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UNISA 2018 Applications for First Time Students Opens

The University of South Africa (UNISA) will re-open its applications for the 2018 academic year for first-time entering undergraduate students.

Universities and colleges across the country are scrambling to deal with the large number of walk-in applicants, following the confusion surrounding free education.

Following communication from Universities SA (USAf) on 10 January 2018 regarding how universities should manage walk-in students during the 2018 registration period, the University of South Africa has made the following decisions:

  • Unisa will re-open applications for the 2018 academic year for first-time entering undergraduate students who have not previously applied for admission to the 2018 academic year.
  • First-time entering undergraduate students may apply via the Unisa application website or via a self-help station at Unisa’s Service Centres by 19 January 2018.
  • Unisa will only process new applications received by the application deadline of 19 January 2018. Offers will then be made to qualifying applicants on a first come, first served basis, subject to the number of places still available for the 2018 academic year.

Unisa will open undergraduate applications for semester 2 of the 2018 academic year in April 2018.

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Julius Malema Urges Students to Go to Universities and Demand Their Courses

Julius Malema has responded to the announcement by President Zuma that university fees will paid for poor and middle class young people. The EFF leader has urged young people to go to universities in person to demand access to their courses.

Julius Malema has responded to the announcement by President Zuma that university fees will paid for poor and middle class young people. The EFF leader has urged young people to go to universities in person to demand access to their courses.

However the leaders of SA universities have urged young people and their parents that they must not just ‘walk-in’ to varsities and colleges hoping for a place. Applications must be made online or via the government’s central application service, called CACH.

Young people who still want to apply at university this year can use the Cach system which will be open from the Friday the 5th of January.

 

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Apply to Universities and Colleges via Central Application Clearing House [CACH]

The Central Application Clearing House is called CACH and allows you to apply for courses that are still available for varsity or college.

The official application service is now open for 2018 courses at varsity or college. The Central Application Clearing House is called CACH and matches your marks from the exams with courses that still have places available.

It assists prospecting students by sharing their matric results with public and private further and higher education institutions across the country, including colleges (public and private),  Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) colleges, universities, Setas and registered private higher institutions.

Institutions with open study places, technical training opportunities, or apprenticeship slots then make them available to the most suitable applicants on the CACH database.

Students who have been declined offers at universities should come to CACH, which is an ideal route to find a study space that is still available at another institution. CACH also provides a portal for school leavers and other prospective students who may not have completed their schooling to career information, advice and development services.

HOW TO APPLY

You can apply to the CACH by sending an SMS text message to 49200. Include your name and ID number in the SMS.

Other ways to apply:

You can call the toll-free number 0800 356 635, visit the website at http://bit.ly/2lNmR2A

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How to Submit Late Applications to Universities and TVET Colleges in 2018

The Central Applications Clearing House (CACH) online application service for matriculants, who struggled to secure a place at the educational institution of their choice, will open from 5 January – 28 February 2018.

CACH services are particularly useful for applicants who applied for admission to a university or college in time, but have not been offered a place or their programme of choice.

It can also be useful for prospective students who achieved better than expected results, and now wish to access a different course or university or Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college.

Students who missed the application window period for one reason or the other can also use CACH services.

CACH was established in 2013 in response to the large number of applicants seeking entry to the Post School Education and Training (PSET) sector in January, when most universities have closed their application process.

It is provided by the Department of Higher Education and Training as a service that is free to both applicants and institutions.

Now in its fifth year, CACH has attracted 18 329 applicants.

A survey taken on 10 087 applicants in March 2016 revealed that 33% (3 328) of students had found a place in PSET or employment since contacting CACH.

A survey taken of 11 770 applicants in March 2017 revealed that 37.3% (4 390) of students had found a place in PSET, or employment since contacting CACH.

This reflects an increase of 1 062 learners finding a place in the PSET sector. The increase is an indication of the positive impact of CACH.

Registration can be done on CACH’s website: http://cach.dhet.gov.za.

Alternatively, prospective students can call the toll-free call centre number on 0860 35 66 35 from 8am to 8pm.

CACH is also contactable via standard SMS (name and ID) to 49200 or by email: CACH@dhet.gov.za.

Central Application Service

Meanwhile, the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has recently approved a policy for the establishment of a Central Application Service (CAS) for PSET.

The policy is an initial step in the legislative process to establish a one-stop online application system for students to access multiple institutions without the need to queue at those institutions.

CAS is aimed at streamlining and simplifying the application and admissions process.

The new system will allow applicants to use the system for a range of tasks such as investigating opportunities, preparing, submitting and changing applications, and considering and accepting offers.

The CAS system will prepare application cycles, capture off-line applications, check and submit applications, communicate with applicants, resolve queries and refer rejected applicants to other opportunities.

PSET institutions will prepare programme data, receive applications, select and make offers, and register and admit students.

The main users of the system will be all entering undergraduates, who can apply for academic programmes, as specified by individual institutions.

It is envisaged that the CAS will become fully operational in 2024 for 2025 applications. – SAnews.gov.za

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How to Apply to Study at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2017 and 2018

APPLICATIONS FOR SECOND SEMESTER 2017 INTAKE

In order to ensure adequate time for processing and testing by NMMU and yourself, applications for the 2017 second semester should be submitted by the latest 31 May 2017. In addition, places in some qualifications are limited, and it is therefore in your best interest to submit your application early. Please refer to the “2017 – 2nd Semester intake and qualification guidelines document” prior to applying, as a limited number of qualification(s) are open for the second semester intake.

Early applications: 31 May 2017 (no fee)

Late applications: 01 June 2017 to 20 June 2017 (no fee)

To apply for a 2017 second semester qualification please apply here, as online applications are NOT open for second semester applications. Only manual applications (hard copy) will be considered for possible admission. Please ensure that you have familiarised yourself with the specific admission requirements, prior to applying.

APPLICATIONS FOR ACADEMIC ADMISSION: 2018 JANUARY INTAKE

Online applications for NMMU’s 2018 January intake are now open. In order to ensure adequate time for processing, testing, portfolios, interviews and planning by NMMU and yourself, applications for admission in 2018 should be submitted before 1 August 2017. In addition, places for some qualifications are limited; it is therefore in your best interest to submit your application early.

BTech & Advanced Diploma applications
NMMU students who are currently completing either a Diploma or National Diploma (NDip) at NMMU and would like to apply for these qualifications are required to only complete the “BTech and Advanced Diploma Application Form”. The completed form must be submitted to the admissions office before 1 August 2017 (no supporting documentation required). Prospective students who have already completed their diploma studies either at NMMU or elsewhere, and opted to enter the work force or take a gap year before commencing their BTech/Advanced Diploma studies, would need to complete an “online application form”  and submit certified copies of their ID, academic record and certificate of conduct along with other documentation in order for their applications to be considered. Applications close on 1 August 2017 and no application fee is required.

APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:

First Semester 2018 (February): 31 October (Application fee of R500)

 

View the list of programmes that are now FULL

POSTGRADUATES

Master’s and doctoral degrees by research candidates can apply at any time of the year – application is free. Postgraduate applicants must also complete the relevant Postgraduate form (U24) in addition to the standard Postgraduate application form.

Postgraduate applications must be submitted to: postgraduateadmission@nmmu.ac.za
Source: NMMU
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