(for students who are not registered for a degree in 2021 and who are in grade 12 in 2021)

Online application for undergraduate studies at Stellenbosch University opens on 1 March 2021 and closes on 31 July 2021.

The process is as follows:

All prospective BDatSci students should apply via the University's portal for undergraduate study in 2022.

Select BDatSci or Bachelor of Data Science from the drop-down menu and follow the instructions. No need to select a focal area at this stage. You can only select BDatSci. Focal areas are only selected (optional if you want) when you register officially next year.

After the application process has closed, students who meet the minimum admission requirements (based on their grade 11 marks), will receive a letter to indicate that they have been provisionally accepted for the BDatSci degree, provided their grade 12 results meet the minimum admission requirements.

Acceptance letters should be received by end of August, if not, please enquire only after 31 August 2021 by Registrar of SU.


BDatSci will be phased in from 2021, and no Data Science module in this programme will be offered other than the intended year. Data Science 241 for example will only be offered in 2022 and Data Science modules that follow onto this, will be offered in subsequent years. Students who wish to apply for BDatSci in 2022 can do so when registration opens in 2022, provided they meet the grade 12 admission requirements of the programme and there are available spots in the programme. Students should email Prof PJ Mostert at if you wish to change in 2022 to BDatSci. Grade 12 results as well as current performance on undergraduate level, after obtaning your full results at the end of 2021, will be considered. A motivation letter should accompany this email explaining why you would like to change your degree to BDatSci. Note that certain existing modules can be taken in advance on recommendation of the Programme Committee of BDatSci. No student will be allowed to change to BDatSci unless prior approval was obtained from the Programme Committee of BDatSci. The faculty administrators/registrars will not allow such registration without prior approval.