Our focus is on co-funding, not full funding.
Stellenbosch University and its partner universities are committed to limiting the financial costs incurred by students who participate in exchanges. For this reason, travel bursaries, tuition waivers and other benefits (where applicable and possible) are provided and negotiated. It is however important to note that students will also need to make a financial contribution towards their own respective study trip. In many cases it is only to cover living expenses, extra travel expenses, administrative costs and to comply with visa requirements.
It is also important that you discuss your decision with your parents, guardians or financial benefactors. Be open about your financial situation with SU International, so that we can guide you to the best of our ability.
Bridging Funding: Exchange students should be mindful that scholarships from the host universities might not pay out immediately on arrival. For that reason, it is a suggested to have bridging funding in place, which a student can fall back on in case a scholarship is not paid out on arrival.
Start-up Funds: There are initial administrative costs (for example visa costs etc.), which are not necessarily covered by the exchange bursary, or the scholarship provided by the host university.
There are many factors that you should take in consideration when making a decision about a partner institution; generally, the most important ones are the following:
Academics: If you need to transfer credits back to Stellenbosch University, you need to identify an institution which offers equivalent or similar courses (content / credit weight etc. ) to those on offer at Stellenbosch University. The same principle counts for going on exchange for research purposes. You will not be able to do research at an institution which does not have the research capacity or skills to accommodate you.
Language: It is important to enquire about the language of tuition. If you can’t speak German, there is no point in applying for courses being presented in German.
Finances: If you need financial support to go abroad, it is important to look at options where additional funding is available. That could be in the form of a housing scholarship or a monthly stipend. Inform the exchange coordinator if you are depended on funding.
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