Stellenbosch - town and university
Stellenbosch is a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa, situated about 50 kilometres east of Cape Town. It is the second oldest European settlement in the province, after Cape Town. The town became known as the City of Oaks or "Eikestad" in Afrikaans and Dutch due to the large number of oak trees that were planted by its founder, Simon van der Stel, to grace the streets and homesteads.
Stellenbosch has its own municipality (incorporating the neighbouring towns of Pniel and Franschhoek), adjoining the greater/metro area of the city of Cape Town. The town is home to Stellenbosch University. Technopark is a modern science park situated on the southern side of the town near the Stellenbosch Golf Course.
About the University
When living in Stellenbosch, it is difficult to separate the university from the town. Nestled among picturesque mountains in the heart of the Cape Winelands, a large part of the townâ€™s identity can be attributed to the presence of close to 28 000 students. This makes for a vibrant environment, alive with different cultures, people and activities.
Stellenbosch University is recognised as one of the top four research universities in South Africa. It takes pride in the fact that proportionally, it has one of the countryâ€™s highest numbers of postgraduate students of which more than ten percent are international students. We have a significant role to play in the development of South Africa and our continent. We strive to achieve this through aligning our efforts with national priorities and in doing so, are helping to build the intellectual, scientific and technological capacity of Africa.
In the past three years, Stellenbosch University has also broken into international university rankings. Its international-focus and local-relevance approach has created several milestones for the institution; the university also has a flourishing intake of international students, staff and researchers. International students alone represent more than 110 nationalities on Stellenbosch University's five campuses.