Durban University of Technology Term Date 2025

Durban University of Technology Term Date 2025

TERM DATES AND SKELETON ACADEMIC CALENDAR FOR 2025

UNIVERSITY RE-OPENS

Tuesday 3 January 2025

Administrative staff and those academic staff required for registration preparation, as determined by Heads of Departments, return on Tuesday 3 January 2025. The rest of the academic staff return on Monday 9 January 2025.

ACADEMIC TERM

DATES

1

06

February – 07 April

2

18

April – 23 June

3

17

July – 22 September

4

2 October – 15 December

REGISTRATION:

Faculties to decide on their registration dates

First Semester

09 January – 04 February

Annual

09

January – 04 February

Second Semester

17

July – 22 July (inclusive of 1 Saturday)

LECTURES

First Semester

06

February – 23 May

67 days

Annual

06

February – 03 October

141 days

Second Semester

24

July – 24 October

60 days

GRADUATION CEREMONIES

25

– 26

April (Midlands)

2 days

08

– 13

May (Durban)

6 days

13

September (Durban) – Spring Graduation

1 day

EXAMINATION STUDY PERIOD FOR STUDENTS (inclusive of weekends)

First semester

24

May – 28 May

5 days

Annual

04

October – 08 October

5 days

Second semester

25

October – 29 October

5 days

COMMENCEMENT OF EXAMINATIONS

First Semester

29

May – 09 June

10 days

Annual

09

October – 30 October*

16 days

Second Semester

30

October – 10 November

10 days

*Diwali 19 October

UNIVERSITY CLOSES

15

December 2025 until 31 December 2025.

See Annexure 1 for information on how the above dates are accommodated in the Calendar and Annexure 2 for public and religious holidays)

Office of the Registrar

P O Box 1334, DURBAN, 4000 Tel:031-3732517/2519 Fax:031-3732188, Steve Biko Campus

Annexure 1 to 2025 Academic Calendar

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS

Sunday 1 January

New Year’s Day

The University respects the religious beliefs of all

Monday 2 January

Public Holiday

staff and students. As a result tests and

Tuesday 21 March

Human Rights’

examinations will not be scheduled on the following

Day

days, however the University will remain open and

Friday 14 April

Good Friday

operational on these days:

Monday 17 April

Family Day

Thursday 27 April

Freedom Day

Isaiah Shembe Day

10 March

Monday 1 May

Worker’s Day

Isaiah Shembe Day

02 May

Friday 16 June

Youth Day

Ascension Day

25 May

Wednesday 9 August

National

*Eid-ul-Fitr

26 June

Women’s Day

*Eid-ul-Adha

01 September

Sunday 24 September

Heritage Day

Rosh Hashanah

21/22 September

Monday 25 September

Public Holiday

Yom Kippur

30 September

Saturday 16 December

Day of

Deepavali

19 October

Reconciliation

Monday 25 December

Christmas Day

*Dependent upon the sighting of the moon.

Tuesday 26 December

Day of Goodwill


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.