Closing Dates for University Application for 2020


  • To study at a tertiary institution in 2020, find-out the application dates of various institutions
  • Once you know the closing dates, start the application process
  • Apply to as many institutions as possible, not just your preference

There is no doubt that applying to a tertiary institution is a big deal in the life of every scholar, who aspires to study further.

You need to make sure to submit your application on time. That means making sure that you know the application closing dates. As a scholar, you’ve come to the right place. We have all the 2020 closing application dates for South African institutions for you.

Is Education Fee-Free?

Yes! If you meet the criteria set by the government, you are eligible for fee-free education in South Africa. So, what’s on the checklist? You will need to:

  • meet the minimum requirements for your study choice
  • have an annual household income of less than R350 000 a year if you're a first-time applicant
  • So, you qualify fee-free education? That's awesome. Next step: apply directly to a public institution before the closing date. The government will only reopen the Central Application Clearing House (CACH) in January 2020. Therefore, you can apply for fee-free education through NSFAS once they open applications this year.

    Please note: the CACH system will NOT allow you to choose a specific institution to study at. It will simply match you to the institutions that still have space available.

    In the new budget, R111.2 billion will be used to assist 2.8m deserving students from poor and working-class backgrounds to attend universities and TVET colleges.

    CHOOSE YOUR INSTITUTION

    Wits University

    UNIVERSITY APPLICATION DATES

    Nelson Mandela University (NMU)

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Open: 1 April 2019

    Applications Close:

    2 August 2019 (early closing date)

    30 September 2019 (late closing date)

    North West University (NWU)

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Open: 1 March 2019

    Applications Close:

    30 September 2019 (non-selection courses)

    30 June 2019 (selection courses)

    Rhodes University

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Open: March 2019

    Applications Close: 30 September 2019

    Walter Sisulu University (WSU)

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Open: May 2019

    Applications Close:

    28 September 2019 (Health Sciences faculty)

    31 October 2019 (Other faculties)

    University of Cape Town (UCT)

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Open: 5 August 2019

    Applications Close: 31 October 2019

    Stellenbosch University

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Open: 1 March 2019

    Applications Close:

    31 May 2019 (programmes in the Faculty of Medicine)

    30 June 2019 (all other undergraduate programmes)

    31 October 2019 (Diploma in Public Accountability)

    University of Fort Hare (UFH)

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Open: April 2019

    Applications Close: 31 October 2019

    University of the Free State (UFS)

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Open:

    1 March 2019 (Health Sciences Faculty except for Bachelor of Optometry and BSoc Sc Nursing)

    1 April 2019 (all other programmes)

    Applications Close:

    31 May 2019 (Health Sciences programmes apart from Nursing)

    31 July 2019 (Architecture, Quantity Surveying, Construction Management, Nursing)

    30 September 2019 (all non-selection programmes)

    1 November 2019 (Fine Arts)

    University of Johannesburg (UJ)

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Open: 1 April 2019

    Applications Close: 27 September 2019

    University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Open: 15 March 2019

    Applications Close:

    30 June 2019 (Medical programmes)

    30 September 2019 (all other programmes)

    30 April 2019 (second semester programmes)

    University of Limpopo (UL)

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Open: April 2019

    Applications Close: 30 Sepetmeber 2019

    University of Mpumalanga (UMP)

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Open: May 2019

    Applications Close:

    30 September 2019 (Education and Training programme)

    31 October 2019 (all other programmes)

    Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU)

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Open: 11 March 2019

    Applications Close:

    28 June 2019 MBChB, B Radiography, B Dental Surgery, B Dental Therapy, B Pharmacy, BSc Physio

    26 July 2019 B Sc, BSc Diet, B Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, B Occ Therapy, B Oral Hygiene, B Nursing Sciences

    University of Pretoria (Tuks)

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Open: March 2019

    Applications Close:

    31 May 2019 (Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, Health Sciences and Architecture)

    30 June 2019 (Faculty of Humanities: Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology, Fine Arts, Information Design, Music and Drama)

    30 September 2019 (most other programmes)

    University of South Africa (UNISA)

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Open: 17 August 2019

    Applications Close: TBC

    University of the Western Cape (UWC)

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Open: May 2019

    Applications Close: 30 September 2019

    University of Witwatersrand (Wits)

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Open: 4 March 2019

    Applications Close:

    30 June 2019 (Faculty of Health Sciences; Bachelor of Architecture; Bachelor of Audiology, Bachelor of Speech-Language Pathology, Bachelor of Arts in Film and TV)

    30 September 2019 (all other programmes)

    University of Venda (UniVen)

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Open: May 2019

    Applications Close: 27 September 2019

    University of Zululand (UniZulu)

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Open: 15 March 2019

    Applications Close:

    30 August 2019 (Social Work)

    30 September 2019 (Nursing Science)

    31 October 2019 (all other programmes)

    Sol Plaatje University (SPU)

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Open: 25 March 2019

    Applications Close: 30 September 2019

    Central Johanessburg College

    UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY APPLICATION DATES

    Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Open: 13th May 2019

    Applications Close:

    31 July 2019 (certain programmes)

    30 September 2019 (all other programmes)

    Central University of Technology (CUT)

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Open: May 2019

    Applications Close: 29 November 2019

    Durban University of Technology (DUT)

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Open: 15 March 2019

    Applications Close: 31 October 2019

    Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT)

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Open: 15 March 2019

    Applications Close: 30 September 2019

    Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) >

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Open: 15 March 2018

    Applications Close:

    15 June 2019 (medical qualifications)

    30 September 2019 (the majority of other programmes)

    Vaal University of Technology (VUT)

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Open: June 2019

    Applications Close: 30 September 2019

    TVET COLLEGE APPLICATION DATES

    Buffalo City TVET College

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Close: registration is open at different times throughout the year, depending on the course of study.

    False Bay TVET College

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Close: applications are open throughout the year, depending on the course of study.

    Northern Cape Urban TVET College

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Close: registration is open at different times throughout the year, depending on the course of study.

    Northlink TVET College

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Close: registration is open at different times throughout the year, depending on the course of study.

    Lovedale TVET College

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Close: 30 November 2019

    Tshwane North TVET College

    APPLICATION STATUS: OPEN

    Applications Close: registration periods take place three times a year for trimester courses – January, April/May, August/September.