How do I pay my Application fee at Stellenbosch University 2025

Stellenbosch University’s academic year follows the calendar year.

Taught postgraduate programmes usually commence in February each year with a limited number of programmes commencing in July. Where a postgraduate programme consists of coursework it is important for candidates who have been admitted to arrive in time for the commencement of the programme. Classes usually commence in late January or early February (or late July). Late arrivals cannot be accommodated.

New registrations for masters (by research) and doctoral programmes must be finalised by the end of March or in some cases by the end of July each year.

► EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS

Acquaint yourself with the postgraduate programme offering at SU. Ensure that you meet the minimum admission requirements of your programme of interest.
 

► TAKE NOTE OF THE CLOSING DATES

Applications:

Applications for each new enrolment cycle open on 01 March each year. Application for admission to postgraduate degree programmes for both South African and International candidates are subject to faculty specific closing dates. 

To view the closing dates for a specific programme, click here.
 

Bursaries:

Bursary application closing dates are available here.
 

Financial assistance:

30 June: Applications close for National Research Foundation (NRF) funding.

31 August: Applications close for Stellenbosch University financial assistance.

No late applications will be considered.
 

► SELECT YOUR PROGRAMME

As a postgraduate candidate, you are only able to apply for one programme. Submitting your completed application form and meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. 

You may change your programme choice, provided that the closing dates allow for it by sending an email with your request to the Client Services Centre via info@sun.ac.za. Use your SU student number as a reference.
 

 APPLY ONLINE

In order to apply online, you will need a valid mail address and cell/mobile phone number. Correspondence will be sent to the email address provided and messages to the cell/mobile phone.View our 8-step guide to ensure that your application is complete.

► PAY THE APPLICATION FEE

Application fees can be paid as part of the online application process (only South African candidates pay an application fee).

Cash payments may also be made in person at the cashiers at the Administration A building (Stellenbosch Campus).

More on payment options.
 

► MAKE SURE THAT YOU UPLOAD ALL THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

Your application will only be processed AFTER the application has been finalised AND all the correct supporting documents have been uploaded via the ‘Upload application documents‘ link BEFORE the closing date. 

It remains your responsibility to make sure that the University receives all your documents in time.
 

► MONITOR YOUR APPLICATION STATUS

The University will acknowledge receipt of your application via email.

Use your student number and SUN-password to monitor the status of your application.


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.