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International student applications

Before you follow the UWC Online Application Process, please make sure you:
  1. Meet the minimum admission requirements for the programme/s you wish to apply to. Visit Academia‚Äč for further assistance in this regard
  2. Apply for exemption by following the USAf Application for Exemption Process or apply to have your Foreign Qualifications Evaluated by SAQA in the case of Postgraduate Programmes


Evaluation of your International Qualifications are essential to confirming the level of learning attained and the appropriate articulation with qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). The relevant statutory bodies seek to ascertain the equivalence or comparison of international qualifications with local qualifications in an attempt to inform the minimum admission requirements to higher education. This is done in one of the following ways: 

Application for Exemption with Universities South Africa (USAf), formerly Higher Education South Africa (HESA). 


This process is for International Applicants who wish to apply for exemption in order to  be granted access to higher education in South Africa. The Exemption Application Process and Methods of Application for undergraduate applications is outlined on the following USAf web-page: 

You will be directed to the USAf Assessment Tool first. This will give you a good indication of the strength of your application. Thereafter you will be directed to submit an online application.

For Applications for Exemption Enquiries

Phone: +2710 591 4401/2
Fax: 086 677 7744 (SA Only)
Fax: +2712 481 2922 (International)
Your Application for Exemption may take a while and we therefore recommend you complete this as soon as you have a statement of results available before moving to the next step in the process i.e. UWC Online Application. 

Evaluation of Foreign Qualifications with the South African Qualifications  Authority (SAQA)        


This process is for International Applicants who wish to apply for admission to Post Graduate Higher Education Programmes in South Africa using their undergraduate qualifications. Information related to the process for Evaluating Foreign Qualifications is outlined on this SAQA web-page.

The online application for the Evaluation of Foreign Qualifications can be accessed here.  You will be required to register as a new user, after which you may proceed with your application for the Evaluation of your Qualification.

For Evaluation of Foreign Qualifications Enquiries

     Phone: +2712 431 5070 - Evaluation of Foreign Qualifications
     Phone: 0860 111 673 - Helpdesk
     Phone: +2721 431 5000 - Switchboard
     Fax: +2721 431 5147

This Evaluation Certificate must accompany your application to UWC and we therefore recommend you complete this before moving to the next step in the process Click here for more information. 

Some Faculties may require an Exemption Certificate from USAf and an Evaluation of Foreign Qualifications from SAQA for admission into a particular programme. Please consult faculty specific admission requirements in the Academia tab.

Since your application depends on either USAf Exemption or a SAQA Evaluation Certificate and in some cases both, we will not be able to make a selection decision on it until the appropriate evidence from USAf and/or SAQA is supplied. We therefore recommend that you complete this component as soon as possible. 

Further enquiries should be directed to USAF or consult our international guidelines for applications. Alternatively you may contact for further guidance and advice. 

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