Stellenbosch University is located in the Winelands in the Western Cape, about 50kms outside of Cape Town. There are around 29,000 students and 3,000 permanent staff members spread across five different campuses. Established in 1918, Stellenbosch University is one of the leading tertiary institutes in South Africa. The university’s main campus is located in Stellenbosch, and then there are the Tygerberg campus, the Bellville Park campus, the Saldanha campus, and the Worcester campus. There are a total of 10 different faculties. These are Agri-Sciences, Economic and Management Sciences, Medicine and Health Sciences, Engineering, Military Sciences, Arts and Social Sciences, Science, Education, Law, and Theology. Eight of these faculties are located on the main campus, while the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is located on the Tygerberg campus, and the Faculty of Military Sciences is located in Saldanha. The Faculty of Military Sciences is the only one of its kind in South Africa!
Apply to Stellenbosch University
You can apply to Stellenbosch University on their website, as well as by completing a hard-copy of the application forms and sending it to them.
- Look through all the course options, and choose the one you want to apply to.
- You need to make sure that you meet the entrance criteria for that programme. Some of the programmes have an extensive selection process.
- Make sure that you get your application in before the closing date.
- Stellenbosch University will then review your application once they’ve received it, along with your documents.
- You are able to track your application status by logging in to the Application Portal.
- If you receive an offer from Stellenbosch University, you will need to accept it before the deadline.
- Once you have accepted the offer, you will need to sign the Student Contract and then register.
You have to make sure that you have the minimum requirements for a bachelor’s degree. These requirements are:
- At least 30% in English or Afrikaans
- At least 50%-59% in four other subjects
You might be required to take the NBT (National Benchmark Test). This is an assessment that measures your language and numeracy skills. Only a select few students will be required to write the NBTs – School of Tomorrow applicants and Faculty of Law applicants.
You can apply to a maximum of three different programmes in any faculty. If you qualify, there’s a chance that you will receive an offer for more than one programme. You need to accept one of the offers by the 30th of September.
You are able to apply online to Stellenbosch University. You will need to include your email address as well as your contact number so that they are able to contact you. Once you have created your profile, the system will prompt you to proceed with your application. You will also have an email with instructions on applying if you prefer to make the application at another time. Complete the application carefully and accurately.
If you are unable to apply online, you can contact Client Services via email or phone and request a paper application. You will need to submit your paper application and supporting documents to reach the university before the closing date.
Don’t submit a paper application as well as an online application, as the university will only look at the online application.
When uploading the supporting documents, make sure they are clear and easy to read. If you apply online, the system will automatically prompt you when documents are required.
Once you have completed your application and submitted that along with your supporting documents, Stellenbosch University will review your application. You will receive an email that confirms receipt of your application. These emails that you receive will also be available on the Applicant Portal. You will be contacted via phone or email to be told whether your application was successful.
There is a chance that you are ‘conditionally admitted’. This means that you will first need to pass your final exam, and should your results meet the admission criteria for that programme, then Stellenbosch University will be able to make you a final offer.
If you have declined an offer and want to change your mind, you will need to contact Client Services, and they will decide if they want to consider your request.
Once you have accepted an offer and signed and submitted a Student Contract, you will be able to register.
The documents needed to apply to Stellenbosch University are as follows:
If you are in your final year at school:
- Your final Grade 11 results
If you have completed your final school year:
- Your National Senior Certificate (NSC)
- Additional subject and rewrite results
If you are currently in a tertiary institution (including Stellenbosch University):
- Final school-leaving results
- Proof of registration
- Full academic transcript
Other required documents include:
- Student support form (if you are a student with a disability and need extra support)
- Faculty specific documents
- Proof of payment (non-refundable R100 application fee if you pay offline)
- Signed Student Contract (once you have accepted an offer)
Documents can be uploaded in any of the following formats:
Pdf, Doc, Docx, Jpg, Jpeg and Png.
These are the application dates to remember:
Undergraduate Applications: 6th of April to 31st of July
Financial Assistance Applications: 3rd of May to 31st of August
NSFAS Bursary Applications: 1st of September to 30th of November
Diploma in Public Accountability Applications: 6th of April to 15th of December
Stellenbosch University encourages students to register online. If you aren’t able to register online, then you will be able to register via email. There is a contact list online with contact details of who you should contact to register via email. If you are unable to register online or via email, then you can register on campus. You will be able to register in the computer user area in the Administration A Building on the Stellenbosch campus. There are separate registration instructions for the Tygerberg Campus.
- Master’s and doctoral students: 18th of January to 31st of March
- Undergraduate senior and postgraduate students: 25th of January to 11th of March
- New first-year undergraduate students: 1st of March
The documents required for registration are as follows:
- National Senior Certificate results
- Academic transcript if you studied at another university
- For non-South African citizens, the following documents are also required:
- Certified copy of your passport
- Certified copy of your study visa or proof of Permanent Residence in South Africa
- Proof of South African medical aid
- Proof of payment
Stellenbosch University makes things simple for students by having plenty of information on their website. There are steps on how to apply and how to register, and all the information is laid out in a clear and concise manner. Students will also have no trouble finding somebody to contact if they struggle with application or registration.