Stellenbosch, South Africa

Course Information

Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2017 Semester 1 & 2: Jan – Dec

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.


USAC's partnership with Stellenbosch University provides you with a wide array of academic options. You will enroll in mainstream university courses alongside regular Stellenbosch students and may choose from additional courses offered through IPSU (International Programmes - Stellenbosch University) specifically for study abroad students. Courses are subject to availability and host university approval of prerequisites. USAC requires you to take one course designed to familiarize you with South Africa's unique history and current social, cultural and political climate. Options in the past have included Sociology: Politics and Cultural Change in Contemporary South Africaand Survey of South African History. To help facilitate immersion with local students, USAC participants may either enroll in all mainstream courses, or in a combination of IPSU and mainstream courses. You may not enroll in only IPSU courses while at Stellenbosch.

Courses at Stellenbosch University are taught in English and Afrikaans. USAC students have a robust catalog of English-language course offerings and may further expand their options by enrolling in "T-option" courses that are taught simultaneously in English and Afrikaans. T-option course have translation services built in, such as in-classroom translators who will convert the lectures from Afrikaans to English live during the class. T-option course may be a better fit for the more adventurous student, but they are also a great way to meet and interact with local students, and maybe even learn a little Afrikaans!

IPSU Courses

IPSU courses have been created specifically for international students and are offered in English only. Past IPSU courses have included the following.


  • Afrikaans
  • Literature Electives in English
  • Beginning French, German, Spanish
  • isiXhosa: Language and Culture


  • Introduction to Jewelry Design
  • Digital Photography and Picture Framing

Political Science

  • China-Africa Relations
  • Gender and Culture in Africa
  • Transitional Justice in Africa

Social Studies

  • Sociology: Politics and Cultural Change in Contemporary South Africa
  • South Africa towards 2034


  • Economic and Developmental Problems in South Africa and Africa
  • HIV and Aids: A South African Perspective
  • Public Theology
  • Learning for Sustainable Community Engagement (LSCE)
  • Principles of Economics, with a South African Focus

Mainstream Courses

USAC students are able to enroll in any courses offered in the following Faculties (departments) at Stellenbosch University, subject to availability and approval of prerequisites. Students wishing to enroll in civil engineering or upper division business courses during Semester 1 must apply by September 1.

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Agrisciences
  • Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering

Course Descriptions

Semester / Year-long

As you review the course descriptions located at the links above, remember that you may not enroll in only IPSU courses (i.e. you must enroll in at least one course described on the Mainstream course offering document). The Mainstream course list document includes embedded links to descriptions of the Mainstream courses as well. In general, these descriptions are enough for your host university academic advisors to give preliminary approval for you to take courses.

Keep in mind that you must also enroll in a USAC-selected course designed to familiarize you with South Africa's unique history and current social, cultural, and political climate while at Stellenbosch University. More information on your options to meet this requirement will be provided by your Program Advisor after acceptance to the program.


Course descriptions are available upon request. Contact your Program Advisor for more information.

Quick Details

2018 App. Cycle

Semester 1: (Jan-June) Open

Semester 1 & 2: (Jan-Dec) Open

Summer 2018: Application opens 9/1


Minimum GPA: 2.8

Minimum class standing: Sophomore

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English | Afrikaans