Intensive English Programme (IEP)

The Language Centre offers intensive English courses which cater for the needs of international students of all levels, from beginner to pre-academic. The programme develops your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, as well as grammar and vocabulary.

Course schedule, duration and times

IEP courses are presented in blocks throughout the year. Course duration is 8 weeks with daily class of 4 hours, Monday to Friday. Each course comprises general English classes (3 hours) as well as academic skills classes (1 hour), from 8h30 to 16h30.

Block 1:  30 January - 24 March 2017

Block 2:  3 April – 26 May 2017

Block 3:  5 June – 28 July 2017

Block 4:  7 August – 29 September 2017

Block 5:  9 October - 1 December 2017

Course fee

The cost of each course/level is R 8 462.00. The cost of tuition includes course materials.

The following additional levies, which are administered by the Stellenbosch University International (SUI), are payable upon course registration:

International registration fee (IRF) – R3 615.00 (payable per academic year)

Student card fee – R80.00

You are expected to pay the entire academic fees (as stipulated on the letter of admission) prior to final registration.

Acceptance at faculties

Students planning to do further studies at Stellenbosch University (SU), must have an excellent command of writing, reading comprehension, listening and speaking. Completion of the Pre-academic level IEP course does NOT guarantee acceptance into any faculty or department at SU.

Undergraduate studies

Foreign applicants, who plan to study towards an undergraduate degree, must ensure that they qualify for admission to first degree studies at South African universities and meet the requirements set out by the Higher Education Board (HESA) and Stellenbosch University. The list of qualifications is found on

Contact person: Carmelita Talmarkes (Stellenbosch University International -

Postgraduate studies

Foreign applicants are strongly advised to contact the respective faculties and/or departments at SU to enquire about additional application criteria such as the submission of either TOEFL or IELTS score or the required pass percentage of the IEP Pre-academic level.

Contact person: Cindy de Doncker (Postgraduate Office -


Students are responsible for their own private accommodation arrangements. The Language Centre, Stellenbosch University International and Postgraduate Office will not form part of any agreement with regards to private accommodation.

How to apply

1.     Complete the application form and sign the declaration page (2).

2.     Email the application form with a copy of your passport to

Download the IEP information guide

Download the IEP application form

For more information on our course, please email Nawaal or call her on +27 21 808 2905.

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