Finding a Course: Please click on the following link:
All applicants must complete the application form for exchange students. Applications must include all supporting documents as indicated on the application form.
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.
Spring semester in South Africa = January - June.
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: http://saembassy.ogt11.com/?page_id=187
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.
EXAMPLE: 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.
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 Stellenbosch International Office website. See Finding a Course above.
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.
· Intensive Afrikaans Language Course
The Language Centre in conjunction with the Postgraduate & International Office will offer an Intensive Afrikaans Course (Kaggelklets)