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Stellenbosch University

Bachelor's programmes

Law (5)
Journalism & Media (1)

About

History

Starting out with four faculties (Science, Education, Arts and Social Sciences, and AgriSciences), 503 students and 40 lecturing staff on 2 April 1918, SU today is home to 10 faculties, a vibrant and cosmopolitan community of more than 30 000 students and 3000 staff members, spread over five campuses.

Education

SU has ten faculties: AgriSciences, Economic and Management Sciences, Medicine and Health Sciences, Engineering, Military Sciences, Arts and Social Sciences, Science, Education, Law and Theology.

Research

The University is amongst South Africa's leading tertiary institutions based on research output, student pass rates and rated scientists, and is recognised internationally as an academic institution of excellence.

With 18 research chairs under the NRF South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChi), the University is regarded as a leader in the fields of biomedical tuberculosis research and management, wine biotechnology, animal sciences and mathematical biosciences. Another SARChi chair, in the field of invasion biology, is shared between SU and the University of Venda. This constitutes but one of SU's many partnerships, both local and international.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
427 -22
2019
405 -44
2018
361
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
-
2019
301 50
2018
351
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2019
-
2018
401
2017
401
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2020
-
2019
341 18
2018
359
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

Housing services

Stellenbosch University can accommodate about 6 500 students in approximately 31 university residences and other university accommodation on the Stellenbosch Campus. The five residences on the Tygerberg Campus, where the Faculty of Health Sciences is situated, house a further 1 000 students. Most Maties studying on these two campuses (there are more than 30 000 students in total) make use of private accommodation in Stellenbosch and its environs.

Library services

We serve the researchers, lecturers, staff and registered students of the different Faculties & Departments on the Stellenbosch campus.

ICT services

  • Connection to wired network at speeds of up to 1000Mbps.
  • Connection to Secure and Maties WiFi networks at speeds of up to 54 Mbps.

Medical services

We strive to cultivate a healthy campus for staff and students, offering an integrated and comprehensive service for a range of health concerns.You can find our clinics on both Stellenbosch​ and Tygerberg​ campuses.  Office hours are Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 17:00, including University holidays.

Student Life

Campus life

The main campus in the picturesque university town of Stellenbosch in the heart of the Western Cape winelands is quite an attraction for students. Stellenbosch is situated about 50 km from Cape Town and just 30 km from Cape Town International Airport.

Eight faculties are on the main campus, with the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences situated on Tygerberg campus adjacent to the Tygerberg academic hospital, and the Faculty of Military Sciences – the only one of its kind in South Africa and one of only two in Africa – based at the South African Defence Force Military Academy in Saldanha. 

Sports facilities

Stellenbosch University has a long and proud sporting tradition and Maties Sport plans to use this as a strong platform from which to launch an exciting future. This is also clear in its vision: “Drawing on tradition – imagining the future”.

Maties Sport has created five operational units to streamline its activities and to place the focus where it matters most. These units are:

  • The High Performance Sports Unit 
  • The Centre for Human Performance Sciences 
  • The Recreation and Active Lifestyles Unit
  • Maties Gymnasium
  • The Events and Communication Unit

Student Reviews

Stellenbosch University Engineering Undergraduate
Taskeen rated 4 out of 5 stars

The overall study experience was amazing. However, due to the academic demand form the engineering programme, I didnt have time for much else. Overall a good experience!!

Stellenbosch University life
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Stellenbosch University offers a range of quality degrees that are presented by enthusiastic and committed academics. Many lecturers are from other developing countries in Africa as well as others from Europe and America. This melting pot of cultures creates the opportunity for students to learn to navigate between different beliefs and learn to appreciate what you do not...

Stellenbosch student life
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The student life in Stellenbosch is very rich and exciting.

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