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Type: Public Institution
Motto: Creating Future Leaders
Affiliated to: AAU; ACU; HESA
Established: 1982
No of Students: 11,000
Vice-Chancellor: Dr Ndanduleni Bernard
Website: http://www.univen.ac.za/
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The University of Venda is a comprehensive rural-based university, located in Thohoyandou in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. It was established in 1982 under the Republic of Venda government, to serve inhabitants of the Venda Bantustan. After the end of apartheid and the re-integration of the bantustans into South Africa, Univen student body was drawn from all over South Africa. With the South African government’s programme of tert.. more

The University of Venda is a comprehensive rural-based university, located in Thohoyandou in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. It was established in 1982 under the Republic of Venda government, to serve inhabitants of the Venda Bantustan. After the end of apartheid and the re-integration of the bantustans into South Africa, Univen student body was drawn from all over South Africa. With the South African government’s programme of tertiary education reform in the new millennium, Univen became a “comprehensive university”, offering both theoretically oriented and practically oriented courses. The University has one main campus in Thohoyandou.

The University of Venda ranks 17th in South Africa, according to Webometrics’ ranking of African Universities. The university is anchored on the pillars of excellence in teaching, learning, research and community engagement. The research and development directorate established in 2000 handles the eight research niches of the University. Univen receives research grants from various national and international bodies, and research has been funded by various government departments and foundations. International support has been received from a number of organizations/commissions in various countries such as Australia, USA, Netherlands, Norway and the European Commission. University of Venda funds research projects, attendance of international conference as well as meeting publication costs of journal papers in DoHET accredited journal.
The university counts of 11000 enrolled students.

The University of Venda has a number of facilities to accommodate its university community, ranging from lecture halls, student residences, offices and laboratories. The Facilities Management Directorate is in charge of this infrastructure, and over the years has overseen refurbishment and rehabilitation of the library and staff houses. The library boasts facilities and services that include computer workstations with internet access, printing and photocopying. It offers a 24-hour study area. Univen looks to bolster its infrastructure with innovative, attractive and high-architectural quality designs; in line with its campus development master plan 2020, the university is employing external industrial engineers for assessment and advice.

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School of Agriculture

  • Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness
  • Department of Agricultural and Rural Engineering
  • Department of Animal Science
  • Department of Consumer Sciences
  • Department of Food Science and Technology
  • Department of Forestry
  • Departm.. more

School of Agriculture

  • Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness
  • Department of Agricultural and Rural Engineering
  • Department of Animal Science
  • Department of Consumer Sciences
  • Department of Food Science and Technology
  • Department of Forestry
  • Department of Horticultural Sciences
  • Department of Plant Production
  • Department of Soil Science

School of Education

  • Department of Curriculum Studies and Education Management
  • Department of Early Childhood Education
  • Department of Maths Science and Technology Education
  • Department of Professional Studies

School of Environmental Sciences

  • Department of Ecology and Resource Management
  • Department of Environmental Advisory and Assessment Unit
  • Department of Geography and Geo-Information Sciences
  • GIS Resource Centre
  • Department of Hydrology and Water Resources
  • Institute of Semi-Arid Environment and Disaster Management
  • Department of Mining and Environmental Geology
  • Department of Urban and Regional Planning

School of Health Sciences

  • Department of Advanced Nursing Science
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Nutrition
  • Department of Psychology
  • Centre for Biokinetics, Recreation and Sports Science

School of Human and Social Sciences

  • Department of Music
  • Department of Social Work
  • M.E.R. Mathivha Centre for African Languages, Arts and Culture
  • Institute for Gender and Youth Studies
  • Department of English
  • Department of Development Studies
  • Department of Communication and Applied Language Studies
  • Eskia Mphahlele Centre for African Studies
  • Humanities, Management Sciences and Law Foundation Programme

School of Law

  • Department of Criminal and Procedural Law
  • Department of Criminal Justice
  • Department of Jurisprudence
  • Department of Mercantile Law
  • Department of Private law
  • Department of Public Law
  • Department of Legal Aid Clinic
  • School of Management Sciences
  • Department of Accountancy and Auditing
  • Department of Business Information Systems
  • Department of Business Management
  • Department of Extended Degree
  • Department of Economics
  • Human Resources Management and Labour Relations
  • Oliver Tambo Institute of Governance and Policy Studies
  • Department of Public and Development Administration
  • Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences
  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Department of Botany
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Computer Science and Information Systems
  • Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
  • Department of Microbiology
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Science Foundation
  • Department of Statistics
  • Vuwani Science Resource Centre
  • Department of Zoology
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Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Degree: The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by the Council for General and Further Education and Training (Umalusi) with an achievement rating of 4 (adequate achievement, 50-59%) or better in four subjects chosen from the recognised 20-credit NSC subjects. In addition,.. more

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Degree: The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by the Council for General and Further Education and Training (Umalusi) with an achievement rating of 4 (adequate achievement, 50-59%) or better in four subjects chosen from the recognised 20-credit NSC subjects. In addition, applicants must have a minimum point score of 26. A grade 12 certificate with a bachelor or matric exemption is required if grade 12 has been achieved.

Diploma: The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by Umalusi with an achievement rating of 3 (moderate achievement, 40-49%) or better in four recognised NSC 20-credit subjects.

Certificate: The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by Umalusi.

To be considered for admission to specific programmes, applicants are required to have the appropriate combinations of recognised National Senior Certificate subjects as well as certain levels of achievement in these subjects.

Unless the Senate grants special permission, modules taken outside a prescribed curriculum, i.e “extra-curricular” modules, shall be subject to the same admission requirements as modules taken within the prescribed curriculum for a degree or diploma.

N.B. Achievement of the minimum requirement does not guarantee an applicant admission to any programme. The minimum points for admission to a bachelor’s degree study is 26 and can be reviewed by Senate from time to time.

Remember to attach the following documents with your application:

  • Upload copies of the following documents in PDF format when you apply for undergraduate studies:

Your ID or passport.

Your Grade 11 final results with the school’s stamp.

Your academic record only if you are a current student at another institution of higher learning.

Academic record and certificate of good conduct (if you have already studied at a tertiary institution).

Copy of study /residence permit / medical insurance /SAQA Evaluation Certificate (if you are an international applicant).

Proof of payment (R100 application fee) payable on ABSA account no 1000 000 589 and use your ID number or student number as your reference.

Admission means approval to report for registration as a student of the University.

Application for admission must be made online or on the prescribed form, which must be accompanied by the following:

(i) a testimonial of good conduct;

(ii) a Matriculation/NSC/NCV certificate or, if not

(iii) yet available, some form of proof that the prospective student complies with the necessary requirements for the degree for which s/he desire to register for or a statement of last school symbol achieved;

(iv) application fee -; non-refundable

(v) Copy of page 1 of Identity Document/Passport.

No person shall be admitted as a candidate for a degree unless he has obtained the NSC/NCV /with an achievement rating of 4 and above and meeting the specified appropriate level of – APS Score subject achievement for that particular Qualification, Matriculation Certificate of Higher Education South Africa (HESA), a certificate of exemption from the Matriculation examination as approved by UMALUSI. It may be required of a prospective student to pass an entrance test before being granted permission to register. Alternatively, it may be required of a student to take special modules in certain disciplines.

Appropriate prior learning in a specified area of study may also be recognised. The criteria to assess prior learning shall be determined by Senate.

Requirements for Admission to Undergraduate & Post graduate Programmes for International Students in SA Universities

  • International Students are not admitted into all programmes and it is for this reason that certain programmes are omitted from the list below.
  • Applicants can be directly admitted if they meet the minimum criteria prescribed by the Joint Matriculation Board of Universities SA – http://www.he-enrol.ac.za/mb/forpres.htm and the School Points Score (SPS) as indicated below. Requirements for Admission to Undergraduate & Post graduate Programmes for International Students in SA Universities
  • International Students are not admitted into all programmes and it is for this reason that certain programmes are omitted from the list below.
  • Applicants can be directly admitted if they meet the minimum criteria prescribed by the Joint Matriculation Board of Universities SA – http://www.he-enrol.ac.za/mb/forpres.html and the School Points Score (SPS) as indicated below.
  • Important to note not all subjects are recognized for exemption purposes and this information is regularly updated on the JMB website.
  • IPS system allocates point values to the six best school leaving symbols in order to:
  • Identify whether applicant meets the minimum criteria prescribed by the JMB;
  • Identify whether applicant meets the grade requirements (see notes below);
  • Identify whether applicant meets the compulsory school leaving subjects;
  • Identify whether the applicant meets the English language requirement;
  • Limitations to programmes are annually set by the enrolment planning process;
  • International students are only accepted for full-time studies;
  • All international students are tested before registration using CAAR access assessment for research purposes, where applicable developmental recommendations are provided to the appropriate persons in Faculties;
  • The foreign school qualification is benchmarked against the South African school leaving certificate as the standard. The University may add additional requirements for specific programmes.
  • Applicants from SADC countries only offering GCSE or O level need to have a 1 year in their home country University in order to qualify for the entry in the SA University
  • For postgraduate student it is required that you submit your SAQA Certificate when submitting your application
  • Applicants completing Cambridge administered examinations will be accepted with the following grades:
  • A-level: Grades A, B, C and D
  • O-level: Grades a, b and c
  • Students completing non-Cambridge administered examinations will be accepted with the following grades:
  • A-level: Grades A, B and C
  • O level: Grades a, b and c
  • In addition to the above applicants must meet the minimum SPS score and programme related requirements;
  • Programmes where compulsory school leaving subjects are indicated candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:
  • O- level: minimum B grade
  • A-level: minimum D grade OR the equivalent grade from other school leaving systems as indicated in the conversion table
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: At least 27 points required.
  • International Baccalaureate Certificate: Pass marks in two Higher Level, and three Subsidiary Level subjects, including English. Pass marks = symbols 5 to 7.
  • Important to note not all subjects are recognized for exemption purposes and this information is regularly updated on the JMB website.
  • IPS system allocates point values to the six best school leaving symbols in order to:
  • Identify whether applicant meets the minimum criteria prescribed by the JMB;
  • Identify whether applicant meets the grade requirements (see notes below);
  • Identify whether applicant meets the compulsory school leaving subjects;
  • Identify whether the applicant meets the English language requirement;
  • Limitations to programmes are annually set by the enrolment planning process;
  • International students are only accepted for full-time studies;
  • All international students are tested before registration using CAAR access assessment for research purposes, where applicable developmental recommendations are provided to the appropriate persons in Faculties;
  • The foreign school qualification is benchmarked against the South African school leaving certificate as the standard. The University may add additional requirements for specific programmes.
  • Applicants from SADC countries only offering GCSE or O level need to have a 1 year in their home country University in order to qualify for the entry in the SA University
  • For postgraduate student it is required that you submit your SAQA Certificate when submitting your application
  • Applicants completing Cambridge administered examinations will be accepted with the following grades:
    • A-level: Grades A, B, C and D
    • O-level: Grades a, b and c
  • Students completing non-Cambridge administered examinations will be accepted with the following grades:
    • A-level: Grades A, B and C
    • O level: Grades a, b and c
  • In addition to the above applicants must meet the minimum SPS score and programme related requirements;
  • Programmes where compulsory school leaving subjects are indicated candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:
    • O- level: minimum B grade
    • A-level: minimum D grade OR the equivalent grade from other school leaving systems as indicated in the conversion table
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: At least 27 points required.
  • International Baccalaureate Certificate: Pass marks in two Higher Level, and three Subsidiary Level subjects, including English. Pass marks = symbols 5 to 7.

How to Apply
Univen has two different methods of applying, you can either use the traditional method or apply online
Online Application: https://univenien.univen.ac.za/pls/prodi04/gen.gw1pkg.gw1view
Traditional Paper Application:

To apply for admission at the University of Venda, simply print the form and post it back with the required documentation, and signatures to:
The Registrar
Student Admissions
University of Venda
Private Bag x5050
Thohoyandou
0950

Application Deadline
September annually.

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Limpopo is the northernmost province of South Africa, named after the Limpopo River, which forms the province’s western and northern borders. It was created out of part of Transvaal province in 1994. Polokwane acts as capital of the province. It is divided into five district municipalities, which are in turn divided into 25 local municipalities. The province is the link between South Africa a.. more

Limpopo is the northernmost province of South Africa, named after the Limpopo River, which forms the province’s western and northern borders. It was created out of part of Transvaal province in 1994. Polokwane acts as capital of the province. It is divided into five district municipalities, which are in turn divided into 25 local municipalities. The province is the link between South Africa and a number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa, as it shares borders with Botswana’s Central and Kgatleng districts to the west and northwest respectively, Zimbabwe’s Matabeleland South and Masvingo provinces to the north and northeast respectively, and Mozambique’s Gaza Province to the east. The climate in the province is principally a hot, semi-arid climate, with average temperatures varying between 13 degrees Celsius and 23 degrees Celsius. The total population of Limpopo is over 5.7 million, making it the 5th most dense region in South Africa. The province is a developing area, exporting primary products and importing manufactured goods and services. Agriculture, mining and tourism are the main economic pillars of Limpopo. The region has the largest platinum deposit in South Africa.

Limpopo offers nature lovers the opportunity to experience the unblemished beauty of Africa. Visitors to Limpopo Province will find that its diverse terrain is very scenic, providing varied habitats that support abundant bird and animal life. In addition to its natural beauty, Limpopo has a rich cultural and historical heritage. Limpopo Province welcomes visitors from far and wide, with its main attractions undeniably being the fascinating wildlife and the breath-taking scenery. The northern section of the world-renowned Kruger National Park lies in Limpopo and the province has a number of its own nature reserves, including the Lapalala Wilderness, Mabalingwe, Nylsvlei Nature Reserve, Blouberg Nature Reserve, Ben Lavin Nature Reserve and the Hans Merensky Reserve, each showcasing the natural treasures of the region. Limpopo is home to the University of Limpopo and the University of Venda, as well as several other colleges. It is a suitable location for tertiary education.

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