Registration Gateway

What to bring to registration

To make your registration as easy as possible, please bring with you the following:

  • Your student number.
  • A copy of your official school results.
  • Evidence that your Registration Fee has been cleared (see “fees” ).
  • A copy of the deposit slip, if you have deposited money into the University account.
  • If you have been awarded a bursary, a copy of your letter of award, which should have been faxed through to the Fees Office.
  • School leavers: Your final NSC/ A level / HIGCSE results.
  • Transferring students: Your transcript from your previous university and course outlines.
  • International students:
  • Proof of Initial Fee (IF) clearance by no later than 17 January 2020.
  • Passport with a valid study visa to study specifically at Rhodes University.
  • Proof of your medical aid cover arranged through Sanlam/Absa Helath Care.
  • If your A-level or HIGCSE results are not yet available by the time of registration, you will NOT be allowed to register until your results are available.If you have pre-registered – your pre-registration confirmation number


We are all aware of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) which originated in Wuhan, China in 2019 and has spread to other parts of the world.
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Rhodes University’s Coronavirus Response Task Team (CVRTT) met this week to address the challenges that might arise should there be a suspected or confirmed case at Rhodes University and to develop and implement an action plan to respond to the risks of the coronavirus (Covid-19).
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The situation has moved quickly from an outbreak in one part of the world just two months ago to the list of affected geographic spaces across the globe growing almost daily. Travel, most particularly international travel, is clearly a major factor in the spread of the disease.
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Taking into consideration the national and global situation regarding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the need for all of us to take all necessary precautionary measures to reduce the potential risk of exposure to the virus, the University Executive Leadership has had to take important decisions regarding events on campus that may involve significant numbers of people from outside Makhanda/Grahamstown.
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All academic activities at Rhodes University will be temporarily suspended on Monday, 16 March 2020.
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In response to the global health emergency created by the rate of spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), on 15 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a National State of Disaster. He further announced stringent measures to curb the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande further issued a statement in line with the President’s national announcement.
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On 15 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a national disaster. He further announced a wide range of stringent measures to reduce the spread of the virus.
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Following the Vice-Chancellor’s Circular issued on18 March 2020 wherein an announcement was made to bring the first term one recess forward, a number of issues have been raised. This communique aims to address some of these.
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A report is doing rounds on social media alleging that a Rhodes University student who arrived at OR Tambo Airport from the USA, on Thursday, was allowed to proceed to his private residence in Makhanda instead of the mandatory quarantine site for all arrivals from designated high-risk countries.
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On Monday, 23 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on further measures that the National Coronavirus Command Council had decide on to reduce the overall number of coronavirus (COVID-19) infections and to delay the spread of infection over a longer period.
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Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela, has emphasised the importance of preparing for online teaching and learning. He said Rhodes University staff should not view the 21-day national lockdown period (27 March to 17 April 2020) as a vacation, but to use these days responsibly to prepare for online teaching and learning methods for when the university reopens on 20 April 2020.
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In the wake of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), where hand washing is one of the ways to avoid contracting the virus, South Africa is currently experiencing a nationwide shortage of hand sanitiser. In response to this dire need, a team of Rhodes University scientists has set up a lab to produce hand sanitiser.
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Epidemiologists advise us of the power of individual behaviour in the context of a pandemic like COVID-19 in slowing or expediting the transmission and spread of the virus. The war against the coronavirus (COVID-19) will be won or lost depending on how each one of us, yes, 58.78 million of us, exercise our agency in reducing the transmission and the spread of the virus.
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International Students


The contact information for the Sanlam/Absa Health Care is as follows:


Telephone number: 0860 100 380

Only medical aid cover offered through Sanlam/Absa Healthcare or recognised by Sanlam/Absa Healthcare valid for the full 12 months of 2020, will be accepted for registration at Rhodes University for 2020.