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President's Welcome

Thank you for visiting our international distance learning website. I invite you to take the time to navigate through this site. Whatever your current level of academic achievement is, you can be sure that UNISA has a program that meets your needs and aspirations.

International Academic Correspondence Incorporated (IACI), and it's 46 testing centers in North and South America is UNISA's licensee for the past twelve years. It has been appointed by UNISA to provide information to prospective students concerning their curriculum for Postgraduate and Undergraduate studies, and to provide administrative services, mainly an authorised testing centre, for person/s residing in North and South America, and for those who are considering or already registered in distance education courses and programs offered by UNISA.

All programmes are UNISA distance learning programmes, not approved by the Canadian authorities. Any  Certificates, Diplomas, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral degrees are conferred in South Africa, and awarded by UNISA, and not by IACI.

The University of South Africa (UNISA) is the largest university on the continent and one of the five mega distance learning university in the world. The university has a student headcount of over 360,000 students, including African and international students in 130 countries worldwide. UNISA is dedicated open distance education institution. Open distance learning (ODL) that gives students flexibility and choice over what, when, where and how they learn, and provides them with extensive student support.

The merger between UNISA and Technikon Southern Africa and the incorporation of Vista-Vudec on 2004 created South Africaís first comprehensive tertiary institution, offering university and Technikon-type programmes. Distance education in over 5800 study units is provided by staff in 83 academic teaching departments in the following colleges: Agriculture & Environment Sciences, Economic & Management Sciences, Human Sciences, Law, Sciences & Engineering & Technology and School of Business Leadership.

UNISA has been formally recognized by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) in the United States, the only African university to have received this accreditation. The benefits of membership include the right to use the DETC seal on our learning material, as well as continual quality assurance and peer review, ensuring constant high standards. Developed by DETC, which is the United Statesí national accrediting body for distance education institutions. The accreditation was valid for the last five years. UNISA is listed in the Commonwealth Universities Yearbook, an international directory providing authoritative information on more than 600 Universities in 36 Commonwealth countries. UNISA is also listed in the International Handbook of Universities (IHU), published by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


The Bachelor's degrees are three year degrees with two majors in the third year level.

The Master's degree is a two year programme, the first year is towards

the Honourís degree, which represents a fourth year where the student specializes in a major of choice  - the curriculum is typically comprised of 4-6 papers (study units). The second year of the Master's Degree includes either a dissertation on an approved topic, or papers and a dissertation of limited scope on approved topics.


The curriculum for the  Doctoral Degree consists of a research thesis on an approved topic in the student's specific field of study. The programs cost about $2,200 per year, and offer an innovative approach to learning with correspondence instruction, video & audio lectures, and on-line studies to ensure an efficient delivery of academic material. On-line services enable students to communicate with their lecturers and other classmates via electronic mail. It also provides controlled access to student exams, assignment information, and the library catalogue.

Once youíve explored this informative website, I invite you to request information on any programme/s of your choice. The process is just so much different in South Africa when compared to North and South America. I offer my warmest welcome to all who join UNISA, and look forward to welcoming you in person one day soon.
Best Regards,
Dr. Michael Esselen
Phone:    (604) 408 2728; (360) 306 5949
Cell:        (778) 999 2728
Email:     iaci@iaci-canada.com


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