General admission requirements for SMU

Admission Requirements for Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU)

Whether you’re a local or international student aspiring to study at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU), meeting the minimum requirements for your desired course is crucial. The specific eligibility criteria and admission requirements may vary depending on the course you intend to pursue.

As a general guideline, here are the minimum requirements that students should fulfill to be considered for admission to SMU:

  1. Provisional Placement: Students are offered a provisional place based on their final Grade 11 results. Pre-selected Grade 11 students are expected to achieve an admission point score (APS) of at least 35.
  2. Pre-selection Criteria: Pre-selected students are chosen based on their performance in the following four subjects:
  • English
  • Life Sciences
  • Physical Science
  • Mathematics

Meeting these criteria is essential to secure provisional placement at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) and proceed with the application process for your chosen course.


  • An application form obtainable from home affairs,
  • A valid passport (for a year or more),
  • Admission letter from the University,
  • A letter from the institution in support of your study visa (International office),
  • Bank statement – Copy of passport or I.D of parent or guardian responsible for the financial support and a supporting letter,
  • A study visa fee of R425-00,
  • Proof of medical aid cover confirming that you will be covered while in SA. Medical reports (including Radiology & Pathology).
  • A police clearance certificate from your country of origin,
  • Repatriation fee of R585-00,
  • Copy of yellow fever vaccination (If relevant),
  • If applicant is under 21 years old, there should be a letter of consent from parent or guardian.

For more information on how to apply for a study permit, please visit If you have a study permit, remember to renew it 3 months before its expiration. If you neglect to do this, the State can impose heavy fines both on you and on the University. The process of getting a study permit can take 4-8 weeks to process, hence it is advisable to make study visa applications as soon as possible.