Admission Requirements for Universities in South Africa
National Senior Certificate (NSC): Most universities require applicants to have completed the NSC or an equivalent qualification such as the Senior Certificate (SC). The NSC is obtained after completing Grade 12 or its equivalent.
Minimum Subject Requirements: Certain subjects may be required or recommended for specific programs. Common subjects include Mathematics and Physical Sciences for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs.
Admission Point Score (APS): The APS is a points-based system used by South African universities to assess applicants’ academic performance. It is calculated based on the final Grade 12 results and determines eligibility for specific programs. Different programs have different minimum APS requirements.
English Language Proficiency: Applicants whose first language is not English may need to provide proof of English language proficiency through standardized tests such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Application Forms and Fees: Prospective students are generally required to complete and submit application forms, along with any necessary supporting documents, such as academic transcripts, identification documents, and proof of payment for application fees.
Application Deadlines: Each university sets its own application deadlines. It is important to check the specific deadlines for the universities and programs you are interested in, as they can vary.