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					             INTERNATIONAL OFFICE


Postal address:                         Physical address:

International Office                    International Office
Stellenbosch University                 RW Wilcocks Building (South)
Private Bag X1                          c/o Victoria and Ryneveld Streets
7602 Matieland                          Stellenbosch
South Africa                            South Africa

General enquiries:              Tel:    +27 (0)21 808 4628
                                Fax: +27 (0)21 808 3799


                                                                  International Office
                                                                  9 September 2004
Dear Prospective International Student

Thank you for considering Stellenbosch University as your study destination. This guide should provide
you with everything you need to know about applying to the University and what you will need to do if
you are admitted. We attend to each application that we receive as quickly as possible. However,
please be patient about the outcome of your application. The process involves a number of parties and
may take several months before a final decision is made. In order to help us, please ensure that your
application is complete with all its supporting documentation. Incomplete applications cause delays.
Please read this guide carefully so that you are familiar with your and our responsibilities. We look
forward to welcoming you to our campus in the near future.

Staff of the International Office
Stellenbosch University

                                PART 1: FROM APPLICATION TO ADMISSION


Stellenbosch University is committed to the use and sustained development of Afrikaans as an
academic language in a multilingual context. Language is used at the University in a manner that is
directed towards engagement with knowledge in a diverse society.

The University acknowledges the special status of Afrikaans as an academic language and accepts the
responsibility to promote it. At the same time, it takes account of the status of English as an
international language of communication and of isiXhosa as an emerging academic language. The
official Language Policy and Plan of the University of Stellenbosch was approved by the Council of the
University in 2002. The following remarks must be read in conjunction with, and is subject to, the full
Language Policy and Plan. The full version is available at taal.

International students should take note of the following:
1)        Afrikaans is by default the language of learning and teaching at undergraduate level, while
          English is used to a greater extent at the postgraduate level.
2)        There are specific but limited circumstances where English is used as language of
          undergraduate learning and instruction. Students from other countries who do not have a good
          working knowledge of Afrikaans will find it difficult to follow the lectures.
3)        Three general guidelines apply with regard to the language of learning and teaching in class:
           Modules in which a language is taught are conducted mainly in the language in question
               (e.g. isiXhosa is taught mainly in isiXhosa, Mandarin in Mandarin) and tasks, tests and
               examinations are set and answered accordingly.
           Questions papers in all other modules are set in Afrikaans and English and students may
               answer in Afrikaans or English.
           Except in cases where the aim of the module is language acquisition or the study of the
               language, students may ask questions and expect answers in Afrikaans or English.
4)        Academic departments may choose various language options in learning and teaching
          a. A specification: Lectures mainly in Afrikaans.
          b. T specification (bilingual classes): At least 50% of lectures are presented in Afrikaans.
          c. E specification: Lectures primarily in English.
          d. A&E specification: Separate ‘streams’ in Afrikaans and English.
          Students are advised to take note of the specific language specification of a course. Class
          notes and discussions are not necessarily in English.

5)       Several academic departments choose to offer a selection of courses with an E specification
         for international students. These courses are either part of the normal course offerings or part
         of IPSU-International Programmes Stellenbosch University.
6)       The Language Centre at the University is responsible for providing or co-ordinating relevant
         language support programmes. Information is available from the Language Centre: or from the International Office – IPSU Language and Culture,
7)       It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that he/she has adequate language skills in
         Afrikaans or English to follow any particular academic course.

What does it mean?
       a. For undergraduate degree programmes: Only specific programmes are presented in
             English. Prospective undergraduate students should have full command of Afrikaans.
       b. For postgraduate degree programmes: Most programmes are offered in English. See the
             next paragraph for English proficiency requirements.
       c. For exchange and study abroad students: A wide variety of courses in English are
             available. Contact Mrs Samantha Walbrugh-Parsadh ( for an extensive
             list of courses with an E language specification.
       d. For affiliated students: Language is not an issue since your programme is determined
             between you and your academic host.

The International Office encourages international students to acquaint themselves with Afrikaans
although you may not necessarily need it for academic purposes. It will bring you into contact with the
local people on a level that will liven up your social interaction. The Language Centre offers intensive
beginners course before the start of the semester or a support beginners course throughout the

                                 ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

The minimum English Proficiency Requirements are:
     IELTS score – 6.5
        TOEFL score - 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer based), preferably with a TWE
        score of 4.5.
     In addition to the above all international students are required to take an English proficiency
        test at the University prior to registration as a student.
The International Office will assist international students who are not adequately proficient in English to
obtain access to intensive English courses (EFL) to provide a thorough preparation for postgraduate
study programmes. Prospective postgraduate students who need EFL courses should note the
          The costs of such courses are for your own account.
          Attending EFL courses will require that you should budget for a longer stay at
              Stellenbosch University.
Short term students (exchange as well as Study Abroad students) are also required to take the English
proficiency test and may enrol for intensive EFL or English for Academic Purposes courses. The costs
of such courses are for your own account. Special arrangements are made for exchange students.
The following groups of students are exempted from providing TOEFL or IELTS testing scores, but may
still be required to take the English proficiency test at the University prior to registration:
                1. Students with English as their mother tongue.
                2. Students who completed recent tertiary education in English.
                3. Students whose Stellenbosch University academic host department recommends the

                                        ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES

South African academic life follows the European tradition, with a mixture of lectures and seminars with
individual laboratory time and library work. Students specialise early and study one or two disciplines
for three or four years as part or their undergraduate degree. At postgraduate level, programmes are
either a combination of modules and a research thesis component or a research-only based thesis. In
most subjects, assessment is based on continuous evaluation with assignments, orals, presentations,
one mid-semester test and a concluding examination. Regular class attendance is important.

Different Types of Academic Programmes
Category 1: Full-time undergraduate students:
     Note the language of tuition.
     Undergraduate programmes commence in February each year.
     Closing date for applications:
       30 June (late applications may be considered until 30 September)

Category 2: Full-time postgraduate students:
International students with formally recognised degrees/qualifications may be admitted to postgraduate
programmes. Normal selection procedures are applicable.
      Postgraduate programmes normally commence in February each year, but in some cases it is
          possible to commence in July.
      Closing dates for applications:
          31 March for July semester
          30 September for February semester (Selection courses: see Academic Calendar on pg 16.
      Closing date for doctoral programmes:
          15 January of the same year.
      IMPORTANT: Supply a résumé, copies of a full academic transcript, as well as an official
          detailed course description of final year subjects (Please include English translations of
          documentation where applicable). Letters of recommendation are welcomed, but are not
          compulsory. For doctoral candidates a summary of the preceding Masters thesis or a draft
          research proposal (or an extensive statement of intent) is required.

Category 3: Exchange students:
International students from universities with a formal exchange agreement with Stellenbosch University
must contact their home university's international office to arrange an exchange.
      Closing dates for applications:
          31 March for July semester
          30 September for February semester
          Credit transfer
          Grades are awarded according to a percentage system and students obtain academic credits
          for the courses that they pass. It is each student’s responsibility to finalise credit transferral
          arrangements from Stellenbosch University with their home university, prior to departure
          (where applicable). Please note that students who make travel arrangements that clash
          with their lectures, tests and examinations, will not receive a final mark for their courses
          or an academic transcript to take back to their home university.

Category 4: International Special students:
International students interested in studying at Stellenbosch University for only one or two semesters,
for non-degree purposes must bear the following in mind:
      Students should give an accurate indication of their field of interest when applying
      The student normally remains registered at his/her home university while studying at
          Stellenbosch University.
      The student has to consider the medium of tuition in his/her particular courses.

        Closing dates for applications:
         31 March for July semester
         30 September for February semester
         Credit transfer
         Grades are awarded according to a percentage system and students obtain academic credits
         for the courses that they pass. It is each student’s responsibility to finalise credit transferral
         arrangements from Stellenbosch University with their home university, prior to departure
         (where applicable). Please note that students who make travel arrangements that clash
         with their lectures, tests and examinations, will not receive a final mark for their courses
         or an academic transcript to take back to their home university.

Category 5: Affiliated students:
International students interested in doing research ("stage") or practical training at Stellenbosch
University for six weeks or longer must bear the following in mind:
      The student normally remains registered at his/her home university while conducting research
          at Stellenbosch University.
      It is the student’s responsibility to identify a suitable academic host and to arrange the
          academic side of the visit directly with the academic host.
      All affiliated students must have a valid study permit or a visitor's visa (for visits shorter than 3
          months) endorsed for research or training at Stellenbosch University. A normal tourist visa is
          not sufficient to be registered and gain access to university facilities.
      Closing date for applications:
          Three months before starting at Stellenbosch

                                          FACULTY WEBPAGES

Faculty of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences          
Faculty of Arts                                        
Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences            
Faculty of Education                                   
Faculty of Engineering                                 
Faculty of Health Sciences                             
Faculty of Law                                         
Faculty of Science                                     
Faculty of Theology                                    
Stellenbosch University Business School                

                                 FOR ALL CATEGORIES: HOW TO APPLY

1) Separate application forms are used for the different types of study programmes (Category 1, etc.)
   Please use the correct form to supply the applicable information to expedite the admission process.
2) Complete the application form and attach all relevant documentation: certified copies of academic
   transcripts (including English translations), letters of recommendation a statement of intent and
   research proposal (where applicable). Apart from the academic requirements for admission to
   postgraduate degree programmes, international students should provide official documentary
   evidence of their competence in English. (See English Proficiency Requirements on pg 3)
3) Please forward the application form to the International Office to reach the Office before the closing
   dates mentioned in this document. (The dates differ from those for local students.)

4) On receipt of the application form, it will be processed and forwarded to the relevant academic
   department for approval. Doctoral students should take note that various committees must approve
   the application. It is therefore important that applications reach the International Office before the
   closing date.
5) Once the academic department has approved the application, the International Office in
   collaboration with the Registrar's Office, will issue the official Letter of Admission, which can be
   used to apply for a study permit at the nearest South African representative. (See Study permit on
   page 8.)
6) Please study the second part of this document carefully as it contains very important information
   regarding departure planning, arrival, orientation and accommodation in Stellenbosch. Please take
   note of the content to avoid disappointment.


Financial Assistance
Regrettably, the International Office does not offer scholarships. All international students must arrive in
Stellenbosch with adequate funding (either their own funds or sponsorships) to pay for their complete
study programme. No international student should have the expectation of a full or partial scholarship
from Stellenbosch University.

Subject to the regulations of the Office for Postgraduate Bursaries, the following categories of
international students may qualify for assistance:
      International students from SADC countries: 5% of the amount of the budget allocated for
          Postgraduate Merit Bursaries and 5% of the amount granted by The Harry Crossley
          Foundation. Currently this amount is depleted by continuation obligations of allocations in
          previous years.
      International students from SADC countries, who completed their first degree at Stellenbosch
          University, may apply for certain postgraduate scholarships.
      International students should, however, also meet the minimum requirements of a specific
      International students who completed their first year of studies (undergraduate) may qualify for
          financial assistance for that particular degree programme.
      International students recruited by an academic department/institute may be offered a
          scholarship by the specific host.

For more information please consult their website:

Applications fees
International students are not required to pay an application fee.

University Academic Fees Account
 As part of your Letter of Admission you will receive a University Academic Fees Account, which is
    an official document from the International Office to international students and is subject to
    alterations by the Finance Office. Your University Fees Account includes the following:
     Tuition: Tuition is levied annually (or per semester, where applicable) and is payable prior to
         registration. Please note that this amount is for tuition only and does not include room
         and board.
     International Registration Fee (IRF): The international student registration fee is also levied
         annually (or semester, where applicable) and is likewise payable prior to registration.
         (International students may submit documentation as proof of their residence status in South
         Africa in order to be considered for local student status.)

        Service Fees: All students (including local students) are required to pay for study material,
         computer access, internet usage and other academic related fees (not covered in tuition).

Payment procedures:
 Cheques or bank drafts should be crossed and made payable to "Stellenbosch University" (credit
   card payments can be arranged through the International Office).
 Payment may also be transferred electronically (please effect the transaction two weeks prior to
   your arrival).

                  Student Fees Bank Details

                  Bank:                      ABSA, Stellenbosch, South Africa
                  Account number:            0410204789
                  Sort Code:                 334410
                  Swift Code:                ABSAZAJJCCT
                  Reference:                 Interoff/Insert student number

    Fax proof of any bank deposits to the International Office at +27-21-808 3799, indicating your
     name and student number very clearly.
    Interest at the prime bank rate will be charged on all outstanding amounts calculated from the date
     of registration.

Students with scholarships
Students with scholarships are required to undertake the following steps:
         Submit the full details of the scholarship and the complete contact details of the sponsor to
          the International Office. The International Office manages scholarships on behalf of sponsors
          according to the sponsor's requirements.
         Cordially request your sponsor to forward the payment to the office before registration. A
          delay in this will cause a delay in the registration process.

                                      OTHER BUDGETARY ITEMS

These figures are only an estimate and the needs of students vary. This is the budget the International
Office recommends to sponsors.
         Personal monthly estimate budget (for one student)
         Housing                      R 2,300 Average; depending on type of housing in self-
                                                 catering facility
         Food                         R 1,500
         Entertainment & Transport    R 470
         Telephone                    R 340

         TOTAL PER MONTH                R 4,610

         Other expenses
         Books etc                      R 5,000    Annual; variable depending on courses
         Medical Insurance              R 3,750    Annual; compulsory
         Clothing                       R 2,000    Recommended for students from warmer
         Settling-In                   R 1,500     Recommended for first arrival
         Study permit renewal          R 425       Only if student needs to extend study period
         Bicycle                       R 1,050     Optional
         TOTAL                        R 13,725

                                  PART 2: FROM ADMISSION TO ARRIVAL

You’re on your way! Once you have received notification that your application to study at Stellenbosch
University has been successful, you need to make all the arrangements explained in this part of the
document. It is in your own interest to start this process as soon as possible as this will considerably
decrease the chance of encountering logistical problems upon your arrival in Stellenbosch. Good luck!


In adherence to South African Government rules and regulations, your final registration is subject to the
production of a valid study permit that can be applied for at the nearest South African representative,
normally in your home country. For visits shorter than three months a visitor’s visa endorsed for
research or training at Stellenbosch University is sufficient. For this purpose the International Office will
issue students with an official letter of admission. This letter of admission must be presented to a South
African diplomatic mission abroad, which has the authority to process applications for study permits.
The South African Department of Home Affairs and South African diplomatic offices abroad are
responsible for the regulations and procedures. Do not proceed to Stellenbosch University without
the study permit/visa.

When applying for a study permit, you may be asked to do any of the following:

        Furnish a Letter of Admission.
        Furnish proof that sufficient funds are available for the proposed stay in South Africa.
        If you are participating in an approved international exchange programme and the duration of
         your studies is less than one year, you are allowed to present a non-negotiable return ticket as
         your repatriation guarantee.
        If the duration of your studies is longer than one year, you will have to lodge a cash deposit or
         bank guarantee equivalent to the airfare or transportation costs to your country of origin for
         repatriation purposes. Please keep the receipt issued for the guarantee for a possible
         extension of your study permit in South Africa. The cash deposit will only be reimbursed once
         you are back in your home country.
        You should provide a medical certificate as provided for on the study permit application form
         and particulars of or arrangements made with regards to medical insurance/cover in South
        The expiry date of your study permit is very important. It is your own responsibility to apply for
         an extension 30 days before it expires. The International Office provides support in this
        You are responsible to maintain the validity of your study permit throughout your stay
         in South Africa.
        Formal admission to the University does not guarantee the issuing of a study permit.
        Students without valid study permits cannot be registered at the University.
        Permit Applications should be made at least 30 days prior to the date of departure.

Visitor’s Visa requirements
All students who are nationals of visa exempt countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, etc.
who plan to be doing research or studying at Stellenbosch for a period of three months or less, must
obtain an endorsed visitor’s visa. A normal tourist visa is not sufficient to be registered and gain access
to university facilities. In adherence to Government rules and regulations, your final registration is
subject to the production of a valid visa that can be obtained from the Immigration Official at the port of
entry upon presentation of your Letter of Admission.

Please note the following:
     Request that the Immigration Official stamp your Letter of Admission as proof that you
        presented it at the port of entry.
     Do not proceed to Stellenbosch University without the endorsed visa (also called a Temporary
        Residence Permit).
     Your return ticket serves as your repatriation guarantee.


Medical Insurance
In adherence to university regulations, no student will be registered without proof of adequate
medical insurance. Please make use of a Medical Scheme that covers you while you study in South
Africa and that provides for day-to-day care, hospitalisation and any emergency procedures. If you wish
to obtain medical insurance from a South African company, speak to Linda Uys in the International
Office. Please note that Stellenbosch University is not affiliated to any company . Students may obtain
insurance from any company of their choice, provided that it meets the university’s requirements.

Health Services
It is highly recommended that before travelling to any other countries, especially on the African
continent, you visit a local pharmacy for advice and information concerning malaria and other tropical
diseases. Please note that all services rendered are for your own account.

Personal Insurance
Stellenbosch University will not be held liable for any damage or loss of personal property or injuries to
international students which arises directly or indirectly from participation during their period of study at
Stellenbosch University. Students must accept responsibility for their own personal insurance.

                                  FAMILIES ACCOMPANYING STUDENTS

The services of the International Office are primarily for registered international students. We wish to
draw your attention to difficulties you may experience in having your family accompany you to
Stellenbosch. Students who intend bringing their families with them must pay special attention to the
cost of living in Stellenbosch, e.g. housing, schooling, medical insurance and study permit renewals,
and other practical difficulties that may arise. Accompanying persons may have their permits upgraded
from within the country if they should wish to study. Please note that these matters are your own

The International Office hosts a spouse group which organises outings, creative activities and other
social events. The group meets weekly at the International Office. Contact Maggie at 082 427 2924 or
Heide at 021 887 1967 for more information.


    1. Please take note of the fact that University accommodation for students is very limited in
       Stellenbosch. During your studies you have a number of options regarding accommodation;
       you may stay in a University Residence, in rooms or apartments administered by the
       International Office or in private accommodation. The International Office tries to mediate on
       behalf of students and will assist you in obtaining acceptable housing as far as possible.
    2. Undergraduate students wishing to stay in a university residence should complete the relevant
       section of the university application form. Admission to an academic programme does not

        imply that the student has a room in a university residence. All students have to apply
        separately for accommodation.
    3. Postgraduate students have the option to make use of accommodation administered by the
       International Office. The International Office will allocate rooms according to requests received
       from students. However, when requests cannot be met, students' names will be wait-listed or
       provisional reservations will be made awaiting placements in accommodation. Rooms are fully
       furnished, but students need to bring their own padlock, bedding and cooking utensils.
       There is no central heating. Please complete the attached Housing Application form if
    4. Once the International Office has received the completed Housing Application Form, a fixed
       period contract together with a request of the first non-refundable instalment will be sent to the
       student. The contract must be signed and faxed to the International Office at +27 21 808 3799
       and the payment made within 30 days of the student receiving the above contract.
       Confirmation of the reservation will be supplied by the International Office once the first
       instalment has been received. Refer to the contract for the due date for the second instalment.
       Should a student cancel the accommodation, no refund is possible.
    5. RENT: Rent is calculated per semester irrespective of the students’ dates of arrival or
    6. PAYMENT: A payment schedule will be provided to each student with the lease of agreement
       (accommodation rental contract).
    7. Should a student choose to stay in privately owned accommodation, it is his own responsibility
       to make the necessary arrangements. A student must be prepared to pay between R1000 and
       R1,500 per month for a room in a private house, and R1,500 – R2,200 per month for a
       bachelor's flat. Most students find accommodation through the advertisement section of the
       local newspaper "Eikestadnuus", that is on sale every Friday. Check the campus notice
       boards. Many students also find a place to stay by word of mouth.
    8. If a student plans to live in Cape Town, finding accommodation is also the student's
       responsibility. Please bear in mind that there is a limited train service between Cape Town and
       Stellenbosch, so students living in Cape Town should own a car. It takes about 50 minutes to
       drive from Stellenbosch to Cape Town.
    9. Students who will be studying at the US Business School on Bellville campus are strongly
       advised not to apply for housing in Stellenbosch, because the campuses are 60km apart. They
       should rather contact
    10. If a student chooses to stay in private accommodation, the International Office will suggest
        people they can contact, but please remember that private accommodation is generally
        expensive and scarce. The International Office cannot accept responsibility for any possible
        problems arising from a student's private accommodation.
Enquiries concerning accommodation may be sent to

                                       Housing Department
                                 Siseko Mtengenya / Marcia Gouws

                                     Phone: +27-(0) 21 808 4702
                                     Fax: +27-(0) 21 808 3799

                            TYPES OF ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE 2005

Please note: The rent indicated here is based on 2004 rates. An estimated increase of 12% may be
expected for 2005.

Group A:         Concordia                        Group B:          Academia
Administered by the International Office          Administered by the International Office
A1: BEDSITTER (one room / bachelors               B1: ONE-BEDROOM apartment (separate
apartment)                                        bedroom)
     Blocks B and F                                   Blocks 1,2,9,10,11 and 12
     Single/Double occupancy                          Single room
     Own kitchenette                                  Own open-plan kitchen living room
     Own bathroom (bath / shower)                     Own bathroom (shower / bath)
     24m2                                             22.6 m2
     RENT: R 2 495 per month                          RENT: R 2 495 per month
                                                  B2: SINGLE ROOM (4-duets apartment)
A2: BIG ROOM (2-bedroom apartment)
     Block D                                          Blocks 3,4 and 5
     Single room                                      Single room with own bathroom (shower /
     Sharing kitchen and bathroom (bath /              bath)
      shower) with one other student                   Sharing kitchen with one other student
     10.5m2                                           Sharing living room with seven other
     RENT: R 2 036 per month                           students
                                                       18 m2 (room, bathroom, kitchen); 38 m2
A3: SMALL ROOM (2-bedroom apartment)                    (living room)
     Block D
                                                       RENT: R 1 998 per month
     Single room
     Sharing kitchen and bathroom (bath /        Bank details for deposit
      shower) with one other student              Name of Bank: ABSA Bank,
     8m2
     RENT: R 1 929 per month                                     Stellenbosch, South Africa
A4: SINGLE ROOM (4-bedroom apartment)             Account number: 0410204789
     Blocks A and E                              Sort Code:       334410
     Single room with own bathroom (shower or
                                                  SWIFT code:     ABSAZAJJCCT
      shower / bath)
     Sharing kitchen with three other students   Reference:      Interoff / /nsert student number
     14m2                                        Fax proof of deposit to +27-21-808 3799
     RENT: R 1 998 per month
A5: SINGLE ROOM (3-bedroom apartment)
     Blocks C and G
     Single room
     Sharing kitchen and bathroom (shower /
      bath) with two other students
     7.88m2
     RENT: R 1 725 per month


Arrival time
Plan to arrive between 21 January and 25 January (for the first semester 2005) or between 8 July and
12 July (for the second semester 2005) in order to settle in, acclimatise and find permanent
accommodation (if not pre-arranged through the International Office).

Transportation from Cape Town International Airport to Stellenbosch
There is no direct public transport between Cape Town International Airport and Stellenbosch, and taxis
are very expensive. If requested, someone from the International Office will meet you at Cape Town
International Airport. If you wish to make use of this service, please forward your flight details well in
advance, preferably by fax (see attached Flight Arrival Sheet).

Accommodation upon arrival
If you arrive on a weekday during office hours you can move into your room after signing the
accommodation contract. However, should you arrive in Stellenbosch after 15:15 or on a weekend,
you should make use of temporary youth hostel accommodation. The International Office can be
approached to make the necessary bookings for your own account. (Please indicate your need for
temporary accommodation on the FLIGHT ARRIVAL SHEET.) NOTE: You will still be met at the

Students staying in University residences or University apartments will be taken directly to their
accommodation after being met at the airport, only if:

        The non-refundable reservation deposit has been forwarded to the University's bank account;
        The deposit slip has been faxed to the International Office.
        The housing contract has been signed.

Students who wish to look for their own private accommodation once they are in Stellenbosch can also
complete the applicable section of the Flight Arrival Sheet for temporary accommodation in the youth
hostel. Please note, youth hostel accommodation is for your own account (see attached Housing
Application form, Accommodation: General Procedures and Conditions and Flight Arrival Sheet,
where applicable).

                                        GENERAL INFORMATION

The following average temperatures can be expected in Stellenbosch:

 Spring       September-November          19 to 24 C/66 to 75 F       Mild
 Summer       December-February           25 to 35 C/77 to 95 F       Hot
 Autumn       March-May                   16 to 25 C/61 to 77 F       Mild
 Winter       June-August                 3 to 19 C/37 to 66F         Cold and rainy

For more accurate information, visit the South African Weather Bureau’s website:

Winter in Stellenbosch is chilly and rainy. Students should bring warm, as well as wet-weather clothes.
It is important to bear in mind that normally apartments, houses and University residences have no
central heating!

Money matters
The currency in South Africa is the Rand (ZAR), which is equal to 100 cents. There is no restriction on
the amount of foreign currency you may bring into the country, but it must be declared at Customs &
Excise when you arrive. You may need some cash upon arrival, but it is wise to bring most of your
money in traveller's cheques. Most major banks offer foreign exchange services and Stellenbosch also
has a Thomas Cook and an American Express branch. Almost all hotels, shops and restaurants accept
major credit cards, such as Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diners Club, and you can withdraw
cash with a credit card at most automatic bank machines (known as ATMs). It is a relatively simple
process to open an account at the major banks and transfer money into that account. Students are
generally issued a bankcard valid for cash withdrawals.

Computer network
Several computer centres on campus provide all students with access to computing facilities. All the
necessary software as well as the Internet (at an additional fee and costs per MB), is available through
the campus network. Although the computer centres are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,
there is a great demand, and students are advised to bring their own laptops. Connections for laptops
are available in the university residences. Access to the network is only available after registration. The
standard support language at the university’s Information Technology department is English. If you plan
to stay in Academia or Concordia and bring your own computer, please take note that Information
Technology will only be able to help set up your network connection if you have a multi-lingual version
of Windows on your computer.

Public transport
Due to the long distances within South Africa, most people travel by car rather than by public transport.
There is no bus service between Stellenbosch and Cape Town, but there is a train service, operating
from 06:00 until about 21:00. Taxis between Cape Town and Stellenbosch are relatively expensive, and
minibus-taxis should be avoided for safety reasons.

Getting around in Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch is a relatively small town and it is possible to get around on foot or by bicycle. New and
second-hand bicycles can be purchased from local dealers.

Driving in South Africa
South Africa has left-hand traffic. You have to be at least 18 years of age and hold a valid driver’s
license to drive a car. Most drivers licenses issued in other countries may be used in South Africa,
provided they bear the driver's photograph and are in English. It is still recommended though, to obtain
an international driver's license. Please check the period of validity of your international driver’s license
with your insurance company. Once it has expired, students must apply for a local driver’s license at
the local traffic department.

On entry into South Africa, there are generally no vaccination requirements. The Cape region is not a
malaria or other tropical disease infested area. Since other areas are known for tropical diseases, you
are strongly advised to obtain advice and information before travelling (see Health Services)


At the start of each semester the International Office organises special orientation days for all new
international students at the University. Students will only be registered after attending Orientation.
Please see the accompanying flyer for more information on orientation.


The following topics are covered:
        General introduction
        Campus tour
        Town Tour
        Assistance with registration
        Cultural adjustment programme
        Introduction to services on campus: Health Care Service, Protection Services, Unit for
         Counselling Psychology, Sport facilities, Societies, Performing Arts (drama, fine arts, music)
        Academic expectations
        Lecture on South African Politics and Economics
        Excursions to surrounding Winelands and Cape Town
        Assistance with changes to visas and other documents
        Safety issues on campus

                                         ISOS AND SUSAIG

The International Students Organisation of Stellenbosch (ISOS) is a non-political organisation that aims
to bring together all international students and to share cultural insights. Throughout the semester,
ISOS organises excursions and various social activities aimed at learning more about South Africa, its
people and its culture. ISOS runs a community service project in the nearby township of Kayamandi and
welcomes your participation. Elections for the ISOS committee are held at the beginning of every

The Stellenbosch University Student Africa Interest Group (SUSAIG) promotes Africa’s interests on
campus. Amongst its objectives are the promotion of interaction amongst African students, facilitating
access to information on Africa and organising discussion groups and seminars on African affairs. Each
year, SUSAIG mobilises students to celebrate important historical African events like African University
Day, Africa Day and the independence days of various African countries. Tragic events like the Rwanda
Genocide are also commemorated.

Each semester, ISOS organises international food evenings (Around the World in 80 bites!). ISOS and
SUSAIG encourage your participation in these cultural events. You are requested to bring traditional
dress, brochures and a few traditional recipes.

Topic                                                       Page number
Academic Programmes                                                    4
Academic Calendar                                                    16
Academic Fees                                                        17
Accommodation: General Procedures and conditions                       9
Accommodation, Types of                                               11
Arrival                                                               12
Departmental Web pages                                                 5
English Proficiency Requirements                                       6
Financial Considerations and Regulations                               6
Flight Arrival Sheet                                See enclosed leaflet
General Information                                                   12
Housing Application                                 See enclosed leaflet
How to Apply: For All Categories                                        5
Insurance                                                               9
Language Policy of Stellenbosch University                              2
Orientation                                                           14
Other Budgetary Items                                                   7
ISOS and SUSAIG                                                       14
Study Permit, Application for                                           8

                                  ACADEMIC CALENDAR FOR 2005

10 - 25 Jan Pretproe: Intensive Afrikaans Beginners Course
17 Jan      Bellville Park campus opens
21-25 Jan   Arrival of new international students
26 - 29 Jan Orientation and welcoming programme
28 Jan      English proficiency test
7 Feb       Lectures begin
25 Feb      Last day for registration
24 March    Applications close for admission for July semester
27 May      Lectures end
31 May      Examinations begin

21 June      IPSU WINTER SCHOOL (until 16 July) Kaggelklets
From 11 July Arrival of new international students
13-16 July   Orientation and welcoming programme
15 July      English proficiency test
29 July      Applications close (for 2005): Fine Arts
30 July      Last day of registration
12 Aug       Applications close (for 2005): Journalism & BioKinetics
2 Sep        END OF THIRD TERM
12 Sep       Applications close (for 2005): Sport Science
30 Sep       Applications close (for 2005): All courses
28 Oct       Lectures end
1 Nov        Examinations begin
19 Nov       Examinations end

                                       2005 ACADEMIC FEES FOR NON-SA STUDENTS
                                                      DEGREE-SEEKING STUDENTS
International Registration Fee (IRF) payable by all non-South African students per annum.
SADC-citizens: R1,600
Non-SADC-citizens: R2,750
Non-SA-citizens with permanent residence in South Africa should consult with the International Office
                                         Estimated tuition and service fees (as payable by South African students)
Humanities & Social Sciences (excl. Music, Drama &Art)                               R 18,765
Sciences(excl.Music,Drama & Art)
Accounting                                                                           R 20,490
Economic & Management Sciences                                                       R 18,765
                                                                                                       Per year depending on the number of credits.
Law                                                                                  R 21,640
                                                                                                         This is relevant for the amounts alongside.
Medicine                                                                             R 25,090
Engineering                                                                          R 21,640
Science                                                                              R 20,490
Agricultural & Forestry Sciences                                                     R 20,490
Physiotherapy                                                                        R 20,490
Theology                                                                             R 17,040
                            POSTGRADUATE                                        1st Year of         2nd Year of            3rd Year of          4th Year of
                                                                               Registration         Registration           Registration         Registration
                         Postgraduate Diploma
Theology                                                                               R 15,051             R 5,489
Engineering                                                                            R 21,232             R 5,489
Humanities                                                                             R 14,367             R 5,489
Humanities & Social Sciences (excl. Music,Drama & Art)                                 R 17,109             R 8,329
Education                                                                              R 14,384             R 8,329
Economic & Management Sciences                                                         R 17,052             R 8,329
Agricultural & Forestry Sciences                                                       R 20,209             R 8,329
Science                                                                                R 18,806             R 8,329
BScMedScHons                                                                           R 15,902             R 8,329
                   Master's subsequent to Honours
Humanities & Social Sciences (excl. Music, Drama & Art)                                R 15,735             R 5,489
Science                                                                                R 13,815             R 5,489
MSc (Eng)                                                                              R 14,712             R 7,093                 R 8,014             R 4,921
Agricultural & Forestry Sciences                                                       R 14,654             R 4,856
Economic & Management Sciences (thesis)                                                R 12,654             R 5,489
Economic & Management Sciences (structured)                                            R 22,710             R 4,856
MPA                                                                                    R 22,710            R 20,145                 R 4,856
Education                                                                              R 16,563             R 5,489
                  Master's subsequent to Bachelor's
Humanities & Social Sciences (excl. Music, Drama & Art)                                R 17,250            R 12,994                 R 5,489
Science                                                                                R 18,806            R 13,815                 R 5,489
Agricultural & Forestry Sciences                                                       R 20,209            R 14,654                 R 5,489
LLM (thesis)                                                                           R 13,251             R 5,489
LLM (structured)                                                                       R 20,490             R 5,489
Theology                                                                               R 15,051             R 4,856
Economic & Management Sciences                                                         R 17,052            R 13,617                 R 5,489
MEng                                                                                   R 14,712             R 7,093                 R 8,875              R5,489
MScMedSc                                                                               R 15,085            R 10,600                 R 5,489
MMed                                                                                   R 11,348            R 11,348                 R 5,489
Humanities & Social Sciences DLitt or DPhil                                            R 10,934            R 10,934                 R 4,741
Science PhD or DSc                                                                     R 11,917            R 11,917                 R 4,339
Education                                                                              R 10,445            R 10,445                 R 4,741
Agricultural & Forestry Sciences                                                       R 12,653            R 12,653                 R 4,339
Economic & Management Sciences                                                         R 10,385            R 10,385                 R 4,339
Engineering                                                                            R 12,607            R 12,607                 R 4,741
LLD                                                                                    R 11,538            R 11,538                 R 4,741
Medicine                                                                               R 11,615            R 11,615                 R 4,741
DTh                                                                                    R 10,807            R 10,807                 R 4,339
                                                       NON-DEGREE SEEKING STUDENTS
Exchange students per semester                           R 3,500
International Special Students (Category 4)              R 24,200 (per semester)               Please note that these fees do not include accommodation.
Affiliated students                                      R 3,500 + (R270 per week)                    Refer to the sections on Budgetary Items or
Affiliated students (local hosts)                        R 1,600                                           Accommodation for further details.
EFL & Winter/Summer School                               R1 600 + programme fees

 This brochure provides information that may assist you in your preparations to study at Stellenbosch
  University. Please do not hesitate to contact the International Office should you require additional
 information. The International Office cannot take responsibility for difficulties encountered related to
study permits, inaccurate information etc., that you may experience upon your arrival on campus if you
                    did not apply to the University through the International Office.


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