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.
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:
Once you know the 2018 application dates (opening & closing) for the institutions you want to apply for, you can get started with applying to these institutions and making sure you don’t miss any applications. You can click the links on each of the boxes above to view the OFFICIAL EduConnect page for the institution and read more about the institution, including a step-by-step application guide.
Before you apply, there are three main documents that almost all institutions require. Make sure you have these on the ready:
- A certified copy of your ID
- Proof of payment of any application fees
- 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 post office and ask them to certify your documents. Sometimes they won’t do the copying for you, so make sure you have a photocopy and the original document with you.
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.
If you are intimidated about applying, we have some pointers to help you keep it together. Breathe in, breathe out and take a look at a few application tips here. No 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.
We know applying for tertiary studies is daunting and sometimes a real mission! But it’s really important to get clued up on your options and how to apply before these 2018 application dates close – otherwise you’re in the mud! So head back up this page and find some institutions that interest you and see what they have to offer. Best of luck!