How To Apply Through Central Applications Office CAO

How To Apply Through Central Applications Office CAO

How To Apply Through Central Applications Office CAO : CAO Step by step application process for the current academic year

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

An international applicant is a person who is not a citizen or permanent resident of South Africa. The higher education institutions of KwaZulu- Natal welcome applications from international applicants for their formal degree, diploma and certificate programmes. Some institutions also offer the opportunity of study in South Africa for one semester or one year. Durban University of Technology and the University of KwaZulu-Natal cannot accept international applicants into their access programmes.

Where to send your application

If you are applying for short-term study apply directly to the institution.

If you are applying to either Durban University of Technology, the University of Zululand, Mangosuthu Universitiy of Technology or to several institutions as the same time, apply through the CAO.

If you are applying to the University of KwaZulu-Natal, apply directly to the institution.

Applications to study Medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal are considered ONLY from citizens of the following SADC countries: Botswana, Lesotho and Mauritius.

Language skills necessary. The language of instruction at all these institutions is English, and students need to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Deadlines for applications

International applicants should apply as early as possible. You will need a letter of acceptance from the higher education institution before you can apply for your Study Permit. The permit application will take up to eight weeks to be processed.The University of KwaZulu-Natal will not consider international applications received after 31 October.

Study Permits

Apply to the South African Embassy, High Commission, Consulate or Trade Office for a Study Permit once you have a letter from the institution offering you a place. Acceptance by an institution does not place any obligation on the South African government to issue or renew Study Permits. The permit currently costs R425, and must be renewed annually. This price will rise from 1 April 2008. Registered refugees and asylum seekers and others with Residence Permits allowing them to study do not require Study Permits.

Costs

Institutions can advise on the fees charged to international students and the cost of living. All international students are required by the South African government to take out private healthcare insurance, which can normally be arranged through the institution you are attending. Make sure you are insured for the whole period of study. You will not get subsidised treatment in South African government hospitals. If you are not sponsored by a South African organisation or citizen, you will have to deposit cash or a bank guarantee equivalent to the airfare ENTRY 2009 131 to your country of origin. International students do not normally qualify for financial assistance from South African institutions.

Foreign qualifications

The following are considered to be equivalent to the South African entry requirements:

GCE:

Five passes in GCE including two at `A` level:

  • `A` level passes must be A, B, C, D or E
  • `O` level passes must be A, B or C

Applicants from SADC countries who have five passes at `O` level including English Language may be considered for diploma study.

HIGCSE/IGCSE:

Passes in five subjects, four of which must be at HIGCSE level:

  • HIGCSE passes must be 1, 2 or 3
  • IGCSE passes must be A, B or C

Evaluation

Applicants who have foreign qualifications and wish to enter degree programmes are required to have passes in English Language and one other language, and must usually also have passed Maths. They should apply for a Foreign or Foreign Conditional Matric Exemption from the Matriculation Board. Institutions will usually assist with this, or you can consult the Matriculation Board directly. There is a charge, currently R260, for a certifi cate of exemption.

Contact details:

The Matriculation Board PO Box 3854, Pretoria, 0001

  • 012 481 2847 / 2848
  • 012 481 2718 / 2922

www.hesa-enrol.ac.za
Email:exemptions@hesa-enrol.ac.zaThose wishing to enter diploma programmes may be required to have their qualifications assessed to confi rm that they are equivalent to the South African Senior Certifi cate. This evaluation is carried out by SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority).

If you need to telephone SAQA you must ask for the Quality Assurance department. The cost ranges from R360 to R720 depending on the level of priority. Conditions are on the SAQA website.

Contact details:

SAQA Postnet Suite 248, Private Bag X06 Waterkloof, 0145

  • 012 431 5000
  • 012 431 5039

www.saqa.org.za
Email:saqainfo@saqa.org.za

Do NOT leave home before your Study Permit is granted – you will not be allowed to study on a Visitor`s Permit. You cannot apply for your first permit after you arrive in South Africa. People who are in South Africa for study purposes are not eligible to apply for South African citizenship.
FOR MORE INFORMATION Contact the institutions/s direct – see `Institution contact details`, or use the hyperlinks on the CAO website www.cao.ac.za

Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.