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Type: Public Institution
Motto: A sound education strengthens the spirit
Affiliated to: AAU; ACU; HESA
Established: 1918
No of Students: 30,000
No of Staff: 3,300
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Wim de Villiers
Campuses: Stellenbosch; Saldanha Bay; Tygerberg; Bellville; Worcester
Ranking: 5th in Africa (QS World University Rankings))
Website: https://www.sun.ac.za/
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Stellenbosch University is a public research university located in Stellenbosch, a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is as old as the University of Cape Town, having achieved university status in 1918. The university traces its history back to 1866, with the founding of the Stellenbosch Gymnasium. In 1874 it benefitted from a series of government acts that provided for colleges and universities, acquiring its first professo.. more

Stellenbosch University is a public research university located in Stellenbosch, a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is as old as the University of Cape Town, having achieved university status in 1918. The university traces its history back to 1866, with the founding of the Stellenbosch Gymnasium. In 1874 it benefitted from a series of government acts that provided for colleges and universities, acquiring its first professor and growing in size to accommodate the first MA degree programme in South Africa by 1878. It was renamed Stellenbosch College in 1881, then Victoria college in 1887, before being renamed Stellenbosch University when it acquired full university status in 1918. The university counts five campuses, in Stellenbosch, Tygerberg, Bellville Park, Saldanha and Worcester.

Stellenbosch University ranks 3rd o Webometrics’ ranking of South African Universities. Over its hundred years of existence, the university has established itself as a leading tertiary institution in South Africa, based on research output, student pass rates and rated scientists. It boasts the highest weighted research output per full-time academic staff member of all South African Universities and the second-highest number of scientists in South Africa. It equally has the highest student success rate in the country. Stellenbosch lays claim to only one of two faculties of Military Science in Africa, and the only one in South Africa. The university designed and manufactured Africa’s first microsatellite, SUNSAT, that was launched in 1999. It was the first African university to sign the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. The university counts over 30000 undergraduates and postgraduates, including over 4000 international students from over 100 countries.

Among its several administrative and academic facilities, Stellenbosch counts a University Library with collections around the campus outside of the main facility, as well as several satellite libraries. The University also has a Conservatory with two concert halls, and it is home to the internationally acclaimed Stellenbosch University Choir. The University’s Drama Department makes ample use of these facilities, which include a 430-seat theatre and an open-air amphitheatre. The Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden is the oldest such garden in South Africa. The university also counts sports facilities for the more than 30 competitive and recreational sports that are supported by the university; these include the multi-purpose Danie Craven Stadium, two large swimming pools, a multi-purpose centre for ceremonies and indoor sports, and numerous playing fields. It also counts 34 unisex and mixed-gender halls of residence.
Stellenbosch University has graduated a number of notable and influential alumni in its time, including Daniel François Malan (former Prime Minister of South Africa), Johann Rupert (South African billionaire), Edwin Cameron (Judge and activist), J. B. M. Hertzog (former Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa), Elsa Joubert (writer), Ntsiki Biyela (winemaker and businesswoman).

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Stellenbosch University counts 10 faculties with several departments, institutes and centres, as listed below.

Faculty of AgriSciences

Departments

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agronomy
  • Animal Sciences
  • Conservation Ecology
  • Food Science
  • Forest .. more

Stellenbosch University counts 10 faculties with several departments, institutes and centres, as listed below.

Faculty of AgriSciences

Departments

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agronomy
  • Animal Sciences
  • Conservation Ecology
  • Food Science
  • Forest and Wood Science
  • Genetics
  • Horticultural Sciences
  • Plant Pathology
  • Soil Science
  • Viticulture & Oenology
  • Experimental Farms​

Institutes and Centres

  • Institute for Plant Biotechnology (IPB)
  • The Institute for Wine Biotechnology (IWBT)
  • Centre for Food Safety (CFS)
  • African Wildlife Economy Institute (AWEI)
  • Southern Africa Food Lab (SAFL)

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

Departments

  • Drama
  • Music
  • Visual Arts
  • Languages:
  • African Languages
  • Afrikaans and Dutch
  • Ancient Studies
  • English
  • General Linguistics
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Social Sciences:
  • Geography and Environmental Studies
  • History
  • Information Science
  • Journalism
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology and Social Anthropology

Centres

  • Africa Open Institute
  • Centre for Applied Ethics
  • Centre for Bible Interpretation and Translation in Africa
  • Centre for Chinese Studies
  • Centre for Community Psychology Services
  • Centre for Geographical Analysis
  • Centre for International and Comparative Politics
  • Centre for Knowledge Dynamics and Decision-making
  • Centre for Research on Science and Technology (CREST)
  • Centre for Regional and Urban Innovation and Statistical Exploration (CRUISE)
  • Centre for Science and Technology Mass Communication (CENSCOM)
  • Centre for Theatre Research
  • Centre for Comic, Illustrative and Book Arts (CCIBA)
  • Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy
  • HUMARGA
  • Graduate School
  • Research Alliance for Disaster and Risk Reduction (RADAR)

Faculty of Economic & Management Sciences

Departments

  • Accountancy
  • Business Management
  • Economics
  • Industrial Psychology
  • Logistics
  • Statistics & Actuarial Science

Schools

  • School of Accountancy
  • School of Public Leadership (SPL)
  • US Business School (USB)

Centres & Institutes

  • Africa Centre for HIV/Aids Management
  • Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement
  • Centre for Corporate Governance
  • Centre for Statistical Consultation
  • Bureau for Economic Research
  • Sustainability Institute

Faculty of Education

Departments & Centres

  • Curriculum Studies
  • Education Policy Studies
  • Educational Psychology
  • Sports Science
  • SUNCEP

Faculty of Engineering

Departments

  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
  • Process (Chemical) Engineering

Faculty of Law

  • Department of Mercantile Law
  • Department of Private Law
  • Department of Public Law

Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

Departments

Anaesthesiology and Critical Care

Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

  1. Occupational Therapy
  2. Physiotherapy
  3. Speech-Language and Hearing Therapy

Global Health

  1. Health Systems and Public Health
  2. Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  3. Human Nutrition
  4. Ukwanda

Medicine

  1. General Internal Medicine
  2. Clinical Pharmacology
  3. Dermatology
  4. Endocrinology
  5. Gastroenterology
  6. Haematology
  7. Infectious diseases
  8. Cardiology
  9. Nephrology
  10. Neurology
  11. Pulmonology
  12. Rheumatology

Pathology

  1. Anatomical Pathology
  2. Chemical Pathology
  3. Forensic Medicine
  4. Haematological Pathology
  5. Medical Microbiology
  6. Medical Virology

Nursing and Midwifery

Biomedical Sciences

  1. Clinical Anatomy
  2. Medical Physiology
  3. Molecular Biology and Human Genetics

Family and Emergency Medicine

  1. Family Medicine and Primary Care
  2. Emergency Medicine

Medical Imaging and Clinical Oncology

  1. Nuclear medicine
  2. Radiodiagnosis
  3. Radiation Oncology
  4. Medical Physics
  5. Radiobiology

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Paediatrics and Child Health

Psychiatry

Sport Science

Surgical Sciences

  1. Surgery
  2. Cardiothoracic Surgery
  3. Neurosurgery
  4. Ophthalmology
  5. Otorhinolaryngology
  6. Orthopaedic Surgery
  7. Paediatric Surgery
  8. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  9. Urology

Faculty of Military Science  

  • BMil in Human and Organisation Development
  • BMil in Organisation and Resource Management
  • BMil Technology
  • BMil in Technology and Defence Management
  • BMil in Security and Africa Studies
  • MMil in Military Geography
  • MMil in Military History
  • MMil in Military Science (Research)
  • MMil in Military Strategy
  • MMil in Organisation and Resource Management
  • MMil in Security and Africa Studies
  • MMil in Technology
  • MPhil in Security Management
  • PhD in Military Science

Faculty of Science

  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Department of Botany and Zoology
  • Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science
  • Department of Earth Sciences
  • Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • Applied Mathematics Division
  • Computer Science Division
  • Mathematics Division
  • Department of Microbiology
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Physiological Sciences

Institutes and Centres

  • African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)
  • ​Bureau for Industrial Mathematics at SU
  • ​Centre for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • ​Centre for Human Performance Sciences
  • ​DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (CIB)
  • ​Institute of Applied Computer Science
  • ​Laser Research Institute
  • ​Institute of Theoretical Physics
  • ​National Institute for Theoretical Physics (NITheP)
  • South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA)
  • ​Stellenbosch University Water Institute

Faculty of Theology  

  • BTh (Bachelor of Theology)
  • BDiv (Bachelor of Divinity)
  • MTh (Master of Theology)
  • MPhil (Master of Philosophy in Religion and Culture)
  • PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

 

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Admission Requirements
Stellenbosch University offers admission into undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

Undergraduate requirements
In order to study at the university applicants are required to:
♦ South African school system: Have obtained a National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by Umalusi with.. more

Admission Requirements
Stellenbosch University offers admission into undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

Undergraduate requirements
In order to study at the university applicants are required to:
♦ South African school system: Have obtained a National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by Umalusi with admission to Bachelor’s degree studies, which means that you must obtain a mark of at least 50% in each of four school subjects.
♦ International school system: Final school results from the International Curriculum (Cambridge International, International Baccalaureate, etc.), including School of Tomorrow. (A-levels, AS-levels, IB diploma and GCSE/IGCSE/O-levels)
♦ Have written the National Benchmark Tests (NBTs). Please note that when you apply for a programme in the faculty of Law and of Medicine and Health Sciences, the NBT’s need to be written before 30 June if you want to be considered for selection.
♦ Also meet further requirements specific to the programme(s) of your choice as set out in the programme outlines under the various faculties

**Large numbers of prospective students apply for programmes at SU. Even though you may meet the admission requirements of a programme, you are not guaranteed admission to the programme of your choice. Specific requirements as set out by the various faculties can be obtained from the University’s website.

Postgraduate requirements
ACADEMIC YEAR
Stellenbosch University’s academic year follows the calendar year.
Taught postgraduate programmes usually commence in February each year with a limited number of programmes commencing in July. Where a postgraduate programme consists of coursework it is important for candidates who have been admitted to arrive in time for the commencement of the programme.
**Classes usually commence in late January or early February (or late July).
**Late arrivals cannot be accommodated.
New registrations for masters (by research) and doctoral programmes must be finalised by the end of March or in some cases by the end of July each year.

EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS
Acquaint yourself with the postgraduate programme offering at SU. Ensure that you meet the minimum admission requirements of your programme of interest.

TAKE NOTE OF THE CLOSING DATES
Applications:
Applications for each new enrolment cycle open on 01 March each year. Application for admission to postgraduate degree programmes for both South African and International candidates are subject to faculty-specific closing dates.
Bursaries:
Bursary application closing dates are available here
Financial assistance:
30 June: Applications close for National Research Foundation (NRF) funding.
31 August: Applications close for Stellenbosch University financial assistance.
No late applications will be considered.

SELECT YOUR PROGRAMME
As a postgraduate candidate, you are only able to apply for one programme. Submitting your completed application form and meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission.
You may change your programme choice, provided that the closing dates allow for it by sending an email with your request to the Client Services Centre via info@sun.ac.za. Use your SU student number as a reference.

How to Apply
You can apply quickly and easily using the e-application available on the university’s website (https://web-apps.sun.ac.za/eAansoek2/alg.jsp?Tl=1)
Paper application forms are available on campus for those without internet access.
♦ Step 1: Before you apply
Make sure that you understand the University’s Admission Policy, and the admission and selection criteria of the different faculties before you apply. The policy, criteria and guidelines are available at the Undergraduate Prospective Student website at www.maties.com, or you can contact Client Service on +27 21 808 9111 or info@sun.ac.za. For postgraduate studies, please visit the Prospective Postgraduate Student website at www.sun.ac.za/pgstudies.
♦ Step 2: Take note of the closing dates
Undergraduate dates for all students, including international students:
1 April: Applications open for financial assistance at Stellenbosch University.
30 June: Applications close for all undergraduate programmes.
30 June: Residence applications close.
1 August: Applications open for NSFAS bursaries.
31 August: Applications close for Stellenbosch University financial assistance.
30 November: Applications close for NSFAS bursaries.
15 December: Applications close for Diploma in Public Accountability (Telematic Education).
Postgraduate closing dates for all students:
Visit the Prospective Postgraduate Student website (www.sun.ac.za/pgstudies) for a list of the closing dates of all the postgraduate programmes offered for the 2020 intake year.
Closing dates for financial assistance:
31 August: Applications close for Stellenbosch University financial assistance.

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Stellenbosch is a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa, situated about 50 kilometres East of Cape Town. It is the second oldest European settlement in the province, after Cape Town. It became known as the City of Oaks due to the large number of oak trees that were planted by its founder to grace the streets and homesteads. It was founded in 1679 by the Governor of the Cape Colony, .. more

Stellenbosch is a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa, situated about 50 kilometres East of Cape Town. It is the second oldest European settlement in the province, after Cape Town. It became known as the City of Oaks due to the large number of oak trees that were planted by its founder to grace the streets and homesteads. It was founded in 1679 by the Governor of the Cape Colony, Simon van der Stel, naming the town after himself. By 1682 it had become an independent authority and the seat of a magistrate in 1685. It became the centre of the South African wine industry following the settlement of Huguenot refugees in the area after 1690. The town survived a fire in 1710. By 1859 education grew a lot in Stellenbosch, and by 1918 the University of Stellenbosch was inaugurated. The town has an urban population of over 77000 people, with 50% of the population speaking Afrikaans as their home language, 28% speaking isiXhosa and 8% speaking English. The town’s climate is hot in summer and cool in winter. Average temperatures go from 10.6 degrees Celsius to 22.3 degrees Celsius.

Stellenbosch is the primary location for viticulture and viticulture research. The Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek valleys form the Cape Winelands, the larger of the two main wine growing regions in South Africa. The Wine Route established in 1971 is a world-renowned and popular touristic destination. The city is a warm-weather training venue for cyclists, track and field squads and triathletes. The Stellenbosch Sports Academy opened its doors in 2012, and it hosts several rugby teams on a permanent basis. The town is home to one of the leading universities in South Africa, Stellenbosch University, but also several other colleges and universities. The town is home to a Technopark – a modern science park situated near the Stellenbosch Golf Course.
With its history as one of the oldest towns in the area, and with the presence of several high-profile colleges and universities, Stellenbosch is a suitable location for students looking to further their education.

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Type: Public Institution
Motto: A sound education strengthens the spirit
Affiliated to: AAU; ACU; HESA
Established: 1918
No of Students: 30,000
No of Staff: 3,300
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Wim de Villiers
Campuses: Stellenbosch; Saldanha Bay; Tygerberg; Bellville; Worcester
Ranking: 5th in Africa (QS World University Rankings))
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