Study at UNISA
University of South AfricaStudents can register to study in the following colleges: Economic and Management Sciences; Humanities and Social Sciences; Science, Engineering and Technology; Law; and Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
Standing as a sentinel at the southern main entrance
to the country's capital city, Unisa is an imposing sight. The first
distance education university in the western hemisphere, Unisa is also
the first comprehensive university on the continent.
With a student body in the region of 250 000, Unisa
offers a diverse choice of study fields at levels from certificate to
degree, ranging from animal health, agriculture, law, business,
education, humanities, to name but a few. Unisa is now also represented
in all provinces of South Africa with strong outreach to SADC
countries. In addition, Unisa has partnerships with several African
countries to help build up capacity, particularly in those countries
devastated by war.
There is an enormous academic expertise available
from merging both the former University of South Africa and Technikon
SA, and incorporating the distance education section of Vista
University. The new Unisa has benefited greatly and increased its human
resource and technological capacity to the advantage of the country and
in providing learning opportunities for all our students.
The University's management has developed a vision,
mission, objectives and values in line with the newly formed
comprehensive university, focusing on the issues facing the continent of
Africa, in its research, academic programmes, student support and
outreach, while at the same time ensuring the University's place in the
global market place.
There are challenges facing Unisa that are unique to
Africa- the need for literacy, training and providing of skills to a
massive population that has been disadvantaged by poor schooling during
the apartheid regime.
As a comprehensive University, it offers a range of
products that provide learners with a myriad of opportunities to learn
and develop skills, from certificate and diploma courses ranging from
three months to three years to degree courses up to doctoral level. In
addition prospective students who have a national senior certificate and
not a university entrance matric, can register for the access course
programme in the college where they would like to continue their
studies. When successfully completed, the programme will offer them the
opportunity to study further.
Student support is essential in distance education,
but particularly in South Africa, for the abovementioned reasons. The
University continually strives to find better methods of tuition and
support to help the student achieve success.
When the merger process is finalised, the
comprehensive university will be a global player in providing quality
education and learning opportunities. Unisa offers tuition through the
medium of distance education which means students can study in the
comfort of their own homes. Many students, however, come from
underprivileged backgrounds and need not only academic support but also
in terms of facilities like a quiet place to study. Learning centres
are available in Sunnyside, in Johannesburg and several provinces.
Students obtain their study guides, course outline
for the semester, including assignments when they register. They need
to buy their own prescribed books. Books can be ordered from the main
library in Pretoria (which is one of the biggest research libraries in
the country), but there are only a limited number of prescribed books.
All recommended books are available for further reading and research.
Students can register through the post, in person at
the various centres, or through the Internet.
Examinations are held in over 400 centres throughout
southern Africa, the rest of Africa and overseas.
Students can register to study in the following
colleges: Economic and Management Sciences; Humanities and
Social Sciences; Science, Engineering and Technology; Law; and
Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.
For further information call (012) 429-311; or write
to: The Registrar (Academic) PO Box 392 Unisa 0003 or visit our website