How do I apply?

STEP 1: Choose your study programme(s)

  • If you are unsure of the career path that will suit you best, you can make use of the following tools:
    1) Read up on all the programmes we offer at Stellenbosch University by visiting what can I study, and/or
    2) you can book a career counseling session at the University’s Centre for Career Advice.

STEP 2: TAKE NOTICE OF THE CLOSING DATES

  • 31 May: All programmes in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • 30 June: All other programmes
  • 30 June: Residence application

STEP 3: ENSURE YOU KNOW HOW AN APPLICATION IS CONSIDERED AT THE UNIVERSITY

  • Submitting your completed application form and meeting the minimum admission requirements does not necessarily mean that you will be accepted as a student for the programme(s) you apply for. All programmes only allow a limited number of students.
  • Certain  programmes (such as BA, BSc, BComm or BEng) consist  of various fields of study. For example: within the BA  programme you can choose between different fields of study, such as BA (Social Dynamics), BA (Law) or BA (Language and Culture). You have to indicate the programme as well as the particular field of study. If you don’t specify the programme and the field of study your application will be incomplete.
  • The following programmes are subject to extensive selection processes: All programmes in the Faculties of Medicine and Health Sciences and Engineering; all programmes in Law; BA (Visual Arts); BA (Drama); BA (Music); BMus; BA (Sport Science) and BSc (Sport Science); BEd (Gen Ed)
  • Please note: If your first choice of study is one of the programmes listed above, you must indicate an alternative,   second programme in the space provided in case you are not accepted for your first choice.
  • You can only hold admission to one programme at any given time. If you are admitted to your second or third choice of programme prior to consideration for your first or second choice, your admission to your second or third choice will be cancelled if you are admitted to  your first or second choice.
  • To make sure you’ve placed your programme choices in the correct order, please take note of the following:

Medical and Health Sciences 

Applications to programmes in this faculty will only be considered if they are listed as your first choice.

Law Programmes

Only first  choice applications  for BA (Law),  Bcom (Law) and BAccLLB  degrees are considered. First and second choice applications for the LLB degree are considered. Please note that less students are selected on second choice. Also see the selection guidelines of the Faculty.

Arts and Social Science

Applications for programmes as a first or second choice will be considered by this faculty. Third choices will only be considered if the first and second choice is a programme that has an approved selection policy for the specific programme. Examples of selection programmes are: Drama, Sport Science, Visual Arts, Law, programmes offered by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, etc.

Economics and Management Sciences

Applications for programmes as a first, second or third choice will be considered by this faculty. If you have more than one programme on your list, all Economic and management Sciences will be considered depending on your selection mark, your application marks and availability in the programme. BAccLLB and BComm (Law) are excluded in this rule.

Education

Applications to programmes in these faculties will only be considered if they are listed as your first choice or second choice.

Science, AgriSciences, Engineering and Theology

Applications for programmes as a first,  second or third choice will be considered by these faculties.

STEP 4: APPLY

  • Apply online.  You will need an e-mail address and cellphone number. Please follow the steps as set out in the e-application. 
  • You can also download the application form, complete the application and send it to the University. Use this application form only if you do not have internet access.

STEP 5: COMPLETE THE APPLICATION AND SEND THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

Please ensure that your application is completed correctly. Incomplete applications will not be processed, this may cause you to miss the deadline and thus not be considered for your programme(s) of choice. Please be sure to review your application status to ensure your application is complete and that your required admission documents have been received and attached. Outstanding documentation can be e-mailed to info@sun.ac.za.

Your application will only be processed and considered when all the required application documents have been received by the University.

APPLICATION FORM

COMPULSORY RESPONSIBILITY FORMS

COMPULSORY FORM FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

NON ACADEMIC MERIT FORMS [NAM]

If you want to be considered for  any of the specified selection programmes, you need to complete the relevant forms below:

When you complete your application, also take note of the following:

  • If you are admitted to a study programme, this form will be part of your agreement with the University and it is important that you understand all your responsibilities. Once you and your parent/guardian have signed and submitted the form, your agreement with the University becomes legally binding on you and on them.
  • You must ensure that the information you have given is correct. If the information is incorrect the University is entitled to reject your application, terminate your admission or cancel your registration immediately.

STEP 6: PAY THE APPLICATION FEE

  • Application fees can be paid as part of the online application process, by cheque or postal order.
  • Cash payments may also be made in person at the cashiers at the Administration A building (Stellenbosch Campus).
  • More on payment options

STEP 7: WRITE THE NATIONAL BENCHMARK TEST (NBT’S)

  • It is compulsory for ALL prospective first-year students at SU, regardless of the matriculation year, studies at another higher education institution, or examination system followed, to write the National Benchmark Tests.
  • If you apply for a programme in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences or for a programme in Law, you must write the National Benchmark Test (NBT) before the end of June, as the achievement in the NBT is used in the selection process.
  • For all other programmes you must write the NBT before you may register as a student at Stellenbosch University. We may use the results for placement in a main stream or an extended degree programme.
  • Read more on the NBT’s and how faculties can use the results for selection and placement decisions.
  • Please visit www.nbt.ac.za or call 021 650 3523 to get more information and/or make a booking to write the NBT’s.

STEP 8: RECEIVE YOUR STUDENT NUMBER AND MONITOR YOUR APPLICATION STATUS

  • The University will acknowledge receipt of your application via e-mail.
  • Will receive a student number for identification purposes.
  • If you’ve already studied at the University, you will receive your original student number
  • With this student number you can track your status of application – both for studies and residence (if applicable) by logging in www.maties.com.

STEP 9: IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE YOUR PROGRAMME?

  • If you want to change your programme,  your request will be considered  only only if there are still places available in the specific programme
  • You must let us know in writing that you want to change your application to another programme. E-mail or fax your letter to the Admissions Section (seb@sun.ac.za or info@sun.ac.za; fax no. 021 808 3822).

STEP 10: CONDITIONAL ADMISSION AND REGISTRATION

  • If you are offered conditional admission for your programme of choice you need to meet with all the admission requirements before you can register as a student.
  • Be sure to visit www.maties.com regularly to remain informed about registration and the welcoming programme

FURTHER ENQUIRIES

For further enquiries, please contact our Client Service Centre

Tel.: 021 808 9111
Fax: 021 808 3822
E-mail: info@sun.ac.za