The Langenhoven Student Centre, or "Neelsie," is the social heartbeat of the campus. The modern center offers students a variety of commercial, financial and entertainment services. A wide range of societies-from cultural and political to religious and recreational-contributes greatly to the bustling atmosphere on campus. Joining a club or a society is a good way for international students to integrate with local students. The International Student Organization of Stellenbosch (ISOS), a society specifically for international students, supports and facilitates international student integration. The university prides itself on its outstanding sporting achievements. There are more than 20 competitive sport clubs including: basketball, cricket, cycling, diving, hockey, judo, parachuting, rowing, rugby, and soccer.
Facts & Figures
Founded in 1866
3,000 Staff Members
Located in the Western Cape of South Africa, Stellenbosch was founded in 1679. However, it is not simply a town of dignified historic buildings and tree-lined avenues, it is also a modern city, a bustling center for commerce, agriculture and education with the campus as an integral part. The town has moved with the times while maintaining its rural character and preserving its historic heritage.
Stellenbosch is 12 miles from beautiful beaches and 34 miles from Cape Town. The active nature-lover can enjoy the hiking trails in the surrounding mountain ranges or even a walk in the town's nature reserve. Stellenbosch also offers a wide variety of cultural activities in which the university's departments of Music, Drama and Creative Arts play an important role. The Stellenbosch wine region, the Napa Valley of South Africa, is one of the oldest in the southern hemisphere, and certainly regarded as the most beautiful.
1. Where can I learn more about studying at Stellenbosch?
For more general information, be sure to check out Stellenbosch University's website
2. Will there be an orientation when I arrive?
Yes! The orientation is compulsory and will offer you the opportunity to be introduced to the university and get to know other students before classes start. You can find more information on Stellenbosch's orientation
3. Is airport pick-up available?
Yes! Once you have booked your flight/bus ticket, you can arrange for an airport pickup free of charge by coordinating with the university.
4. Is there anything that can assist with the transition?
Get a Matie Buddy! The Matie Buddy Programme is designed to put you in contact with more experienced Stellenbosch University students who want to help you out with your arrival in South Africa. They, along with the international office, will provide you with all the information and help you might need before, during and after your settling in Stellenbosch.
UNC Charlotte students will first need to complete an Office of Education Abroad (OEA) application in order to receive approval to study abroad. To receive access to an application, students should follow the required steps listed on OEA's website, which outline the application process
under the "Fall, Spring & Year-long Exchange and Affiliate Programs" heading.
Application requirements may include (and are subject to change):
• Personal statement in English
• Personal statement in host country language (only applicable for students taking intermediate/advance language courses abroad)
• UNC Charlotte transcript
• 2 academic letters of recommendation
• 1 language evaluation (only applicable for students taking intermediate/advance language courses abroad)
• Disciplinary record clearance
• $135 application fee and deposit
Not all requirements may be listed above. Once students receive access to the application, more instructions can be found to assist the student throughout the process. After receiving approval to study abroad from OEA, students will be required to apply directly to the host university. OEA will provide instructions for how to complete this supplemental application after approval. Once the supplemental application is reviewed by the host university, students will be notified of their formal acceptance.
This exchange program is open to currently enrolled UNC Charlotte sophomores, juniors and seniors, with a minimum GPA of 2.5. All students who participate in a study abroad program are required to be in good academic and disciplinary standing upon applying and prior to departure.
Courses are offered in English, Afrikaans or the T-option (a combination of English and Afrikaans in the same class with notes available in English).
1. IPSU (International Programmes Stellenbosch University) courses
2. Mainstream courses
Preparatory Afrikaans Intensive Course:
Students can choose to enroll in an intensive Afrikaans language course for an additional fee prior to the start of the program
Important Things to Remember:
- Stellenbosch has two sets of course offerings available to international students: IPSU (International Programmes Stellenbosch University) and Mainstream
- International students can choose either IPSU or Mainstream courses, or a combination of the two
- Academic departments at Stellenbosch University reserve the right to determine whether students meet the requirements for the mainstream courses
- All IPSU courses are undergraduate courses
- Exchange students are unable to enroll in classes found in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Department of Accounting.
UNC Charlotte Course Equivalencies & Credit
OEA is not responsible for determining UNC Charlotte course equivalencies. Students will work with the corresponding UNC Charlotte academic departments in order to understand what UNC Charlotte credit they will receive for the courses they take abroad prior to departure. The Department Chair of the academic department will determine this (not the student's Academic Advisor). More instructions can be found in the student's study abroad application and will be communicated by OEA once they begin the study abroad process. It's important that students have as many host courses as possible approved by their academic department(s) prior to going abroad in order to have flexibility when registering for courses at the host university. Courses abroad are not guaranteed (i.e. not all courses abroad may be open to international students, some courses may only be offered certain semesters, courses may be full, etc.).
All courses and earned grades from abroad will be reported on the student's UNC Charlotte transcript when they return. Once the official host university transcript is received by OEA, all grades from abroad will be translated into A-F letter grades. This process can take anywhere from 1- 6 months after the end of the student's program. Students cannot earn pass/fail credit abroad (there are very few exceptions to this). Grades from abroad will be factored into the student's UNC Charlotte cumulative GPA.
Please see the following information regarding the typical month range that students can expect to be abroad with this program. Please note that this is a general time frame and could differ per student, per program.
Fall: July to December
Spring: January to June
Please refer to Stellenbosch's Academic Calendar
for specific dates.
Housing is not guaranteed
and is on a first come, first serve basis
- University-administered housing
- Private housing
Please refer to Stellenbosch's Accommodation page for a full list of housing options.
Housing Application Process
If housing is available on or off campus abroad and if the housing application process is facilitated by the host university, the student will be contacted directly by the host university with further instructions. This will occur after the student has been approved to go abroad by OEA and likely after they have been accepted by the host university. Housing is not arranged for the student by OEA nor UNC Charlotte. All students will have to apply for on or off campus housing through the host university, if applicable and/or available, or will need to secure their own private accommodations (if allowed). Housing is not paid to OEA nor UNC Charlotte. Housing will be paid to the applicable entity (host university, landlord, apartment complex, etc.).
Students should consider their housing arrangements before and after they study abroad. For example, if a student currently lives off-campus and have signed a lease for a year but will be going abroad during that year, they should be prepared to arrange someone to take over their lease or understand that their lease likely cannot be broken without a fee if they go abroad during that time. Similarly, while students are abroad and before they come back, it's important to determine where they will be living when they return from studying abroad.
Tuition & Fees
Student Accounts at UNC Charlotte will bill students for full-time tuition & fees according to their in-state or out-of-state residency rate prior to the start of the semester they will be abroad (according to UNC Charlotte's academic calendar). Students are expected to be the equivalent of full-time at UNC Charlotte while abroad. This means students should be taking the equivalent of 12 UNC Charlotte credit hours for undergraduates or 9 UNC Charlotte credit hours for graduate students. Students are not also paying tuition and fees to the host university while abroad.
The following are typical expenses incurred by students studying abroad. For more information regarding Cost Estimate Sheets, please contact an Education Abroad Advisor:
- Roundtrip airfare
- International Health Insurance
- Personal expenses (additional meals, traveling, cultural activities, etc.)
- Application fee
- Study abroad fee
- Visa (if applicable)
Students are eligible to use financial aid towards their education abroad expenses. Make an appointment with your financial aid advisor to ask any financial aid-related questions. Please see our financial aid page for more information.
Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Please see our scholarship website for more information.
All students must have a valid passport before they leave for their program. You can apply for a passport at your local post office or at Union Station
located in UNC Charlotte's Student Union.
OEA is not qualified nor legally able to disseminate visa advice or assist with visa requirements. However, below is basic information regarding visas for this country if you are a U.S. citizen. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain a visa before departure if necessary. Please visit the embassy's
website for more information.
You do not
need a visa to enter the country.
need a visa if you are in the country more than 90 days.
- You should apply to the nearest South African consulate in person
at least 4 weeks prior to departure incorporating travel arrangements.
- A residence permit is similar to a visa.
U.S. Department of State
If you are a U.S. citizen, please see the U.S. Department of State's
website for more information regarding visas. Once on the travel.state.gov website, scroll to the bottom and choose "U.S. Passports & International Travel." At the top, choose the "Country Information" tab and type the country you are going to. Scroll down to "Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements" and read thoroughly. Note:
travel.state.gov will most likely take you to the consulate or embassy's actual website.
Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare. Students should not purchase airfare until they have been both approved by the Office of Education Abroad and have been accepted by the host university. The official start date of the program (to include any mandatory on-site orientation or events) and end date of the program (to include the last day of exams and/or any other mandatory events) will be communicated to the student by the host university once accepted.
Office of Education Abroad
College of Health & Human Services (CHHS) 256
(704) 687-7747 | fax (704) 687-1661