Stellenbosch University

4.2 out of 5 (52 reviews) Stellenbosch, South Africa
Stellenbosch University has gained wide recognition for its high research and teaching standards. Since it was founded, more than 150 years ago, the University has become a highly esteemed centre of learning that continues to attract students from all over South Africa and from other countries. 

Master's Programmes

Medicine & Health (87)
Humanities (46)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (2)
Journalism & Media (1)
Law (1)

About

History

The history of Stellenbosch University (SU) dates as far back as the 17th century, when regular school education was initiated in the town of Stellenbosch in 1685. With the start of the Theological Seminary of the Dutch Reformed Church in 1859, higher education became established in the town. 

Education

SU has ten faculties: AgriSciences, Economic and Management Sciences, Medicine and Health Sciences, Engineering, Military Sciences, Arts and Social Sciences, Science, Education, Law and Theology.

Research

The University is amongst South Africa's leading tertiary institutions based on research output, student pass rates and rated scientists, and is recognised internationally as an academic institution of excellence.

With 18 research chairs under the NRF South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChi), the University is regarded as a leader in the fields of biomedical tuberculosis research and management, wine biotechnology, animal sciences and mathematical biosciences. Another SARChi chair, in the field of invasion biology, is shared between SU and the University of Venda. This constitutes but one of SU's many partnerships, both local and international.

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2018
351 50
2017
401 -100
2016
301
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2018
359
2017
-
2016
-
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2018
361 34
2017
395 6
2016
401
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2017
401
2016
401
2015
401
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.

Services

Housing services

Stellenbosch University can accommodate about 6 500 students in approximately 31 university residences and other university accommodation on the Stellenbosch Campus. The five residences on the Tygerberg Campus, where the Faculty of Health Sciences is situated, house a further 1 000 students. Most Maties studying on these two campuses (there are more than 30 000 students in total) make use of private accommodation in Stellenbosch and its environs.

Library services

We serve the researchers, lecturers, staff and registered students of the different Faculties & Departments on the Stellenbosch campus.

Student Life

Campus life

The main campus in the picturesque university town of Stellenbosch in the heart of the Western Cape winelands is quite an attraction for students. Stellenbosch is situated about 50 km from Cape Town and just 30 km from Cape Town International Airport.

Eight faculties are on the main campus, with the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences situated on Tygerberg campus adjacent to the Tygerberg academic hospital, and the Faculty of Military Sciences – the only one of its kind in South Africa and one of only two in Africa – based at the South African Defence Force Military Academy in Saldanha. 

Sports facilities

Stellenbosch University has a long and proud sporting tradition and Maties Sport plans to use this as a strong platform from which to launch an exciting future. This is also clear in its vision: “Drawing on tradition – imagining the future”.

Maties Sport has created five operational units to streamline its activities and to place the focus where it matters most. These units are:

  • The High Performance Sports Unit 
  • The Centre for Human Performance Sciences 
  • The Recreation and Active Lifestyles Unit
  • Maties Gymnasium
  • The Events and Communication Unit

Accreditation

Stellenbosch University (SU) is among South Africa's leading tertiary institutions based on research output, student pass rates and rated scientists, and is recognised internationally as an academic institution of excellence. This is confirmed by two world university rankings after SU was included in the Times Higher Education and QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) world rankings in 2012, for the second consecutive year. In 2011 the University was also listed on the Leiden rankings, and in 2012 SU was named the leading African University by the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities which ranks universities according to their web presence.