The University of South Africa, colloquially known as UNISA, is a large and highly-respected distance learning university.The headquarters for UNISA are in Pretoria, standing guard over the southern gateway to the city. UNISA also has provincial centres in each of South Africa's nine provinces, with campuses and regional offices in more than 25 locations.
Due to UNISA registration fees being much lower than other residential university fees, studying through distance education is very accessible to all sorts of people. UNISA's student body is diverse, including young and old. The majority of UNISA's students are South African, but a growing number of students from other African countries are enrolling. Also, UNISA is making education more accessible to a large number of disabled individuals, especially the visually impaired.
UNISA offers internationally accredited qualifications in many major fields, including:
- Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
- Economic and Management Sciences
- Human Sciences
- Science, Engineering and Technology
Applications for all UNISA undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications are open from August to mid-September for the following year of studies. Matriculants who only receive their results in December/January are allowed to apply for studies from mid-January to mid-February of the same year as studies begin.