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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description

Overview

USAC Stellenbosch
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   Quick Facts

  • Early application deadline: August 31, 2018 for Spring/Calendar Year 2019 applications
  • Study at Stellenbosch University, the third-highest ranked university in all of Africa (Times Higher Education World University Rankings), an institution focused on student, faculty, and staff diversity and inclusivity, and on developing a multicultural campus culture
  • Enroll in courses in a variety of disciplines taught in English, from the required South Africa history and culture course, to local and indigenous languages, sciences, liberal arts, mathematics, social sciences, and more
  • Enjoy cultural immersion activities such as sports clubs, student organizations, and the Voluntarism and Community Engagement (VCE) program

Location


USAC Stellenbosch
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Location Details

Stellenbosch is located in South Africa’s Western Cape Province, approximately 30 miles from Cape Town’s city center. Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa (founded in 1679), and has been able to retain historic elements, such as its iconic Cape Dutch colonial architecture, while also embracing new technology and conveniences.

The small size of the town, combined with its proximity to large, cosmopolitan Cape Town, work together to maximize local cultural immersion opportunities while facilitating access to beaches, museums, cultural centers, and places of historic importance. Stellenbosch itself is a major destination for art, culture, dining, outdoor recreation enthusiasts, and wine connoisseurs. Students interested in exploring beyond the local area can utilize public transportation for daytrips into the Cape Town area to visit Table Mountain, Robben Island, Greenmarket Square, the city’s 20+ museums, and the Cape of Good Hope, among other attractions.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* if your program is more than 90 days in length. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas.  If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.

Academics

Academic Program & Courses

All students are required to enroll in a course on South Africa history and culture class, offered by USAC. Exact details will be determined each semester.

In addition to the required introduction to South Africa history and culture course, USAC students may choose from any IPSU (International Programmes Stellenbosch University) created for international students or Mainstream courses offered at Stellenbosch University, subject to course availability and host university approval of prerequisite requirements.

Mainstream courses are all the other courses offered by Stellenbosch University that form part of the university’s degree programmes. Some Mainstream courses are taught entirely or in part in Afrikaans, so make sure you are selecting courses that are taught in English.

English Mainstream Course offerings are available in the faculties listed below:
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Agrisciences
  • Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering
View more details about courses on the USAC website here.

Click here to access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and current course equivalencies.

Credit & Grade Conversion Scale

Click here to view how credits and grades at Stellenbosch University will convert to ASU credits and grades.
USAC Stellenbosch

USAC Stellenbosch
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Housing

USAC Stellenbosch
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Program Housing

Student housing is available in several on-campus locations. Each location offers 24/7 security, internet access, and a private bedroom with shared kitchen, bathroom, and laundry facilities. Depending on your placement, you may also have access to private study centers, on-site shops, braai (BBQ) areas, and a variety of sports facilities.

More information about housing can be found on the USAC page here.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in South Africa, the law mandates access to buildings for persons with disabilities, but these laws are rarely enforced. However, many tourist attractions, and restaurants near tourist attractions, are equipped with ramps and other options to facilitate access.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in South Africa discrimination towards LGBTQIA individuals does occur in rural areas and high density areas, as South Africans are generally conservative on regarding LGBTQIA issues.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in South Africa, gender inequality still persists where some local men may not address women directly but rather speak or direct questions to men travelers only. It can also be difficult to make friends with local women as it is common for them to take a domestic role in the community and have less knowledge of English than the men.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.

Cost

Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad. Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet, or Calendar Year Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Funding

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost SheetSpring Semester Cost Sheet, or Calendar Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

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Dates & Deadlines

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This program is currently not accepting applications.