Course information

Please ensure that you complete the learning agreement in your application form. While you can list more courses than you need credits for, be sure to indicate how many credits you need, and also which courses you have to take. We will then liaise with the relevant SU departments. You can take fewer courses than those you have preapproved for, but not a course for which you have not been preapproved. Once we’ve received feedback from our departments on your course selection, we will return your learning agreement. Kindly ask your home coordinator to sign the final learning agreement. Also please note the following important information on courses at Stellenbosch University.

Course Admission Procedure at Stellenbosch University

Your listed courses are manually processed and evaluated to allow you a sufficient number to choose from for registration after arrival. The course admission procedure consists of these three phases:

1) Application Process:

The course applications are handed in online.

All courses should be listed the first time.

However, a second application phase will be opened by a date, decided on by the Stellenbosch programme coordinator.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

2) Evaluation Process:

Firstly, SU International works through the courses, making initial approvals and rejections – mainly based on semester offering and clear proof of academic background.

Secondly the courses are sent to the relevant Departments for their input. The approval or rejection of these courses are at the Department’s discretion and their decision cannot be overturned by the Office.

After the Evaluation Process, each student will receive the list of approved courses.                                               

                                                                        3) Registration Process: After Arrival, during the compulsory orientation week, students are to hand in a Final Course Registration Form. This form lists the students’ final choice of courses for the Semester. No changes are to be made after a certain date as set out by the Office and University Guidelines. If a course is not deregistered within these dates and the course is not complete, it will reflect as a Fail on the Academic Transcript.


The limited number of courses that can be registered amount to 64 S Credits, 32 ECTS, 16 USA Credits                                                                             

Finding courses at Stellenbosch University

Mainstream Courses:

Undergraduate Courses

At Stellenbosch University, most undergraduate degree programmes are three years. The level of application is compared to the applicant’s academic background. However, first year level courses are open to all applicants. Courses on second or third (final) year level, pre-requisites need to be considered. If no pre-requisites are listed, applicants are encouraged to apply for the course target of their choice as well as lower level courses to enlarge the possibility of admission. The levels of the courses are indicated by the three-digit course code, also called module codes, as listed in Addendum A. Each course is presented by a specific academic Department, but also falls under a specific division, as indicated by a five-digit code.

Postgraduate Courses

Postgraduate courses at SU are either honours or master’s programmes. An honours programme is a year-long degree in which students further their studies in one of their majors. Modules from these degrees are indicated by a three-digit code, starting with a 7. Master’s course options, which are indicated by the number 8, are limited, as many master’s degrees at SU are thesis/research-based, and modular work is not always an option.

The postgraduate courses are listed in the front part of each faculty’s Calendar, or on the respective departments’ websites. For enquiries about SU’s postgraduate offering per semester, please contact our Global Education Centre, who will approach the relevant department for more information.  

Course Selection:

For general instructions on finding courses, please click here. For course selection information by department, click here. Both aforementioned links will direct you to, among others:

Useful links in your search for courses are supplied in the above two documents, and will lead you to:

Announcements specific to the Department of Business Management’s postgraduate courses:

  • Only four places are reserved for international students per mainstream course (i.e. attending class with South African peers). If more than four students register for an honours course, the course will be presented as a Global Education Programme (GEP) option comprising international students only, with no interaction with South African peers.
  • For Business Management honours, international students will be required to confirm final registration during orientation week, before classes start.

Global Education Programmes (GEP) Offering:

For a summary of the GEP course offering, please download the GEP course offering. 

We normally advise students to select their first-choice courses from the mainstream offering, for two reasons. Firstly, this will ensure that you have the chance to interact with your South African peers, since GEP courses are attended by international students only. Secondly, the mainstream offering has a much wider variety of course options to choose from. 



Name change announcement: We have renamed the Learning Sustainability and Community Engagement (LSCE) module. It is now called Global Service Learning (GSL), which is better aligned with how the rest of the world as well as literature refer to this type of programme. For the GSL course outline, please click here. For an overview of our community engagement programmes, click here.


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