Stellenbosch University Application fees 2025

An amount of R100 is payable when applying for admission as a student. 

This amount is not applicable to the following groups of students:

– International students – click here to be redirected to the Stellenbosch University International (SUI) website.

– Students applying to the Stellenbosch University Business School (USB). Send inquiry to usbcom@usb.ac.za.

Application fees are not refundable under any circumstances.

​Study fees

* estimated; subject to approval of budget by end of 2025.

These amounts are not applicable to international students, with the exception of international students with valid permanent residency in South Africa and international students with refugee status – click hereto be redirected to the website of Stellenbosch University International.  

Below follows a representative sample of the University’s instructional programmes along with the estimated study fees of each, per annum, as applicable in 2025. These figures are simply meant as an estimate indication of the cost of study. For a more accurate indication of the cost, please compile a quote – see the link above the table below.

Please note that study-related additional costs, known as Module costs and Program costs (materials and laboratory fees and travelling expenses), calculated according to the amounts of 2025 with the annual increase, are included in the amounts listed below; departments may alter these based on academic need.  Estimates for text books (enquire at the academic departments), membership dues for academic and registered societies (R20 – R5 671), PSO fees for private students (R358), House fees for students in residences (R615) and parking fees are excluded.

For more detailed information on study fees, consult the Calendar 2025, Part 3, Student Fees, which indicates the estimated cost of a selection of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

A copy of the Calendar 2025, Part  3, Student Fees​​ is available at the ​Enquiries Desk, Administration Building A, Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch, tel: +27 21 808-9111.

Request a more detailed Provisional Statement of Fees / Quotation (Undergraduate and Postgraduate, all years of registration)​

Course  Estimated amount in 2025 for 1st year of Undergraduate study (unless stated otherwise)
BAR43 160
​BA in Human Resource Management​R46 953
​BA in Development and EnvironmentR46 915​
BA (Law)R52 620
BA in Visual ArtsR43 722
​BA in Socio Informatics, Opt 2R50 827​
​BA  in Sport ScienceR46 468​
BA in Drama and Theatre StudiesR42 877
B of Music (BMus)R46 693
​B in Social Work44 050​
BEd (Intermediate Phase Education)
BEd (Foundation Phase Education)
R47 248
R44 122
BScR54 020
​BSc in Earth Sciences58 114​
​BSc  in Human Life Sciences56 117​
BSc AgricR47 179
​BScAgric in Grapevine and Wine SciencesR51 300​
​BAgric in Agricultural Business ManagementR45 836​
BSc in Food ScienceR51 147
BSc in Forestry and Wood ScienceR48 591
​BTh (Bachelor of Theology – Youth Work)R43 342
BDiv (Bachelor of Divinity)R47 633
LLB (Undergraduate)R52 296
LLB (Postgraduate, 2nd B degree), 1st of 2-yrR47 657
LLB (Postgraduate, 2nd B degree), 1st of 3-yrR55 318
Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)  R44 273
BCom (Actuarial Science)R66 648
BCom (Law)R55 268
​BCom (Industrial Psychology)R49 245​
​BCom (Mathematical Sciences)R49 953​
BAccR49 304
BAccLLBR58 094
Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)R61 897
BSc in Physiotherapy R51 633
BSc in DieteticsR51 878
Bachelor of Occupational TherapyR53 523
B achelor in Speech-Language and
Hearing Therapy 
R48 513
​​Bachelor of Nursing and Midwifery​R46 745
MB ChB IR68 657
MB ChB IIR68 857
MB ChB IIIR68 657
MB ChB IVR59 711
MB ChB VR84 202
MB ChB VIR65 360

Click here for a PDF document with estimated study fees for 2025


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.