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Study Abroad | Stellenbosch

South Africa | Stellenbosch University | January Term 2025
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Spend January Term in the scenic city of Stellenbosch, South Africa, with AIFS! Study photography or business at Stellenbosch University, located in the winelands of the Western Cape.

What’s Included

The AIFS inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help students make the most of their time abroad.

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  • Tuition

    3 or 5 semester credits depending on course selection

  • Courses

    Courses in Travel Photography and Doing Business in South Africa

  • Housing

    Single room in a shared student residence on campus or student lodges

  • Meals

    Self-catering in Stellenbosch (all programs). Photography students receive breakfast and dinner while traveling

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    Visits to sites such as Table Mountain, Robben Island and the Cape of Good Hope

  • Welcome Event

    To help you get to know your classmates better, familiarize you with the local area and advise you about your stay

  • On-Site Support

    To help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance

  • Green Initiative

Additional Options & Opportunities

  • AIFS Flight Package

    Round trip flights U.S.-Cape Town-U.S.

    Round trip transfers between the airport and campus overseas

Program Details: Study Abroad | Stellenbosch Discovering South Africa through Business and Photography


January 2, 2025January 18, 2025


January Term


Stellenbosch University

Application Deadline

October 1, 2024

Inclusive Fees



Open to Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Minimum of 2.7 GPA

Additional requirements may vary by course selection. See Academic section below.

Visa Requirements

A visa may be required for this program. Please contact your advisor or log into your portal for more information.

Areas of Interest

  • Business
  • International Business
  • Photography
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Global Themes

  • Arts, Culture and Creative Industries
  • Business, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
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AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for students on this program, with the following academic options available:

Since its founding in 1918, Stellenbosch University (SU) has evolved into a multilingual melting- pot of cultures. Today, close to 28,000 students representing more than 110 nationalities attend the university. The university is among South Africa’s leading institutions based on research output, student success and rated scientists, and is recognized internationally as an academic institution of excellence. 

Its campus includes state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly facilities and technology. 

  • Business
  • International Business
  • Photography
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Choose between two programs each worth 3 or 5 credits: travel photography or Doing Business in South Africa.

This program begins with site visits in and around Stellenbosch, followed by a 6-day practical component traveling through the Western Cape’s scenic Garden Route.  Accompanied by university faculty, you will improve your photography skills and gain practical experience.

This program draws together leading experts to look at Africa’s past and present development performance and academic outlook and aims at giving students knowledge about the social, environmental and ethical considerations which affect such businesses.

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Living Abroad


Students on all programs will live in a shared student residence on Stellenbosch University campus. Meals are not provided. The residence includes:

  • Single room
  • Access to kitchen facilities to prepare food


While travelling the Photography Program students will stay in student lodges. The lodges include:

  • Multi bedded dorm rooms
  • Breakfast and dinner


Surrounded by rolling vineyards and dramatic mountains, Stellenbosch, only around 30 minutes from Cape Town, offers the best in Western Cape warmth and hospitality.


Restaurants are plentiful in Stellenbosch. The prices are competitive, and the variety is great!


South Africa’s constitution recognizes 12 official languages, which is among the highest number of any country in the world!

AIFS in Stellenbosch Director, January Term Program

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Hestea de Wet

Hallo! I’ve been the Director here in Stellenbosch since 2003 and I previously worked in the International Office handling student accommodations. I received both my BA (Hons) degree in Psychology and a post-graduate diploma in Education from Stellenbosch University. I have previously worked as a high school English teacher, a tour guide for Americans visiting South Africa and also in a school and home for disabled and disadvantaged children and adults. I am a bit of a traveler myself and have visited the U.S. plus many countries in Europe and Africa.

The Program Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. Visits and field trips are a key part of your academic study while social and cultural activities will deepen your understanding of South Africa, its people and places. All programs include:

  • A visit to Robben Island and the prison museum
  • A day trip to the Cape of Good Hope
  • Table Mountain by cable car

Business students will visit a large-scale beer and wine export company including tastings as well as smaller businesses to see the inner workings of different business models within the context of a developing country

Photography students will also enjoy a winery tour with tasting, visit Addo Elephant Park, take a 3-hour game drive to locate and photograph elephants, visit the surfer’s paradise of Jeffrey’s Bay and the dramatic coastal and forest landscapes of Tsitsikamma National Park during their 6-night tour of the Garden Route

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Social identity & access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

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Dates & Deadlines


  • Early Application Deadline*
  • Application Deadline
    October 1, 2024
  • Deposit Deadline
    October 31, 2024
  • Scholarship Deadline
    October 1, 2024
  • Visa Deadline****
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    January 1, 2025
  • Program Begins
    January 2, 2025
  • Program Ends
    January 18, 2025
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    January 18, 2025
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.
  • **** AIFS Abroad offers visa processing services to applicants who enroll into the program by this date. All other applicants who enroll after this date will be responsible for securing their own visa with guidance from AIFS Abroad.

Optional Flight Package

Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.

Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)

Depature City


  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Buffalo
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Columbus
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Des Moines
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Minneapolis
  • New York
  • Newark
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Pittsburgh
  • Raleigh/Durham
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • St. Louis
  • Washington/Dulles
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Ready to Study Abroad in Stellenbosch?

For more dates or questions, contact your program consultant:
(203) 399-5163 or email: