NMMU Registration

What is Pre-Registration?

Pre-registration is the process of double-checking that all international students have submitted all of their relevant documents to the Office for International Education, and that they are on record in their student files. Students must report to the venue indicated on their list of important dates and at the time indicated. They are required to bring original copies of all their documents.

 

Required Documents

  • Original school-leaving certificates and proof of birth date (original birth certificates), indicating compliance with Matriculation Exemption requirements.
  • Valid passport with a valid study permit.
  • Proof of payment of tuition fees in full and prescribed portion of Residence fees or proof of sponsorship.
  • Proof of medical insurance coverage.
  • IELTS or TOEFL results (applicable to non-English speaking degree students only).
  • Transcripts of academic records.

 

What is Registration?

Registration is the formal confirmation of the acceptance of an admitted applicant to a specific course of study at the university, after successful compliance with the minimum registration requirements.

What requirements must a student meet to be registered?

  • The specific Faculty requirements have to be met.
  • The registration form (blue) has to be signed by the student and the Faculty Officer.
  • All fees need to be paid before registration.
  • The Access Assessment must be completed before registration. Test results may be used for development or streaming purposes during registration.

What proof of registration does a student receive?

At registration after a student has been registered he/she will receive the following:

  • Proof of registration form where all modules and fees are indicated
  • A laminated student card
  • An individual time-table

What does a student need to do if he/she wants to change degrees or modules?

  • Form 11 must be completed. This form can be obtained from the Office for International Education.
  • The student must indicate if a module must be added or deleted and indicate why.
  • The form must be signed by the student and the relevant Faculty Officer.
  • If the change involves a change of Faculty the student must be aware that they may need to sit for the Access Assessment Battery, as part of their admissions requirements to the new Faculty e.g. if a student who was previously registered in the Arts Faculty wishes to change to a BCom degree (a degree in theEconomic and Building Sciences Faculty) the student will need to provide Mathematics results.
  • The Dean of the relevant Faculty then considers the student’s request together with all the information contained in his/her file and his/her test results, in making the admissions decision.

 

The results of this decision are then communicated to the admissions officer, who then contacts the student to inform him/her of the results.

Please Note: Registration takes place between the end of January and the beginning of February. There is also a registration session in July for students arriving mid-year.

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Read the registration guildelines before you register online.

Lectures for the second semester start on Monday, 16 July 2025.  The last day for registration and cancellation of modules for the block of lectures that started on 16 July is Friday, 27 July 2025. The 2025 Academic Calendar as well as the General Prospectus are available for download on the right of this page.

 

PLEASE NOTE – the 2025 second semester intake is only for returning students, i.e. those who have modules to complete. There is NO second semester intake for NEW students.


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.