‘Make this time – your academic, cultural, social visit to Stellenbosch – the best. Engage, become part of the Stellenbosch community and interact with local and other international students.”
This was the challenge by PGIO Senior Director, Mr Robert Kotze, to the 2014 cohort of international students at their Welcome Programme, which started on Wednesday 22 January and concluded on Sunday, 26 January.
The International Welcome and Orientation programme takes place every semester and is a highlight on the calendars of both the PGIO and new international students. This semester’s was no different: with close to 300 new international students attending the orientation by the PGIO, 44 different countries from around the world was represented. Students participating in the orientation learned about the University and its history, community engagement, safety and security, support structures available, campus culture and integrating well into the Stellenbosch community through student clubs and societies and through ISOS (the International Organisation at Stellenbosch).
This semester, the trend continues with the largest group of international students coming once again from Germany and enrolling for short-term mobility / non-degree seeking programmes. The Netherlands and the USA are the second-largest groups and are also enrolled for short-term programmes. In the BRICS and Asia contexts, student numbers are not as considerably high but are steadily climbing – representation from countries such as Brazil, China, India, South-Korea, Pakistan and Singapore is on the rise with students from these countries enrolled in full-degree programmes and exchanges this semester.
International students constitute close to 13% of the total student populace at Stellenbosch University and their presence and interaction add an undeniable, dynamic dimension to campus culture; more than 110 nationalities are present on the university’s campuses, making SU truly a vibrant place where cultures meet and collaborate.
South African students are invited to find out more about interacting with international students, and to get involved in the International Students Organisation at Stellenbosch (ISOS). Contact ISOS
Bienvenue en SA, ESME Sudria
Students from top Parisian school amongst the international students at SU this semester. The PGIO chats to Herve Bardury, William Guillot, Charles Pourieux and Thierry Tan about their choices and expectations.
Lesotho students on their choice of SU
Bokang Mosieuoa, Thabo Monoto and Karabelo Motsoehli are three undergraduate students from Lesotho who will register at Stellenbosch University as first-time, degree-seeking students.