Living in Stellenbosch

The town of Stellenbosch is nestled among rolling mountains and magnificent vineyards. It is close enough to Cape Town and the nearest beaches, yet far enough to retain the peacefulness of a small town locality. Being the second-oldest town in South Africa, Stellenbosch is steeped in world history: from the Dutch governors and the town’s beautifully historic buildings, its evolution through political dispensations to its French heritage and the surrounding vineyards which form the hub of the South African wine industry. The town is living testimony to growing with the times, an ideal location to understand the many dimensions of historical and contemporary South Africa.

Stellenbosch University similarly has transformed over the years: in 1918 a fully-fledged university came into being, following many years of change from the inspiration drawn from a Theological Seminary of the Dutch Reformed Church in 1859 to the Victoria College in 1887 preceding the transformation into a University. Stellenbosch University has evolved from a traditional white Afrikaans university to a multilingual melting-pot of cultures. Today, close to 28 000 students representing more than 110 nationalities attend Stellenbosch University.



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