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UNISA Registration Dates 2021

by Staff Reporter

Are you looking to register to study at Unisa but want to make sure that you don’t miss the registration dates? 

Good news, registration is open now! Here we will help you with everything that you need to know about the Unisa registration dates for 2021.

Registering for Unisa in 2021?

If you are in the process of registering for Unisa it is important to note that different degrees have different registration opening and closing dates. 

Undergraduate and Honours Unisa registration dates

If you are applying for:

  • Undergraduate degree programs,
  • Honours programs, or
  • Postgraduate diplomas
The registration date is: 5 January – 12 March 2021 for all semester and year modules.

This includes higher certificates, diplomas, advanced certificates, advanced diplomas, B. Tech, and postgraduate certificate programs

Initial fee payment date for undergraduate Unisa programs

It is also important to note that the final date for your initial minimum payment is on the 12th of March 2021. This needs to be paid so that your registration can be finalised.

Unisa Master’s and Doctoral registration dates

If you have applied for a Masters or Doctoral program through Unisa, here are the registration dates to keep track of: 

5 January – 31 March 2021 (exceptions do apply for some of these qualifications).

The initial fee payment date for postgraduate Unisa programs

When you are registering for a postgraduate program through Unisa, your registration will only be finalised once the university has received your payment. So, you need to pay before the registration closing date, i.e. 31 March 2021.

Does Unisa accept late registration?

In 2021, if you miss the registration deadline you will unfortunately not be able to study at the institution. The university has had to decrease the number of students that they admit this year, and as such have had to be strict about registration and application deadlines. 

To avoid disappointment with your registration make sure that you register as soon as possible rather than waiting until the 12th of March. This will give you enough time to make sure that you get your registration done correctly, and if you have any issues there will be enough time to sort those out. 

Online registration for Unisa in 2021

Registration in 2021 for all 1st semester and year modules for the academic year must be submitted online. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic Unisa is only allowing online registrations (with a few courses excepted). 

The university has stated that all of their in-person self-help registration facilities across the country are unavailable during the current registration period. 

Issues and errors with Unisa online registration

If you do have any problems registering online, Unisa have stated that there is probably an issue with the selection of modules. So, if you are struggling make sure to read the error message carefully and correct accordingly. 

For students that require assistance, such as students with disabilities, you can contact Unisa’s ARCSWiD office on the following numbers: 012 429 6257 or 012 429 2552. You can also email Ms Vukati Ndlovu at

You can also contact Unisa’s Student Communication Service Centre for more information on 080 000 1870 or email:

In-person registration for Unisa 2021

Only students with serious registration issues will be allowed to visit the Unisa office. There will be a limited number of students granted at the office according to Covid-19 regulations. To visit the offices you will need to book an appointment through the Unisa booking app. Every visitor will then be required to complete the full health check before entering the Unisa office.

Contact Unisa for Registration Questions

To contact Unisa for any registration questions you can email: Additionally, you can find contact details by department on the unisa site.   

Still looking to secure funding for your studies? Explore our funding opportunities for studying at Unisa in 2021!

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