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The Central Application Office is now accepting applications for the 2025-2026 academic year! The CAO opens its application portal for the 2025-2026 academic year on March 1, 2024, at 10:00 AM. South African and non-South African students can apply for undergraduate and graduate programs until October 31, 2024. Apply early to avoid late fees and program closures due to high demand. Use the CAO’s single application fee to apply to multiple institutions.

CAO Application Dates For 2025/2026

On March 1, 2024, at 10:00 AM, the Central Application Office (CAO) will start its application portal for the academic year 2025–2026. Applications for undergraduate and graduate programs at the affiliated institutions of CAO are open to both South African and international students from March 1, 2024, until October 31, 2024. When applying to several universities, there is only one application fee. Applications that arrive late will be accepted for a charge.

Here’s a summary of the key points:

  • Opening date: March 1, 2024, at 10:00 AM
  • Closing date: October 31, 2024
  • Who can apply: South African and non-South African students applying to undergraduate and graduate programs at CAO’s partnered institutions
  • Application fee: Single fee for applying to multiple institutions
  • Late applications: Accepted with an extra fee

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Application Fees for January 2025 Intake

The following table outlines the application fees for the January 2025 intake, based on submission date and applicant nationality:

Submission Date South African Applicants International Applicants
By the close of October 2024 (Early Submission) R250.00 R300.00
After October 2024 R470.00 R580.00

How to Apply Online via the CAO office portal

  • Visit the official website @ cao.ac.za and select “Apply.”
  • After reading the details, press “Continue with Application.
  • Enter your ID number and click on ‘Submit
  • Click ‘Continue with Application‘ at the bottom of the page after you have scrolled there.
  • Start by entering ALL of the required information.
  • After you have completed all the required fields, click “Next.” “Continue with Online Application” should be clicked.
  • You’ll see your CAO number, password, and EasyPay number in a pop-up window. Read the guidelines.
  • Continue with Online Application” should be clicked.
  • After carefully reading the instructions and submitting ALL necessary information, click “Next.”
  • Click “Next” after filling out the “Next of Kin” information.
  • Once the school’s name displays in a box, you must enter the years that you first enrolled there and when you graduated from it before clicking “Search.”
  • Choose “Next.”
  • When your submission is successful, a notification will appear on your screen.
  • Now that you can pay online and upload your supporting documentation.
  • pay using EasyPay.

How to Apply Using the Mobile App

To begin, you must first download the smartphone app. The app is available for Android and Apple devices and may be downloaded via the Central Applications Office website or App Stores.

Download via the CAO website The app is available in the following stores

  • To obtain a copy, go to the CAO website. The app may be downloaded from the following stores:
  • Open your device’s browser and navigate to www.cao.ac.za, the Central Applications Office’s website.
  • Look for your device’s icon and click it to go to the shop where you can download it.
  • To get the app, go to App Stores.

Apply using the hard copy form

  • Handbooks and Application Forms are sent to your school. Find out from your principal and LO teacher. This application material should have reached your school by the end of April.
  • They are also available from the four universities in KZN and the DBE District Offices.
  • You can also find them in some Libraries that also have the Handbooks and Application Forms.

Send completed hard-copy Application Forms to CAO by :

  • Emailing it to formsreceivedcao@cao.ac.za
  • Posting it to Private Bag X06, Dalbridge, 4014
  • Hand delivering it to CAO, Gate 11, Mary Thiphe Street (previously Cato Manor Road), Durban. (Office Hours: 08:00-16:30 Monday to Friday).

Application for international applicants

Studying in KwaZulu-Natal as a Refugee or Asylum Seeker: What You Need to Know

Are you a refugee or asylum seeker with a study permit who dreams of studying in South Africa? This guide outlines the opportunities and key things to know about applying to higher education institutions in KwaZulu-Natal.

Welcome to Apply: You are eligible to apply for official degree, diploma, and certificate programs at most universities and colleges in KwaZulu-Natal, just like any international applicant. Some institutions even offer semester or year-long study abroad programs.

Important Points to Remember:

  • Access Programs: Unfortunately, access programs at DUT and UKZN are not open to international applicants, including refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Medicine at UKZN: If you wish to study medicine at UKZN, you must be a citizen of Lesotho or Mauritius and apply through your respective government.
  • Study Permit: A valid study permit is mandatory for all international students, including refugees and asylum seekers, who wish to study in South Africa.
  • Distance Learning: If you are enrolled in a distance learning program and study from home, you are exempt from the study permit requirement.

How to submit international applications

  • If you are applying for short-term study, apply directly to the institution.
  • If you are applying to UKZN only, apply directly to the institution.

For other institutions and choices at more than one institution, apply through the CAO. Email to formsreceivedcao@cao.ac.za or fax to +27 31 268 4422.

Supporting documents

  • Certified Copy of ID and Birth certificate
  •  Final Grade 11 Report (if you are in Grade 12) OR
  • Highest qualification achieved
  •  Copy of study/residence permit (if you are a non-South-African applicant)
  • June Grade 12 Report (as soon as you receive it if you are currently in Grade 12)
    September/Trials Grade 12 Report (as soon as you receive it if you are currently in Grade 12)
  • Any other document requested by the institution, eg. Academic Record, etc.

Foreign qualifications

The following are considered to be equivalent to the South African degree entry requirements:

GCE: Five passes in GCE including two at `A` level:

  • “A” level passes must be A, B, C, D or E
  • “O” level passes must be A, B or C

Five passes in GCE as well as four at AS level:

  • “A” level passes must be A, B, C, D or E;
  • “O” level passes must be A, B or C; and
  • “AS” level passes must be A, B, C or D.

Applicants from SADC countries who have five passes at the ‘O’ level, including the English language, may be considered for diploma study.

HIGCSE/IGCSE: Passes in five subjects, four of which must be at HIGCSE level:

  • HIGCSE passes must be 1, 2 or 3
  • IGCSE passes must be A, B, or C

Applicants who wish to enter degree programmes are required to have passes in English language and one other language, and must usually have also passed Maths.

How to reach the Central Applications Office

  • Physical Address
  • Gate 11, Mary Thiphe Street (previously Cato Manor Road), Durban
  • Postal Address:
  • Private Bag X06,
  • Dalbridge, 4014
  • Email Address:
  • enquiries@cao.ac.za
  • Telephone Number
  • 031 268 4444
  • 0860 860 226

For more information about Central Applications Office, visit the official page