How to Apply For Unisa Exemption Online

By Klenam JU •  Updated: 10/03/24 •  4 min read

Are you considering studying at the University of South Africa? If so, it’s important to understand what an exemption is and how it can benefit you. If you’re a student at UNISA, you may have heard of the term “exemption”. Essentially, an exemption is when you’re granted credit for a specific course or module, which means you don’t have to take that course or module as part of your program. It is a process at UNISA that allows students who have completed a similar course or module at another recognized institution or have relevant work experience to be exempt from completing certain courses or modules in their UNISA program.

This means that if you have already studied a particular subject or have relevant work experience, you may not need to complete that course again at UNISA. Exemptions can save you time and money, as you won’t have to repeat courses or modules that you have already completed. However, it’s important to note that exemptions are not automatic, and you will need to apply for them. UNISA will assess your previous qualifications and work experience to determine if you are eligible for an exemption.

In this article, we will explore the definition of module exemption and provide a step-by-step guide on how to apply for an exemption at UNISA. Additionally, we will cover the costs associated with exemption at UNISA and other related topics to help you better understand this process.

How to apply for exemption at Unisa online

The University of South Africa (UNISA) will exempt students from particular modules or certifications provided they can demonstrate that they have sufficient prior learning or qualifications. To apply for an exemption at UNISA online, follow these simple steps.

How much is the exemption fee at Unisa?

UNISA charges an exemption assessment fee to cover the expense of examining your qualifications or courses from other institutions to see if they match the conditions for exemption from specific UNISA courses. The goal is to ensure that the evaluation process is carried out successfully and rapidly by experienced individuals with the competence to appropriately evaluate your qualifications.

Students have to pay UNISA exemption fees if they want their past academic work to count toward their current course. The cost of exemption fees ranges between R300 to R4,500.

It’s important to know that exemption fees are non-refundable and do not ensure that credits will be given.

What is module exemption?

Module exemption at UNISA is a way for students who have already taken a similar course at another school or at UNISA to get that course removed from their present program of study. Basically, if a student can show that they already know the information in a certain module, they won’t have to take it again and can move on to more challenging projects. 

How do I apply for Unisa deferment?

The purpose of the deferment program at UNISA is to give students the option of pausing their academic pursuits for a specified amount of time for a variety of reasons, including those related to their personal lives, their finances, or their health. 

Students who have been granted a deferment are able to temporarily pause their academic pursuits without jeopardizing their position in the program. Students are able to carry over where they left off during the deferred period. Deferments are only given out for one year at a time and for a total of two years at the most when a student is in the process of studying for a certain qualification.

What is the age exemption for Unisa?

If you’re considering pursuing higher education but don’t have any prior schooling qualifications, you may still be eligible for admission. In fact, individuals who are 45 years of age or older may qualify for open admission or a mature age exemption. This means that you can apply to a college or university without having to meet the same academic requirements as traditional students. 

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