12 months
7917 EUR/year
5619 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The internationally accredited Futures Studies course at Stellenbosch University will help you understand the forces and trends that shape the future, and the nature of global change. 


The Futures Studies course at Stellenbosch University will also equip you with high-level competencies to react meaningfully to growing complexity in the organisational environment while taking Africa and South Africa’s developmental challenges into account. This will allow you to mitigate risks and leverage opportunities.

A transformative learning experience awaits you – particularly if you see your future self as a strategist, long-range decision maker, manager or leader. It is the only programme of its kind presented in Africa, and one of only a few in the world.

What is Futures Studies? 

Futures Studies is not about predicting the future, but rather about understanding how various futures will unfold. It analyses the interaction between a wide range of variables or forces, and distils from these forces those issues that will affect the future of a country, government, entity or individual. It studies the world of economics, politics, technology, demography, social values and other subject fields, both locally and globally. It equips decision makers with ways to deal with change and to make the right decisions to survive but preferably thrive in a changing world. Futures Studies is about acquiring strategic foresight to make long-range decisions in order to leverage competitive risk mitigation and opportunity sensing.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Understanding the World 
  • Responsible Leadership 
  • Thinking Frameworks
  • Organisational Behaviour 
  • Managing Risk and Uncertainty
  • Principles of Futures Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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Start dates

  • Modular: February
  • Blended: January




On Campus, Blended

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Academic qualifications: An appropriate Bachelor’s degree
  • Work experience: A minimum of two years of experience in strategic management or strategic planning
  • Selection test: SHL selection test. This test is done online.
  • Essay: You need to write an essay.
  • Additional documentation: A comprehensive CV indicating your work experience.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7917 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7917 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    5619 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5619 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • Students from South Africa: R101,520
  • ​International students from the rest of the world - R143,030

Living costs for Stellenbosch

7630 - 10640 ZAR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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