CIEE Stellenbosch University

  • Location: Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors or seniors.


Stellenbosch, in the picturesque Jonkershoek Valley in the heart of the Western Cape Winelands, (only 30 miles from Cape Town) is a town where international students can quickly assimilate into the local culture while still having access to the many opportunities that the Western Cape has to offer. Like Cape Town, Stellenbosch is a mixture of First World and Third World. The oak-lined streets filled with whitewashed Cape Dutch architecture provide a comfortable atmosphere in which to engage in your understanding of the broader South African society.

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  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition and room to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program.

  • Requirements

    Juniors with lower than 3.0 may also be considered. CIEE Study Center applicants are required to complete a Stellenbosch University (SU) application, provided by CIEE. In addition, students must submit a résumé as part of the SU application. Both the SU application and the résumé can be downloaded from the CIEE site and uploaded upon completion.

    Academic Credit

    All students are required to take Politics and Cultural Change in Contemporary South Africa, in addition to four additional courses for a total of five Stellenbosch University courses. The recommended course load is 15 credits.. Under Haverford’s SAB policy, students are required to take a language course for the duration of their stay (i.e., Afrikaans or Xhosu). Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


    Participants may notice striking differences between the US educational system and the Stellenbosch system. The University allows students greater responsibility and initiative in a less structured environment. Courses may involve relatively few contact hours each week, since they are intended as a starting point and focus for a great deal of individual study. Students are allowed to follow their own independent study program. The South African academic year runs from early February through late November/early December with two semesters. Many University courses are yearlong and run from the U.S. spring through the U.S. fall semester. CIEE students are also required to participate in CIEE sponsored field trips and excursions. These outings are included in the program fee. Program participants are required to enroll in at least one course with speciSic African content or one that offers a distinctive African perspective in their area of interest. Alternatively, students can enroll in the independent study option.

    Course Highlights

    Afrikaans Language, Culture of South Africa, Drama, Economics, Engineering & Technology, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, Independent Study, Information Science, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion & Theology, Sociology, Xhosa Language

    Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

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  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: Mandatory. Students participate in programs organized by CIEE as well as Stellenbosch University for international students.

    Number of Students: 10 to 15 students participate each semester.

    Housing/Meal Plans

    Apartment-style university residence halls or dormitory-style university residence halls with CIEE, international, and South African students.

    Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program. 


Students who are applying to study in South Africa must have both parents sign the Parent Waiver on the Travel Resources website.  We also strongly suggest that parents of students studying abroad, especially in South Africa, also have valid passports.

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  • Semester/Year
  • Semester I: Mid-July to late November
  • Semester II: Late January to mid-June
  • Year: Mid-July to mid-June
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: February 5
  • Semester II: September 15
  • Year: February 5
Faculty Contact

Zolani Ngwane