The choice of where to study must start with what you want to study. Many degrees are only available as full time courses with classes and practical lab work. Some degrees are available via distance learning where you have the freedom to continue in your current job, while furthering your education.

Choosing a degree that is right for you

How can you decide what is right for you? The best way is to do as much research as possible. These days you can do a lot of it online. Check under “Our partners for a list of a reputable academic providers and helpful websites. Browse through the institutes and programs. See if the institutes are accredited and if they offer financial aid. Also, consider institutes that specialise in your particular field. Narrow down your choices to the top four or five, then request free information. Once you have done your research you can apply to as many institutes as you want.

Places to look

Higher Education South Africa (HESA) is an association of the 23 public universities in South Africa. Its function is to form a unified voice for the interests of its members, to form common policy for its members on matters of national importance, and to provide various services to its members.


•             Cape Peninsula University of Technology

•             University of Cape Town

•             Central University of Technology

•             Durban University of Technology

•             University of Fort Hare

•             University of the Free State

•             University of Johannesburg

•             University of KwaZulu-Natal

•             University of Limpopo

•             Mangosuthu University of Technology

•             Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

•             North-West University

•             University of Pretoria

•             Rhodes University

•             University of South Africa

•             Stellenbosch University

•             Tshwane University of Technology

•             Vaal University of Technology

•             University of Venda

•             Walter Sisulu University for Technology and Science

•             University of the Western Cape

•             University of the Witwatersrand

•             University of Zululand

If you want to register at a private higher education college or institution, you should first consult the Register of Private Higher Education Institutions to verify whether the institution and programme are registered and accredited. You can also contact the Department of Higher Education and Training on012 312 5254 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or contact the call centre on 080 087 2222 for more information.

For a list of registered or provisionally registered institutions with their contact details you can download the following document: Register_of_Private Higher Education Institutions.pdf

Further information: Council On Higher Education
Department of Higher education

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