University of South Africa (UNISA)

Founded in 1873 as the University of the Cape of Good Hope, the institution became the first public university in the world to teach exclusively by means of distance education in 1946. Throughout the years, Unisa was perhaps the only university in South Africa to have provided all people with access to education, irrespective of race, colour or creed.

Master's Programmes

Computer Science & IT (4)
Agriculture & Forestry (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Medicine & Health (2)
Engineering & Technology (1)

About

History

Explore the more than 140 years of Unisa’s existence and celebrate our decades of service to students in South Africa and beyond. Learn more about Unisa’s evolution from a small, colonial examining body into one of the world’s largest open distance learning institutions — an exuberantly African global leaders.

Education

The three core business areas of Unisa are teaching, research and community engagement. Our world-class research is spearheaded by the Research and Innovation portfolio and community engagement by our Community Engagement and Outreach Policy. We also place great importance on the celebration and promotion of our African arts and culture through various endeavours.

Research

Offering study opportunities to more than 400 000 students from across South Africa, Africa and other parts of the world, Unisa offers a diverse choice of study fields at levels from certificate to degree. The university is considered South Africa’s most productive* accounting for 12.8% of all degrees conferred by the country’s 23 public universities and universities of technology.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

GSSA 2021

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2021. Universities with a score above 4.0 (out of 5) in any of the 8 award categories, receive Badges of Excellence. Congratulations!

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2022
901 -300
2021
601 200
2020
801
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2023
1001 -200
2022
801 200
2021
1001
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2023
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2022
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2021
921
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

Student services

An unparalleled range of study choices is offered, ranging from short courses and certificate programmes to three-and four-year degrees and diplomas, to over 400 000 current students. As one of the leading research institutions on the continent, the research efforts have won us numerous awards, recognitions and honours.

Library services

Our library boasts over 2.7 million items and supports Unisa staff and students in teaching and research. We subscribe to an increasing number of electronic journals and electronic books that are available to students and staff online at any time.

Accreditation

It is recognised by the South African Department of Education (DoE), accredited by the South African Council on Higher Education (CHE) and all its qualifications are registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

Student Reviews

Im a vibrant person looking forward to study abroad and the goal is to finish studying and work
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Poor student and lecturer communication

It was very challenging but the lectures were.
Ethel Sibande rated 5 out of 5 stars

I really like the assignment and the replies from the lectures

A self-sustaining time
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Everything was mainly online and self-study. Nothing exciting was happening and there was a lack of peer support.

Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

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