The Rector’s Welcoming:

Prof Wim de Villiers

Welcome, future Maties!

Previous Open Days were usually held in person on our campus, in beautiful Stellenbosch. But this year, because of COVID-19, we’ve transformed the experience into an equally exciting virtual tour.

Trying to figure out what you’re going to do with your life after school is something that can give you sleepless nights. Most of us have been there! So, with this website we’re trying to calm your nerves by giving you a sense of what your life could be like if you enrol at Stellenbosch University (SU).

Instead of being anxious, we want you to be excited about what SU has to offer. The amount of subjects and courses to study and all the extracurricular activities you can participate in might seem overwhelming, but this also means that there’s bound to be something for you.

Yes, first and foremost, a university is an academic institution. If you’re hungry for knowledge, ready to learn and eager to go in search of new discoveries, you’re on the right track.

But university isn’t just a place where you sit in class, listen to lectures and write it all down again in an exam afterwards. It’s a place where you examine life, broaden your horizons and develop as a young adult, whether it’s in a lecture hall, in res, on the sports field, singing in the choir or exploring the sights of Stellenbosch and experiencing our vibrant student life.

forward together,
sonke siya phambili,
saam vorentoe

One of our university’s core strategic themes is to provide a “transformative student experience”. And you won’t have to look far to find someone who will confirm that this is true – you will be transformed.

If you’re still in high school, I don’t need to tell you that we live in the age of technology, you know this better than I do. So embrace it, get in contact with us and explore what life as a Matie might be like.

We look forward to hearing from you. And we’re excited to welcome you to our campus next year when you’ll go from Future Matie to fully fledged Matie!

Prof Wim de Villiers
Rector and Vice-Chancellor