum Correspondence College

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close: You can apply throughout the year.

Damelin Correspondence

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close:  You can apply throughout the year.

Damelin Online

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close:  You can apply throughout the year.

Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Close: 15 August 2017 (Australia)
1 October 2017 (San Francisco, Singapore, Beijing, Hong Kong, New Delhi)

Oxbridge Academy

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close: You can apply throughout the year.

Pearson Institute of Higher Education

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close: If you want to study from first semester, apply by the end of February 2018
If you want to study in second semester, apply by 31 July 2018

Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close: You can apply throughout the year.

Rosebank College

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close: End of February 2018

Vega

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close: 31 October 2017
28 February 2018 (late applications)

eta College

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Close: 31 October 2017

Open Learning Group

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Close: If you want to study from first semester, apply by 30 September 2017
If you want to study in second semester, apply by the end of July 2018

TVET COLLEGE – 2018 APPLICATION DATES

Registration is open throughout the year or at different times during the course of the year (depending on study choice) at South African TVET colleges.  With the exception of the following colleges:

Buffalo City TVET College

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Close:  30 November 2017

Eastcape Midlands TVET College

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Close:  30 November 2017

Esayidi TVET College

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Close:  For part-time studies, apply from 22 May to 21 July

South West Gauteng TVET College

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close:  16 December 2017

Lovedale TVET College

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Close:  30 September 2017

Mnambithi TVET College

APPLICATION STATUS: CLOSED

Applications Close:  17 -21 July 2017 (First-time Business Studies applicants)

Tshwane North TVET College

APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

Applications Close:
For trimester courses, registration is January, April/May and August/September
For semester courses, registration is in January and July
For year-long courses, registration is only in January

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