The University of South Africa (Unisa) is an open distance e-learning university which reaches into places where other institutions do not, making a difference to everyone.
Unisa offers a combination of career-orientated courses usually associated with a university of technology, combined with general formative academic programmes typically linked to a traditional university.
This university offers many certificates, degrees and diplomas at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels.
So how does studying at Unisa work?
Well, the student gets to choose a schedule which they want to work around based on the courses they choose to pursue.
Open Distance e-learning means that learning will take place where the student and the university are physically distanced and the student will connect with the university mostly via the internet from a laptop, tablet or other device.
At Unisa the student will be provided with study material which consists of written content via textbooks or online via myUnisa. Unisa provides access to computers and internet at some of their facilities but students should have their own computer and access to the internet.
Studying will take place wherever the student is, which may be their room at home or even at a space where they work, on a schedule which they choose to follow.
Despite the distance, Unisa still provides many support services for students such as through libraries, tutorial support, counselling and other online tools.
Students are allowed to study full-time or part-time and students make use of both online resources and study materials which are provided by Unisa. However, some courses offered at Unisa do require students to attend workshops and tutorials which take place outside their homes.
Unisa encourages students to take responsibility for planning their studies and managing their time effectively so that they have the most positive experience of the university.