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.
- 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
- 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.
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 COURSESNow 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 APPROVALMake 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 REQUIREMENTIf 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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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.
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!
- 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
- 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
Travel Tip: To really experience local culture, no matter where you are in the world, always watch where the locals go for lunch – they usually go for the best local cuisine at the most affordable prices. Also, always be aware of your surroundings and trust your gut.
Application DeadlineMarch 15ArrivalJune 19DepartureJuly 17PRICE$5,890
Summer 2020 + Garden Route Tour
Application DeadlineMarch 15ArrivalJune 19Classes EndJuly 17; Garden Route Tour: July 17 - July 22DepartureJuly 22PRICE$6,390
CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
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
- Medical and accident insurance
- Predeparture orientation and onsite orientation
- Airport pickup
- Stellenbosch University official transcript
- La Vida Local cultural program