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Important dates


This one-year programme is covered in four on-campus blocks of five and a half days each (Monday to Saturday). Participants need to do self-study and assignments during the remainder of the time.

  • B​lock 1: 5 – 10 February 2018
  • Block 2: 9 – 14 April 2018
  • Block 3: 18 – 24 June 2018
  • Block 4: 1 – 6 October 2018


Deadline for applications

  • South African students: 30 November 2017
  • ARPL applicants: 31 October of 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: Obtaining a study permit (study visa) 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.
  • 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: USB reserves the right to change the dates of the lecture schedule or subjects per term table. Students will be informed of any changes in good time.
  • Late applications: USB will do everything possible to accommodate applications submitted after the closing date.