Spend a semester or academic year in the scenic university town of Stellenbosch, South Africa, with AIFS! Study a variety of academic program options at Stellenbosch University. Located in the winelands of the Western Cape, the campus is home to close to 28,000 students representing more than 110 nationalities.
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.Review Our Policies
Up to 15 semester credits depending on program and course selection
Wide variety of courses available; taught in English
University residence hall
Cape Town and Robben Island, the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, beach trip and scenic Garden Route. Sounds of Africa and Religions of the Western Cape excursions
A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience
To help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program
24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance
Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network
Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways
Airport transfers to and from campus
Cederberg Mountains (3 days)
Johannesburg (4 days)
The main university campus is located in the town itself. Student housing (the “res”) is at the heart of campus life allowing you to make new friends, be part of the community and be independent while having the convenience of access to classrooms and other university services.
Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Stellenbosch
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 11 official languages, which is among the highest number of any country in the world!
Hestea de Wet
Hallo! I’ve been the Resident 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 previously worked as a high school English teacher, a tour guide for Americans visiting South Africa and 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., Europe and Africa. The office is only a 5-minute walk from the Student Center—feel free to drop by and say “hallo!” Students refer to me as “Mama H”; their mother away from home! I’m here to help you adjust, to embrace a new culture, and to guide you into one of the most fulfilling and meaningful experiences of your life.
The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.
In addition to day trips and excursions, a cultural calendar of activities and events is included in your program fee. These will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of our local AIFS staff to give you a more authentic view of South African life. Activities may include hiking, a vineyard tour, beach days and more.
ISOS – International Student Organization Stellenbosch
University offers events to help international students experience South African culture.
For a small membership fee students can join subsidized events such as wine tours, weekends away to a local beach town, hikes in surrounding nature reserves and visits to food festivals.
Stellenbosch University offers a 20-hour, non-credit bearing Volunteerism and Community Engagement (VCE) Program which is designed to deepen practical engagement with Stellenbosch during your semester abroad. Students volunteer at a local school within the wine farms, learning more about the people and the socio-political realities of the region and themselves. A certificate is issued on completion of the program. Over 10 weeks students volunteer at the school designing an after-school activities program in groups alongside VCE staff, teachers and students. This program includes mandatory training sessions designed to help students reflect on the experience.
Each spring semester, a group of AIFS students volunteer with the Cape Town Carnival working with a non-profit organization to help young people prepare for and take part in this celebration of African creativity and diversity.
South Africa is a proud sporting nation and Stellenbosch University has great sporting facilities including a gymnasium with weight training and cycling studios, an indoor pool and six aerobic halls offering a variety of classes. Students interested in using these facilities can purchase student gym membership when on-site.
Stellenbosch University has introduced a 10-week not for credit Inter-Cultural Competency Program which will enhance the experience of visiting AIFS students on campus and in the wider community. Inter-cultural competencies are communicative skills that are learned and developed through experiences in environments that are not one’s home-culture, which positively enhance one’s ability to communicate with, and navigate cultural difference. These skills give students a flexible framework with a foundation in Africa for engaging with the diversity of a globalized world. Working in small groups, this discussion-based program will involve SU “buddies” (Stellenbosch University students) and students from around the world looking at the question of “What makes you X?” (The X being your nationality.) Students will have the opportunity to share aspects of their language, cuisine, politics and the cultural practices which may inform their national identity. In addition to the group work this course will include 3 excursions to different environments in the Western Cape in order to engage with various cultural, historical, political and social contexts and develop the skills needed to positively communicate in different cultural environments.
Guided sightseeing tours and visits to the Cango Caves, an ostrich farm, a township in Knysna, Monkeyland and Knysna Elephant Sanctuary. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, entrance fees, daily breakfast and dinner.
* Option to participate in the following activities for an additional fee: river ravine kloofing, horseback riding, treetop ziplining and sea kayaking.
Sightseeing, including a guided bus tour. Visit the Urban and Community Food for Life garden projects. Includes round-trip transportation.
Sightseeing, including the lighthouse at Cape Point and local wildlife. Includes round-trip transportation.
Craft beer tasting. Free time to explore and relax at the beach. Includes round-trip transportation.
Sightseeing. Hike or take a cable car ride to the top of the mountain. Includes round-trip transportation.
A day of immersion into the history of music from the continent or visits to five places of worship in Cape Town. Includes round trip transportation.
Sightseeing. Wine tasting at a vineyard, stargazing at Sanddrif and a tour of 8,000-year-old cave drawings. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodation in cabins at a local farm and most meals.
* A minimum of 10 students is required for this excursion to run.
Guided tours. Visit the museum at Constitution Hill, the Apartheid Museum, take a bicycle tour of Soweto and a food tour. Explore city markets. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, daily breakfast, one lunch and one dinner.
* A minimum enrolment of 4 students is required for this excursion to run.