University applications typically close around June or September, depending on the faculty and institution. But what happens if you end up missing the application deadline? Don’t stress, here are a few of your options.

Mid-year applications

You can always apply to be enrolled in the second semester for whatever course you’re interested in. Just check the university’s website or inquire at their enrollment centre about whether this option is available for the programme you’d like to study. Make sure that your application is submitted and you’re on the waiting list by the time June applications open, just to be safe. This does mean that you’ll have to extend your studies by an extra 6 months but we reckon it’s a small price to pay.

Take a bridging course

If June applications are a fail, then you have the option of taking a bridging or short course to do for the year. Find out which courses would be beneficial or even used as a credit towards the degree you’d like to study. The enrollment and faculty offices are your best friends here, so make sure you use whatever resources they have available. Most universities actually offer short courses related to the longer programmes they have throughout the year, so be sure to ask about these.

FET College

This is also worth considering since you can take up a full-time or part-time course with an FET college while you wait for second semester studies to commence or for the full year. You can’t be too skilled so it’s never a bad idea to take on something new. FET colleges usually open all year long and provide more practical training in your course of interest. A lot of them are community based, too, so it’s a good idea to look for one near you and see what modules they offer.

Try a private institution

This option is a bit more pricey, but it’s definitely viable if you can afford it. Private universities usually have more flexible application structures and some even allow applications up until February or March. A lot of these institutions are reputable and offer great tuition structures as well as smaller, more intimate classes, so you might enjoy your time there. It’s always good to check that they are registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training and that the qualifications offered are all properly accredited before you apply with them.

We know plans change and life can sometimes get in the way, but we do encourage that you plan ahead for your university studies so that you don’t find yourself in a pickle after your matric year. If you do though, remember, it’s not the end of the world and one of the options we’ve mentioned is always available to you.

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