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Exchange - South Africa, Stellenbosch University
Stellenbosch, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Fact Sheet:
Scholarship Available: Yes Program Type: Exchange
Language of Instruction: Afrikaans, English Minimum GPA: 2.75
Graduate or Undergraduate: Undergraduate Education Abroad Programs by College: Coles College of Business, College of Arts, College of Humanities and Social Science, College of Science of Mathematics, Interdisciplinary, Wellstar College of Health and Human Services
Payable Account Code: 8846
Program Description:

Stellenbosch University

Study Abroad Program

Finding a Course: Please click on the following link:
Finding courses.pdf


All applicants must complete the application form for exchange students. Applications must include all supporting documents as indicated on the application form. ALL correspondence to be copied to:

Michele B. Miller, M.Ed
Exchange Coordinator
Phone: 678-797-2175

All exchange students must be nominated by their home university. Please direct all inquiries regarding nominations to your home university's International Office. Applicants are strongly advised to begin the application process six months prior to their intended study abroad.

Trip Dates = July  - December 2013
Dates for subsequent years should generally remain the same. Spring semester in South Africa = January - June.
Once we receive your application we will confirm receipt and it will be processed. It will take at least 4-6 weeks from the deadline of applications before you receive feedback. 

Your application is sent to the central admissions office at Stellenbosch University where a student number is created. It is also sent to the relevant academic department(s) for approval. The department(s) has/have a 14 day period to review your application and to give us feedback. Please note that even though you have been accepted by your home university to go on exchange, the academic department at Stellenbosch University reserves the right to determine whether you meet with their requirements for admission to courses within their department. Once we receive feedback from the department we will inform you of the outcome of your application.

Once you have been admitted by an academic department, we will issue a letter of admission. Your letter of admission will be sent to your exchange coordinator at your home university. You will need this letter to apply for the study permit at the nearest South African mission in your own country.

Study permit / Visa

It is very important that you check the visa requirements to enter South Africa. The most reliable source is your nearest South African embassy. Please make sure that you have the correct documentation when applying for a study permit. It takes up to ten business days for a study visa to be processed so allow enough time for the application. Study visa application form: Form BI-1738.pdf.

South African Embassy website:


All exchange students receive a tuition waiver based on the exchange agreement between Stellenbosch University and their home institution. However, exchange students are expected to pay an Exchange Administrative Fee (EAF) prior to registration at Stellenbosch University.

In 2011 the EAF will be R4 850 per semester. The EAF comprises of the International Registration Fee (R2 300) and a service fee (R2 550). The service fee is used to cover all usable goods; e.g. for a student card; internet and E-mail access; internet usage; photocopying; printing; etc. If you spend more than the available amount you need to pay the outstanding amount prior to your departure.

You will receive an invoice together with your letter of admission indicating the amount payable; what the amount may be utilized for; and the banking details of Stellenbosch University. You will not be able to register unless you have paid your fees.

Please contact ms Yolanda Johnson ( for all financial inquiries.






Procedure for admission

Academic Information

Please ensure that you list your choice of courses clearly on your application form. You can list more courses than you need credit for, but please make sure that you indicate how many credits you need and also which courses you have to take.

We will then liaise with the relevant departments. You will not be able to attend courses for which you did not get pre-approved. You can however take fewer courses than you were pre-approved for.

Do not contact departments directly. All enquiries and concerns regarding courses should be sent to the exchange coordinator and they will liaise with the relevant department.

The maximum number of credits that can be taken in a semester is 60 South African credits (30 ECTS or 15 USA). Exchange student transcript evaluation:  Exchange Student Transcript Evaluation.doc

· Language of Instruction

Courses are offered in English; Afrikaans; or the T-option (a combination of English and Afrikaans in the same class with notes available in English). The language of instruction will be indicated in the relevant department's website and the Yearbook of the University. Please familiarize yourself with the language of instruction when choosing courses.

· Course offering

All information regarding courses is available on the university website. Follow the A-Z link to the relevant department. You will also find course information on the International Office website.

Follow this link:

You can also find information on IPSU courses at the following link on our website:

Please familiarize yourself with the coding of courses in order to make a course selection.

The codes will tell you when the course is offered (in the case of undergraduate course). The code consists of three numbers. The first tells you the year in which the course is offered (in other words, the level at which it is offered). The second number tells you in which semester. A 1, 2 and 3 indicates a course taught in the first semester, and a 4, 5 and 6 indicates a second semester course. A 7 or an 8 indicates a course that is taught over a whole year. The third number is irrelevant for your purposes. For example: English 348 is a third year course (3); offered in the second semester (4). The codes of post-graduate courses are more complicated, as the numbers don't correspond to the semester it is taught in.

It is very important that you provide us with your course selection and the number of credits needed. You are not allowed to register for more than 60 South African (30 ECTS/15 US) credits.

· Intensive Afrikaans Language Course

The Language Centre in conjunction with the Postgraduate & International Office will offer an Intensive Afrikaans Course (Kaggelklets) from 21 June - 8 July 2011.

Enquiries regarding this course can be addressed to Ms Elize Lizamore (

English Proficiency Test

Exchange students do not have to supply a TOEFL/IELTS test score with their application. We trust our exchange partners to nominate students who are proficient in English. The English Proficiency Test is not compulsory. You can however take an additional English Course (English for Academic Purposes) or write the English Proficiency Test as a self assessment. The course fees for these language courses will be for your own account.

Please look through the attached University calendar when planning your exchange semester and specifically with regards to buying your ticket to South Africa. Please schedule your holidays; visits by family and friends for the mid-term break or after the end of the semester.  

Important Dates:



Intensive Afrikaans Course

 20 June - 8 July


  Mandatory Orientation

  12 -15 July  


Start of semester

 18 July


Women's Day (Public Holiday) 

  8 August


Recess (Spring Break)

  3 - 11 September


Heritage Day (Public Holiday)

  24 September


End of classes for semester

  21 October


Nov exam 1st opportunity starts

  25 October


Nov exam 1st opportunity ends

  16 November


Nov exam 2nd opportunity starts

  17 November


Nov exam 2nd opportunity ends

  3 December


Second semester ends

  9 December




Logistical Arrangements

Airport Transfers

The Postgraduate & International Office will collect every student on their arrival at the airport provided that we received your Flight Arrival Sheet. All Flight Arrival Sheets should be E-mailed to Ms Georgina Constable ( She will confirm receipt of your Flight Arrival Sheet via E-mail.


You should apply for university accommodation as soon as possible. All housing enquiries should be sent to Mr. Grant Leukes ( If you have not yet received your student number when you apply for accommodation please write "in process" and just ensure that your surname (last name) is legible. We recommend that you reserve accommodation and cancel it once you have found private accommodation rather than not reserving accommodation at all and as a result not having a place to stay on your arrival. The closing date for Accommodation applications is 15 April.


The orientation is a very important part of your exchange and will provide you with all the necessary information to make your time at Stellenbosch University as easy and enjoyable as possible. Orientation runs from 12 - 15 July.

Download Information Sheet for Exchange Students: ExchangeStudent_InformationSheet.doc

Download Procedures in sequential order for Exchange Students: Procedures in sequential order for future exchange students.doc


Contact Information:

Michele B. Miller, M.Ed
Exchange Coordinator
Towin Point 1722
Phone: 678-797-2175


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2016 03/15/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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