North-West University Admission Requirements

By | June 12, 2018

North-West University Admission Requirements

Academic Administration (Vaal Triangle Campus)

Admission requirements

The curricula and admission requirements for your qualification are set out in the calendar, as well as the time allowed for completion of your studies. You can also view our faculty calendar here.


Fees payable and financial regulations applicable to postgraduate studies.

If you wish to register with our Campus, please view our registration document and complete it. South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)  – Application for evaluation of foreign qualifications – Web address:

International Students

Admission requirements

Matriculation exemption – Higher Education South Africa

HESA (Higher Education South Africa) was formed on 9 May 2005 and represents the heads of all public universities, universities of technology and comprehensive universities in South Africa. The SAMB (South African Matriculation Board) forms an integral part of HESA’s role. The SAMB advises the Minister of Education via HESA on the minimum general admission requirements for first degree studies at South African universities.

Before admittance to a South African university, South Africans must first successfully complete the SANSC (South African National Senior Certificate) examinations. Those students that manage to obtain the appropriate standards in these examinations are accordingly awarded “matriculation exemption” status and may enrol for a first degree at a South African university.

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Foreign Nationals

All students who are either completing or have completed their schooling outside of South Africa and / or through an alternate educational system must ascertain whether they have also earned “matriculation exemption”. In this regard, the SAMB regulates admission to first degree studies by ensuring all students who did not complete a SANSC but who have an equivalent university entrance qualification, comply with the requisite criteria. The SAMB regularly updates the list of these alternate qualifications that are acceptable on face value for admission to first degree studies at South African universities. These can be found on the HESA website.

South African Matriculation Board contact details
Tel: +27 12 481 2847/8

Fax: +27 12 481 2718/2922 or 086 677 7744