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University of Stellenbosch

Private Bag XI, Matieland, 7602, South Africa
4.17 / 5 based on 54 reviews.

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88% of students recommend
54 reviews
Housing
4.2/5
All experiences (54)
Student life
4.4/5
5 stars (24)
Academic
4.2/5
4 stars (24)
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4.3/5
3 stars (6)
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4.0/5
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Just go, everybody had a great experience. Try to reserve some time to travel: I bought an old 4x4 with some friends and traveled to Kenya through 8 other country which was the best thing I ever did! Great university, great people, great country, great continent and best of all a great culture! Read Review
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HOUSING    
by Jimega36, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
Business Studies, University Agreement
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why? It is important to note that the Business School is located on the MBA campus located in Bellville, not in Stellenbosch! Since Main Campus (=15.000 students) is there, Bellville is rather small.. Should have taken housing in Stellenbosch, with 30minutes driving (not much). This doesn't mean that nice places in Bellville can't be found (mine was absolutly great..with other exchange students, lots of fun) but wasn't like Campus life can be.
Personal comments:
none
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STUDENT LIFE    
by Jimega36, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
Business Studies, University Agreement
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
Activities, Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
The advantage of living in Bellville (and not Stellenbosch) was that we would go out both in Stellenbosch and in Cape Town...enjoying the best of each..quite great and extremely safe (safer than Brussels most of the times!).
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ACADEMIC    
by Piet, HES Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Transport and Traffic Studies, University Agreement
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
Talk with the local students about your opinion on the bad situation of the black population of South Africa and they will never talk to you again. I am not black myself but worked as a volenteer in the township of Stellenbosch through ISOS, the International Student Organisation of Stellenbosch which was a great experience not te be missed. Discrimination is still a big issue in South Africa.



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
You do not have a lot of classes throughout the year and are expected to do a lot of selfstudy which I describe as cheap education!

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by Piet, HES Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Transport and Traffic Studies, University Agreement
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: At ease in most situations
Personal comments:
You can choose to speak either English or Afrikaans (very similar to Dutch). If you already speak English quite well before you go to South Africa you are unlikely to improve it while you are there because there are not many native English speaking persons studying there.
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EXPENSES    
by Piet, HES Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Transport and Traffic Studies, University Agreement
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
A private grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits:
I think everybody knows that Africa is cheaper than Europe or North-America. We ate in restaurants three times a day!
Food, Travel, Nightlife, Overall, Telephone, Housing: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
There is internet at the campus 24-7. You can probably withdraw money with the same card you use at home without extra costs (Cirrus/Maestro).
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OVERALL    
by Jimega36, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
Business Studies, University Agreement
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
1) The country is not dangerous, don't buy any bulletproof vest ;-) 2) The African culture has been mostly suppressed by the regime, very hard to get contact, don't hope to learn about African culture (unless you travel outside SA which I did) 3) Buying a car (not renting, even to a particular) is much cheaper 4) Saving money is crucial to allow for lots of travel opportunities 5) The Business School campus is not the same as the Main one..to have more student life, rent to Stellenbosch or Cape Town!
In my opinion:
Most people loved it.



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
High level of classes. Good MBA but not outstanding (I am difficult ;-). Great infrastructure.



FINAL COMMENTS

I went to SA for the Travel, Culture and Fun parts. On Travel, came out EXTREMELY happy because met other people to travel with and did things would not have done alone. On Culture, was desappointed because the African culture doesn't show up easely. As for general infrastrucre, note that the Cape Town area really feels like San Francisco, it's great! As for the Social life, I was VERY happy too because I met some great people with whom I am keeping contact (3 months later, they are all coming to Brussels for the Week end!). Anyway..great travel, great life..enjoy!
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