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South Africa Universities Application And Closing Dates for 2021

There is a vast array of universities in South Africa that are accredited and ranked in high positions globally. The government invest a lot in universities and thus, produce alumni that are succeeding in many fields.

Universities Application Dates for 2021

Students who want to apply for mid-year intake for 2021 or intake for 2022 must maintain the marks that are expected by the respective universities and apply before a set date. In order to secure your place at a university, it is imperative that you apply as soon as possible as there is a huge demand from first-year students. Although most universities have not opened their applications for 2022 entry, these generic dates for the previous year will give you insight on when you should expect to apply in 2021 for 2022.


University of South Africa (UNISA)

UNISA’s online application deadline for Undergraduate degrees close on 30th November 2020. Applications for Postgraduate diplomas and honours degrees close on 15th December 2020. Masters and PhD applications close on 6th November 2020.

North-West University (NWU)

The deadline to apply for non-selection courses for the 2021 academic year was September 30, 2020, while the deadline for selection courses was June 30, 2020. The deadline for applying to study music was July 31, 2020.

University of Kwazulu-Natal (UKZN)

The undergraduate student application process is now closed at UKZN. The undergraduate program deadlines for applying to medical school was 30th June 2020. Late applications for medical school will be discarded. All other applications for undergraduate degrees close on 30th September 2020. Applications for internal transfers will be accepted by 1st June 2020.

The application period for all undergraduate programs for the 2021 academic year started on April 1, 2020, and ended on July 31, 2020. Prospective students are encouraged to apply online during this period to improve their chances of being accepted into the institution. Before beginning the application process, a prospective student should double-check with the school since the deadlines can change.


The programs, resident student applications that were available from April 1st to June 30th, 2020 are all the courses within the faculty of health sciences, bachelor of audiology, bachelor of architecture, bachelor of film and tv and bachelor of speech-language. The application process for the outstanding courses is 30th September.

Nelson Mandela University (NMU)

The application period for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses for the 2021 intake began in April and ended on August 3, 2020. Prospectus students were encouraged to apply online and submit all of their supporting documents by the deadline.

University of Fort Hare (UFH)

The application phase for UFH 2021 started on July 1, 2020. The deadline for this institution’s 2020 application was September 30, 2020.

University of the Free State (UFS)

The submission period has already ended. There were different deadline dates for prospectus students in 2021. Radiation Sciences, MBChB, Physiotherapy and Optometry applications closed on 31st May 2020. The applications for Architecture, Nursing, Construction and Economics and Management closed on 31st July 2020. Applications for prospective international students closed on 31st August 2020. Applications for the Fine Arts closed on 1st September 2020. The remaining courses among of which are, Geology, Physics with Engineering Sciences, Community Development, Drama and Theatre Arts, Forensic Sciences, Social Work and Music have applications that close on 30th September 2020.

Rhodes University 

The enrolment period for Rhodes University’s class of 2021 is now closed. The deadline for all new students to apply for admission to the university was September 30, 2020. Applications for the 2021 academic year were received from 1st April 2020. The closing date was 30th September 2020.

University of Western Cape 

The application period for 2021 is now closed. On or before September 30, 2020, UWC application forms were scheduled to be submitted.

Stellenbosch University 

The deadlines for submissions for Stellenbosch university for the year 2021 close on 30th June 2020 for all undergraduate applications as well as interested individuals that are applying for residency. Financial aid applications close on 31st August 2020, while applications for NSFAS bursaries close on 30th November 2020. Diplomas in Public Accountability are closed on 15th December 2020.

University of Pretoria 

Prospectus students should be aware that the institution has switched to an entirely online application process. The application deadlines for the University of Pretoria for the academic year 2021 are 30th September 2020 for South African students applying for the Faculty of Theology and Religion, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. Non-South African students have to apply to these faculties by 31st August 2020. A Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture closes on 31st May 2020 for all students. South African and non-South African students wanting to apply for courses in the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology have to apply before 31st August 2020. The deadline for both South African and non-South African candidates to apply to the Faculty of Health Sciences and Veterinary Medicine is 31st May 2020. The application process for most of the courses within the Humanities faculty closes on the 30th June 2020, while others, close on 30th September for South Africans and 31st August for International students. Local students have until 30th September 2020 to apply for the LLB, Bachelor of Arts Law and Bachelor of Commerce Law and non-South African students have until 31st August 2020 to apply.

University of Limpopo

At this time, you are unable to apply to the University of Limpopo. The university announced the deadline for 2021 prospectus applicants on September 23, 2020, for both South African and foreign students.

University Of Venda

The University of Venda has confirmed the start and end dates for its 2021 prospectus students. Online applications for entry and hostel accommodation were accepted starting on June 15, 2020, and the deadline was November 30, 2020. It implies that the application period is now complete.

University of Mpumalanga

The university has announced the deadline for 2021 prospectus students, which is November 30, 2020.

University of Zululand

The application process for 2021 is closed now. New application deadlines are not announced yet.

It’s important to remember that the majority of the organisations on this list are already closed to new applicants. If you plan to enrol in one of these universities, you can launch the application process as soon as possible to stop the last-minute scramble.