Complete Guide for the University of Johannesburg (UJ) – [OASC Guide]

The University Ranking

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is recognized as one of South Africa’s leading higher education institutions, known for its robust research outputs and diverse course offerings. It regularly features in various national and global university rankings.

The Courses Offered by the University

UJ provides a broad spectrum of undergraduate and postgraduate programs across its faculties:

  • Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture
  • Faculty of Business and Economics
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Science

Online Application Openning and Closing Dates

Application Requirements for Prospective Applicatnts at UJ

Available Courses at University of Johannesburg

University of Johannesburg – How to Check Application Status

The Acceptance Rate

UJ’s acceptance rate varies by program, reflecting the competitive nature of its admissions process. While specific rates are not publicly disclosed, the university is known for its selective criteria, especially for high-demand programs.

Online Application: How to Apply

  1. Visit UJ’s official website and navigate to the Admissions section.
  2. Choose the level of study (undergraduate or postgraduate) and read through the admission requirements.
  3. Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button and follow the prompts to complete your online application.
  4. Upload the required documents, including academic transcripts, ID or passport, and any additional materials specific to your chosen program.
  5. Pay the application fee, if applicable, and submit your application before the deadline.

The General Requirements Needed for Application

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) or equivalent for undergraduate applicants.
  • A relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent for postgraduate applicants.
  • Specific subject requirements and academic thresholds vary by program.

When Application Normally Opens and Closes for the Year

Applications typically open in April and close at the end of September for the following academic year. Certain programs may have different deadlines.

Estimated Application and Tuition Fees

  • Application fees are subject to change; please refer to UJ’s website for the current fee.
  • Tuition fees vary widely depending on the program and level of study. The UJ Prospectus and website provide detailed fee information.

UJ Prospectus

The UJ Prospectus is an invaluable resource for prospective students, offering detailed information on courses, admission requirements, campus facilities, and much more. It is available for download on UJ’s official website.

How to Check the Status of Application

  • Log into the UJ student portal with your application credentials.
  • Navigate to the ‘Application Status’ section to view your current application status.

Is There Late Application?

Late applications may be considered if space is available in the desired program. Check UJ’s website for announcements regarding late applications.

Is There Second Semester Application?

Some programs may accept applications for mid-year entry. Availability varies by faculty and program, so consult the UJ website or contact the admissions office for specific information.

How to Contact the University

  • Phone: Find the specific department or faculty number on UJ’s website.
  • Email: Use the email addresses provided on the website for admissions queries.
  • In-Person: Visit the campus and speak directly to the admissions office or relevant faculty.

Top 20 Questions About UJ

  1. What scholarships and bursaries does UJ offer?
  • UJ offers a range of scholarships and financial aid options based on merit and financial need. Details are available on the UJ website.
  1. Can international students apply to UJ?
  • Yes, UJ welcomes international applications. International students must meet specific admission criteria and visa requirements.
  1. What accommodation options are available at UJ?
  • UJ provides various on-campus and affiliated off-campus housing options. Information is available in the UJ Prospectus and website.
  1. Does UJ have distance learning programs?
  • Yes, UJ offers select distance learning programs, particularly at the postgraduate level.
  1. What are the campus facilities like at UJ?
  • UJ campuses boast modern facilities, including libraries, laboratories, sports complexes, and student centers.
  1. Are there part-time study options at UJ?
  • Certain programs may offer part-time study options. Check the program specifics for availability.
  1. What student support services does UJ offer?
  • UJ provides comprehensive support services, including academic support, health and wellness services, and career development.
  1. How does UJ ensure safety on campus?
  • UJ takes campus safety seriously, with security personnel, CCTV surveillance, and safety protocols in place.
  1. Can I transfer to UJ from another university?
  • Transfers are considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on available space and the applicant’s academic record.
  1. What sports and extracurricular activities does UJ offer?
    • UJ has a vibrant extracurricular scene, with numerous sports teams, cultural societies, and clubs.
  2. **How do I apply for on-campus housing?**
    • On-campus housing applications can be completed online through the UJ website, usually after accepting an offer of admission.
  3. What are the language requirements for non-English speakers?
    • Non-English speakers may be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores to demonstrate English proficiency.
  4. Does UJ offer internships or work placement opportunities?
    • Many programs include practical training components, such as internships or work placements, in collaboration with industry partners.
  5. What are UJ’s policies on diversity and inclusion?
    • UJ is committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity across its campuses, with various programs and policies supporting this commitment.
  6. How can I change my course after enrolling?
    • Course changes are possible but subject to approval and space availability. Consult the relevant faculty for guidance.
  7. What are the IT facilities like at UJ?
    • UJ provides excellent IT resources, including computer labs, Wi-Fi access, and digital learning platforms.
  8. How do I access library resources?
    • UJ students can access library resources both on-campus and online, including databases, journals, and ebooks.
  9. What counseling and mental health services does UJ offer?
    • UJ offers counseling and mental health services to support student well-being, with confidential assistance from professional counselors.
  10. How do I join student organizations or societies at UJ?
    • Information on joining student organizations and societies is available during orientation and on the UJ student portal.
  11. Where can I find information about graduation ceremonies?
    • Graduation information, including dates and procedures, is communicated to qualifying students via email and available on the UJ website.

This guide is brought to you by the Online Application Support Center (OASC) to help prospective students navigate their application to the University of Johannesburg with ease. For any further questions or assistance, don’t hesitate to contact UJ directly through the provided contact methods.


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.