Stellenbosch is South Africa’s second oldest town, after Cape Town, and is located in the world’s most beautiful wine country with the Jonkershoek Valley on the southern tip. The city of Cape Town and superb beaches are 30 minutes away. As for animal encounters, South Africa boasts the “Big Six”: lion, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and whale. The year-round, Mediterranean-like climate makes it an ideal location for outdoor activities. In addition to their academic programs, most study abroad students participate in volunteer activities in the nearby township of Kayamandi.
Location: Stellenbosch (population: 90,000)
University: Stellenbosch University (26,000 students)
Minimum application requirements: 2.75 GPA and Sophomore status
Visa Information: See the Visa Information: South Africa page for detailed information.
As an undergraduate student at Stellenbosch University, you will have access to excellent facilities for teaching and learning since they are regarded as one of the technologically most innovative campuses in the country. The University population is more than 30 percent non-white, while 98 percent of the students speak English as their first or second language. While there are many courses offered in English, students may elect to take foreign language course in Afrikaans, Xhosa, French, German, Mandarin, or Spanish. Student typically will enroll in 12 to 18 credits for the semester so that they can leave time to volunteer with children in the township of Kayamandi.
To view the course selection, visit the Stellenbosch University course catalog.
For more information about life at the university, go the the Stellenbosch University website.
For High Point University to recognize the credits you complete abroad, you must earn a grade equivalent to a C in the U.S. HPU will not accept credit for courses with grades of C– or below. Grades for all courses earned abroad are recorded on the foreign transcript. Credits are received by HPU as transfer credits, which means the credit is received but the grade is not. Your HPU grade point average will not be impacted positively or negatively by your study abroad courses.
Note: In order to satisfy General Education (Core) requirements, a course must earn a minimum of 3 credits. While HPU is able to accept a relevant course worth one or two credits, one and two credit courses earned at Stellenbosch University will not satisfy your General Education requirements.
During your stay in Stellenbosch, you will reside in a single room in a residence hall where you will share a bathroom, fully-equipped kitchen and living room with three other students.
You will receive an allowance to subsidize breakfast and lunch or dinner Monday to Friday. You will need to budget extra funds for meals, especially if you wish to eat in restaurants rather than prepare your own meals.
At High Point University, the primary expenses, excluding travel, for an HPU semester study abroad program are included in, or comparable to, regular HPU fees. Just as for a semester on HPU’s campus, the fees for study abroad must be broken down into tuition, fees, room, and board, with expenses paid either to HPU or other organizations. See below for an explanation of how we bill for semester programs abroad.
|Category||Fee (Per Semester)||To Be Paid To:||Deadline|
|Total Paid to HPU||$22,841.50||Includes application fee, HPU tuition, fees, room & board.|
|Application Fee*||$500.00||High Point University||Application Deadline|
|Tuition & Fees||$17,559.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
|Room†||$3,500.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
|Board‡||$1,782.50||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines and partial board adjustment information|
IMPORTANT: High Point University affiliates with the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) to provide this educational program to HPU students. Students looking for information online may find discrepancies in program fees between what HPU charges and what AIFS charges. Due to the terms agreed upon in our affiliation agreement, HPU students cannot apply directly to AIFS for this program, nor can they opt to pay program fees directly to AIFS.
To best understand billing for semester study abroad at High Point University, it’s important to distinguish between the 4 main areas of HPU billing, tuition (the academic/classroom expenses), fees, room, and board:
Application Fee*: In addition to the Tuition, Fees, Room & Board expenses, all study abroad applications are billed an application fee. This fee is non-refundable and is not applied towards the tuition & fees billing for the semester.
Check out the blogs of some of our students who studied at Stellenbosch University:
Many trips are included with your program fee such as:
Many students are attracted to South Africa because of the close interaction they can have with the country’s wildlife. Besides visiting the “Big Six” (lion, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, rhino and whale), students will have the opportunity to see 17 species of monkeys in their 12-hectare, free-range environment in the forest on the other side of Plettenberg Bay. They are not in cages (one or two might even come and sit on your shoulder).