A Guide on How to Complete a UNIZULU Online Application in Five Easy Steps.
If you are looking to apply to UNIZULU, the University of Zululand, it might seem like a daunting experience. Although there are many different aspects to consider, we are here to put your mind at ease. Your application involves a series of stages that we broke down into clear, understandable segments to make your experience painless.
In this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about the UNIZULU application
A Brief Overview of the University of Zululand
The University of Zululand (UNIZULU) lies in South Africa’s heart, Kwazulu-Natal, and it is the only university north of the Uthukela River. It has two campuses. KwaDlangezwa Campus is the main campus and opened in 1960, while the Richards Bay Campus is newer and opened in 2009.
UNIZULU offers 252 accredited degrees, diplomas, and courses. The university has four faculties: Arts, Education, Science and Agriculture, and Commerce, including Administration and Law. The university also offers specialized courses in Agriculture, Biochemistry, Education, Law, Nursing, Sport Science, and more.
The University of Zululand stands out with an internationally acclaimed Science Center. The Centre promotes interest in Science, Engineering and Technology, and is home to more than 130 innovative exhibits produced locally and abroad.
How to Apply to UNIZULU in Five Easy Steps
UNIZULU requires all first-year students to complete a UNIZULU online application via the Central Applications Office (CAO). You don’t need to download the application forms from the UNIZULU website, as the CAO provides an electronic application form.
Before Starting Your UNIZULU Application, Take Note of the Following:
- You’ll need an email address and a valid cell phone number.
- South African applicants will need an ID number. International applicants will need their passport number.
- The university won’t process your application until you’ve paid the application fee.
- Make sure to scan documents correctly and that the content is clear.
Step One: Documentation
You’ll need specific documents to complete your UNIZULU application. Keep in mind that these documents need to be certified by your local police station. You can get your record certified by taking the original, a copy, and an identification card to a local police station.
- Certified copy of Identity Document
- Proof of payment of the UNIZULU application fee ( non-refundable)
- Certified copy of Matric certificate
International students should also provide the following:
- Valid passport and study permit
- SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority) verification certificate
- Proof of financial means (bank statements, bursaries, cash available to cover living expenses, and to pay tuition fees)
Step Two: Visit the Central Applications Office Site.
- Click on apply now, and enter your ID/passport number.
- Click on Continue Application:
It will show you a window with important information. You’ll need this information in the future, so keep it safe.
- CAO Number
- EasyPay Number
Step Three: Complete the UNIZULU online Application Form
The UNIZULU application requires the following information:
- Citizenship/visa type
- Financial aid
- Marital status
- Population group
- Home language
- What are you currently doing?
- Applicants with disabilities
- High school’s name and years attended.
- Program course code
Step Four: Verify Your Information
Before submitting your application, read through the information you have provided and ensure that all the information is truthful and correct. Once you are comfortable with the given information, you can complete the UNIZULU online application.
Step Five: Track Your Application
You’ll receive a confirmation email after your application has been received successfully. The email will notify you of any outstanding payments or documents needed for your application’s processing, and you can track your UNIZULU online application by visiting the CAO website.
The University of Zululand has specific minimum requirements for each course. The requirements depend on two factors: your matric results are the first. Secondly, some courses will require specific subjects and won’t accept math-literacy.
To ensure that you’ll get accepted to UNIZULU, it is your responsibility to make sure that you meet the minimal requirements. If you don’t meet the criteria and apply anyway, you’ll risk your chances of getting into university.
What Is APS?
APS stands for Admission Point Score. Your APS score helps the university determine if you are eligible for a specific course. Keep in mind that some courses require specific subjects on top of the necessary APS value.
See the UNIZULU Admission Requirement handbook. It shows the APS count and subject requirements.
How to Calculate Your APS Score
The minimum UNIZULU requirement for admission to a Bachelor’s Degree is a National Senior Certificate (NSC), with four NSC 20-credit subjects with an achievement above 50%. You need at least 30% for your home language and your school’s language of learning and teaching.
Here is a list of the NSC 20-credit subjects (You’ll need a result of at least 50% for four of these subjects. Life Orientation doesn’t count.)
- Agricultural Sciences
- Business Studies
- Consumer Studies
- Dramatic Arts
- Engineering Graphics and Design
- Information Technology
- Life Sciences
- Mathematical Literacy
- Physical Sciences
- Religion Studies
- Visual Arts
You can calculate your APS based on your six best subjects. Calculate your APS based on the following point system:
Add up your total to see if you qualify for the specific course you want to apply.
It is vital to apply to UNIZULU before the deadline. There are thousands of students who apply, and a late application might mean that you can end up on a waitlist.
If you’re still in matric, you won’t be able to apply with your matric results, and the Central Application Office might require your grade 11 results until your matric results are made public. The university will request your final matric results on registration day or give a specific time frame for its submission.
Each faculty will have a different closing date, especially if the university expects a large volume of applicants.
Here are the closing dates for the academic year of 2022. (These dates are subject to change, make sure to check the UNIZULU website regularly for changes.)
UNIZULU Application Opening date: 15 March 2021
UNIZULU Application Closing date:
- Social Work: 30 August 2021
- Nursing Science: 30 September 2021)
- all remaining programs: 31 October 2021
Once you have received word that you’re accepted to study at the University of Zululand, you’ll receive registration information. It will take place before the academic year starts and can happen online, or offline depending on your course. In 2021, all students had to register online due to Covid 19 regulations. The UNIZULU website offers step by step guidelines that explain how to register.
On Registration, You’ll Need to Prepare the Following Documents:
- Identity document
- Proof and confirmation of residence
- Matric/ National Senior Certificate
- Proof of registration fee payment
International students will need:
- SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority) verification certificate
- Valid passport and study visa
- Proof of medical insurance
Suppose you would like to change your qualification before the academic year starts. In that case, you can fill out a change qualification form, and you don’t need to visit the Central Application Office (CAO) again. Ensure that you have the required APS score and that you are within the deadline before changing your course.
Before applying to UNIZULU, it is essential to research the course that you want to undertake thoroughly. Our suggestion is to read more about the course contents and requirements before registering for it. Here are links that we thought worthwhile.
Waiting to Hear from UNIZULU
After applying, waiting to hear back from the University of Zululand can be frustrating. Keep in mind that you can track your application by mobile phone or email. Also, make sure that you meet all the UNIZULU requirements, pay the application fee and send in certified copies of all the documents mentioned in step two.
With so much to consider, we know how stressful it is to apply to university. If you follow our step by step guide on how to complete the UNIZULU online application, you have one less thing to worry about, and you’ll have a better idea of what to expect once registration day comes by.