How do I apply for a short course at UJ?

UJ offers a meeting place for individuals to continually upgrade, develop and hone their existing skills through Continuing Education.

Programmes (CEPs), whether it is, whole credit bearing qualifications or non-credit bearing or credit bearing Short Learning Programmes (SLPs). These programmes are available all year round. In many cases they are specifically designed to meet the demands of business and industry.

A note on Continuing Education/Short Course Programmes:

• They are offered on NQF level 5 and above, in line with the HEQSF.

• Generates less than 120 credits, but can also be non credit bearing, depending on the purpose of the programme.

• Duration – various periods.

• Language of instruction is English

Online Application Process:

Short Learning Programmes can only be applied for online.


Please note the following:

• No application fee will be charged for online applications.

• If you have previously applied and have a UJ student number, please call the UJ Call Centre (011 559 4555) to ensure that your cell number and email address are captured on our student database.

This will ensure you receive a PIN number to complete the online application process.

A first-time applicant must follow the steps below to apply online:

Step 1: Go to www.uj.ac.za/Apply  (click here) and select online web application.

Step 2: Thereafter select First-Time Applicant. Read the instructions and scroll down to the online application link.

Step 3: Thereafter complete your biographical information, which will lead you to receiving a student number.

Please keep an eye on the UJ webpage to see if there are any changes to the instructions for applying online.

The University will inform you, in writing, should your application be successful

Faculties’ Short Learning Programmes & contact points

These Continuing Education Programmes are subject to change and availability​​

Please visit the faculty’s website www.uj.ac.za/edu

 +27 (0) 11 559 2599
web-engineering@uj.ac.za

 +27 (0) 11 559 6073
web-healthscience@uj.ac.za

 +27 (0) 11 559 2197
humanitiesreceph@uj.ac.za

 +27 (0) 11 559 2141
smokwena@uj.ac.za​ +27 (0) 11 559 2374 / 3826 / 2459
web-science@uj.ac.za

These Continuing Education Programmes are subject to change and availability


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.