When Universities Will Open 2024 Late Applications - Guide To Late Applications For 2024

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The Department of Higher Education revealed that several universities, out of the 26 universities in South Africa, will be offering late applications for the 2024 academic year. Here's what we know so far.

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During a parliamentary committee meeting, the Department said that various South African universities will allow late applications for 2024. (Don't attend in person as universities prefer not to have walk ins as they lead to very long queues). They prefer for all applicants to apply online.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who missed the initial application period to still get a chance at being a university student in the 2024 academic year. The closing date is different for each university. Also the closing date could be brought forward if the course fills up.

Durban University of Technology

Late applications are currently open at Durban University of Technology (DUT). DUT late applications are administered using the Central Applications Office (CAO) by using an online application service.


Mangosuthu University of Technology

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) is now offering late applications for 2024. MUT applications are administered using the CAO. The CAO does charge an application fee for its online application service when making late enquiries. The CAO will also advise prospective students about their application status.

University of Zululand

University of Zululand (Unizulu) is now offering late applications for 2024 so prospective students can make late enquiries. Unizulu applications are administered using the CAO until the closing date in February 2024 and they will update you on your application status.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)'s late application period is now open and will close on the 23rd of February. 


North West University Late Applications

North West University is expecting to open applications for late applicants but has not yet announced when this late enquiries period will be opening.

Rhodes University

Rhodes University is expecting to open late applications as well as allow walk-in application but has not yet announced when this application season  will be opening.

University of Kwazulu-Natal

University of Kwazulu-Natal is now taking late applications. Late applications may be submitted where it’s not too late to still apply, and the KZN CAO will run a ‘virtual (online) walk-in-system’ as from 22 January 2024 until 29 February 2024 to cater for applicants that might meet minimum requirements for admission to certain programmes.



Vaal University of Technology

Vaal University of Technology is expecting to open late applications but has not yet announced exactly when in February 2024 late applications will be opening.

Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town are full so they are not accepting any late applications.


Central Applications Clearing House

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) will open the Central Application Clearing House System (CACH) from 8am on 26 January 2024 until 31 March 2024.

Through CACH, you can receive career advice, referral to other opportunities such as being referred to other universities, TVET college opportunities, artisan development opportunities and other possibilities. They'll also help you if you're not sure about where you should study or which career you want to follow.

These Universities have closed their late applications for 2024:

  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of Fort Hare
  • Walter Sisulu University
  • University of Limpopo
  • Tshwane University of Technology


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