Spend a summer in the student-friendly city of Stellenbosch, South Africa, with AIFS! Study a variety of academic program options at Stellenbosch University, located in the Cape Winelands. The university has a student population of over 28,000 and boasts state-of-the-art sports facilities, including an indoor pool, cycling studios and aerobic halls.
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
6 credits for the General Elective Program, 7 credits for the Public Health Care or Doing Business in Southern Africa Programs, 8 credits for Global Service Learning
Courses offered in art, biodiversity, communications, economics, engineering, film, global affairs, health care, history, literature, marketing, philosophy, political science, religious studies, sociology, general elective program plus specialized programs in doing business in Southern Africa, public health care and global service learning
University residence halls
Daily breakfast in the residence hall
West Coast weekend excursion including accommodations and all meals (3 days) plus, visits to: Cape Town and Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape of Good Hope
Group meals, vineyard tours and hiking
to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program
Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways
Airport transfers to and from campus
Garden Route (6 days)
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!
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 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 Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.
Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of South African culture, a wide range of cultural activities and excursions are included in your program fee. In addition, the AIFS staff organizes cultural activities which in the past have included wine or craft beer tastings and hiking.
The following excursions are included for all students on the Stellenbosch summer program regardless of program selection:
On arrival in Stellenbosch AIFS staff will conduct an orientation regarding the AIFS program to help you settle in and learn more about the upcoming weeks, including a welcome meal giving you an opportunity to meet your fellow participants.
On the following day the Stellenbosch University orientation takes place. This includes a campus tour, an academic orientation, an intercultural orientation, information about the social and cultural events available and an opening dinner.
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 6 aerobic halls offering a variety of classes. Students interested in using these facilities can purchase a one-month gym membership when on-site.
Visit to Langebaan, a scenic town that borders the West Coast National Park. Opportunity to spend a day on the beach or pay an extra fee for activities like jet skiing, yacht cruises and wind surfing. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, all meals and a wine tasting experience.
Guided sightseeing tours including the Cango Caves, an ostrich farm, Addo National Park, the Heads of Knysna, Wilderness National Park, Tsitsikamma National Park and more. Optional activities such as whale spotting in Hermanus and sea kayaking. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, breakfast and dinner.
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.)
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.Learn more