The University of South Africa (Unisa) has extended its registration by around a month, giving new and returning students more time to get in.

Registration for the second semester of 2020 opened on 9th June and was scheduled to close a few days ago on 26th June. This, however, has been pushed back to 24 July.

Unisa moving around registration dates is nothing new and has been happening long before COVID-19 became a pandemic. For the first semester of 2020, before the coronavirus had impacted the country, the university had to extend registration dates three separate times.

The school’s penchant for moving dates around, combined with problems caused by the pandemic and the South African lockdown leads us to believe that this won’t be the only extension for the second semester.

This date change applies to new and returning students not awaiting their results for their exams written in the first semester of 2020. Those students also have between 9th June and 24th July to register. This is worth mentioning as these dates for awaiting students have been in place for a while, while the new and returning student dates have been updated recently.

You can see this in two promotional images shared by Unisa below, the first posted on 9th June and the second on 27th June.

As some students are still writing their exams into July, it leaves for little time for the university to mark and return these papers.

9th June:


27th June: