When do the NWU’s applications open each year?

NWU’s applications open annually on 2 April.

What are the admission requirements?

To view the admission requirements for our undergraduate qualifications or degrees, visit: https://studies.nwu.ac.za/undergraduate-studies/fields-study.

How can calculate my APS score?

The APS Calculator is used for NSC, IEB and SACAI results.  If you make use of another foreign school system, please download the following document for more information. A conversion table is included in the document to assist you with calculating your APS score.

Does NWU accept late applications?


No, NWU does not accept late applications.

If you’ve missed the application deadlines,  register on the government initiative, the Central Applications Clearing House (CACH): https://www.gov.za/services/central-applications-clearing-house#.

The CACH facility will send your information to universities with potentially available spots. If you meet the necessary criteria, these institutions may contact to you.


Can I get a quote for studies?

You can contact our finance offices for a quotation using the following email addresses:

Or visit: https://services.nwu.ac.za/student-accounts-and-bursaries/quotations

What is the application fee?

There is no application fee required at the time of application. However, international students are required to pay a fee of R600.

How can I apply for bursaries?


Information on bursaries is available at: https://studies.nwu.ac.za/studies/bursaries-and-loans. If you have specific questions or would like to apply, you can contact the following email addresses based on your campus:

Mahikeng Campus:

Potchefstroom Campus:

Vanderbijlpark Campus:

For sports bursaries, please contact Corene Middleton directly at corene.middleton@nwu.ac.za.


Where can I check my NSFAS status?

NSFAS operates independently, and NWU only receives a list of successful applicants and then opens their accounts for registration. To check your NSFAS status, please visit the official NSFAS website: https://www.nsfas.org.za/content/index.html

How and where do I apply for NSFAS?

Visit: https://my.nsfas.org.za/mynsfas/selfservice.html for information on NSFAS. If you don’t have access to online resources, you are welcome to visit any tertiary institution that will assist you in applying for NSFAS online.

  • Please ensure that you have a valid email address, cell phone number and the required supporting documents.

When will I receive feedback from Funza Lushaka?

Funza Lushaka operates independently, and NWU only receives confirmation of successful applicants towards the end of March. If you haven’t heard from them, please visit the official Funza Lushaka website: http://www.funzalushaka.doe.gov.za/ to enquire about the status of your application.

When are the NWU Open Days?

NWU has three campus open days:

  • 4 May: Potchefstroom Campus
  • 11 May: Vanderbijlpark Campus
  • 18 May: Mahikeng Campus

For more information, please visit: https://studies.nwu.ac.za/open-days

We encourage prospective students to apply at https://applynow.nwu.ac.za/OnlineApplication/ and view our course offerings at https://studies.nwu.ac.za/undergraduate-studies/fields-study.


When do NWU’s applications close?

The closing date for selection courses and residence applications is 30 June.

  • It’s important to note that if you wish to apply for residence admission, you must submit your application before the closing date for selection courses.

For all other courses, the closing date is 31 August.

Can I change my course after I have applied?

You can change your course provided that there are places available in the faculty of your choice and that you meet the admission requirements for the new course. To initiate this change, please the toll-free number: 0860 169698 or e-mail: studies@nwu.ac.za.

How do I apply for the residences?

Applications for residence placement open 2 April and close 30 June. Please indicate your intention to apply for residence placement during your application for admission. On receiving and accepting a conditional offer, you will be able to complete a formal residence application by indicating your preferred residence choices.

Can I get information on how to take a psychometric test in order to make subject choices?

You can book a career guidance session using the Student Counselling & Development (SCD) Consultation Form. You can also complete our Interest-Index survey for assistance.

Can I still qualify to study at NWU, if I have studied at another institution?

When you apply, you still need to add your matric certificate along with the academic record from your current institution. The faculty will decide on admission and credits.

Who can I contact when I am experiencing technical difficulties during the online application process?

Contact #MyNWU at:

  • Toll free number: 0860 169698 (0860 1mynwu)
  • E-mail: studies@nwu.ac.za
  • WhatsApp number: +27 (0) 60 070 2606
  • SMS number: 31750

How long does it take to get feedback after applying?

We aim to reply as quickly as possible, but we receive a large number of applications. This also depends on whether all the relevant documents have been submitted and the timeframe in which you apply.

For which courses do I qualify?

If you’re unsure about which course to pursue, you can begin with our Interest-Index tool. It will help identify potential qualifications based on your interests. Afterward, you can explore our faculty pages for details about our courses and their respective admission requirements.

I am disabled or need additional support. Who can I contact or where can I register for it?

During the online application process there is a section during the process where this information can be captured. You are also welcome to contact Thuso at 018 299 1777.

Do I have to write the NBTs? How does selection work at the NWU?

No, NWU does not make use of NBT tests. For our selection procedure, visit: https://studies.nwu.ac.za/undergraduate-studies/selection

My application was unsuccessful due to capacity limitations. What does this mean?

Please note that, owing to specific capacity constraints, the University reserves the right to select candidates for admission to certain fields of study. This means that prospective students who comply with the minimum requirements will not automatically be admitted to the courses in question. Because of the capacity limitations and the high demand from students for admission to particular fields of study, students will be selected on the basis of their Grade 12 results for admission to these fields.

What is a town residence and how does it operate?

Students who do not reside in on-campus residences (such as those living in rooms, apartments, outside rooms, or with their parents) can engage in organised student life by joining a “town residence”.
Town residences operate similarly to traditional on-campus residences and follow the same organizational structure and guidelines.

Can I use a birth certificate for my application?

No, you must provide an ID for your application.

What is the difference between BA in Law and LLB?

n LLB is a degree focused specifically on law and is a requirement for registration as an Advocate or Attorney. The duration of the LLB degree is 4 years.

The duration of the BA Law is 3 years and consists of law subjects and one of the following main subjects: English, Industrial Psychology, Philosophy, Political Studies, and Psychology. After completing the BA degree, students can pursue an additional two years of full-time study to obtain an LLB degree.