Universities in South Africa

There are 26 public universities distributed across all 9 provinces in South Africa. These tertiary schools are funded by the government and thereby controlled largely by decisions made by the government. The 26 Public universities in South Africa are split into 3 types,

Types pf Universities in South Africa

Traditional Universities: These Universities provide theoretically-oriented university degree programmes.

Universities of Technology (“Technikons”): These Universities provide vocational-oriented diploma and degree programmes.

Comprehensive Universities: These Universities provide a combination of both traditional Universities’ qualifications and Universities of Technology qualifications.

For Online Applications for Bursaries, see The Best Bursary Website in South Africa. For Tvet Colleges Application, search for TVET Colleges on this website.

List of All Universities in South Africa

Traditional Universities in South Africa

University of Cape Town

University of Fort Hare

University of the Free State

University of KwaZulu-Natal

University of Limpopo

North-West University

University of Pretoria

Rhodes University

University of Stellenbosch

University of the Western Cape

University of the Witwatersrand

Mpumalanga University

Sol Plaatje University

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences

Comprehensive Universities in South Africa

University of Johannesburg

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

University of South Africa

University of Venda

Walter Sisulu University

University of Zululand

Universities of Technology in South Africa

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Central University of Technology

Durban University of Technology

Mangosuthu University of Technology

Tshwane University of Technology

Vaal University of Technology

Following are the Private Universities and Colleges in South Africa

Below are the online application forms for all private Universities and Colleges in South Africa. Click on the individual links in order to access detailed application information

Private Universities and Colleges in South Africa

AFDA, The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance

Auckland Park Theological Seminary

Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa

Boston City Campus and Business College

Cornerstone Institute

CTI Education Group

Damelin College

Doxa Deo School of Divinity

George Whitefield College

IMM Graduate School of Marketing

Inscape Design College

Management College of Southern Africa

Midrand Graduate Institute

Milpark Business School

Oval Education International

Qualitas Career Academy

Monash South Africa

Regenesys Business School

South African Theological Seminary

St Augustine College of South Africa

Stenden University South Africa

Varsity College

TVET Colleges

Nursing College

Online Application Checklist

Important Information About University Application

Know the things stated below before you apply to any university in South Africa

1. Closing Dates

Make sure you are aware of the closing dates of the various universities you intend to apply towards.

  • Your application must reach the University before the closing date in order to be considered.
  • For University application dates see the site menu

2. Online Vs Postage or Courier

Be aware of how your application must reach the University. Some universities such as UCT have an online application process while other universities require you to post or courier your application so that they have the physical copy.

  • Make sure you allow for the amount of time that postage and delivery takes.

3. Exam Results

Make sure you have all your exam results from Grade 11 and June matric exam marks on hand. You will need to submit these results to the University with the application.

  • You will need to submit a certified copy of these results. Never send the originals!

FYI: Some universities require you to complete a National Benchmark Test (NBT). Find out more here and check with the institution if you need to complete one.

4. Make sure all details are correct

Forms can be a pain to fill in, and are often complicated! Go through the forms slowly and make sure you fill in each part of the form carefully so that you do not make mistakes.

  • Consider doing your application in pencil before you fill it in in with a pen.
  • A black ballpoint pen is usually the accepted method for filling in forms, put the purple pen away!

To consider:
Make sure you have a working email address, which anyone can create by registering an email address on gmail.com.
FYI: You will also need a working cell phone number and a postage address.

5. Financial Aid

Have a look at the fee’s booklet with your parents or guardians and together. Come to a conclusion about whether or not you might need financial aid. If your household income falls below a certain bracket, either of your parents or guardians are pensioners or either of your parents are unemployed, you may qualify for financial aid.
If you do require financial aid from your University, there will usually be a separate form you may need to complete. Make sure you have your parent or guardian’s most recent payslip for this.

To find out more information about student loans read all about student loans

6. Current Year’s Activity

For your application, you will most likely need to fill in what you have been doing for the last year.

  • If you were a student at school you also have to submit your exam results and school subjects.
  • If you were traveling, you may be required to provide details of your activities.

7. Signing the Declaration

Your application will need to be signed by your parents or guardians and by you.

  • Make sure that you all know exactly what you are signing and that all the information in the application is true and correct.

8. Supporting Documents

Most of the applications require some supporting documents.

  • These are certified copies or your ID and certified copies of your parents or guardians ID’s.
  • Other supporting documents may be your exam resultsproof of residence and a recent pay slip.
  • Make sure that you have copies of these documents and never send the original!

9. Pay the Application Fee

Find out what the application fee for your University is and make sure that you pay the fee in the required method before you send your application.

  • Do not send your application fee via post.
  • Pay the fee at the bank or via EFT.
  • Find out whether or not you need to provide a proof of payment that the application fee has been paid.

10. Acceptance

If you are accepted to your chosen University you will be sent a formal letter or email.

  • You will usually have a few months in which to accept based on your final results (so no slacking off yet!) Remember to accept the offer and make sure that in the following year you have paid the Minimum Initial Payment.
  • The MIP is the minimum amount of your fees which must be paid in order for you to begin a ‘payment plan’ with the university. It is also often what must be paid in order for you to secure a place in a residence.