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Study In South Africa: Stellenbosch University Tuition Fees & Admission Requirements

Stellenbosch University (SU) is a public research higher institution situated in Stellenbosch, a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Stellenbosch is claimed to be the oldest university in South Africa and the oldest extant university in Sub-Saharan Africa alongside the University of Cape Town.

Stellenbosch University is an internationally recognized institution, renowned for its high teaching standards and level of research. Founded in 1919, the university located 50 miles from Cape Town in South Africa’s Western Cape province.

Stellenbosch University Tuition Fees & Admission Requirements

It is just about 30 km from Cape Town International Airport. Stellenbosch University (SU) is a highly esteemed centre of learning, as it attracts students from all over South Africa and other countries.

The Stellenbosch University Available Courses

The ten faculties and their subjective departments available at the Stellenbosch University include:

Economic and Management Sciences (Accounting & Finance, Business & Management, Economics & Econometrics), Medicine and Health Sciences (Clinical Medicine & Dentistry), Engineering (Civil Engineering, General Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering), Arts (Archaeology, Languages, Literature & Linguistics, History, Philosophy & Theology, Art, Performing Arts & Design), Social Sciences (Politics & International Studies Geography, Sociology, Communication & Media Studies (including Development Studies), Sciences which has two sub faculties. The Life Sciences (Biological Sciences, Sport Science, Agriculture & Forestry) and Physical Sciences (Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences, Physics & Astronomy, Mathematics & Statistics, Chemistry), Military Science, Agri Sciences, Education and Law.

All courses in the various disciplines are taught in English, including the required South Africa history and culture course, local and indigenous languages, liberal arts and social sciences.

The Stellenbosch University also runs a student exchange programme where students have the opportunity to study abroad at one of its 100 partners institutions overseas located in France, Germany, the US, Japan and many more. Of its estimated 30,000 student body, 18.2% of its students are black (5,629) and 81.7% are international students (about 25,000), hailing from around 100 countries worldwide. The students of Stellenbosch University are nicknamed “Maties”, coined from the Afrikaans colloquialism maat (meaning mate)

The Stellenbosch University Application Form 

The Stellenbosch University Application Form for 2019 academic session is now available online for download. Candidates can apply for multiple programmes or courses via a single hardcopy application form or an online application form. Candidates must posses copies of their statement and other required documents, such as ID required to fill the application form of Stellenbosch University 2019. Ensure that you understand the University’s Admission Policy, and the admission and selection criteria of the different faculties before you apply for the online form. The policy, criteria and guidelines are available at Undergraduate Prospective Student website at www.maties.com or contact the Client Service on +27 21 808 9111 or [email protected] For information on the closing dates for postgraduate studies applications, visit the Prospective Postgraduate Student website at www.sun.ac.za/pgstudies .

Stellenbosch University undergraduate Application begins on 1 March. Below, are the important closing dates:

31 May:  Applications close for the programme MB,ChB in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

30 June:  Applications close for all other undergraduate programmes.

30 June:  Residence applications close.

31 August: Applications close for Stellenbosch University financial assistance.

31 October: Applications close for Diploma in Public Accountability (Telematic Education).

30 November: Applications for NSFAS bursaries close.

Stellenbosch University Application Fees

An Application fee (R100) can be paid as part of the online application process. Cash payments can also be deposited at the cashier’s office in  Administration building A (Stellenbosch Campus). For more information about payment options, visit www.maties.com or contact the university’s Client Service at 021 808 9111 or [email protected] International students and applicants from schools with a quantile 1 to 3 (schools identified by the Department of Basic Education to be located at disadvantaged environments), do not need to pay the application fee.

Admission Requirements for Stellenbosch University 2019 Application Form :

  1. School-leaving qualifications

Candidates must have a National Senior Certificate (NSC) or school-leaving certificate from the Independent Examination Board as certified by Umalusi with admission to bachelor’s (which requires that candidates obtain a mark of at least 4 (50-59%) in each of four designated university admission subjects). Or a university exemption certificate issued by the South African Matriculation Board to students with other school qualifications, could be used.

  1. Minimum admission requirements for the Faculty’s degree programmes

In addition to the  school-leaving qualifications, candidates must have the admission requirements specified below for the following programmes: BSc Agri, BSc For, BSc Cons Ecol, BSc Food Sc and B Agri Admin include: an average performance level of 60% in the NSC or the IEB’s school-leaving certificate (excluding Life Orientation), or other school qualifications. With a score of 50% in English or Afrikaans (Home Language or First Additional Language) – 4 , 60% in Mathematics – 5 and  50% in Physical Sciences (Physics and Chemistry) – 4.

Admission requirements for the fields of study, BSc Agri with Soil Science and Chemistry as major subjects include: an average performance level of 60% in the NSC or the IEB’s school-leaving certificate (excluding Life Orientation), or other school qualification. With a 50% score in English or Afrikaans (Home Language or First Additional Language) – 4, 70% in Mathematics – 6 and 50% in Physical Sciences (Physics and Chemistry) – 4.

Admission requirements for the field of study, Wood and Wood Products Science include: an average performance level of 60% in the NSC or the IEB’s school-leaving certificate (excluding Life Orientation), or other school qualification. With a 50% score in English or Afrikaans (Home Language or First Additional Language) – 4, 70% in Mathematics – 6 and 60% in Physical Sciences (Physics and Chemistry) – 4.

Admission requirements for the field of study, B Agri (Elsenburg) include: a minimum result of 50% in English or Afrikaans (Home Language or First Additional Language) – 4, either a 50% in Mathematics – 4 or 60% in Mathematical Literacy – 5, 50% in Physical Sciences (Physics and Chemistry) – 4 (50%), a 50% in Life Sciences – 4 or 50% in Agricultural Sciences – 4.

As a prospective undergraduate student you must also write the National Benchmark Tests (NBT) and the Academic and Quantitative Literacy test (AQL). If  you apply for a programme in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences or in the Faculty of Law, you must take the NBT before the end of June. If you take Mathematics as a subject you also have to write the Mathematics (MAT) test. However, if you are taking Mathematical Literacy as a subject and you are applying for a BAgri programme at Elsenburg then you do not need to write the Mathematics test.

When applying for a course to study, it is advisable to indicate three programmes, because there are programmes with extensive selection processes. So in a case where, you are not accepted to your first choice, you could be considered for your second or third choice. However, you can be admitted to only one programme at a time. If you are initially admitted to your second choice and later on, get admitted to your first choice, admission to your second choice will lapse. If you would rather choose to study your second (or third) choice, you must inform he university administration desk by the end of September at [email protected] Immediately you decline an offer, it will expire.

All  programmes at the Stellenbosch University have selection criteria, except the following programmes as they have extensive selection processes: All programmes in the faculties of Medicine and Health Sciences, Engineering and Law; BA (Visual Arts); BA (Drama); BA (Music); BMus; BA (Sport Science); BSc (Sport Science); BEd (GenEd); BCom (Actuarial Science); and BCom (International Business). If your first programme choice was mentioned above then, programmes, it is recommended you make a second choice. And if both your first and second choices are listed among the selection programmes above, it is also recommended that you indicate a third choice which is not on the list.

Certain programmes such as BA, BSc, B Com or B Eng have various fields of study. For instance, in BA you can choose amongst other BA courses like Social Dynamics, Law or Language and Culture. You must indicate the programme, as well as the field of study, if you do not your application is incomplete. To change your programme choice, send an email containing your request to [email protected] Ater the closing date, you can only be considered only if there are places available in the programme.

In order to place your programme choice in the correct order, bear in mind the following:

The faculties of Medicine and Health Sciences, and Education will only consider your programme choice if it is indicated as your first choice. Selection of Law programmes such as BA (Law), BCom (Law) or BAccLLB will only be considered as your first programme choice. And the undergraduate four-year LLB programme, will only be considered if indicated as a first or a second choice on your application.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will consider only your first and second choices. Third choices will only be considered if, the first and second choices are on the list of selection programmes above. Also, you will only be considered for BA (Sport Science) if it is your first or second choice.

The faculty of Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) will consider all your programme choices in your order of preference. This condition does not apply for BCom (International Business), BCom (Actuarial Science) BAccLLB and BCom (Law). For these programmes, your application will be considered only as a first choice.

The faculty of Agri Sciences will consider your application for any programme as a first, second or third choice, except the BSc Food Science (or any programme with Food as a subject) and BScAgric (Animal Science) programmes. For these programmes, your application will only be considered  as a first or second choice.

The faculties of Sciences, Engineering, and Theology will consider your application for any programme as a first, second or third choice. However, the programmes available in Biological Sciences will not be considered as a third choice. You can apply for more than one B Eng programme at a time, since their selection criteria may differ. For instance, you may apply for a BEng (Civil) as first choice and BEng (Industrial) as second.



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