South African Universities

South African Higher Education Institutions

This is a list of universities in South Africa. For the purposes of this list, colleges and universities are defined as accredited, degree-granting, post-secondary institutions. In 2004 South Africa started reforming its higher education system, merging and incorporating small universities into larger institutions, and renaming all higher education institutions “university” (previously there had been several types of higher education institution). The country’s universities and “technikons” which were incorporated with others and thus no longer exist are listed at the end of the article.

There are also a large number of other educational institutions in South Africa – some are local campuses of foreign universities, some conduct classes for students who write their exams at the distance-education University of South Africa and some offer unaccredited or non-accredited diplomas. Universities and colleges are accredited by the Council on Higher Education.

Two new universities launched in 2013, Sol Plaatje University and the University of Mpumalanga. They are tentatively classified in the universities of technology category, pending clarification of their programs.

Public Universities in South Africa

Public universities in South Africa are divided into three types: traditional universities, which offer theoretically-oriented university degrees; universities of technology (“technikons“), which offer vocational oriented diplomas and degrees; and comprehensive universities, which offer a combination of both types of qualification

Public universities in South Africa are split into 3 types-
  • 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.

Are you looking for the details of a specific university to apply? Or maybe you would like a quick reference as to the faculties offered by various universities across the country?

Online Application Instructions 

Are you thinking of applying to study in any tertiary Institution? Do you know how to apply?  The application procedure is not for the faint-hearted. Worry no more, we have all the support you need to help you get through it.

makes sure to have the following in mind;

NOTE: For most institutions you’ll need to write an NBT test, which will test your academic preparedness. Make sure you check up with the institution you’re applying to whether or not you’ll need an NBT result for your application. Your NBT results are valid for 3 years and you only need to write the test once if you’re applying to more than one institution

Closing Dates;  Make sure you know the exact closing dates for the institutions you want to apply. To avoid any delays check for the closing dates of the institution first before you apply.

  • Remember you will need an email address when applying either online or a hard copy
  • Note that the following systems do not accept emails from some of the universities: Hotmail, Webmail, Ymail, Outlook and Live. It is advisable to create and use a Gmail address for the application.

Online/Postage/Courier : Take this into consideration when starting the application process; Some universities use an online application system, while others only accept hard copies. Some offer both.

Exam Results: Grade 11 Marks are very important for your application.Your Matric June Marks is allowed by some universities to use to apply. Thus, have it on hand.

Financial Support:To further your education but no financial Aid can be headache. If your family’s income falls below a certain level, you could qualify. You will be required to fill a form separately and have a proof of your parent or guardian payslip.

Current Year’s Activity:If you’re in Matric, the university requires your school marks and school activity details.

Supporting Documents; A Certified copy of your ID – Parent’s/guardian’s ID – Exam results – Proof of residence – Most recent payslip. Send only a photo copy of it not the original. If you took a gap year they’ll need travelling or working details.

Accurate Details: make sure to check very well your details before submitting online. If you fill out a hard copy, kindly use a pencil before filling it out with a blue or black pen.

Pay the Application Fee:  Make sure of the required amount, EFT it or pay it at the bank. Never post the fees. Send the university proof of payment if it’s required.

Signing the Declaration:  Read through the form very well and make sure your details are all true and correct.The slightest mistake you make will end you not getting admission; You AND your parent/guardian need to sign it.

Acceptance: You will be sent a formal email or letter to inform you of your acceptance. This is why we mentioned above you haven a working email address. Remember to continue working hard and pay the minimum initial payment by the due date.