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North-West University

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The North-West University (NWU) is committed to functioning as a unitary, integrated, multi-campus university that enables equity, redress and globally competitive teaching and research across all its campuses namely Potchefstroom, Mahikeng and Vanderbijlpark in South Africa.

Their core activities, teaching-learning, and research are intertwined with community engagement and innovation in its eight faculties and business school. The NWU offers more than just an education: it offers people a place in the world. Academically, students benefit from great choice and flexibility, enabling them to discover their potential and start preparing for their careers. Through collaboration with other universities and institutions internationally, the NWU is part of the global higher education community. It’s internationalisation activities include student and staff exchange and cooperation in academic, research, cultural and sports matters.

The interlocking links of its logo symbolise the unity of the university. It is driven by their values: ethics in all endeavours, academic integrity, academic freedom and freedom of scientific research, responsibility, accountability, fairness, transparency, and embracing diversity.



  • Mahikeng Campus
  • Potchefstroom Campus
  • Vanderbijlpark Campus


  • Leruo Molotlegi, 2004-2019
  • Anna Mokgokong, 2019-


History of the NWU  The NWU officially came into being on 1 January 2004 as part of the South African government’s plan to transform higher education. The former University of North-West merged with the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education. A third party was the Sebokeng Campus, Vista, whose staff and students were incorporated.

Coming together to form the North-West University (NWU) was a strong symbolic act of reconciliation and nation-building – and a highly effective one. The transition to the unified NWU was hailed as one of the most successful and stable higher education mergers in South Africa.

Each year since then, the NWU has produced a healthy financial surplus, improved student pass rates, increased research output and risen in the corporate governance rankings for South African universities.

This stability reflects the culture of consultation at the NWU, its clear vision, values and mission, effective governance and leadership and well-defined strategic and operational plans to take the NWU into the future.


The NWU has eight faculties and the NWU Business School offers a huge variety of undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications through contact and distance learning. These faculties are:

  • Economic and Management Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Law
  • Natural and Agricultural Sciences
  • Theology

Unit for Distance Learning

The NWU’s Unit for Distance Learning (UDL) is the second largest provider of open distance learning programmes in South Africa.

In addition, the unit delivers the University Preparatory Programme (UnivPrep ), a one-year programme for prospective students who do not meet the minimum requirements for degree studies.

Governance and Management

The NWU Council is responsible for governance and oversight at the university. All committees of Council function under a mandate of strategic or financial importance to the NWU. It is chaired by people with the requisite knowledge, skills and experience, and operates under clear terms of reference.

Language Policy

The University has a multilingual language policy that seeks to optimise teaching-learning and create a welcoming environment for its students. There are four official NWU languages, namely Sesotho, Setswana, English and Afrikaans, which are used as mediums of instruction and for academic discourse.

It has several modes of multilingual instruction, all involving one or more of the four official NWU languages. These modes are single medium, parallel medium, dual medium and educational interpreting.

In addition, it utilises translanguaging. This allows for multilingual teaching and learning approaches (pedagogies) that use all languages spoken by students. This approach is still in its infancy but is being actively developed. The aim is to enhance their students’ ability to master and apply subject content – and to do so in more than just one or two languages.

Student Life

The NWU is known for its student life. Student life at the North-West University consists of extracurricular programmes in arts and culture, sport, student leadership, residence life, student media, health, and psycho-social support. These programmes are known for their diversity, relevance, and impact on the student community.

Students have access to a variety of programmes, services and opportunities to develop as well-rounded individuals who are innovative, socially responsible and seek to positively contribute to their communities and society.

Residence and Accommodation

The North-West University offers a wide range of high-quality accommodation on and off-campus. Residential Services is responsible for the smooth operation of the residence complexes on each of the NWU campuses in Mahikeng, Potchefstroom and Vanderbijlpark.

The residence environment is safe, secure, hygienic, and well maintained, complementing the university’s teaching and learning spaces and adding to the enjoyment of the student experience.


After graduating, alumni have many reasons to stay in touch with their alma mater. They become part of a worldwide network of 300 000 NWU alumni, receive access to the Alumni Career Portal and benefit from opportunities to contribute to the future development of the NWU.

Alumni have two main channels for interacting with the university: the Alumni Association and the NWU Convocation.

The university also publishes a quarterly alumni newsletter and arranges various alumni events, from business breakfasts to golf days and dinners, to strengthen its bond with its alumni.



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Community Engagement

The NWU embraces its responsibility to ensure that the wealth of knowledge it generates is used to the benefit of the community it serves. Without the generous support and rich material generated by the communities, the NWU would not have gain recognition as an institution of higher learning that harnesses diversity and pursues innovation to make a meaningful difference in South Africa and the world.

The NWU generally shares its research findings and innovative ideas but also makes a point of engaging with communities to learn from them. Its core business activities can only be regarded as significant and sustainable if the NWU, as the academic partner, succeed in actively engaging with its communities of interest and practice to ensure that both the university’s expertise and the rich experiences of the people it serves are put to the best possible use.

Culture and Sport

Students have many opportunities to develop their talents by participating in sport, the arts and cultural and other extramural activities. The Arts & Culture offerings at the NWU include debate, drama, dance and cultural societies, orchestras, first-year concerts, musicals, talent competitions, choirs, vocal groups, art festivals, exhibitions and competitions, beauty contests, campus radio stations and student newspapers. In the sporting arena, NWU Sport has several world-class coaches in various sports codes and excellent facilities in Potchefstroom, Mahikeng and Vanderbijlpark. It strives to build quality, competitive teams equipped to participate in league and University Sport South Africa (USSA) competitions in all forms of sport.


How to apply online

Step 1: Getting a student number

Start at step 2 if you already have a student number

Please note that the allocation of a student number does not mean that you have completed the application process. Please go through all the steps below to ensure that your application is complete and that it reaches us. Incomplete applications will not be processed by the University.


Step 2: Log in

When you receive a student number, use that together with the PIN number you created to log in.


Step 3: What do you want to study?

Complete all the fields. Use the yearbooks to obtain more information about the qualifications, modes of delivery and curricula.


Step 4: Upload supporting documents

Undergraduate students

In order to consider your application, please upload the following supporting documents. If the application is incomplete, it may be declined by the University:

  • Grade 12 results, grade 11 results (final results only) or a copy of your matric certificate - if you have already passed matric.
  • Applicants who are currently upgrading their grade 12 results, will only be considered after the improved results are presented to the NWU.
  • Applicants who follow Cambridge, GED or any other non-NSC curriculum, or who may qualify for exemption based on advanced age or post-school qualifications, must provide an exemption certificate as issued by USAF.
  • Completed undertaking
  • Copy of your ID
  • Copy of your academic record (if applicable).
  • Additional documents for international prospective students:

Postgraduate students


Step 5: Submit application

Please make sure that you press the Submit application button when you have finished ensuring that we receive your application.


Undergraduate students

Apply here (Applications open 1 April 2022):

Engineering: 31 August 2022

Occupational Hygiene: 31 August 2022

Urban and Regional planning: 31 August 2022

Honours/Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates

Mahikeng Campus:  018 389 2252018 389 2272

Potchefstroom Campus:  018 285 2692, 018 285 2715

Vanderbijlpark Campus:  016 910 3114, 016 910 3154

Call: 018 285 4320


Postgraduate (M&D) students

Open Distance Learning

Change of application details

Prospective applicants (only those who have already submitted their applications) can amend/change their personal details, or request a change of qualification or campus by phoning 018 285 4320. Please be sure to have your student number and contact details ready.



BA (with Industrial and Organisational Psychology and Labour Relations Management)

APS: 22
Afrikaans/English:  4


APS: 22
Afrikaans/English: 4

BEd: in Foundation Phase Grade R – 3
APS: 26
English: 4

BEd: in Intermediate Phase Grade 4 – 6
with Life Skills and Social Sciences

APS: 26
English 4

BEd: in Senior and Further Education and Training Grade 7 – 12 (with Economics, History, Geography,  Business studies)

APS: 26
English: level 4

BEd: in senior and FET phase (with Life orientation)

APS: 26
English: level 4
Life Orientation: 4

BA in Law: (with Psychology, Politics, English,
Industrial Psychology, Philosophy
APS: 28
English: 5

Bachelor of Arts in Ancient Languages (with Translation Studies, with Classical Studies, with Ancient Near Eastern Studies)

APS: 24
English level 4

Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Psychology (BA)

APS: 24
English level 4

Bachelor of Theology ( with Bible and Church Ministry, Pastoral Counselling and Psychology, Bible Languages and Bible Translation)

APS: 24
English level 4

Bachelor of Theology in Christian Ministry

APS: 24
English level 4



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