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University & Education



Each year, students from around the globe flock to the town not only for its reputation as a world-class centre for learning, but also because of the unique village setting and rich, cultural heritage. The University of Stellenbosch is recognised as one of the top four research universities in South Africa and has one of the country’s highest proportions of postgraduate students, of which almost ten percent are international students.

10 Facts about Stellenbosch University

1. The University is recognised as one of the top four research universities in South Africa

2.The University has one of the country’s highest proportions of postgraduate students, of which almost ten percent are international students.

3.The whole town is known as a “university town” and is surrounded by mountains, valleys, vineyards, orchards, streams and waterfalls.

4. The University currently has more than 24 000 students, 800 lecturers and some 50 research and service bodies.

5. The University has ten faculties, of which eight are located on the main campus in Stellenbosch; Agri-sciences, Arts & Social Sciences, Education, Engineering, Law, Science, Theology and the larger part of Economic and Management Sciences.

6. The Faculty of Health Sciences is situated on the Tygerberg campus and the Bellville Park campus is home to the Business School and the school’s Executive Development Programme. The coastal town of Saldanha serves as the base for the Faculty of Military Sciences.

7. Various student organisations can be found on the four campuses and they cater for a wide range of interests such as culture, politics, religion, spiritual concern and relaxation. 

8. The University is famous for well-known and established student activities, including the yearly RAG, which is a highlight on every students calendar.

9. Courses available at various off-campus institutions in the town include wine, golf, tennis, rugby, scuba diving, swimming, design, photography, language, cuisine, health & wellness, beauty, theatre, creative arts, fine art, pottery & ceramics, weaving, sculpture and computer technology.

10. Students at Stellenbosch University are referred to as “Maties”   For more information visit the Stellenbosch University website. Follow Stellenbosch University on Twitter and like their  Facebook page to stay up-to-date with everything “Maties”. 

For more information on the University, courses and entry requirements, visit their website.

Boland College is an award-winning and SABS approved leader in Further Education and Training in the Boland region.

Schools of Stellenbosch

The founding of the first institution for higher education for the Dutch-Afrikaans section of the population led to Stellenbosch becoming the home of a complex of educational institutions. These schools have historical value and have played a big part in the local community.

The town boasts several top schools that include nine secondary and fourteen primary schools.

Rhenish Girls’ School, 1860;

Stellenbosch Gymnasium, 1866, currently known as Paul Roos Gymnasium;

Stellenbosch ‘College’, 1880-1887, which later became Victoria College, 1887-1918, and eventually Stellenbosch University, 1918;

Bloemhof Girls’ School, 1875;

Lückhoff School, 1935, was named after Rev. Paul Daniel Lückhoff, a missionary who did extensive work amongst the slaves in Stellenbosch from 1829.

Other senior schools are Cloetesville High, Hoërskool Stellenbosch, Kayamandi High, Stellenzicht Secondary, Stellenbosch Waldorf School, International English School and Stellenbosch Hills.


Stellenbosch is South Africa’s culinary capital and regularly features among the

Top 10 Restaurants in SA, playing host to over 80 restaurants offering international cuisine to traditional Cape fare. The town is home to the Institute of Culinary Arts, South African Chefs Academy and Private Hotel School. Culinary courses are also presented at Boland College, Bergzicht Training Centre and Stellenbosch University.


In this renowned centre for education and learning, there are several design schools and academies for the study of graphic design, photography, jewellery, fashion, visual arts, sculpture, art, ceramics, and interior design, to name a few.




English/Study at One World Language School, Stellenbosch

Language courses include: 

  • Intensive and General English courses 
  • Univeraity Academic Access Program 
  • IELTS and TOEFL preparation courses 
  • University accredited TEFL training course 
  • English for business and one-to-one tuition 
  • Tailor made English courses for any industry 



A number of services are also offered to make your stay in Stellenbosch more enjoyable: 

  • Adventure holiday packages 
  • Sight-seeing activity package 
  • Visa/study permit assistance 
  • Accommodation options: (1) host family, (2) self-catering, (3) backpackers 
  • Airport transfers

To apply or enquire please contact:


Sport is an integral part of life in this university town that has delivered top achievers in almost every sporting discipline. Sports schools and academies offer training courses and some offer accommodation. These include rugby (also the development of youth rugby through coaching clinics at schools), tennis, athletics, swimming and gymnastics.  There are also courses on sports leadership, training and development. The university caters for over 30 competitive and recreational sports.


Stellenbosch 360

Friends of Stellenbosch


T: +27 (0)21 883 3584
F: +27 (0)21 882 9550

Information Office:
36 Market Steet
Stellenbosch, 7600