FAQ's for students about COVID-19

I would like to enquire about the opening of applications to study at NWU for this year. What are the requirements to study?

Thanks for your enquiry. Our applications open on 1 April 2022. Visit https://studies.nwu.ac.za/undergraduate-studies/fields-study to view our different courses and the admission requirements.

What is my application status?

What is my application status?

To check or verify your status, click here, and log in with the student number that was allocated to you when you first applied.

Please contact the admission office on 018 285 4320.

Can I please get my student number and pin?

You can easily retrieve your PIN by following these steps:

  • Step 1: Visit the "Login window" here
  • Step 2: Click on "Forgotten your PIN".
  • Step 3: Read the instruction and complete the open requested fields. Click "Next".
  • Step 4: Your PIN will be sent to your email address and the cell phone number you applied with.

If the above was unsuccessful, please contact the Central Applications Office on 018 285 4320.

Can I please get a quotation for studies?

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

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

When do applications open?

You can start applying from 1 April 2022. Visit https://studies.nwu.ac.za/studies/how-apply-online for the application process.

What is the application fee?

There is no application fee payable when you apply. For international students a fee of R575 is applicable.

When and where can I apply for bursaries?

You can go to our website at https://studies.nwu.ac.za/studies/bursaries-and-loans for information on bursaries, or send your enquiry to the following email address:

Mahikeng Campus

MC-UnderGradBurs@nwu.ac.za for prospective and current students

MC-PostGradBurs@nwu.ac.za for postgraduate students

Potchefstroom Campus

PUK-UnderGradBurs@nwu.ac.za for prospective and current students

PUK-PostgradBurs@nwu.ac.za for postgraduate students

Vanderbijlpark Campus

VC-UnderGradBurs@nwu.ac.za for prospective and current students

VC-PostGradBurs@nwu.ac.za for postgraduate students


Important: Contact Corene Middleton directly regarding Sport bursaries at corene.middleton@nwu.ac.za

Where can I check my NSFAS status?

NSFAS functions on their own. The University only receives a list of successful applicants and then opens their accounts to register. Please visit the official NSFAS website at http://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 about NSFAS. If you don’t have access to online resources, you are more than welcome to visit any tertiary institution that will assist you with applying for NSFAS online. Please make sure you have a valid email address, cell phone number and the required supporting documents ready.

I haven’t heard anything from Funza Lushaka.

Funza Lushaka functions on their own. The University only receives confirmation of successful applicants at the end of March. Please visit the official Funza Lushaka website at http://www.funzalushaka.doe.gov.za/home.jsp to inquire about your application.

When are your Open Days for NWU?

For 2022, the NWU has three open days on Saturday 14 May (Mahikeng Campus), 21 May (Potchefstroom Campus), and 28 May (Vanderbijlpark Campus). The registration link for open days will be available soon.

We encourage prospective students to apply at https://studies.nwu.ac.za/studies/apply and have a look at our course offerings at https://studies.nwu.ac.za/undergraduate-studies/fields-study.

When is your closing date for applications?

The closing date for non-selection courses is 30 June.

The closing date for selection courses is 31 August.

  • You need to apply before the closing date of non-selection courses if you want to apply for residence admission.

Can I still change my course after applying?

You can change your course if there is space in the Faculty you would like to change to, and if you meet the admission requirements. You can send your request to the admission office on 018 285 4320.

How do I apply for the residences?

You can apply for the residences when you apply for the NWU by completing the online application. The options for the different residences are on the online application.

Where can I find out about my residence status?

Please contact the following offices to find out about your residence status:

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

You can contact our Student Counselling office at (018) 299-2893/4 for an appointment on the Potchefstroom Campus.

For the Vanderbijlpark Campus, you can contact the campus at (016) 910 3195.

For the Mahikeng Campus, you can contact the campus at (018) 389 2111.

Can I still qualify to study at your university, if I studied at another institution?

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

I am having technical difficulties during the online application process – who can I contact?

View this helpful video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMWxL8fUvwA – it will take you through the application process. Please call the following numbers for assistance: 018 285 4320.

How long does it take to get feedback after applying?

We aim to reply as soon as possible, but we receive a large number of applications. This is also dependent on the submission of all relevant documentation and the time frame in which you apply.

My ID number already exists on the system when I want to apply online – who can I contact?

Contact the admissions office on 018 285 4320.

For which courses do I qualify?

Please visit the following website https://studies.nwu.ac.za/undergraduate-studies/fields-study as well as our Faculty pages regarding our courses and admission requirements.

I am disabled or am in need of 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 NBT’s? How does selection work at the NWU?

No the NWU do not make use of NBT tests. Click on this link for our selection procedure: https://studies.nwu.ac.za/undergraduate-studies/selection

I am experiencing problems with my online application.

Contact the admissions office on 018 285 4320.

I was unsuccessful in my application due to academic motivations. What does this mean?

You do not adhere to one or all of the following requirements:

  • Do not qualify for Baccalaureus (University admission)
  • Correct APS
  • Specific subject requirement for the degree

Capacity limitations

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 work?

Do you wonder what the difference is between a town residence and a campus residence? Well, students who do not live in a residence on campus, but in rooms, apartments, outside rooms or in their parents' homes, participate in organized student life by joining one of the 'town residences'. Town residences function just like ordinary residences and are organized in the same way as residences on campus.

Can I apply with a Birth Certificate?

No, it must be an ID.

What is the difference between BA and LLB?

An LLB is a law specific degree and one needs an LLB to register 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 as main subjects: English, Industrial Psychology, Philosophy, Political Studies and Psychology. After completion of the BA degree, a student can add two years of full time study and obtain an LLB degree.

How can I update my contact details?

Prospective applicants (those who have already submitted their applications) can update their contact details on the applications webpage: https://fal.cn/ApplicationPage

Log in with your student number and chosen PIN. Click on "Already have a University number" and choose "Update Contact Details on Existing Application". The Contact Details page will display, and you can update your details, which will reflect throughout your application.

How can I update my application details?

Prospective applicants (who have already submitted their applications) can request a change of qualification or campus by contacting the admissions office on 018 258 4320.

  • Please be sure to include your student number and contact details in the email.