Frequently asked questions
15. What qualification do I need in order to register at Unisa?
The minimum qualification required is a certificate of full matriculation or conditional matriculation endorsement. However, should you want to study towards a specialized degree, it is suggested that you read the entry requirements in the faculty brochure of the intended degree.
The faculty brochure can be obtained from the IACI address.
If you do not have the required qualifications for the your chosen degree, Unisa offers access courses in such cases. Once you pass the access course, you will be able to register for your chosen degree.
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Type of Exemption
Note: If you are 23 years of age and older, a General Education Diploma (GED) will be acceptable for registration.
The registration fee covers the following:
IACI will assist you with:
Note: you will have to purchase all your prescribed books since Unisa is a distance learning institution.
Finances are available by applying to the Student Assistance Program in your province (e.g. Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), British Columbia Student Assistance Program (BCSAP)).
A great advantage of studying at Unisa is that it costs less than half the fees paid at a residential university.Back to the top
We invite you to write, phone, or e-mail your request to us. Best link to: http://www.IACI.com/requestinfo.php and submit the info webpage so we may serve you better.Back to the top
Many students do not learn how to study in a structured and organized way. There is no single studying method that will solve all your problems – effective studying is a different process for each individual. Unisa offers a memory improvement program, which you can work on using your own computer. An alternative would be to contact Unisa or IACI by e-mail.Back to the top
Most of Unisa’s students hold jobs and other responsibilities that take up the bulk of their time. As a result, these students may enroll in only a few courses or modules to complete in their spare time (part-time study). Full-time students are regarded as those who are registered for a more heavier workload (e.g. four to five courses or eight to ten modules per year).Back to the top
Tutorials are organized by the learning centers of the Department of Student Support. They are held in South Africa, where the course material is discussed between a tutor and other students. Summaries will be sent to you by mail.Back to the top
In order to succeed, proper time management is essential. You need to use the time at your disposal in a very disciplined way. We recommend that you do not enroll for more than three courses or four to six modules in your first year of study. This will depend on the specific requirements of each faculty. Aim to pass all the courses that you have registered for, so do not overload yourself by taking on too many courses.Back to the top
All lecturers can be contacted via the Internet through Unisa’s “Student OnLine” service (SOL). The lecturers will guide you on how to:
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You may not register for more than 60 NQF credits in a semester, that is, not more than 5 modules per semester of 12
Students registering for year modules may not register for more than 120 NQF credits per year.
How many modules must I pass annually to avoid academic exclusion?
In your first year of study: 3 modules per semester, and 2 per annually modules.
In your second or further years of study: 4 modules per semester, and 3 per annually modules.
The answer is yes, except if you were suspended from a prior institution on grounds of misconduct.
15. I want to change - What should I do to...? Please submit your request in writing. Send us an email, described the issue, state your full name and student number.
Enclose some of the issues we may help you with:
Add study units
Cancel study units
Change my address and/or telephone number
Change my exam centre
Apply for course credit exemptions