Studying at Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch University offers students access to a world-class learning, teaching, research and living environment. The University has 10 faculties, five campuses and a vibrant and cosmopolitan community of more than 32 000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, who include over 4 000 international students from 100 countries.

Learning centered approach

Stellenbosch University (SU) is embarking on a journey of networked and collaborative teaching and learning through the creation of learning communities where students, staff and alumni can experience meaningful learning. We promote a learning-centred approach to teaching that focuses on learning as a partnership, where students are seen as co-creators of knowledge and learning environments. Within a learning-centred approach, teaching activities facilitate knowledge-building and actively engage students in their own learning. Networked and collaborative learning creates an environment that encourages intellectual inquisitiveness, an essential skill for sustained critical and creative thinking. SU offers tertiary academic programmes that are excellent and socially relevant, delivering world-class graduates ready and able to make a difference.


SU has 10 faculties that present a variety of programmes:

Study facilities

To enhance studying on campus, several facilities have been built to provide students with safe learning spaces. The SU Main Library boasts a Learning Commons, which creates an innovative and stimulating learning environment and is a vibrant extension of the classroom. It also has a dedicated research space for master’s and doctoral students.

Besides the main library, there are five branches: Engineering and Forestry, Music, and Theology libraries in Stellenbosch; the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Tygerberg campus; and the Business School on the Bellville Park campus. All faculties have computer areas, while the Study Centre allows students to study after hours and gives them access to high-speed internet. Two hubs, amaMaties and Wimbledon, have dedicated study spaces where students can meet after hours to do group work or quietly study on their own.

Learning support

The concept of connectedness extends to the support services available to students, inside and outside lecture halls. Students are encouraged to engage with the broader university community through Connect,

Matie Community Service, service learning and community interaction within their disciplines. Essential psychotherapeutic services, a 24-hour crisis service, development workshops and support groups help students to navigate the challenges of university life. Support is available to students with special learning needs, be they physical disabilities or specialised learning requirements. In addition, constant monitoring of students’ progress means those who underperform or are in need of special support can be identified early.