Unisa Opens Semester 2 Registration For Short Courses

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Semester 2 registrations for Short Learning Programmes are now open at Unisa. These short learning programmes are Unisa's offering of short courses in various fields.


Registration for Unisa Short Learning Programmes are now open for Semester 2. This application period is open for limited programmes until 14 July 2023.

Anyone who has finished high school can take part in these programmes, including people applying to Unisa for the first time, Unisa students changing to a new Short Learning Programme or applicants who previously applied for admission and were not offered a space.

So what is a Short Learning Programme?

These programmes are Unisa's version of short courses and, as they describe it, are "introductory, practical, non-degree programmes meant to develop skills and knowledge in a chosen subject field in a quick and effective manner."

These are not formal qualifications but are a great addition to a CV as they show that the individual has updated and broadened their skills and knowledge.They are designed to meet a potential student's specific learning need or a unique employment requirement.  

To find out which courses are on offer, read this article on Unisa Short Learning Programmes.

How To Register For Unisa's Short Learning Programmes

Applications must be done online and applicants can apply for a maximum of two programmes but should rank them according to preference.

Here's a step by step to registering:

  1. Go to the Unisa website
  2. Click on 'Apply'
  3. Under Short Learning Programmes, click on 'Find out more'
  4. Scroll until you find 'How To Apply' and click on 'Apply online for all Short Learning Programme'
  5. Select the 'Short Learning Programmes' bubble
  6. Follow the prompts
  7. Upload supporting documents
    • Copy of your school qualifications (eg National Senior Certificate)
    • Copy of your official tertiary academic record(s) (if applicable) (internet copies will not be accepted)
    • Copy of your ID document (RSA students) or ID / passport (international students)
    • Copy of your marriage certificate (if applicable) or divorce decree (if applicable)
    • Sworn translations of documents if they are not in English or Afrikaans
    • Any additional documents as may be required for a specific Short Learning Programme

Applicants don't have to pay an application fee when registering.

Unisa has said:

Please check the requirements by clicking on your chosen Short Learning Programme (SLP) and please note the College in which your chosen SLP is offered so that you can navigate the application portal with ease during your process of application.

Unisa will inform the applicant whether they have been successful in applying by the end of July. The applicant will then need to accept or decline the offer within the prescribed period of time indicated in the offer letter.

Unisa will then verify and capture the documents submitted and do a temporary registration on the student's behalf.

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Are you interested in studying an online short course from home or while you work? Keep reading to find out how you can apply. 


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