The University of South Africa (UNISA) is now accepting applications for its UNISA Short Courses for Semester 2 of the 2024 academic year. These courses offer an excellent opportunity for individuals to enhance their skills and knowledge in various fields quickly and effectively.

Whether you are a first-time applicant or a returning student looking to switch programmes, UNISA’s Centre for Lifelong Learning provides a diverse range of UNISA Short Courses tailored to meet your specific learning needs or unique employment requirements.

What Are UNISA Short Courses?

UNISA Short Courses are non-degree programmes designed to develop specific skills and knowledge in a practical, focused manner. These programmes cover fundamental key concepts and are ideal for updating or broadening your expertise in a particular subject area.

UNISA Short Courses follow a “just enough” learning approach, ensuring you gain the essential skills needed for your career or personal development.

Who Can Apply for UNISA Short Courses?

UNISA Short Courses are designed to be accessible to a wide range of applicants. The following individuals are encouraged to apply:

  • First-Time UNISA Applicants: If you have never studied at UNISA before and wish to enroll in a Short Learning Programme, you are eligible to apply.
  • Current UNISA Students: If you are already a UNISA student and want to change to a new Short Learning Programme, you can apply.
  • Previous Applicants: If you previously applied for admission to UNISA and were not offered a space, you are welcome to reapply.
  • Working Professionals: Individuals currently employed who wish to update their skills or gain new knowledge to enhance their career prospects can benefit from these courses.
  • Recent Graduates: Graduates looking to specialize in a particular field or gain practical knowledge in a specific area can enroll in these short courses.
  • Lifelong Learners: Anyone with a passion for learning and personal development, regardless of their current educational background, can apply for these courses.

List of Available UNISA Short Courses for Semester 2, 2024


  1. Course in Taxation (70971)
  2. Course in The Application of Climate-Smart Agriculture as a Sustainable Agricultural Practice (77098)

Short Courses

  1. Short Course in English for Speechwriting (76908)
  2. Short Course in I-SET Robotics Components and Pedagogy (76820)
  3. Short Course in I-SET Robotics Fundamentals (77067)
  4. Short Course in I-SET Robotics Problem-solving, Data and Debugging (76984)
  5. Short Course in I-SET Robotics for the Future (77068)
  6. Short Course in the Introduction to Agribusiness Management (72621)
  7. Short Course in the Orientation and Background to HIV Aids Care and Counselling (76968)
  8. Short Course in the Psychology of Mentorship (76815)


  1. Emotional Intelligence Workshop: Barriers to Emotional Intelligence (76784)
  2. Emotional Intelligence Workshop: Self Awareness (76783)
  3. Emotional Intelligence Workshop: Self in Relation to Others (76785)
  4. English Empowerment Workshop (76801)
  5. Workshop in Advanced Archives and Records Management (AARM) (77704)
  6. Workshop in Basic Archives and Records Management (BARM) (77702)
  7. Workshop in Business Writing Skills (76198)
  8. Workshop in Improving the Quality in the Health Care Services in South Africa (77065)
  9. Workshop in Intermediate Archives and Records Management (IARM) (77703)
  10. Workshop in Nutrition and Food Safety (76602)
  11. Workshop in Stress Management (76771)

How to Apply for UNISA Short Courses

To apply for a UNISA Short Course, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are a first-time UNISA applicant.
  • You are a current UNISA student changing to a new Short Learning Programme.
  • You previously applied for admission and were not offered a space.

Application Process

  1. Apply Online
  2. Supporting Documents
    • Ensure you have all the required documents scanned and uploaded. These typically include:
      • Copy of your school qualifications (e.g., National Senior Certificate)
      • Copy of your official tertiary academic record(s) (if applicable)
      • Copy of your ID document (RSA students) or ID/passport (international students)
      • Copy of your marriage certificate (if applicable) or divorce decree (if applicable)
      • Sworn translations of documents if they are not in English or Afrikaans
      • Any additional documents required for a specific UNISA Short Course
  3. Application Deadline
    • The registration period for Semester 2 applications is open from 14 May to 19 July 2024.

Related: Unisa Application: A Comprehensive 5-step Guide

Post-Application Process

After submitting your application, UNISA will assess and inform you of the outcome. Successful applicants will receive a “Temporarily Registered” (TP) letter via email, detailing the next steps, including the fee payment to activate your registration.

Related: How to Access UNISA Study Material Online

Important Information for Applicants of UNISA Short Courses

  • Ensure you have a valid email address and cellphone number as UNISA will communicate with you through these channels during the application process.
  • All registered UNISA students receive a free myLife email account, which must be checked regularly for important updates and notices.
  • Only black and white documents in PDF, DOC, or TIF formats are accepted, with each file not exceeding 2MB.
  • Original documents may be requested by UNISA at any time for verification.
  • All communications with the university must be through the myLife email account for compliance with the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What happens if I do not accept UNISA’s offer within the prescribed period?
A: If you do not accept the offer within the prescribed period, UNISA will withdraw the offer and allocate your place to another applicant.

Q: Can I apply for more than one UNISA Short Course?
A: Yes, you may apply for up to two UNISA Short Courses, ranked in order of preference. However, you can only register for one programme if both applications are successful.

Q: What should I do if I have trouble reading my TP letter?
A: Ensure you have the latest version of Adobe Reader on your smartphone or computer. If you continue to experience issues, contact the UNISA Centre for Lifelong Learning via email at for assistance.

UNISA Short Courses offer a valuable opportunity to gain practical, focused knowledge in a variety of fields. With the registration period for Semester 2 of 2024 now open, prospective students are encouraged to apply early to secure their place. For more information and to apply, visit the UNISA Centre for Lifelong Learning website.