International Distance Learning Programs
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What is Distance Learning

A distance teaching and learning institution, means that:

  • You will be physically separated from the University. You will study at home, on your own time.
  • There are no classes or timetables. You need to manage your own studies, which requires self-discipline and self-directed learning.
  • You will receive your printed study material in the form of study guides when registering. These comprehensive study guides help you master your study material, give direction to your studies, and stimulate your learning process. Your study guides should be used in conjunction with prescribed and recommended books. Other media such as tapes, CDs or DVDs are used in some modules.
  • You will regularly receive tutorial letters from your lecturers. These need to be filed, to enable you to refer to them frequently.
  • Tutorial Letter is the most important tutorial letter (available online on the learning management system. myUnisa ( This letter gives you important information, such as valuable details about the module your are enrolled for (i.e. assignment topics and due dates for the submission of assignments), contact details of lecturers, titles of prescribed books, information about discussion classes, and examination details.
    Tutorials provide students with the opportunity for group study, Most of UNISA  tutors are now e-tutors, communicating exclusively via the internet.
  • You may be required to submit assignments on a regular basis. Assignments give you excellent preparation for the examinations.
  • To complete your assignments effectively, you will have to consult your study guide, buy prescribed textbooks, and consult recommended books, which are available from the Unisa library.
  • You will attend examinations at the end of the semester / year.
    • Practical work, including laboratory work in some modules. please see details on your study materials.
    • You may write to, visit, phone or email your lecturer.
    • Library may be accessed in person or online.