The University of Limpopo (UL) is a South African tertiary institution that was born in 2005 as a result of a merger between the University of the North and the Medical University of Southern Africa. It is located in Polokwane, South Africa and is known for its liberal admission policy.
UL has about 2000 excellent teaching staff to cater to the needs of about 20,000. That is a ratio of 1:10; that is, one tutor is responsible for an average of 10 students. While this may not be the best figure, it is better than many of its competitors, allowing tutors the liberty of following up with students to their best capacity.
As we go forward, we will discuss how to apply both online and offline, the requirements, admissions dates for each programme, and the registration.
How To Apply
Application to the University of Limpopo can take place either online or offline. The online application system is preferable for some because it reduces the risk of getting infected with the coronavirus or infecting others with the virus. Here are the guidelines for applying to the University of Limpopo;
- Every prospective tertiary education student ought to have a valid email address and a phone number. Emphasis is on the word valid because they are the means through which the University of Limpopo will communicate with you.
- Visit the official University of Limpopo website at https://www.ul.ac.za/index.php?Entity=The%20Dawn#start to go over the faculties and programs the university of Limpopo offers. The rationale is that you do not fill an application form with the hopes of doing a program that UL does not offer.
- Both local and international students alike are expected to apply with an identification number. For South Africans, your identification number is your ID number. However, international students use their passport number as an identification number.
- The University of Limpopo does not demand an application fee from prospective students who decide to apply online, be they South African or international students.
- Students who wish to stay in one of the 6500 university apartments available on campus should apply for residence within their application to study at the University of Limpopo.
Here are the steps to apply offline
- Alongside your application form, South African students are expected to pay an application fee of R250, while international students are expected to pay a fee of R380.
- You have to pay this fee into the official bank account of the University of Limpopo. The bank name is Standard bank, the account number is 330040006, and your reference is your ID card number for South Africans and passport number for international students.
- Submit proof of payment alongside your application form so that it can be processed.
If you have any further inquiries, kindly call or text any of these numbers 015 268 3833 /3332 /2788 /2812 /3276 / 3925 /2435.
Or you can send a well-written email that addresses your concern to
The University of Limpopo offers various degree programs, and each program has requirements that are specific to it. The following are the requirements you need to apply as a prospective student to the University of Limpopo.
- National Senior Certificate with the exemption of Bachelors
- Life Orientation with a minimum of 3.
- You were able to attain the minimum level of achievement in the specific subjects on which each faculty lays emphasis.
- For diploma, you attained four 20 credit subjects with a minimum NSC achievement level of 3.
- For degree programmes, you attained four 20-credit subjects with a minimum NSC achievement level of 4.
- Matriculation Certificate
You could apply for admission into the University of Limpopo with the regular Grade 12 Senior Certificate if you completed Grade 12 before 2008. The only clause is to convert your grade symbols to the Admissions Point Scale, which is the acceptable standard.
- National Certificate
You could apply for admission if you completed the National Certificate Vocational Level 4. You will have to take on Placement Tests and follow Faculty admissions Specifications. Additionally, you need the following:
- A National certificate Level 4 with three fundamental subjects including Life Orientation at a 50% score and three compulsory vocational subjects at 60%. This is for diploma programmes.
- If you want to study a degree programme at UL, you need to have a National Certificate Level 4, three essential subjects, including Life Orientation, with a 60% score. You also need to have four relevant vocational subjects with a 70% score, including Life Orientation at a 60% score. We see that degree programmes have a 10% increase in the scores required for admission compared to diploma programmes.
- The Admission Point Scale (APS)
It is a system that you can use (as a prospective student) to calculate your Grade 12 exemption results to see if you meet the University of Limpopo’s minimum requirements to accept your application. Compare your APS results with the minimum acceptable APS offered by the faculty in which you will like to study a specific program. This is because different faculties have different APS requirements.
However, it is noteworthy that despite having a good APS score and meeting the other admission requirements, you may not be accepted because of the sheer number of students seeking admission into UL annually. Nonetheless, having more than an average APS score and following all the admission instructions till the latter will boost your chances of having a place in UL.
You require the following to register for the programme you will like to study.
- Proof of registration payment can be a bursary proof of payment document or a deposit slip with your identification number.
- A faculty letter of acceptance
- An ID card or passport number of serving as your identification document
- Original results for Grade 12
International students also have to include;
- Ordinary and Advanced Level results
- Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) Certificate
- A study permit from your country’s embassy
- The medical cover is also known as Medical insurance
Do well to certify all the required documents before submitting them.
- The last day for applications into the MBChB programme is the 28th of September 2021.
- The University of Limpopo will stop receiving undergraduate applications on the 30th of October 2021 at 12:59 pm prompt.
- The deadline for PGE applications is the 31st of October 2021.
Prospective South African students and international students alike ought to know the available faculties into which they will register to a student program at UL. Take note that the University of Limpopo has four faculties, and each faculty is subdivided into a minimum of one school.
- Faculty of Health Sciences has ;
- School of Health Science
- Faculty of Science and Agriculture is composed of;
- The School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
- The School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
- The School of Physical and Mineral Sciences
- The School of Molecular and Life Sciences
- Faculty of Management and Law
- The School of Law
- The School of Accountancy
- The School of Economics and Management
- Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership
- Faculty of Humanities
- The School of Social Sciences
- The School of Education
- The School of Languages and Communication studies
The University of Limpopo also has different registration fee amounts for prospective students depending on where they originate. It also depends on if they will pay a residence fee or a non-residence fee. A residence fee includes yearly student accommodation and sometimes a meal plan, and a few other amenities.
The following is an outline of the amount prospective students will pay based on their category.
- The residence fee for South African students and international students from countries within the SADC region is R 5000, while the non-residence fee for South African and international SADC students is R 3000.
- The residence fee for international students from non-SADC countries is R 8000, while the non-residence fee for international students from non-SADC countries is R 6000.
- The residence fee for European international students is R 11000, while the non-residence fee for European international students is R 9000.
Kindly note that you must deposit payment into the official University of Limpopo bank account with details below. Do well to write your ID card or passport number as a reference on the deposit slip.
Bank Name: Standard Bank
Account number: 330040006
Branch code: 052548
- International students who wish to stay on campus should report to the Office of International Affairs to solicit placement on the first day of registration.
True to its values, the University of Limpopo provides academic freedom for all and sundry and responds actively to the development needs of its staff and students. Additionally, UL forms partnerships and collaborates with stakeholders in various sectors to provide quality education and maintain its standards.
In this light, the University of Limpopo creates opportunities for its students to participate in international exchange programs. Part of the rationale is that the more exposed its students are, the more advanced their thinking and ability to birth critical analytic strategies relating to issues in the world around them.