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The University of Limpopo is a university in the Limpopo Province, South Africa. It was formed on 1 January 2005, by the merger of the University of the North and the Medical University of South Africa (MEDUNSA). These previous institutions formed the Turfloop and MEDUNSA campuses of the university, respectively. In 2015 the MEDUNSA campus split and became the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University.



The University of the North, nicknamed "Turfloop" after its location, was established in 1959 under the apartheid regime's policy of separate ethnically-based institutions of higher learning policy. The university was sited at Turfloop farm about 40 kilometres (25 mi) east of Pietersburg. The town that grew around the university was named Sovenga, for the three ethnic groups (Sotho, Venda, Tsonga) that Apartheid ideology intended to study there. In reality, most inhabitants refer to the town as Mankweng, after one of the chiefs of the area. Under later apartheid, the University of the North served as a "model" university where dignitaries were brought to show the "viability" of the separate facilities. As such, it received heavy government subsidies, but the real problem was that the students that the university supposedly served were so under-resourced in their standard education that the quality of instruction was placed under incredible demands.

The university was a centre of resistance to apartheid in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s with the SADF occupying the grounds often during those years. After the end of apartheid, the university struggled through various re-organization and rationalization schemes, yet always managed to survive. Enrollment fluctuated wildly in the years after liberation and while some faculty did not transition very easily, others were able to seize upon the new opportunities.

The University of Limpopo is the result of a merger between the former Medical University of Southern Africa and the University of the North, which occurred on 1 January 2005.

The extension of University Education Act of 1959 made provision for the establishment of racially exclusive universities for black South Africans. Under the provisions of the Act, the University College of the North was established about thirty kilometres from the Limpopo Province town of Polokwane on 1 August 1959. The College was placed under the academic trusteeship of the University of South Africa. This formative relationship was maintained until the South African Parliament promulgated the University of the North Act (Act No. 47 of 1969) thus bringing to an end the College status as of 1 January 1970.

The Academic marvel is located in the foothills of the Hwiti (Wolkberg range) in Mankweng township, midway between Polokwane and Tzaneen.



  • School of Languages and Communication Studies
  • School of Social Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Policing

Management and Law

  • School of Law
  • School of Accountancy (SoA)
  • School of Economics and Management
  • Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership

Science and Agriculture

  • School of Physical and Mineral Sciences
  • School of Molecular and Life Sciences
  • School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences

Health Sciences

  • School of Medicine
  • School of Health Science


Admission Requirements for first entering students

Applying at University of Limpopo


Application process:

Step 1: All applications can be done online by visiting">click here

Step 2: Online application has a handling fee of R200 for South African applicants, and R750 for International Applicants.

Step 3: The University bank account numbers to be used for application handling fee deposits is:


Account Name : University of Limpopo

Bank Name : Standard Bank

Branch Name : Polokwane Square

Branch Code : 051001

Account No. : 030131405

Reference No. : Applicant’s ID numbers / Passport Numbers


Step 4: All enquiries should be directed to our call centre on the following contact details:


Call Centre No. : 015 268 3332

Email Address: [email protected]


Step 5:Both the undergraduate and Post graduate prospectuses are available on our website for ease of reference.


*Note: make sure that you meet or exceed the admission requirements as set out on the prospectus. Only Bachelor Certificate holders are eligible to apply for admission.


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1.1 National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Bachelor exemption

Prospective students, with an NSC, who wish to gain entry to any undergraduate programme at the University of Limpopo, should comply with the following:

  • Life Orientation with an achievement level of at least three (3).
  • Aligned with the language policy of the university, English as a language of learning and teaching with an achievement level of at least three (3).
  • The required minimum levels of achievement in specific subjects as stipulated in the Calendars of each Faculty, provided that:
    • Four 20-credit subjects were achieved with a minimum NSC achievement level of four (4) for degree programmes and
    • Four 20-credit subjects were achieved with a minimum NSC achievement level of three (3) for diploma programmes.
  • The required Admission Point Score (APS) as stipulated in the Calendars of each Faculty.

Meeting the minimum APS for a particular programme does not, however, guarantee admission.

1.2 Matriculation Certificate (prior 2008)

  • Students, who successfully completed Grade 12 before 2008, can apply for admission to the University with the normal Grade 12 Senior Certificate with full university exemption by converting their grade symbols to an APS.

1.3 National Certificate (Vocational)

  • Students who have successfully completed a National Certificate Vocational NC(V) Level 4 qualification will require the following and will be subject to Faculty Admission Specifications and Placement Tests:
  • NC(V) level 4 certificate with 3 fundamental subjects 60% (Life Orientation included) and 4 relevant vocational subjects at 70% for degree programmes.
  • NC(V) level 4 certificate with 3 fundamental subjects 50% (Life Orientation included) and 3 compulsory vocational subjects at 60% for diploma programmes.

1.4 The Admission Point Score (APS) system

The system is a simple calculation, using your NSC or Grade 12 university exemption results, which can be done by any prospective student to determine if he/she meets the minimum requirements to gain entry into:

  • The University of Limpopo


  • A specific programme of choice offered by a Faculty within the University.

Meeting the minimum APS for a particular programme does not, however, guarantee admission.

The calculation is done by the addition of the achievement levels in six (6) recognised 20 credit subjects as stipulated by specific requirements of the Faculties. Achievement levels are as follows (Note Life Orientation is not used in the APS calculation):

NSC Achievement LevelNSC%Senior Certificate Higher GradeSenior Certificate Standard GradeAPSNC(V)
780-99A 75

The following is an example of an APS calculation:

School subject

NSC Achievement levelSenior certificate

(Higher grade)

Language 14D4
Language 24D4
Physical Science6B6
Life Science7A7
APS Total  29

2. Qualifications other than the NSC

Prospective students should get verification of the qualification from Higher Education South Africa (HESA). More information can be obtained from"> Prospective students with matriculation qualifications from outside the borders of South Africa, can also contact the International Office on +27 (0) 15 268 3046.

APS Conversion Table for Non- NSC examinations.


10    A7 








A3CE 5


B3D  4


C4E  3


D/E    2


F/G    1
NSC – National Senior Certificate (completed Grade 12 in and after 2008) IGCSE – International General Certificate of Secondary Education

NSSC – Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate

HIGCSE – Higher International General Certificate of Secondary Education

A Level Advanced level

O Level – Ordinary Level

AS – Advanced subsidiary

IB-HL International Baccalaureate Higher Level

IB-SL International Baccalaureate Standard Level

3. Placement Test

The University of Limpopo will conduct National Benchmarking Tests for prospective students. The results of the test will be used for research in terms of student profiles and for allocation of appropriate support.

4. Extended Curriculum Programmes (ECP)

The extended curriculum programmes offered at the University are linked to the corresponding approved regular undergraduate degree programmes, but allow students an additional year to achieve the learning outcomes. Results of the Placement Tests are of particular relevance to gain access into these programmes.


General Undergraduate Student information


1. Student Accommodation


The university has limited spaces in the residences. Therefore, students are encouraged to apply on time. Accommodation is provided for students in various residences on campus in well-designed, comfortable rooms that ensure an optimum atmosphere where students can live and study.


NB!! Admission into an academic programme does not automatically mean a successful admission into any of the university residences. An application for accommodation must be submitted separately to the Residence / Housing Administration.

  • University of Limpopo

    Student Residences

    Private Bag X1106



2. Sports and Culture


The Campus offers ample opportunities for the practice of sports and participation in cultural activities. All popular sporting activities are catered for. Various, clubs, religious and cultural societies exist, enabling students to exercise both body and mind.


3. Campus Health Services

  • Student Health Service Centre is located next to the pedestrian Gate number 2.
  • Students are able to have most of their needs dealt with by the Health Service but are referred to the hospital if more specialised attention is needed.
  • Nursing sisters are available daily from 08:00 to 15:30 to assist students and to make appointments for them to see a doctor.
  • A doctor is available and could be consulted by appointment.
  • The Student Health Centers also provide services for voluntary counselling and HIV testing.
  • A trained counsellor is available to have one-on-one sessions with students.

4. Centre for Academic Excellence (CAE)


CAE is a cross-faculty academic structure that promotes excellence in teaching and learning on both campuses of the University of Limpopo (UL). The mission of CAE is to contribute directly to improving the throughput rate and the quality of teaching and learning at UL through creative and collaborative partnerships with academic staff and students to promote quality and innovation in teaching and learning across all programmes in the University.


CAE focuses on Teaching and Learning, Academic Development, Research and Testing. It supports the coordination of Extended Degree Programmes (EDPs) across the various faculties of the University and teaches a credit bearing academic skills course to students in the EDPs. It offers professional and personal development courses, life skills courses and other academic literacy in the University. A Student Mentorship Programme (SMP) is organised by CAE in conjunction with mentor coordinators in the Schools. First year students are assigned a senior student as a peer mentor to support the student academically and socially in the first year of study.


5. Library


The University of Limpopo Library and Information Service is comprised of one campus libraries and two branch libraries. The Turfloop Campus Library near Polokwane is a comprehensive academic library while the branch libraries at Mankweng College of Nursing and Polokwane Hospital are mainly health sciences libraries.


The libraries acquire, organize and facilitate access to information resources, both print and electronic, for use by academic staff, students and researchers for study, teaching, research and community development. The branch libraries also cater for the information needs of the employees of the Department of Health in Limpopo Province and the Department is responsible for funding the libraries. The libraries offer standard tertiary library services, including circulation, reserve collection, subject/information librarians, information literacy, document supply and photocopying.


For more information visit the Library webpage">here.



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