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Student Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

General Questions

When can I apply to study at SMU in 2022?

Applications open on 1 April 2021 and the closing dates are as follows:

Friday, 25 June 2021: B Radiography, B Dental Surgery, B Pharmacy, B Dental Therapy, MBChB, BSc Physiotherapy

Friday, 26 July 2021:  BSc, BSc Diet, B Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, B Occupational Therapy, B Oral Hygiene, B Nursing Sciences

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Does SMU consider late applications?

Unfortunately, late applications will not be considered.

How many qualifications/degrees can I apply for?

You are allowed to apply for a maximum of two qualifications, first choice and second choice.

What are the admissions requirements?

For information on admissions requirements and relevant school subjects, refer to the, click under students and look for the following:

  • Admissions and Selections Rules for different Schools; and
  • Undergraduate Prospectus 2021

Please note: the University receives more applications than it can accommodate and meeting admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

How can I apply?

You can apply either online or manually. However, online applications are currently limited to undergraduate qualifications for South African and International applicants who have written or are studying towards the National Senior Certificate (NSC) and Independent Examinations Board (IEB) certificate or studying at other South African Universities.

How do I apply online?

To apply online, you need:

  • Access to the internet and a valid email address;
  • To complete the Application Form accurately online;
  • To specify the names of your first and second choice degrees (if applicable);
  • Pay the R200 non-refundable application fee; and
  • Upload the following the documents: certified copies of your ID/passport; Grade 11/12 results; academic record (if you have attended other universities including SMU) and proof of payment of the non-refundable application fee.
How do I apply manually?
    • Download the Application Form that is available on;
    • Complete the form in full and answer all questions with black ink (pen);
    • Make sure the names appearing on your identity document (ID), as well as your certificates are the same and in the same sequence; and
    • Include the following the documents: certified copies of your ID/passport; Grade 11/12 results; academic record (if you have attended other universities including SMU) and proof of payment of the non-refundable application fee.
If I am an international student; how do I apply to study at SMU?

All non-South African citizens and non-permanent residents are required to obtain a study permit prior to registering as students. Application for study permits should be submitted to the South African Home Affairs, Consulate or High Commissioner in your country of residence/origin, and should be in favour of Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU). The study permit should to be submitted during registration.

How do I apply for SMU student residence/accommodation?

There is an option for residential application on the Application Form.

Please Note: there are limited places in University residence and admission to study at SMU does not guarantee a place in residence. The places are awarded on a first come first served basis and the University is not obliged to provide a place in the residence.

How much is the application fee?

The application fee is R200 and is non-refundable.

Where and how do I deposit the application fee?

Bank Name:  Standard Bank
Account Number: 071 244 395
Account Name: Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Branch Number: 020 909

Please note:

  • Use your ID or student number as a Reference
  • No cash should accompany the application form.
  • Application Forms without proof of payment will not be considered.
What documents do I attach to the application form?
  1. Certified copy of your ID or Birth Certificate.
  2. Certified copy of final Grade 11 results or mid-year Grade 12 results or National Senior Certificate (NSC)/Matric Certificate (if you have completed Grade 12/Matric).
  3. Official academic record(s) from previous university(ies) attended, including SMU (if applicable).
  4. Proof of application fee payment (copy of deposit slip).
To whom do I address my manual SMU application form?

Post to:  The Registrar
Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
P.O. Box 60

Or hand deliver to:

Enrolment Management Office
Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Clinical Pathology Building (Basement)
Office Hours: 07h30 – 16h00 (Monday – Friday)

Or email to:

How do I know if my SMU application form has been received?

You will receive an SMS/email notification

When can I expect a response about the status of my application if am in Grade 12?
  • Pre-selections will be done between October and December 2020, using your Grade 11 results (for those in Grade 12) and you will be informed about the outcome.
  • The final selection will take place in January 2021, after the release of Grade 12/NSC results by the Department of Basic Education and Independent Examinations Board.
  • There will be SMS and email notifications and/or telephone calls to applicants.
  • You can also check the status of your application on after the release of Grade 12 results early in 2021.
When can I expect a response about the outcome of my application if I have already passed Grade12/Matric?
  • You may receive the outcome of your application before the end of 2020 or early in January 2021
  • You can also check the status of your application on
Where can I get more information about the application process?

Enquiries should be emailed to:  Please note that communication should be through email because staff members are currently working from home in compliance with lockdown regulations.

When is registration going to take place for the accepted applicants?

Successful applicants will be informed about registration details in January 2021.

Can a study/admission offer be withdrawn?

Yes, the offer can be withdrawn if the information provided by the applicant is found to be untruthful after an admission offer has been made. The admission offer can be revoked immediately and no further correspondence will be entered into with the applicant.

Undergraduate Programmes

School of Health Care Sciences:
Bachelor of Sciences in Dietetics
Bachelor of Nursing Sciences & Arts
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Bachelor of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology
School of Medicine:
Bachelor of Diagnostic Radiography
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
School of Oral Health Sciences:
Bachelor of Dental Surgery
Bachelor of Dental Therapy
Bachelor of Oral Hygiene
School of Pharmacy:
Bachelor of Pharmacy
School of Science and Technology:
Bachelor of Science

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