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CIEE: Stellenbosch Arts and Sciences
Stellenbosch, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
Stellenbosch, a small Dutch colonial city, lies 30 miles east of Cape Town and is the second-oldest European settlement in the province. Its population, slightly under 200,000, speaks mostly Afrikaans, reflecting its colonial origins. Sheltered in a valley, Stellenbosch is located in a hilly section of the Cape Winelands and is best known as a center of wine production. Stellenbosch University is one of South Africa’s leading institutes of higher education.
The CIEE Arts and Sciences program in Stellenbosch is designed to give students access to a broad selection of academic areas, including community development, business, sociology, politics, literature, ecology and economics while creating structured opportunities to engage with the local community.. In addition, students have the opportunity to become fully integrated into the campus community. The program is designed for highly motivated students who want to combine classroom studies with field-based experiential learning and community engagement.
Students on this program take CIEE elective courses, and multiple academic courses at Stellenbosch University with a specific focus on Language, Development, Economics and Policy, Ecology and Environment, Philosophy, History and Culture, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and/or Service Learning and Community Engagement. Students may choose to do a CIEE Directed Independent Research project (3 RU credits) in place of one Stellenbosch University elective course. Students may also enroll in the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning for an additional 3 RU credits. A list of elective course options can be found on the CIEE web page.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to CIEE and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take 15-16 credits while abroad. The credit translation system between CIEE and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at CIEE will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Mid-July – Late November
Spring Semester: Mid January – Mid-June
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the CIEE web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by CIEE and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Students live in student residences on the Stellenbosch University campus. Those students participating in Directed Independent Research at the Sustainability Institute can also spend up to four weeks in-residence at the Eco Village at the Sustainability Institute (limited spaces available).
Meals are not included in the program fee and can be either prepared by students in the residence hall or guest house or taken at local restaurants and cafes in Stellenbosch.
Students have 24-hour access to email and the Internet at Stellenbosch University’s computer lab. Students who bring laptops can register them for a small fee and use them in their residence hall and around campus.
Program Cost: 2015-2016
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
CIEE CIC-Partner Scholarships ($1000) - Available to Rutgers students participating on eligible CIEE study abroad programs. Students submitting applications for the Center for Global Education scholarships will be considered for a CIEE-CIC scholarship.
CIEE Scholarships- Available to students participating in CIEE study abroad programs. For more information please visit the CIEE website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.