UNISA To Have Only One Examination Period For 2021

University of South Africa (UNISA)

Unisa’s 2021 academic year will commence in March 2021 and they therefore had to make some changes to ensure that all students are able to successfully complete the 2021 academic year. This included declaring that there will only be one examination period for 2021.


In a statement released, the University stated the following:

There will be one examination period for the 2021 academic year. 

All undergraduate and postgraduate diploma examinations will be written in October and November 2021.

Honours examinations will be written in January/February 2022.

A revised timetable will soon be made available for students to view on myUnisa.

Unisa is said to be working tirelessly to respond to the Ministerial request, which included reducing the staudent intake by 20 000 this year, and to comply with South Africa’s lockdown regulations. “We will continue to communicate any updates and changes as they become available,” said Unisa.

The University also announced that all assignment due dates for semester modules for the 2021 academic year will be revised with submission due dates scheduled between May and September.

It’s currently registration season at Unisa with 2021 only having one registration period. Registrations for the 2021 academic year will close on 12 March.

If you’re a student at Unisa and you have queries they have implemented a specific system of how you may contact the university.

The following options have been put in place for calls, when calling the toll free number 0800 203 785:

  • Option 1: Applications and registrations
  • Option 2: myLife and myUnisa
  • Option 3: Library
  • Option 4: Exams
  • Option 0: General enquiries

Students are asked to listen to the options carefully so as to streamline the calls.

The following details are needed when sending an enquiry via e-mail to [email protected]:

  • All e-mails must be sent via your myLife e-mail address with the exception of new students
  • Subject: A short description of your challenge
  • Student number
  • Contact details
  • A screen grab of your error where necessary

Students must follow the above mentioned directions to ensure that the university can assist them as soon as possible.

Visit Unisa’s announcements page here to see the full statement.


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