The Department of Home Affairs requires proof of adequate medical cover before a study permit will be issued or extended. Medical care can also be very expensive, thus, we strongly advise students to obtain suitable medical cover. Information and recommendations regarding medical insurance can be obtained at Stellenbosch University International.
Students are strongly advised to read the contents of their medical cover carefully. You are responsible to ensure that you know the correct procedure for contacting your medical insurance in case of an emergency. It is also important that you ascertain how payments will be made, i.e. whether you must personally pay upfront and claim later, or whether your medical insurance will pay directly to the service provider once invoices are received.
We strongly advise that you take out insurance for your personal belongings such as digital cameras and laptop computers. It is important that you are aware of the conditions of your personal insurance.
Hospitals & Campus Health Care Services
All students who are covered by adequate medical insurance will automatically be admitted to the private hospital. Apart from a Student Health Care facility, the town has an excellent health care network with a wide variety of medical and dental practitioners: the provincial hospital is complemented by a private hospital providing a wide range of medical services.
All students who are covered by adequate medical insurance will automatically be admitted to the private hospital in Stellenbosch (Medi-Clinic) in case of emergency or if prior hospital authorisation has been obtained. The Health Care Service of the university is available at Medical Council guideline tariffs. This service has a number of doctors who take care of the medical needs of students. You are advised to make an appointment. Click here for more information on the wide range of services on offer..
On entry into South Africa, there are generally no vaccination requirements. The Western Cape region is not a malaria or tropical disease infested area. Since certain areas are known for tropical diseases, you are strongly advised to contact the Student Health Service before travelling.
Be sensible about your personal safety in Stellenbosch in the same way as you would be anywhere in the world. Make use of the Green Route on campus which is a preferential route that covers all the academic buildings, residences and computer centres. Students and university security officials wearing fluorescent orange armbands patrol it for your safety.
Be street-wise in town by staying in a group and using the main streets where there are usually people at all times of the day or night. It is not advisable to walk alone at night. Keep your Stellenbosch University International Emergency Card with you at all times.
Thefts do occur, both in the town and in university buildings. You are advised never to leave valuable articles unattended. Do not carry large sums of money with you. Use a U-lock to secure your bicycle and/ or lock your car doors. All bicycles should have a light for cycling at night. Close your windows and lock the doors of your home when you go out and at night.
Stellenbosch University Protection Services (USBD)
The Stellenbosch University Protection Services (USBD) is a service division which assists all students and staff and visitors in creating a safe and orderly environment for the university community. USBD guards patrol the grounds of the university and the Green Route 24 hours a day and are trained to ensure the safety of the university community and to assist in emergencies.