December 2020/January 2021 Programme

Stellenbosch University currently offers 2 programmes during December & 3 Programmes during January. The academic programme consists of lectures, group discussions and field trips, and is taught by Stellenbosch University faculty and other South African experts.

Our academic approach at the Summer School


Academic Offering Keywords

December Session January Session General Elective Programme

Public Health Doing Business in Southern Africa

Travel Photography South African Wine and Winemaking

Evening and Social Programme


December Session 2020

Students following the General Elective Programme have the option to enrol for 2 courses during their period of study in Stellenbosch. The courses cover a variety of fields of study, which includes: Philosophy, Engineering, Botany, Political Science, Economics, Literature, Art and Media, History, HIV/AIDS, International Relations, Chinese Studies, Multilingualism, Linguistics, and Marketing. Students can choose one course from each of the Elective groupings:

Elective 1 (Choose One Course)
Introduction to South Africa’s Political History
Bio-diversity:Plants for the People in the Western Cape
Present Imperfect: Negotiating Identities in Film and Literature
China in Africa
Equity & Leadership in the Global Classroom
Introduction to Muslim History, Society and Culture in Cape Town

Elective 2 (Choose One Course)

Understanding HIV in South Africa: A Health & Social Justice Perspective
Visual Controversies in South Africa, Past and Present
Transitional Justice
Global Migration: Origins, Crisis, Solutions
Equity & Leadership in the Global Classroom
Marketing

Date of Programme: 5 December – 20 December 2020

Academic Weight: 2 US Credits / 4 ECTS Credits (Per Course)

(Students will receive 4 US Credits/ 8 ECTS Credits for the two courses)

Top up Credits: All Courses have an optional 1 US Credit/2 ECTS Credits Top Up option.

(This means that each Elective becomes 3 US/ 6 ECTS Credits)

Language: English

Requirements: Minimum GPA Requirement of 2.8

This course introduces students to the health care system in South Africa and takes a thematic approach. These themes are informed by the determinants of health in the Western Cape, and are grouped as follows: HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis; Non-Communicable Diseases and Infectious Diseases; Substance Abuse; Domestic Violence; mental- and psychosocial health; Sexual and Reproductive Health. The course consists of class room instruction, readings and presentations which are integrated with an experiential component that include exposures to health care facilities in the Western Cape Province where students make observations and/or participate in planned activities on site.  This course includes the HIV Elective course which can be seen under General Electives.

Date of Programme: 5 December – 20 December 2020

Academic Weight: 5 US Credits / 10 ECTS Credits

(Optional Top up of 1 US/2 ECTS Credits available)

Language: English

Requirements: 

  • Minimum GPA Requirement of 2.8

January Session 2021

This course aims to help students investigate the unique institutional and policy conditions in Southern African countries which will not only allow future entrepreneurs and managers to understand the challenges that will confront their businesses, but also allow them to identify the opportunities that this rapidly growing region offers. The course will give students an acute knowledge of the development challenges facing Southern African countries and understand the growth of emerging Southern African markets and identify future growth potential. Students will have the ability to discuss and debate current and future policy issues in a development country context. Furthermore they will get awareness of the additional social, environmental and ethical considerations for African businesses.

Date of Programme: 4 January – 20 January 2021

Academic Weight: 5 US Credits / 10 ECTS Credits

(Optional Top up of 1 US/2 ECTS Credits available)

Language: English

Requirements: 

  • Minimum GPA Requirement of 2.8

Travel Photography

The aim of the course is to teach students about photography with a focus on travel photography theory. Students will gain knowledge of their own cameras, improve their photography skills and gain practical experience in the areas of landscape and portrait photography as well as wildlife photography when traveling along the Garden Route.

At the end of each day students will print the best two or three of their photographs receiving feedback from a professional photographer and the course will end with an exhibition of their work.

The Garden Route tour is included in this course.

Date of Programme: 4 January – 20 January 2021

Academic Weight: 3 US Credits / 6 ECTS Credits

Language: English

Requirements: 

  • Minimum GPA Requirement of 2.8

South African Wine & Winemaking

The aim of this course is to teach students about and enhance their knowledge of the South African grape and wine industry. This course will include technical wine tasting workshops with award winning winemakers, visit to grape and wine producers, information on different industry initiatives by different industry organizations such as Wines of South Africa, WISE (the future path of the industry), as well as lectures by top academics about various aspects of the South African wine industry.

Topics that will be covered include, among others, an overview of the South African wine industry, the history of South African wine industry, innovation in the South African wine industry, Old Vines, climate change and how it impacts Viticulture in South Africa, soils of South Africa, GEM (Genotype Project Environment Management) as well as various oenological topics such as microbiome related aspects, malolactic bacteria, smoke taint, sensory science and micro oxygenation. There are a variety of cultivar associations that will be visited to gain insights into the production and wine styles reflecting the South African context such as Pinotage, Chenin, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and other interest groups.

Applicants for the South African Wine and Winemaking Program are required to have already studied a relevant subject such as agriculture, winemaking, soil science, etc.

Date of Programme: 4 January – 20 January 2021

Academic Weight: 3 US Credits / 6 ECTS Credits

Language: English

Requirements: 

  • Minimum GPA Requirement of 2.8

Fast Track English Speaking Language & Grammer Booster Workshops

Calendar Language Workshops

Fast Track English Speaking Language Workshops

These  workshops offer students an opportunity to learn English at an advanced pace. So, if you are ready to take an English exam, or your time is limited, the Language Centre’s workshops is just what you need if you want to learn English quickly, and have fun at the same time.

Workshop content

  • improve your pronunciation well as develop better language learning skills to become a confident speaker
  • expand your active and passive vocabulary
  • become more fluent and accurate in your speaking
  • practice “real” English that you can  use outside of the classroom by taking part in role plays, debates and friendly discussions

Fast Track Grammar Booster Workshop

Workshop content

  • developing understanding and confidence in using grammar for academic writing
  • review of English sentence structure; nouns and adjectives
  • using complex noun phrases
  • using the passive when describing processes;
  • defining terms nd concepts using relative clauses
  • expressing degrees of certainty with modal verbs
  • sourcing ideas and information with a greater range of reporting verbs

Both the English Speaking & Grammer Booster Workshop will run at the same time. It is possible to do only one of these. Please contact us for further info in this regard.

Date of Programme: 4 January – 20 January 2021

Academic Weight: 3 US Credits / 6 ECTS Credits

Language: English

Requirements: 

  • None

Evening and Social Programme

  • The summer school evening programme includes film screenings, traditional South African barbecues, karaoke, “sokkie” dances, dinner parties and many more.
  • The academic programme is supported by a well-developed social programme consisting of day and weekend excursions to places of historical and touristic importance.
  • Places that will be visited and are included in the programme fee are Robben Island, Table Mountain & Cape Point (Excursions may differ based on your selection)
  • Those who would like to see a bit more of South Africa can join the optional 6 Day Garden Route Tour at the end of the summer school.

Application Deadline: 15 October 2020