Walter Sisulu University (WSU) Online Applications

Walter Sisulu University is a South African higher institution born in 2005 as a merger of three schools, namely, Eastern Cape Technikon, the University of Transkei, and Border Technikon. WSU boasts of having over 27000 students annually and about 2000 staff. Being a comprehensive gateway institution, WSU offers students a sea of courses and programmes to choose to earn certificates, diplomas, and degrees. 

Walter Sisulu university was named Walter Sisulu, who was an active fighter for the abolition of apartheid and to gain freedom for all people. Little wonder why WSU promotes freedom of expression and choice as long as it does not encroach on other humans’ freedom.

WSU champions the provision of high-quality innovative technological and academic, entrepreneurship, and work-related programmes that are necessary to further the economic/social growth and development of rural and urban areas. 

In its bid for excellence, WSU is in partnership with the Austrian Medical University to allow students’ exchange program between the two universities. Not only will this grant WSU students exposure, but it will also improve the teaching and learning approach of WSU.

WSU Application 

Students can only apply online to WSU for undergraduate and postgraduate programs. 

  • Determine what programme you want to study at WSU. 
  • Check if WSU is offering your programme of choice. 
  • Log in to the WSU website with your email address. 
  • Select the programme of your choice. 
  • Fill in your application form completely. Take special note of the areas with an asterisk because they are mandatory. 
  • Upload all the required documents in soft copy. 
  • You can apply for student accommodation and financial assistance through the email addresses you will receive. 
  • WSU is in collaboration with the Department of Higher Education of South Africa to provide NSFAS funding to deserving applicants. Therefore, WSU encourages South African students from low-income families to apply for NSFAS funding to get financial support to cover tuition, accommodation, allowance, etc. Visit the official NSFAS website to create an NSFAS account and apply if you fall within the aforementioned category. Then check your account regularly to check the status of your application. 
  • Go through your application form and documents to make any final corrections before submitting. 
  • If you face difficulty in any step of your application, contact WSU at 

WSU Requirements 

  • Your contact information including a valid and functional email address and a telephone number through which WSU can send you information after you complete your application process. 
  • A certified copy of your ID for South African students. All international students have to submit their passport numbers. 
  • Certified true copies of all your certificates, diplomas, and degrees. 
  • A valid address of your next of kin. 
  • The address of the person responsible for the account (put in yours if you are responsible for the account). 
  • The National Senior Certificate “NSC”
  • National Certificate Vocational “NCV”
  • N6 certificate
  • If you are currently in grade 12, upload your Grade 11 final results and first quarter or mid-year results if available.
  • For Bachelor’s Degree programmes, your National Senior Certificate (NSC) results have to indicate that you have met all the requirements for admission and can be admitted at WSU. 
  • If you have an old Senior Certificate and are applying for a Bachelor’s programme, submit your Matriculation Exemption endorsement. 
  • Each department has specific requirements. Check the requirements for the programme you will like to study. 
  • A requirement for residence allocation is that a student must have registered for 3 or more courses. However, due to the sheer number of applicants for student accommodation, residence allocation is now dependent on which students apply first. 
  • All students must pay an application fee of R 50 and provide proof of payment. However, financially disadvantaged students can apply for a fee waiver through the application portal. 
  • All students must pay a registration fee. Here are the bank details ;

Bank name: FNB

Account name: WSU Student Fees

Branch code:210521

Account No.: 52640012812

In addition to these, international students require:

  • Submit a transcript in English 
  • Students below 21 have to submit a valid identity document of their legal guardian/parent. 
  • Certified copy of your passport 
  • A valid study permit issued by the South African Embassy of your home country or the South African High Commission. 
  • If you are sponsored, you must submit an original copy of an official letter of sponsorship. 
  • Submit your South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation qualification.

WSU Application Dates 

WSU will shut down its application portal at 11:59 pm on or before the 30th of September 2021. Late applicants and students who are registering after the last day but before October 31st will pay an application fee of

R 200. 

WSU Registration  

WSU has 4 campuses, all of which are located in the rural and urban areas of the Eastern Cape. They include Mthatha, Butterworth, Buffalo City, and Komani campuses. Students can choose to register for Certificate, Short Courses, Distance learning, Diploma, Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes at WSU. Below is a list of faculties under which students can study their chosen programme.

  • Faculty of Business and Management Sciences
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Science, Engineering, and Technology
  • Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences & Law

WSU promotes volunteerism and community service in rural and urban areas. Furthermore, WSU encourages building and strengthening new and existing relationships with the community, government institutions, private companies, and other firms to achieve all-round development. 

WSU is considered a research hub for science-related affairs in Africa. It promotes basic and relevant research with the aim of birthing accurate theories and using them with innovative ideas to create impact within the community. 

With the rise in the number of annual WSU publications, the government cannot help but notice the school’s profound impact on the lives of students and society as a whole. 

For further inquiries, contact;

Fax: 047 502 2211

Telephone: 047 502 2844


Postal: Private Bag X1, Unitra, 5117

Physical: Nelson Mandela Drive, Mthatha, 5100