If you think you’ve missed the boat to study in 2020, think again. Some institutions in South Africa accept late applications.
Late Applications: you’re still in with a shot
If you’re reading this now, most major universities have closed their 2020 applications. This includes online applications.
Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) accepts late applications depending on available space. Check their website and apply online. Be sure to do so ASAP as the university can only accept 15 000 students per year and they often receive applications several times that number.
The University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (UKZN) also accepts late applications at a late application fee of R400. Late applications are only considered if there is still space in programme and if entrance requirements are met.
Here is a list of colleges that take applications throughout the year:
- Lyceum Correspondence College
- Central Technical College
- Open Learning Group
- City Varsity
- Oxbridge Academy
- Pearson Institute of Higher Learning
- Codespace Academy
Better late than Never
If time seems to be running out at an unreal pace, perhaps consider registering at a TVET College. Many TVET colleges have several intakes during the year. So if you miss the registration bus and the universities turn their noses up, you don’t have to fret.
Simply check the university website or contact the university applications office directly to see if they allow for ‘late applications’. Universities generally only keep courses and programmes open for late applications if there is available space for a certain study programme.
Late Applications: move it or lose it
Keep in mind that if you haven’t gone through the process of preparing all the required documents for the initial application deadline, you’ll have to move fast. Preparing everything you need so you can submit the late application on time is essential.
Take note of these important aspects of late applications:
- Usually, late applications are available for certain study programmes ONLY (disciplines that are in less demand)! So carefully check the list or get informed about the available courses for late applications.
- Universities are usually pretty strict when it comes to application dates – pleading and pouting does little to help.
- Late applications don’t guarantee that you’ll be offered an actual place in the study programme.
Online Application: Express Delivery
Hate standing in a queue? Fortunately, online applications are a thing. This is the way to go in our digital age – so if you’re late, you can still be on time. Unless you’re applying for postgraduate studies. In this case, some universities require you to apply at their offices. If you’re applying online, it’s important to have the necessary documents scanned and ready to upload during the application. While there are a few ways you can apply to your tertiary institution of choice, online applications could save you time and energy.
While we don’t advise procrastinating, if you’ve been in holiday mode too long, there’s no need to panic. Studying in 2020 is still possible. Make a move – you’ve got this 🙂