Stellenbosch University Online Application 2023-2024

Stellenbosch University Online Application 2023-2024

Online Application Process

The application process to any university can often be tricky so we have decided to condense the application process into a few simple steps. Here’s your step-by-step guide to applying to Stellenbosch University.

Step 1 – Select a study programme

  • Find out what programmes and courses are offered by Stellenbosch University. Click here to find out more.
  • Choose study programmes that interest you while taking note of the minimum entrance requirements and the selection guidelines for each faculty.

Step 2 – Be aware of closing dates

Step 3 – Understand the application process

  • Submitting an application form does not mean you are automatically accepted – each programme can only take a certain amount of students.
  • You can select a first, second and third programme choice. This is due to some programmes having a tough selection process.
  • It is possible that you might not make it into your preferred study programme so it is good to have a backup or two.
  • If the University informs you that you’ve made it into your second or third choice, it does not mean that you cannot be considered for your first choice.
  • However, be aware that you can only be admitted to one programme at a time.
  • If you are admitted for your second choice but are reconsidered for your first choice, then your second choice will lapse when you are admitted to your first choice.

The following study programmes have extensive and rigorous selection processes: all programmes in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences; all programmes in the Faculty of Law; BA (Visual Arts); BA (Drama); BA (Music); BMus; BA (Sports Science); BSc (Sports Science); BEd (GenEd); BEngineering and BCom (International Studies).

  • With these programmes, you must always indicate a second choice.
  • Only one programme within the Medical Faculty can be chosen.
  • If your second choice is also from the above list then you must indicate the third choice is not from the list.

You can change your programme choice by emailing your request to This is subject to availability.

Step 4 – Apply

  • You apply online by using a cellphone number and email address.
  • Applications open on 1st March.
  • You can acquire a hard copy of the application by phoning 021 808 911 or emailing
  • You must ensure that your information is correct else your application can be terminated or cancelled automatically.

Step 5 – Complete the application form

  • An application will be considered once all the admission documents are sent through.
  • These include a signed contract, all application documents and proof of payment.
  • These can be sent to or uploaded online.
  • Your student number must always be used as a reference on these documents.
  • Your application status can be monitored here.


There are specific forms for certain programmes which can be found below.

Step 6 – Application fee

  • R100 must be paid alongside your application.
  • These can be paid as part of the online application.
  • They can also be paid in person at the Administration A Building.

Step 7 – Monitor your application

  • The Stellenbosch University shall confirm your application by sending you your student number (username) and password via e-mail.
  • This can be used to monitor your application status by logging in here.

Step 8 – Write the national benchmark tests (NBT’S)

  • This is compulsory for all prospective first years.
  • If you are applying to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences or to the Faculty of Law then you must write the NBT before June.
  • This is because the faculties consider the results for admissions.
  • All other faculties require you to do them before you register.
  • Click here for more information and to make a booking.

Step 9 – Conditional admission

  • If you are offered conditional acceptance then you need to meet the admission requirements in your Matric exams before you can register as a student.