University of Limpopo (UL) Admission Requirements for 2025


Are you considering applying to the University of Limpopo (UL) for the 2025 academic year? Knowing the admission requirements is crucial to ensure your application is successful. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you understand what is needed to join our vibrant academic community.

General Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Programs

To be eligible for undergraduate programs at UL, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. National Senior Certificate (NSC) or Equivalent:
    • Minimum Achievement Levels: Applicants must have a minimum achievement level of 4 (50-59%) in four recognized NSC 20-credit subjects.
    • Language Requirements: A minimum level of 4 (50-59%) in the language of instruction (English) is required.
  2. Matriculation Endorsement:
    • Applicants must have a matriculation endorsement or an equivalent qualification.
  3. Program-Specific Requirements:
    • Certain programs may have additional requirements such as specific subjects, higher achievement levels, or additional assessments. Check the UL Programs Page for detailed information on each program.
  4. National Benchmark Test (NBT):
    • Some programs may require applicants to take the NBT to assess academic readiness. Check specific program requirements to see if this is applicable.

Postgraduate Programs

For postgraduate studies, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Honours Programs:
    • Bachelor’s Degree: A relevant bachelor’s degree with a minimum average of 60% in the final year of study.
    • Specific Requirements: Some honours programs may have additional requirements such as prerequisite courses or professional experience.
  2. Master’s Programs:
    • Honours Degree or Equivalent: A relevant honours degree or its equivalent with a minimum average of 65%.
    • Research Proposal: Submission of a research proposal may be required for certain programs.
  3. Doctoral Programs:
    • Master’s Degree: A relevant master’s degree with a strong academic record.
    • Research Proposal: A comprehensive research proposal aligned with the faculty’s research focus areas.

Additional Requirements for International Students

International students must also provide the following:

  1. Equivalent Qualifications:
    • Qualifications must be evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) to ensure they meet South African standards.
  2. Study Permit:
    • A valid study permit issued by the South African Department of Home Affairs.
  3. English Proficiency:
    • Proof of English language proficiency, if the previous qualification was not obtained in English. Acceptable tests include IELTS, TOEFL, or equivalent.

How to Apply

  1. Prepare Your Documents:
    • Certified copy of your ID or passport
    • Certified copies of your academic transcripts and certificates
    • Proof of payment for the application fee
    • Additional documents as required by specific programs
  2. Online Application:
  3. Submit Your Application:
    • Complete the online application form, upload your documents, pay the application fee, and submit your application before the deadline.

Need Help?

For more detailed information or assistance with the application process, contact our admissions team at or call our helpline at 015 268 2405.

Apply Now: UL Online Application Portal

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