The name Stellenbosch and education go hand-in-hand.
Stellenbosch University is recognised as one of the four top research universities in South Africa and takes pride in the fact that it has one of the country’s highest proportions of postgraduate students, of which almost ten percent are international students.
Students flock to the town not only for its reputation as home to one of the top universities in the country, but also because of the unique village setting and surrounding mountains, valleys, vineyards, orchards, streams and waterfalls that create a peaceful and unique atmosphere.
Stellenbosch University lies in the picturesque Jonkershoek Valley and its roots can be traced back to the 17th century. The University has since grown into the internationally-recognised institution of excellence it is today, with more than 24 000 students, 800 lecturers and some 50 research and service bodies.
The University has ten faculties, of which eight; Agri-sciences, Arts & Social Sciences, Education, Engineering, Law, Science, Theology and the larger part of Economic and Management Sciences; are located on the main campus in Stellenbosch. 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.
Stellenbosch University is a vibrant melting pot of different cultures. 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. There are also a number of well-known and established student activities, such as RAG, that add to the unique experience of being a ‘Matie’, as a student of Stellenbosch is affectionately known.
Courses available at various 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, to name a few.