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A maximum of two pre-approved Global Education Programmes (GEP) courses (previously IPSU) may be registered for after arrival. However, on application, the student may select more than two GEP courses, in order to populate the ‘basket of choice’.
International Study Abroad Semester students can choose from a wide variety of courses on offer in English at undergraduate level at Stellenbosch University.
Stellenbosch University International's GEP course offering adds to the existing mainstream courses, and serves as a ‘backup’ course choice for mainstream class clashes, as may be discovered once the timetable is worked out.
Through GEP it is ensured that international semester students have enough credit bearing courses to choose from that may fit in with their semester timetable. Some GEP courses are not on offer in the mainstream to local full degree seeking students.
Note that most GEP courses are only open for registration to non degree seeking, international semester students. Only the beginner language courses are open to local students and members of the public to enrol for.
For a summary of undergraduate mainstream courses on offer at Stellenbosch University at undergraduate level, download the below listed document, “Mainstream Courses on offer in English”. Courses on offer in semester one (January to June) are listed on the left hand pane; Courses on offer in semester two (July to December) are listed on the right hand pane. Please choose courses according to the semester that you apply for. The course choice for semester one (January to June) ought to be based on the summary document for of courses on offer for the previous calendar year. Stellenbosch University yearbooks for the new calendar year are only available after the application deadline for Freemovers for semester one, therefore it is recommended that students base their course applications on the current year’s available course offering. The course offering does not change drastically from year to year.
Students who choose mainstream undergraduate courses, should familiarise themselves with the prerequisites as stipulated (“P”) in the yearbook’s course summary sections, to ensure that the academic transcript provides proof of courses in the field and at the level as stipulated a requirement for admission into the course. Students are advised to apply on the basis of a ‘one level up’ to their current year level of study, in the field in which they have obtained an academic background thus far. If a student cannot prove (via the academic transcript) that a prerequisite is obtained in a specific field and on a specific level, it is advisable that the student applies for a lower level course in that field. It is recommended that students list more courses on their application than academic credit is needed for transfer back to the home university since the student may not get admission into all courses as listed. Listing more courses on the initial course application may provide a greater possibility of individual course admissions. Students only register for courses on arrival at Stellenbosch University. By registration date, the student needs to adhere to registering for the maximum credit limit of 60 South African credit limit (30 ECTS/ 15 USA credits). However, a student’s course application is not limited to 60 South African credits. For an overview of the application processing timeline, please view Stellenbosch University International's (SUI) processing timeline here.
For a summary of the Global Education Programmes (GEP) course offering (previously IPSU)), please download the current semester’s GEP course offering at the below link. 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 Freemover 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.
Mainstream course applications should be listed in the initial Freemover application as part of the semester online application. A second opportunity for mainstream course applications will be made available to each applicant, and will close at a certain deadline. The opening and closing dates for the course resubmission (i.e. a second chance to submit course applications) will be communicated to the Freemover applicant within the first month after the application deadline. The second course application opportunity allows a Freemover student to list a maximum of 5 more courses to the initial course application list. No mainstream course may be applied for at Stellenbosch University upon arrival.
Should a student need to receive a course outline in order to request a credit transfer confirmation from the home university, students are to contact Stellenbosch University International directly please. The prospective international semester student is not allowed to make direct contact with the academic departments regarding undergraduate inquiries. Freemover applicants are requested to contact the PGIO with any admission status requests and/or course information requests they may have. The prospective Freemover applicant’s only contact with Stellenbosch University should and must remain Stellenbosch University International’s Freemover coordinator, i.e. Tanya Fouché at email@example.com. The only exception to allow the Freemover applicant to make contact with an academic department directly is in the event of prospective postgraduate course information not found on the department’s website. It is often the case with postgraduate course lists, that the semester in which the course is on offer is not clearly indicated. Some departments’ website information only list course names, not course descriptions of the postgraduate courses on the department’s website. You can request the semester of offering, and the course descriptions from the academic department directly, only for postgraduate courses. Before you contact the department, ensure that you have double checked whether the postgraduate brochure does not list course descriptions. In this case, please follow the steps as guided in the document to be downloaded: here.
Semester Course Availability, Mainstream and IPSU courses
For students who would like to apply for the Learning for Sustainable Community Engagement Course, note that the course has limited placement options and that a seperate course application needs to be submitted for the course. Details to be downloaded here.
Download LSCE application form.