Frequently Asked Questions

Study Funding

1. What type of study funding can I get?

There are three types of study funding, namely scholarship, bursary and study loan. Read more.

2. What is NSFAS and who qualifies to apply for the NSFAS?

NSFAS is the South African government student loan and bursary scheme meant for the South African students studying or intending to study at government academic institutions. Read more

3. Where can I find more information about NSFAS?

To know more about NSFAS visit:  or call 0860 067 327 or send email to:

4. Does the Department of Higher Education and Training offer any financial assistance to study at private Colleges and private Universities?


5. Where can I get bursaries to study BEd

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a teaching bursary. The bursary is available to South African citizens who have been accepted into a recognized and accredited higher education institution who have a valid South African ID who intent to study a teaching qualification (Bachelor of Education). The applicant must meet the Funza Lushaka selection criteria as well in order to be eligible. To find out more click here.

6. Does the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) offer Scholarships for Studying Abroad?

The DHET receives different international scholarships from partner countries such as Russia, Chile, China and European Union. Please be informed that these offers come with different requirements and fields of study. Read more

Internship, Learnership and Apprenticeship

7. What is the difference between Internship, Learnership and Apprenticeship?


An internship is on the job training for an individual with a qualification looking to gain experience relevant to what they studied or wish to do in future as a career.


An apprenticeship combines theory, practical work and workplace practice in a chosen trade field, and in the case of a listed trade ends in a trade test and an artisan certificate of competence.


A learnership is a vocational education and training programme that facilitates the linkage between structured learning and work experience in order to obtain a registered qualification.

It combines theory and workplace practice into a qualification that is registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). A learnership usually constitutes 120 credits or 1200 "notional" hours of learning.

8. Where can I apply for Learnerships, Internships and Apprenticeships?

Opportunities such as these are usually advertised on national and local newspapers, companies’ website, social media, radio stations etc.

These opportunities are also sourced and published on our website to apply for internship, learnership or apprenticeship opportunities click here.

Private Colleges and Private Universities

9. How do I know that I am applying to a registered college/university?

You can check the DHET website for the registered colleges or universities at this link.

If you do not have access to internet you can call us (Career Development Services) at 086 999 0123 or email us at

10. What constitutes a valid proof of registration of a private college with the DHET?

Only a certificate of registration or provisional registration signed by the Director-General of the Department of Higher Education and Training is a valid proof of registration. The certificate of registration will indicate the college’s legal name, the registration number and the approved/ accredited qualifications it can offer.

11. How can the public determine the validity of qualifications obtained from a private college?

The validity of the qualifications or certificates from private colleges can be established by contacting the DHET at 080 087 2222 or sending an email to this email address: The details of the registration status of private colleges are also available on the Department’s website. The address is

12. What are the requirements for registering private institutions?

For a college to be registered, it must provide documentary proof that it complies with the following requirements:

a. Accreditation report issued by Umalusi

b. Occupational health and safety report

c. Audited annual financial statements

d. Financial surety

e. Income tax certificate

Technical and Vocational Education and Training Colleges

13. What are the entry requirements for the TVET Colleges?

Grade 9 pass or Grade 12 certificate

NQF Level 1 qualification

An approved bridging programme designed for access to NQF Level 2.

Recognition of Prior Learning Assessment (RPL).

14. What is a National Certificate Vocational (NCV) qualification?

A full year programme of study that enables students to apply for jobs.

15. What are Nated (N) courses?

The N Programmes focus on developing artisans. They are offered in N1 to N3 Engineering programmes and N4 to N6 in areas of Agriculture, Art and Music, Business studies, Social Services, Utility Studies and Engineering.

How do I register to study at a TVET college?

You need to go to the information desk of the TVET college of your interest where you will be guided in terms of where you need to go and what you need to do.

I have applied at a TVET/University of Technology/University and have not gotten feedback, what should I do?

Normally universities have a specific period after which they respond to the applicants stating whether they have been granted a space or not. You need to either check the institution’s online application system or contact the institution to enquire. Read more.


16. Where do I verify my university qualification if I want to work overseas?

Verification of qualifications for the purpose of overseas jobs is done at DHET at this address: 123 Frances Baard Street (former Schoeman Street) in Pretoria. It is at the corner of Sophie De Bruyn (former Schubbart Street) and Frances Baard Street (former Schoeman Street).

By courier: Documents to be authenticated/verified can be send to The Department of Higher Education and Training, 123 Frances Baard Street, Pretoria, 0002 Att: Boitumelo Choenyane or Faith Sehoa.

Contacts for authentication of certificates are 012 312 5246/5358, Room 544 Floor 5.


17. Where can I upgrade my matric results incase I did not obtain the results I wanted?

Matric rewrite can be done at the high school where you had written your matric or through private accredited institutions. If you do not know where these institutions are contact the Department of Basic Education on 012 357 3000 or visit their website

NYDA also offers the matric rewrite programme and have the branches that you can contact. Read more

18. When is the closing date for Supplementary Examinations?

The closing date for supplementary exams is 21 days after the results have been released. You can register at your school or Provincial Department of Education.

19. Where can I apply for exemption?

One can apply for exemption at the Universities South Africa

20. How does one access past question papers and memos?

Past matric question papers and memos can be accessed at link

I am not sure what to study

21. I am not sure what to study, please help?

Choosing what to study starts with choosing a career. You need to know yourself very well when choosing a career, know your likes and dislikes and your personality. To help you with this is a collection of resource readily available on the National Careers Portal: read more.

Job Search

22. How do I Search for a job?

There are different factors to consider when you are looking for a job, you need to look at your skills, your CV, the kind of jobs you are interested in, interview skills, etc. You can search for a job by searching on job sites, newspapers or the government Circular.

Our Partners

To become our partner, a formal agreement in the form of a Memorandum of Agreement or Implementation Protocol with DHET Career Development Services is required. For more information click here.