University of KwaZulu-Natal Term Date 2025

University of KwaZulu-Natal Term Date 2025

UKZN Sessional Dates 2025 – Howard College, Pietermaritzburg and Westville

FIRST SEMESTER: Monday, 06 February – Thursday, 22 Jun

EASTER VACATION: Saturday, 08 April – Monday, 17 April

WINTER VACATION: Friday, 23 Jun – Sunday, 16 July

SECOND SEMESTER: Monday, 17 July – Monday, 27 November

UKZN Sessional Dates 2025 – School of Education

Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine – Sessional Dates 2025

 

PRE-SEMESTER: 
Mon, 02 – Fri, 06 Jan Tue, 03 Jan University opens
Mon, 09 – Fri, 13 Jan Mon, 09 Jan (Programme specific) Self-help registration system opens
Mon, 16 – Fri, 20 Jan
Mon, 23 – Sat, 28 Jan Sat, 28 Jan Parents’ Day
Mon, 30 Jan– Sat, 04 Feb Mon, 30 Jan– Fri, 03 Feb Orientation of students
Thu, 02 – Sat, 04 Feb On campus registration of students
SEMESTER 1: 
1 Mon, 06 – Fri, 10 Feb Mon, 06 Feb First Semester commences
Lectures commence
Fri, 10 Feb Deadline for applications for re-marks
2 Mon, 13 – Fri, 17 Feb
3 Mon, 20 – Fri, 24 Feb
4 Mon, 27 Feb – Fri, 03 Mar Fri, 03 Mar Final date for minimum fee payment required for student registration
Final date for 1st Semester registration
Final date for requests for extended DPs
5 Mon, 06– Fri, 10 Mar Fri, 10 Mar Final date for submitting curriculum changes
Final registration date for returning Masters (by research) and Doctoral students.
Final day for capturing graduation decisions onto ITS for the students who had outstanding requirements.

(Honours, Bachelors, Diplomas and Certificates)

6 Mon, 13  – Fri, 17 Mar Fri, 17 Mar Final day for capturing graduation decisions onto ITS (Doctoral and Masters Studies)
7 Mon, 20 – Fri, 24 Mar Tues, 21 Mar Human Rights Day (Public Holiday)
8 Mon, 27 Mar – Sat, 01 April Sat, 01 (till Mon, 10 Apr) Graduation Ceremonies (WVL)
9 Mon, 03 – Fri, 07 Apr
                Sat, 08 – Mon, 17 Apr EASTER VACATION  (STUDENT MID-TERM BREAK)
Tue, 11 – Wed, 12 Apr Graduation Ceremonies (PMB)
Fri, 14 Apr Good Friday (Public Holiday)
Mon, 17 Apr Family Day (Public Holiday)
10 Tue, 18 – Fri, 21 Apr Fri, 21 Apr Final date for withdrawal from a module
Final date for withdrawal from the University (Semester 1)
Final timetable for main & supplementary exams released
11 Mon, 24 – Sun, 30 Apr Thu, 27 Apr Freedom Day (Public Holiday)
Sun, 30 Apr Final date for payment of 60% of fees for year registrations or 100%  for semester 1 registrations
12 Mon, 01 – Fri, 05 May Mon, 01 May Workers’ Day (Public Holiday)
13 Mon, 08 – Fri, 12 May
14 Mon, 15 – Fri, 19 May Wed, 17 May DP refusals published
Thu, 18 May Lectures end
Fri, 19 – Tue, 23 May Study period
15 Mon, 22 – Fri, 26 May Mon, 22 May Final date for submission of DP Appeals to School Offices
Wed, 24 May First Semester Exams commence (incl. Saturdays)
16 Mon, 29 May – Fri, 02 Jun   Exam week
17 Mon, 05 – Fri, 09 Jun Thu, 08 Jun First Semester Exams end
Fri, 09 Jun – Tue, 13 Jun Break between exams
18 Mon, 12 – Fri, 16 Jun Wed, 14 Jun 1st Semester Supplementary Exams commence
Fri, 16 Jun Youth Day (Public Holiday) (no exams)
19 Mon 19 – Fri, 23 Jun Thu, 22 Jun Supplementary Exams end
First Semester ends
Semester 1:

  • Teaching days:    Monday 12 ,  Tuesday 13 ,  Wednesday 14 ,  Thursday 13 ,  Friday 13  :  65 days
  • Compensatory day:   (Wednesday 08 March, follows Monday’s timetable)
  • Study leave:  5 days;     Main Examinations:  14 days;  Supplementary Exams:  7 days;
   Fri, 23 Jun – Sun, 16 Jul MID-YEAR BREAK  (Winter Vacation)
Sun, 25 Jun Eid-Al-Fitr (condoned absence)
 Mon, 03 Jul

 

Supplementary Exam marks to be captured on SMS by 12h00
 Mon, 10 Jul

 

Release of 1st semester results after Exam Boards at 00:01 am
Second semester registration commences

 

SEMESTER 2: 
1 Mon, 17 – Fri, 21 Jul Mon, 17 Jul Second Semester commences
Lectures commence
Final date for requests for extended DPs
Wed, 19 Jul
Thu, 20 Jul Deadline for submission of Exclusion Appeals
Fri, 21 Jul Deadline for applications for re-marks
2 Mon, 24 – Fri, 28 Jul Mon, 24 Jul CEACOM meetings (College Exclusion Appeals Comm.)
On or before Thu, 27 Jul AEACOM meeting
Fri, 28 Jul Final date for payment of all fees required for student registration (2nd semester).
Final date for registration – 2nd Semester
Final date for submitting curriculum changes
3 Mon, 31 Jul – Fri, 04 Aug
4 Mon, 07 – Fri, 11 Aug Wed, 09 Aug National Women’s Day (Public Holiday)
5 Mon, 14 – Fri, 18 Aug
6 Mon, 21 – Fri, 25 Aug  
7 Mon, 28 Aug – Fri, 01 Sep Thu, 31 Aug – Fri, 01 Sep Eid-Al-Adhah (condoned absence)
Thu, 31 Aug Final date for payment of all fees
8 Mon, 04 – Fri, 08 Sep
9 Mon, 11 – Fri, 15 Sep Fri, 15 Sep Final date for withdrawal from the University (Sem. 2)
Final date for withdrawal from a module
Final timetable for main and supplementary examinations released
          Sat, 16 Sep – Mon, 25 Sep                                  STUDENT MID-TERM BREAK
Thu 21 – Fri, 22 Oct Rosh Hashanah (condoned absence)
10 Mon, 25 – Sat, 30 Sep Mon, 25 Sep Heritage Day (Public Holiday observed)
Sat, 30 Sep Yom Kippur (condoned absence)
11 Mon, 02 – Fri, 06 Oct
12 Mon, 09 – Fri, 13  Oct    
13 Mon, 16 – Fri, 20 Oct Thu,, 19 Oct Diwali/Deepavali (Condoned absence)
14 Mon, 23 – Sun, 29 Oct Mon, 23 Oct DP refusals published
Tue, 24 Oct Lectures end
Wed, 25 – Sun, 29 Oct Study period
Thu, 26 Oct Final date for submission of DP Appeals to School Offices
15 Mon, 30 Oct – Fri, 03 Nov Mon, 30 Oct Second Semester Exams commence (incl. Saturdays)
Final date for submission of College handbooks for 2025
16 Mon, 06  – Fri, 10 Nov Exam week
17 Mon, 13  – Sun, 19 Nov Tue, 14 Nov Second Semester Exams end
Wed, 15 – Sun, 19 Nov Break between Exams
18 Mon, 20 – Sat, 25 Nov Mon, 20 Nov 2nd Semester Supplementary Exams commence
19 Mon, 27 Nov– Fri, 01 Dec Mon, 27 Nov 2nd Semester Supplementary Exams end
Second Semester ends
Fri, 01 Dec Last day for submission of theses/dissertations to the Post-Graduate Administrative Offices for possible April 2025 Graduation
Semester 2:

  • Teaching days:   Monday 13 ,  Tuesday 14 ,  Wednesday 12 ,  Thursday 13 ,  Friday 13 : 65 days
  • Compensatory days:   (Tuesday, 08 August, follows Wednesday’s timetable)
  • Study leave:  5 days;     Examinations:  14 days;     Supplementary Exams:  7 days


YEAR-END BREAK:
Mon, 04 – Fri, 08 Dec Fri, 08 Dec Supplementary marks to be captured on SMS by 12h00
Mon, 11 – Fri, 15 Dec Fri, 15 Dec Release of 2nd semester results after Exam Boards

(00:01 am)

Sat, 16 Dec Day of Reconciliation (Public Holiday)
Mon, 18 – Fri, 22 Dec Fri, 22 Dec University Offices close


Please note: The University of KwaZulu-Natal reserves the right to change any of the said Sessional Dates,   solely in its discretion, and without any liability for inconvenience and/or loss occasioned thereby.


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.