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​​​​​​​​​​​English Support

English for Academic Purposes (EA​P)

The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programme is available to postgraduate students currently registered at the university, including international students wanting to improve their academic English.​

​The EAP Programme is a semester course that consists of two modules: Speaking & Language and Reading & Writing. You can register for both or for one module per semester. The EAP modules are aimed at local and international SU students who are required to do an extensive amount of writing, reading and speaking in English for their academic courses.​


English Language Proficiency Testing

Stellenbosch University International​, the Postgraduate Office and/or academic departments reserve the right to refer students for language testing at the Language Centre if there is any doubt about their English language proficiency.​

The English language proficiency test is available to those:

  • who have an IELTS score of LESS than 6.5;
  • who are unable to submit IELTS or TOEFL results dated within two years prior to application; and
  • referred by Stellenbosch University International​, the Postgraduate Office and/or academic departments to prove English language proficiency.


International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Preparation Course​

The IELTS Preparation course is a 60-hour, intensive, blended learning short course offered over 8 weeks. This preparation course is recommended for those intending to sit for the (IELTS) test for immigration, studies or work.

​This course is recommended for local, postgraduate students needing a minimum IELTS score in order to study or emigrate overseas, or international students needing a minimum IELTS score for postgraduate studies.

Academic Support

Academic writing skills workshops are specifically aimed at postgraduate students who have to write research proposals, theses and dissertations, and academic articles. Most of the workshops are embedded in specific subject fields and are developed in close collaboration with the departments concerned. To accommodate students whose departments do not have tailor-made academic writing workshops, generic workshops are presented regularly.

At the Writing Lab and the Reading Lab students get individual assistance with academic writing and reading development. These services are structured in such a way that students can determine the pace at which they are able to work.

The Writing Lab's one-to-one consultations allow students to discuss their own writing with trained writing consultants so that they can strategise about accurately representing their ideas. The consultations are free and unlimited.

The Reading Lab offers various services – workshops in reading-skill development, one-on-one consultations, reading and learning support groups and a computer speed-reading development programme.

For more specific details about all these services consult the Language Centre website. ​


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