How to apply

ACADEMIC YEAR

Stellenbosch University’s academic year follows the calendar year.

Taught postgraduate programmes usually commence in February each year with a limited number of programmes commencing in July. Where a postgraduate programme consists of coursework it is important for candidates who have been admitted to arrive in time for the commencement of the programme. Classes usually commence in late January or early February (or late July). Late arrivals cannot be accommodated.

New registrations for masters (by research) and doctoral programmes must be finalised by the end of March or in some cases by the end of July each year.

EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS

Acquaint yourself with the postgraduate programme offering at SU. Ensure that you meet the minimum admission requirements of your programme of interest.
 

► TAKE NOTE OF THE CLOSING DATES

Applications:

Applications for each new enrolment cycle open on 01 March each year. Application for admission to postgraduate degree programmes for both South African and International candidates are subject to faculty specific closing dates. 

To view the closing dates for a specific programme, click here.
 

Bursaries:

Bursay application closing dates are available here.
 

Financial assistance:

30 June: Applications close for National Research Foundation (NRF) funding.

31 August: Applications close for Stellenbosch University financial assistance.

No late applications will be considered.
 

► SELECT YOUR PROGRAMME

As a postgraduate candidate, you are only able to apply for one programme. Submitting your completed application form and meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. 

You may change your programme choice, provided that the closing dates allow for it by sending an email with your request to the Client Services Centre via info@sun.ac.za. Use your SU student number as a reference.
 

 APPLY ONLINE

In order to apply online, you will need a valid mail address and cell/mobile phone number. Correspondence will be sent to the email address provided and messages to the cell/mobile phone.

To complete your online application, all compulsory screens with red 'Outstanding' buttons, must be completed.

To finalise the application, click on the 'Finalise' button (which is only available once ALL the compulsory screens are completed).
 

PAY THE APPLICATION FEE

Application fees can be paid as part of the online application process (only South African candidates pay an application fee).

Cash payments may also be made in person at the cashiers at the Administration A building (Stellenbosch Campus).

More on payment options.
 

► MAKE SURE THAT YOU UPLOAD ALL THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

Your application will only be processed AFTER the application has been finalised AND all the correct supporting documents have been uploaded via the 'Upload application documents' link BEFORE the closing date. 

It remains your responsibility to make sure that the University receives all your documents in time.
 

► MONITOR YOUR APPLICATION STATUS

The University will acknowledge receipt of your application via email.

Use your student number and SUN-password to monitor the status of your application.