University of Limpopo (UL)

Key Information
Name of University University of Limpopo
Acronym UL
Motto Finding solutions for Africa!
Established 01 August 1959
Country South Africa
Province Limpopo
Type Public university
Faculties Health Sciences; Humanities; Science and Agriculture; Management and Law
Campus Turfloop Campus
UL Website


University of Limpopo (UL) founded in 1959 is a public university in Mankweng (formerly Turfloop), near Polokwane, Limpopo.

The University of Limpopo is the result of a merger between the former Medical University of Southern Africa and the University of the North, which merger occurred on 01 January 2005.

The extension of University Education Act of 1959 made provision for the establishment of racially exclusive universities for black South Africans. Under the provisions of the Act, the University College of the North was established about thirty kilometres from the Limpopo Province town of Polokwane on 01 August 1959. The College was placed under the academic trusteeship of the University of South Africa. This formative relationship was maintained until the South African Parliament promulgated the University of the North Act (Act No. 47 of 1969) thus bringing to an end the College status as of 01 January 1970.

University of Limpopo (UL) Faculties and Courses offered

The list of faculties and courses offered by the University of Limpopo (UL) is given below:

Faculty of Health Sciences

Faculty of Humanities 

  • School of Education
    • Advanced Certificate in Education – Mathematics (ACEM)
    • Advanced Certificate in Education – Science (ACES)
    • Advanced Certificate in Education – Grade R (ACEGR)
    • Advanced Certificate in Education – Learners with Barriers to Learning and Education – Remedial Education (ACERE)
    • Advanced Certificate in Adult Basic Education and Training (ACEABE)
    • Advanced Certificate in Education – Life Orientation (ACELO)
    • Advanced Certificate in Education – Integrating Values and Human Rights in Education (ACEHRE)
    • Post Graduate Certificate In Education (PGCE)
    • Bachelor of Education Senior Phase and FET (BEDSPF)
    • Bachelor of Education (B.Ed Hons)
    • Master of Education (M.Ed)
    • Masters in Science and Mathematics Education (M.Ed Maths & Sci)
    • Masters in Language and Communication (M.Ed LED)
    • Masters in Adult Education (M.Ed AE)
    • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)
  •  School of Languages and Communication Studies
    • Bachelor of Arts – BAAG01 [BA (Languages)]
    • BAAF01 [BA (Translation Studies & Linguistics)]
    • BAAE01 [BA (Performing Arts)]
    • Bachelor of Arts – BAE01 [BACEMS (Contemporary English Language] Studies and Multilingual Studies)]
    • Bachelor of Arts – BCS01 [BACOMM (Communication Studies)]
    • Bachelor of Arts – BMEA01 [BAMDST (Media Studies)] AND BMEB01 [BA Media Studies Extended Curriculum]
    • Bachelor of Information Studies – BIS01 [BINF] Postgradate Diploma in Information
    • Studies PIN01 [HDINF]
    • BA Honours – HBAA01 (English)
    • HBAB01 (Tshivenda)
    • HBAC01 (Xitsonga)
    • HBAD01 (Northern Sotho)
    • HBAE01 (Language Studies)
    • HBAF01 (Media Studies)
    • HBAG01 (Translation and Linguistics)
    • HBAH01 (Communication Studies)
    • B Information Studies
    • HIS01 (Information Studies)
    • MA – MAE01 (English Studies)
    • MAL01 (African Languages) – Coursework
    • MAT01 (Translation Studies and Linguistics)
    • MIS01 (Information Studies)
    • MAENST (English Studies) – Coursework
    • MATRLI (Translation Studies and Linguistics) – Coursework
    • MIS- MIS01 (Information Studies)
    • MA – MAA01 (Communication Studies)
    • MAA01 (English Studies)
    • MAA01 (Media Studies)
    • MAA01 (Northern Sotho)
    • MAA01 (Tshivenda)
    • MAA01 (Xitsonga)
    • PhD – Doctorate
  • School of Social Sciences
    • Bachelor of Psychology B Psyc
    • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work BA SW
    • Bachelor of Social Work BSW
    • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Community
    • Police Management BAHons (COPM)
    • Masters of Arts in Community Police
    • Management MA (COPM)
    • Doctor of Philosophy in Community
    • Police Management PhD (COPM)
    • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Corrections
    • Management BAHons (CORM)
    • Masters of Arts in Corrections
    • Management MA (CORM)
    • Doctor of Philosophy in Corrections
    • Management PhD (CORM)
    • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology MA (PSYC)

Faculty of Science And Agriculture

  • School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
    • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
    • BSc (Environment-al and Resource Studies)
    • BSc (Environmental and Resource Studies)
    • Bachelor of Agricultural Management Honours
    • BSc Honours in Aquaculture
    • MSc in Agric (Agric Economics)
    • MSc in Agric (Animal Production)
    • MSc in Agric (Crop Science)
    • MSc in Agric (Horticulture)
    • MSc in Agric (Pasture Science)
    • MSc in Agric (Remote Sensing)
    • MSc in Agric (Soil Science)
    • MSc in Agric (Plant Protection)
    • Master of Science in Aquaculture
    • Master of Agricultural Management
    • PhD (research)

Faculty of Management and Law

  • School of Economics and Management
    • B.A Admin Programme in Transport Management
    • Bachelor Degree Programmes in Accounting and Auditing
  • School of Law
    • Bachelor of Law (LLB)
    • LLM in Development Law (MLLDev) Programme
  • Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership
    • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    • Master of Development (MDEV)
    • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • School of Accountancy (SoA)
    • Bachelor of Accountancy (BAcc);
    • Bachelor of Commerce in Accountancy (BCom);
    • Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Accountancy (BCTA);
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Accountancy (CTA);
    • Masters of Commerce in Accountancy (MCom); and
    • Doctor of Commerce (DCom)


University of Limpopo (UL) prospectus contains information about the institution and the available courses, including advice on how to apply, registration, contact details and the benefits of accepting a place among others. Download University of Limpopo (UL) Prospectus for undergraduate and UL Pospectus for postgraduate.

Entry Requirements

You have to meet the below entry requirements in order to study at University of Limpopo (UL).

*Note: make sure that you meet or exceed the admission requirements as set out on the prospectus. Only Bachelor Certificate holders are eligible to apply for admission.

1.1 National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Bachelor exemption

Prospective students, with an NSC, who wish to gain entry to any undergraduate programme at the University of Limpopo, should comply with the following:

  • Life Orientation with an achievement level of at least three (3).
  • Aligned with the language policy of the university, English as a language of learning and teaching with an achievement level of at least three (3).
  • The required minimum levels of achievement in specific subjects as stipulated in the Calendars of each Faculty, provided that:
    • Four 20-credit subjects were achieved with a minimum NSC achievement level of four (4) for degree programmes and
    • Four 20-credit subjects were achieved with a minimum NSC achievement level of three (3) for diploma programmes.
  • The required Admission Point Score (APS) as stipulated in the Calendars of each Faculty.

Meeting the minimum APS for a particular programme does not, however, guarantee admission.

1.2 Matriculation Certificate (prior 2008)

  • Students, who successfully completed Grade 12 before 2008, can apply for admission to the University with the normal Grade 12 Senior Certificate with full university exemption by converting their grade symbols to an APS. 

1.3 National Certificate (Vocational)

  • Students who have successfully completed a National Certificate Vocational NC(V) Level 4 qualification will require the following and will be subject to Faculty Admission Specifications and Placement Tests:
  • NC(V) level 4 certificate with 3 fundamental subjects 60% (Life Orientation included) and 4 relevant vocational subjects at 70% for degree programmes.
  • NC(V) level 4 certificate with 3 fundamental subjects 50% (Life Orientation included) and 3 compulsory vocational subjects at 60% for diploma programmes.

For full details of entry requirements click here!

University of Limpopo (UL) Accommodation / Residences

University of Limpopo (UL) has its own campus accommodation for students, for which all students in need of accommodation at UL must apply in order to get rooms. The application form which every student completes to get an academic place at UL contains a section where the student can apply for accommodation. Unfortunately, UL cannot place every student into a residence, as it only has just over 6500 spaces for students. Those students who are not offered accommodation on campus or who prefer to stay off-campus are advised to obtain a place at University accredited off-campus residences which are privately owned. In the residences at UL there are house committees which see to the needs of residence students. They organise all the activities that relate to residence students. UL SRC has recently formed a day house for students who are not in UL residences. This committee oversees all the interests of off-campus students.

The Office of International Affairs helps first entering international students get accommodation on campus provided space is available, so it is advisable for international students to report to the office on the 1st day of registration to avoid disappointments. For postgraduate students the University has accommodation specifically for them but this on the basis that one can be accommodated provided space is available.

N.B. One should ensure they apply for on campus accommodation as part of their application process because space is limited. Returning students should check their Keyaka Emails and lookout for notices around the campus for annual online accommodation for the coming academic year.

University of Limpopo (UL) Application Status

Did you have submitted your application study at University of Limpopo (UL) in South Africa and you would like to check the status of your application to the college for your programme of study.

Once you have applied and have received the acknowledgement letter, you may use the login details on such a letter to track the process of your application. To do that navigate to the login screen and login using the details given on the acknowledgement letter.

To track your application go to:

How to apply to study at University of Limpopo (UL)?

If you want to apply to the University of Limpopo (UL) to study in the next academic year, you can apply online at: and you can also UL download application form.

Application for January intake, closes end of October each year.

For any enquiries regarding the 2021 academic and residence applications please call or email:, 015 268 3332/3833/3925/2435/2812/4691/2788/3276.

Campus of University of Limpopo and contact details

Physical Address:
C/O R71 Tzaneen Road and University Street
Mankweng Township, Polokwane, Limpopo Province
University of Limpopo, Turfloop Campus
Old Admin Block, Ground Floor
Sovenga, 0727

Telephone: +27 (0) 15 268 9111

Telephone: +27 (0) 15 – 268 – 3332 / 3833 / 2812 / 2435 / 3924 /3925/ 3276 / 4691/ 2788

Telephone: +27 (0) 15 – 268 – 3485 / 2228 / 3928/ 3877 / 2156

Telephone: +27 (0) 15 – 268 3472 / 2436 / 2110 / 2251 / 2822 / 3650

Telephone: +27 (0) 15 – 268 3088 / 2405

Telephone: +27 (0) 15 – 268 – 2520/ 2570/4175

Telephone: +27 (0) 15 – 268 – 3735 / 4180 / 4141/ 4181 /4179

Telephone: +27 (0) 15 – 268 – 3046

For more information visit University of Limpopo (UL) official website: