Late Applications - Universities Open And Now Taking 2024 Applications

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If you want to study at a South African university, you'd be glad to know that you can still apply. A number of tertiary institutions have opened their applications process but will soon be closing!


Late Applications Available Now

UPDATE: 15 February 2024

KZN Universities Open For Late Applications

  • Durban University of Technology is open now for late applications to start studying in January 2024.
  • Mangosuthu University of Technology is open now for late applications for courses that start in January 2024.
  • Study at Unizulu in 2024 - open now for late applications.
  • Apply now for DUT, MUT or Unizulu via the Central Applications Office CAO.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology - CPUT Late Applications

CPUT will open for late applications from the 15th January 2024 until the 23 Febrary 2024. These late applications will be available for courses that have spaces available. These late applications are for former CPUT students who may have taken a gap year or need to complete a course that they were studying.


South Africa's Universities

South Africa is home to 26 public Universities, including the University of Pretoria, University of Johannesburg, University of Stellenbosch, University of Johannesburg,  University of Limpopo, University of Free State, University of Cape Town, University of the Western Cape, University of Venda and many others that offer premium university courses.

It's that time of the year, applications season. All universities in South Africa have now closed their applications for the 2024 academic year.

International students and South African students should all apply by the same closing dates. Online application guidelines are available on all of the university websites - as well as the details about the application fee for each university course.

These universities all have different closing dates, some closer than others. It is therefore important that you applied as soon as possible to secure your seat at a university in 2024. You will find some universities open for some courses until just before the academic year starts. But it is best not to leave it that late if possible.

There are 26 public universities in the country. We update our website daily when universities make places available on certain degree programmes for late entry.

We have a full list of all universities in South Africa here if you want to view if they have any courses available at the moment.

Funding Options Available


NSFAS funding applications for the 2024 academic year are now open. Applications will close on 31 January 2024.

Make sure that the information you read surrounding NSFAS comes from credible sources, such as the official NSFAS channels or the Careers Portal.  

Funza Lushaka Bursary

Do you want to study teaching and you're looking for a bursary? Good news! The Funza Lushaka Bursary is perfect for you and 2024 bursary applications are now open.

Applications will close on 12 January 2024 which means that applicants have only three months to apply.

Tips for your University Application

Here are some tips to help you increase your chances of getting accepted into your chosen university:

1. Start Early 

One of the most critical factors in securing university admission is to start early. You should begin preparing for your application at least a year in advance. This gives you ample time to research the universities you want to apply to, gather information about their admission requirements, and work on improving your academic performance.

2. Meet the Admission Requirements 

Each university has its admission requirements, and you must meet them to be considered for admission. These requirements may include academic performance, standardized test scores, essays, letters of recommendation, and extracurricular activities.

Ensure that you read the admission requirements carefully and provide all the necessary information and documents.

3. Maintain Good Grades 

Your academic performance is a critical factor in securing university admission. Ensure that you maintain good grades throughout your high school or college years, as this demonstrates your academic potential and commitment. Focus on improving your weak areas and seek help if necessary.

4. Participate in Extracurricular Activities 

Participating in extracurricular activities such as sports, clubs, and volunteer work demonstrates your leadership skills, teamwork abilities, and commitment to your interests. Ensure that you participate in activities that align with your interests and showcase your strengths. 

 5. Prepare for Standardized Tests 

Most universities require standardized test scores such as the SAT or ACT for admission. Ensure that you prepare well for these tests by taking practice tests, seeking tutoring or online resources, and familiarizing yourself with the test format and question types.

By following the tips outlined in this article, you can increase your chances of getting accepted to the university of your choice. Remember to stay focused, committed, and persevere through any challenges you may face along the way.

Things To Avoid When Applying To University

So to help you navigate the application process smoothly, here are some common mistakes to avoid when applying for your university studies.

Submitting an application with missing documents:

Failure to include all the necessary documents is a leading cause of application rejections. Take 
the time to carefully review the application requirements and ensure that you have included all the requested documents. 

These typically include a copy of your passport, school qualifications and transcripts, personal statement, and your exam results. Double-checking will save you from unnecessary setbacks and increase your chances of success.

Forgetting to pay the application fee

Many universities require applicants to pay an application fee as part of the application process. This fee is separate from tuition fees and is often non-refundable. Before submitting your application, check if the university requires an application fee and ensure that you pay it on time. Neglecting this payment could lead to the automatic rejection of your application.

Neglecting the validity of your supporting documents 

Having invalid supporting documents can also result in rejection or delays in your application. Most universities require that your supporting documents be valid for at least three months at all times. 

It is essential to ensure that all of your supporting application documents are valid, so plan ahead and ensure your documentation is in order.

Personal statement errors

In applications where this is required, it is key to be mindful of the fact that your personal statement is an opportunity to showcase your passion, qualifications, and suitability for your chosen university. Avoid common personal statement mistakes by:

Clearly explaining why you want to study at that specific university. Demonstrating your interest and enthusiasm for the program you wish to study. Highlighting relevant extracurricular activities or achievements will.

Proofread your statement thoroughly for spelling and grammar errors. Consider asking a trusted friend or family member to review your statement for additional feedback and suggestions.

Applying too late

Submitting your application close to the deadline can reflect poorly on your candidacy. Tertiary institutions often track application submission dates, and a last-minute submission may give the impression that you lack commitment or organisational skills. 

Applying early not only demonstrates your enthusiasm but also allows time to rectify any potential issues or missing documents.

Sending your application to the wrong place 

Submitting your application to the wrong address or failing to use the correct postage can result in missed opportunities.

Carefully read the submission instructions provided by the university and ensure that you are sending your application to the designated location. To be sure, consider double-checking with the university to confirm that they have received your application.

By being diligent and proactive, you can ensure that your application stands out for all the right reasons. With careful attention to detail, you can navigate the application process smoothly and make your goal of pursuing your tertiary studies a reality. 

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Also Consider TVET Colleges

TVET Colleges are an alternative to university that also provide valuable qualifications that are closely linked to industry demands. You could look into TVET Colleges like Central Johannesburg TVET College, College of Cape Town, False Bay TVET College and many others.

Head to our Where To Study page to find out more about the universities listed above, and other places which you can study at.

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