Study Abroad in Stellenbosch, South Africa

Study Abroad in Stellenbosch: Academics

Academic Programs

Most courses meet for 45 contact hours and are recommended for 3 credits. All courses are taught in English. No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade. Pass/fail options are not available.

Program Options

This program is designed for students wishing to earn credit toward their major or general education requirements and take electives with a particular focus on Africa and South Africa. AIFS students can choose courses from Stellenbosch University's full course catalogue which covers a broad range of subject areas including Agriscience, Art, Biodiversity, Conservation Ecology, English Literature, Global Health, History, International Relations, Languages, Political Science, Science, Sociology and Theology. You will experience South Africa's educational system first-hand, studying alongside South African and other international students. Choose up to 5 courses for a total of 15 credits.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
July to November or
January to June semester
Up to 15 2.5 GPA; completion of first year

Learn about South Africa's urban life and its people in a way that you never have before while giving something back to your host community. In an era of increasing globalization, it is becoming ever more important for students to develop an understanding of the world they live in and to learn about the reality of what it means to work in a sustainable way within a community. It is widely recognized that a period of service learning overseas can greatly enhance intercultural understanding and promote awareness of global issues. As well as getting an in-depth look at current issues affecting disadvantaged communities you will gain immense satisfaction from knowing that you are making a real sustainable contribution to the society that you are living and studying in. You will develop a wide range of skills which will be relevant in a veriety of different contexts and, through your service to the community, a broader perspective on the world together with an enhanced sense of social responsibility. The service learning projects focus on working with primary school children in the community.

Students take a mandatory 9-credit Learning for Sustainable Community Engagement course plus one or two courses from the Full Curriculum Program for a total of 12-15 credits.

Please note that the LSCE program has an earlier deadline than the traditional Stellenbosch program for the Fall semester; in order to be considered, your complete application must be received no later than:

  • Fall Semester: March 15
  • Spring Semester: October 1

Session/Term Credits Requirements
July to November or
January to June semester
Up to 15 (9 credits for the LSCE course plus 1 or 2 other courses) 3.2 GPA; completion of junior or senior year; aged 20 or above

Stellenbosch University

Since its founding in 1918 Stellenbosch University (SU) has evolved from a traditional white Afrikaans University to a multilingual melting-pot of cultures. Today, close to 28,000 students representing more than 110 nationalities attend the University.

Stellenbosch 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. This, together with the scenic beauty of the area, state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly facilities and technology, as well as visionary thinking about the creation of a sustainable 21st century institution, makes for the unique character of Stellenbosch University.

Anti-apartheid revolutionary, South Africa’s first black President and ‘Father of the Nation’, the late Nelson Mandela, accepted an honorary doctorate from the University in 1996 and later addressed AIFS students in a personal note which wished them the best ‘’as future leaders of the world.’’ Mandela’s words perfectly encapsulated SU’s aim to produce engaged citizens and responsible leaders, who are willing to use their expertise and skills to serve society.