International Student Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

To be considered for Undergraduate admission, international applicants must qualify for a Matriculation Exemption from the South African Matriculation Board, they must meet the Univesity of Limpopos' language requirements, and they must meet the minimum Faculty entry requirements as indicated.  The medium of instruction and examination at UL is English.

N.B: A non-refundable application fee of R345-00 must be paid at Standard bank.

1.1 Minimum requirements

The minimum requirement for admission is a Matriculation Exemption or completion of O and A level examinations. If you only have the O level or IGCSE examinations, you will not be eligible for a Matriculation Exemption; you should complete the first year of study at your home University before applying to the University of Limpopo. Upon completion of first year of study, you can then apply for foreign conditional exemption from the Matriculation Board/ Higher Education South Africa (HESA). For students who have matriculated or acquired their degree (s) outside South Africa, you are required to have the evaluation certificate before applying to study with the University of Limpopo. Those who intend to enrol for undergraduate degrees, they are required to first apply for the evaluation certificate from HESA, and those who intend to enrol for postgraduate degrees, they are required to first apply for the evaluation certificate from SAQA (South African Qualification Authority).

*NB. Before registration (or renewal of registration) all International Students must provide proof of VALID STUDY VISA and VALID MEDICAL AID COVER

Full details of matriculation regulations are given on the Matriculation Board website:  or

1.2 First time application for a study permit: requirements

  • Department of Home Affairs application form (BI-1738)
  • Valid passport which must be valid for atleast 30 days after the end of your proposed stay in South Africa, Otherwise your permit will only be granted for the period up to 30 days before the expiry date. It should also have atleast one unused page left when arriving in South Africa.
  • Application fee for the permit. This is non-refundable even if your permit is refused.
  • An official letter from UL confirming provisional acceptance and the duration of the Course. This is a letter from the relevant Faculty offering a study place, together with proof of your acceptance of the offer.
  • Medical and radiological reports *(less than months old)
  • Yellow fever vaccination certificate if relevant
  • Relevant certificate if married, widowed, divorced or separated
  • Proof of medical insurance cover registered and/ or recognised in South Africa
  • Details regarding arranged accommodation, if any
  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover tuition fees, maintenance and incidental costs
  • A police clearance certificate (less than 6 months old)
  • A deposit (a cash amount not exceeding the cost of a single ticket to the applicants' country of origin.) Students from other African countries are not required to pay this deposit provided that the government of their country submits a written statement undertaking to pay all costs relating to deportation of the student should it become necessary.

*Please note that the documents must be originals or certified copies
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