Program Overview

See ostriches and visit a colony of beach penguins on our Summer in South Africa program. Ideally situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands, Stellenbosh University is nestled in a valley flanked by mountains on all sides. Climb up Table Mountain for a panoramic view of the oak-lined streets and the chic bars and cafés of this college town on the outskirts of a cosmopolitan city. Field trips, hands-on community service projects, and expert guest lectures make this a once-in-a-lifetime summer opportunity. Your program includes hands-on courses and guest lecturers. Our program provides you the unique opportunity to study the history and the current issues of South Africa today. Those with an adventurous side can also find opportunities to go on a safari, surf, sandboard, and ride horses on the beach.

GPA Requirement
2.8
Application Deadlines
Summer: March 15
Avg Course Load
2-3 Courses (6-7 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English
Highlights
  • Community development and service-learning projects
  • Innovative, South Africa–focused curriculum
  • Trips to Stellenbosch Winelands
  • Extensive adventure opportunities
  • A college town on the outskirts of a cosmopolitan city
  • Private room a short walk from campus
Your Journey Begins Here
  • Connect with your friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
  • Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
  • Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Academics

WHY THIS UNIVERSITY?

Study at the world-class Stellenbosch University in the heart of South African wine country. The campus and surrounding communities are a melting pot of cultures. You’ll find a beautiful, safe campus with many international students. You can take innovative courses taught by highly qualified professors. And you’ll have access to Stellenbosch University’s amazing facilities, including a gigantic underground library, a music conservatory, open-air amphitheater, and a student center that has everything a student could want.

Affectionately known as “maties,” Stellenbosch University students (that means you!) can join a wide variety of student organizations, club sports, and social organizations. You can join university trips to Oudshoorn, shark cage diving, a color run, hiking, a trip to the Langa suburb of Cape Town, and a wine weekend! If you want to organize your own adventure, there’s something for everybody in and around Stellenbosch. Take a trip to a nature preserve to meet native South African species, make a toast at a world-famous vineyard, or simply grab a homemade ice cream at a relaxing cafe in town.

Founded in 1918, Stellenbosch University was ranked #11 in the 2016 BRICS & Emerging Economies Ranking and a top 50 University for Development Studies in 2015.

Accreditation: Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)


HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR COURSES

Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

COURSE APPROVAL

Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.

GPA REQUIREMENT

If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.

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Health
Humanities
Social Sciences

1-2 CLASSES IN

Art & Design
Business
Communications
Engineering
Natural & Applied Sciences

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Choose Your Courses

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet in your portal.

Life in Stellenbosch

Welcome and Orientation

Upon arrival you’ll take part in both the university and CIS Abroad orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of South African life, like how to get around by public transportation, how to stay safe, what to do in case of an emergency and who to contact if you have any questions. We’ll also tell you all about our favorite places in town (restaurants, museums, markets etc). Oh, and you’ll join in on a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy (ever heard of “Bobotie?”) so that you can start to taste the local flavor.

Farewell and Re-entry Program

Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you again as part of our farewell to South Africa.

Housing Options

Summer in South Africa students are housed in a centrally located student dormitory on campus. The residence is a five-to-ten minute walk from the lecture halls and the heart of campus. The university offers a student center, where students can spend time together and also visit the many coffee shops, restaurants, banks, a convenience store, bookstores, and adventure and travel stores located inside. Living on campus will allow you to explore the area at your own pace; you’ll be in a great position to learn more about the South African culture and the people, which will only enhance your study abroad experience!

Amenities:

  • Double room
  • Shared bathrooms
  • Bedding is provided, as well as your own study desk and lamp
  • Internet access in rooms (via Ethernet cables)
  • Cafeteria, which provides breakfast
  • Cooking facilities are not provided
  • Recreational facilities

Local Life

  • Festivals and Music Gigs: South Africans love their festivals! Every season offers something special, whether it’s music or fun events; it’s a great way to experience community.
  • Baphumelele Orphanage: Visit and volunteer at this local orphanage. Participate in their monthly art and yoga program.
  • Long Street: Lined with Bohemian coffee shops and bookstores, discover why this is the heartbeat of Cape Town’s city center.
  • V&A Waterfront Harbour: Take a stroll along the harbour, enjoying the sweeping views of the Atlantic.
  • Bo-Kaap Neighbourhood: Here you can learn how to cook local Cape cuisine!
  • Greenmarket Square: Shop in this local market and get great bargains for Pan-African crafts.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

Boulder's Beach

This sheltered beach is made up of gigantic granite boulders which provides calm waters for swimming. You’ll have to share the beach with the African penguins who nest there.

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Cape Point Nature Reserve

This reserve marks the southwestern-most tip of the continent. Enjoy dramatic views, deserted beaches, and fantastic hiking trails.


Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Julia Sementilli
Program Enrollment Coordinator - Asia, Africa, and the Pacific

Travel Tip: Be open to meeting new people! Some of my favorite memories while traveling include meeting people in hostels, or by getting involved at my school abroad. You never know who will be a lifelong friend! Try all of the local foods, even if you don’t think you will like it. Write everything down in a journal- you will appreciate those stories later!

Learn more about Julia

Pasqual Bisogno
Site Director in South Africa

Travel Tip: Be brave, be soft, stay open to opportunities and adventure, wear sunscreen and a smile and most importantly always trust your instinct. Travel allows you to view the world but in the end you realise that what you really discovered is yourself.

Learn more about Pasqual

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Summer 2020
    Application Deadline
    March 15
    Arrival
    June 21 (Estimated)
    Departure
    July 19 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $5,790 - $5,990 (Estimated)
    General Program: $5,790 Specialized Programs (Service-Learning, Doing Business in Southern Africa, and Public Health): $5,990
  • Summer 2020+ Garden Route Tour
    Application Deadline
    March 15
    Arrival
    June 21 (Estimated)
    Classes End
    July 17; Garden Route Tour: July 19 - July 24 (Estimated)
    Departure
    July 24 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $6,290 - $6,490 (Estimated)
    General Program with Garden Route Tour: $6,290 Specialized Programs (Service-Learning, Doing Business in Southern Africa, and Public Health) with Garden Route Tour: $6,490

CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Excursions to Cape Town and Stellenbosch Winelands
  • Weekend away
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Predeparture orientation and onsite orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • Stellenbosch University official transcript
  • La Vida Local cultural program