University of South Africa
University of South Africa

About us

Welcome to the University of South Africa (UNISA), one of the most renowned and esteemed institutions of higher education on the African continent. Established in 1873, UNISA has a rich history and has emerged as a leading open distance learning university, providing quality education to students from South Africa and across the globe. With a commitment to accessibility, flexibility, and excellence, UNISA has transformed the educational landscape by breaking barriers and empowering learners to pursue their academic goals.

As the largest university in South Africa, UNISA offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs in various fields of study. Whether you aspire to obtain a degree in business, sciences, humanities, law, education, or many other disciplines, UNISA provides a diverse array of programs to cater to different interests and career paths. Moreover, the university's distance learning approach allows students to study at their own pace, making education accessible to those who may face geographical or time constraints.

UNISA's academic offerings are designed to meet the highest standards of quality and relevance. The university boasts a faculty of highly qualified professors and instructors who are experts in their respective fields. They are dedicated to providing a supportive and engaging learning environment, leveraging technology and innovative teaching methods to enhance the educational experience for students.

In addition to its academic prowess, UNISA is committed to promoting research and knowledge creation. The university actively encourages its faculty and students to engage in cutting-edge research across a wide range of disciplines, contributing to the advancement of knowledge and addressing societal challenges. Through its research centers, UNISA fosters collaboration and interdisciplinary exploration, ensuring that its research remains at the forefront of global developments.

UNISA takes pride in its diverse and inclusive community, with students from various backgrounds and cultures coming together to form a vibrant and dynamic learning environment. The university promotes cultural exchange, tolerance, and understanding, nurturing graduates who are not only academically proficient but also equipped with the skills and values necessary to thrive in an increasingly interconnected world.

As you embark on your academic journey, the University of South Africa stands ready to provide you with a transformative and empowering education. With its rich heritage, commitment to accessibility, and dedication to excellence, UNISA continues to shape the future of education in South Africa and beyond.



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Why choose us

At Unisa, our vision and mission unite our diverse culture while guiding us in our decision-making and strategic planning.


The Unisa community is inspired by its vision to become the African university shaping futures in the service of humanity.

Our vision defines everything that we do. It describes our wish to serve every country on the African continent and the broader global community while transcending language and cultural barriers. We are 100% committed to the communities and individuals we serve.


We are clear on our mission to be a comprehensive, open, distance and e-Learning  (CODeL) institution that produces excellent scholarship and research, provides quality tuition, and fosters active community engagement. We are guided by the principles of life-long learning, student-centredness, innovation and creativity. Through our efforts, we contribute to the knowledge and information society, advance development, nurture a critical citizenry, and ensure global sustainability.