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Important dates


Blended Learning PGDip BMA
Initial on-campus block: 15 – 20 January 2018 (including orientation)

Tuesday afternoon classes (from 16:00 till 20:00): February to October 2018
Elective block: 24 November – 1 December 2017

Modular PGDip BMA
Block 1:  5 – 10 February 2018 (including orientation)
Block 2:  16 - 21 April 2018
Block 3:  18 – 23 June 2018
Block 4:  3 – 8 September 2018
Block 5:  24 November – 1 December 2018 (elective block)​

 Deadline for applications

  • ​South African students (SHL and application deadline): 15 November 2017​
  • ARPL candidates: 31 October each year
  • Students from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November 2017
  • Students from the rest of the world: 15 November 2017



  • Study permits for foreign students at USB: Study permits for foreign students at USB: Obtaining a study permit (study vi​sa) from the South African authorities takes up to 12 weeks from the date of being offered a place on a programme at USB – hence the early application deadline for foreign students. It is best to use Google Chrome as web browser when completing your application online.
  • Multiple entry visas: Students from non-SADC African countries and other countries with visa requirements who need to apply for study visas can obtain a letter from USB confirming the duration of registration at USB. This will help students to obtain multiple-entry study visas in case of modular studies.
  • Timetable changes: Timetable changes: USB reserves the right to change dates of the lecture schedule or subjects per term table. Students will be informed of any changes in good time.
  • Late applications: ​Late applications: USB will do everything possible to accommodate applications submitted after the closing date.