English for International Students

Intensive English Programme (IEP)
Stellenbosch University Language Centre offers intensive English courses that are available to undergraduate and postgraduate international students, who do not speak English as a first language.  The courses aim to develop and improve student’s reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, as well as grammar and vocabulary. Courses run in blocks throughout the year, each compromising 8 weeks.

Intensive English Programme (IEP) information guide 2019

Download the application form

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programme
The Language Centre also presents the EAP programme which students follow if they have been accepted by a department or faculty to study towards a degree, or after the successful completion of the IEP programme. This helps students to further develop their English language skills in an academic context, and is highly recommended to ensure academic success.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) information guide 2019

Language proficiency test
If you are unsure of your level, a language proficiency test can be taken at the Language Centre.   The proficiency test is recommended to the following students.

  • Those who have an IELTS score of LESS than 6.5
  • Those who are unsure of their level
  • Those who are unable to submit IELTS or TOEFL result dated within the year prior to application
  • Those referred to the Language Centre by the faculty or department in which they intend to study.

The minimum English language proficiency requirements for acceptance to University courses are shown below

CEF level
Cambridge ESOL
IELTS band
PTE Genral
PTE Academic
No language tuition required C2 proficient CPE 8 – 9 96 – 110 243 – 270 90 – 100 Level 5 85+
Support language required (EAP)  C1 CAE  6.5 – 7.5  79 – 95 213 – 240 75 – 89 Level 4 76 – 84
Language tuition is required (IEP) C1 FCE/CAE  Lower than 6.5 Lower than 79 Lower than 213 Lower than 75 Lower than level 4 Lower than 76


For more information on our course, your level of English or your language needs, please email Shannon or call her on +27 21 808 4464.

We also offer Afrikaans for International Students.