Course information

Please ensure that you complete the learning agreement in your application form. You can list more courses than you need credit for, but please make sure that you indicate how many credits you need and also which courses you have to take. We will then liaise with the relevant departments.  You will not be able to attend courses for which you did not get pre-approved.  Once we’ve received feedback on your course selection, we will return your learning agreement. You can however take fewer courses than you were pre-approved for. The final learning agreement must be signed by your home coordinator. Please take note of the following important notes on courses at Stellenbosch University.

Finding mainstream courses at Stellenbosch University

General: Please see the following document for instructions of how to find courses.

Per department: Please see the following document for important course selection information per department. (Updated: 29 August 2017)

Global Education Programmes (GEP) Offering - (previously IPSU)

For a summary of the GEP course offering, please download the current semester’s GEP course offering. Students are advised to select their first course choices from the mainstream courses, for integration purposes, since GEP courses are attended only by international students. Also, a much wider variety of course options are available in the mainstream. The GEP course choices for the upcoming semester offering should be based on the current semester offering. GEP courses are repeated every semester, with minor changes only. The updated GEP course booklet for the upcoming semester will be available only shortly before the start of that semester. Minor changes may occur. When listing GEP courses on your Exchange application form, do not worry about the course codes’ semester indication – you can list the wrong semester’s course code, you will see the correct semester codes in the new GEP booklet on arrival, and ensure to list correct codes on your course registration form after your arrival on campus.


Learning for Sustainable community Engagement

Download LSCE Course Information.


Download LSCE Course Application form.


Language of Instruction

Courses are offered in English, Afrikaans or the T-option (a combination of English and Afrikaans in the same class with notes available in English).  The language of instruction will be indicated in relevant department’s website and the Yearbook of the University. Please familiarize yourself with the language of instruction when choosing courses.

  • Intensive Afrikaans Language Course

The Language Centre in conjunction with Stellenbosch University International (SUI) will offer an Intensive Afrikaans Course (Pretproe) from middle January and from end of June to middle July for the second semester (Kaggelklets). Enquiries regarding this course can be addressed to Ms Georgina Humphreys (

  •  English Proficiency Test

Exchange students do not have to supply a TOEFL/IELTS test score with their application. We trust our exchange partners to nominate students who are proficient in English. The English Proficiency Test is not compulsory.   You can however take an additional English Course (English for Academic Purposes) or write the English Proficiency Test as a self-assessment. The course fees for these language courses will be for your own account.


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