The purpose of this section is to give you an indication of the fees linked to the University's full-time postgraduate degree programme offering. In the tabs below (starting with "Tuition Fees"), please note that International Students have to consider Tuition Fees, the International Registration Fee and the Service fees to calculate their total fees, whilst South African students only consider Tuition Fees. Living Expenses are only advisory and do not constitute an exact budget.
Details regarding study fees for other postgraduate programmes not listed below, such as diploma, part-time and telematic education programmes, may be found in the Calendar. Click here to view Part 3 of the University Calendar, dealing with Student Fees. Allowance should be made for an increase of roughly 5-10% on these figures for 2012.
Academic fees for international students consist of three components:
You can either pay at the university cashiers (credit card payment is possible) once you are in Stellenbosch, or you can transfer the money from your home country.
Students wishing to estimate fees and budget for the academic year, may follow the links below. This will enable you to generate a statement of provisional fees.
|International Students can request a more detailed provisional statement of fees by following the link above. [Page leads to Postgraduate and International Office website]
||Suid-Afrikaanse studente / studente met permanente verblyfreg kan 'n meer gespesifiseerde voorlopige verklaring van gelde aanvra deur die skakel bo te volg.
||South African students / students with permanent residency can request a more detailed provisional statement of fees by following the link above.
(Applicable to International students)
The IRF is payable by all non-South African students. In order to qualify to pay local fees, you will have to submit proof of permanent residency. It is charged on an annual basis. The amounts stated below are for 2013.
(Angola, Botswana, DRCongo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
Non-SA-citizens with permanent residence in South Africa should consult with the International Office.In general, if a permanent residence application is successful by the last date for registration (in March and as determined by the University Calendar, Part 1) for the current academic year, then the permanent resident will be allowed to register on this status. However, if the permanent residence status becomes effective after this date, it will only be taken into consideration at the next registration period of the following academic year.
Once in Stellenbosch, you will also have the opportunity to open a bank account using your proof of registration at the University and a letter from the Postgraduate and International Office as supporting documents. It is best to bring ATM and credit cards or travellers’ cheques (US Dollar, Euro or British Pound) as currency.
If you need a specific budget for your sponsor, you may request a budget by contacting Yolanda Johnson [email@example.com]
Personal monthly estimated budget (for one student)
|Accommodation||R 4,235||(This is an average. Prices vary according to type and location,|
|Food||R 2,485||see Accommodation section.)|
|Entertainment & Transport||R 737
|Books, etc||R 8,800||Annual; variable depending on degree programme|
|Medical Insurance||R 4,344||Annual; compulsory|
|Clothing||R 2,420||Recommended for students from warmer climates|
|Settling-In||R 2,420||Recommended for first arrival|
|Study permit renewal||R 624
||Only if student needs to extend study period|
Funding for postgraduate students can be divided into two main types:
Many postgraduate students underestimate the cost of research or do not realise that money to cover research costs is not freely available from the university. While there are numerous bursaries and scholarships covering tuition and registration, most scholarships explicitly exclude funding your research, so you need to find other sources of funding. This is not so easy for postgraduate students – most research grants are only given to established, rated scientists (in other words researchers who already hold a PhD.)
Download "A Guide to Postgraduate Student Funding" for more information on avbailable bursaries and scholarships administered by Stellenbosch University.
Bursaries based on academic performance
Bursaries on the grounds of financial need
Funding for international students
International Students should note that they only qualify for the Postgraduate Merit Bursary, for which an applicant’s average for their previous degree should be at least 75%.
Funding enquiries and applications
All enquiries may be addressed to the Postgraduate Student Funding Section. Full particulars are given in the University Calendar, Part 2.
Please note that:
Postgraduate Student Funding
Admin A Building
Ideally you should give the issue of research costs some thought before deciding on a topic. Your research could very well be dependent on the availability of funding. Here are some of the things to consider:
Visit www.sun.ac.za/international/take-note for announcements on research and travel grants.