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FAQs

  • APPLICATION PROCESS AND CLOSING DATE
    • ​When is the closing date for applications?
      ​The closing dates for each programme appear on the web page for that programme. 

      In general, the closing dates for foreign applicants from non-SADC African countries and rest of world close about three months prior to the closing date for applicants from South Africa and (visa-exempt) SADC countries. Obtaining a study permit (study visa) from the South African authorities takes up to 12 weeks from the date of being offered a place on a programme at USB – hence the early application deadline for foreign students.

      Late applications after the closing dates will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.


    • ​What if I don't have a study permit yet?

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  • BURSARIES
    • ​Are bursaries available?

      A limited number of bursaries are available through USB, the USB Bursary Fund, Stellenbosch University and the National Research Foundation. Find more information here.

  • CAMPUS
    • ​Is accommodation available on campus?

      Yes, there is a comfortable lodge and restaurant on the Bellville Park Campus, which is ideal for short-term accommodation. However, this will probably be too expensive for longer stays. For other accommodation options, such as rooms and flats, contact your course administrator. Once you have been admitted on the MBA and your deposit has been paid, the relevant course administrators will give you guidance in finding accommodation.

  • SELECTION TESTS
    • ​Which selection test should I take – the GMAT or SHL?

      USB accepts both. Both tests measure language skills, verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning and learning potential. However, the SHL also includes an occupational personality test. Both tests are recognised internationally. The SHL selection test is usually the preferred option for most students who hold a degree recognised by Stellenbosch University. No preparation is required for the SHL.

  • THE MBA PROGRAMME
    • ​When are exams/tests held? How many tests/exams are there?

      Students are assessed on a continuous basis. Each module has a minimum number of assessments based on the number of credits for that module. The final performance mark therefore includes, among others, online assessments, class tests, group work, individual and group assignments, class participation and presentations.

    • ​Why do the MBA's admission requirements include a minimum number of years of work experience? Why is this applied so stringently?

      Firstly, relevant work experience of at least three years (if you have a recognised bachelor's degree or equivalent) or six years (if you have a national diploma or equivalent) is a requirement of USB's international EQUIS accreditation. Secondly, collaborative learning – where students learn from each other – forms an important part of USB's MBA. The expertise, depth and value that each participant brings to the class depend largely on authentic work experience.

    • ​What facilities are available for academic assistance besides the library?

      Academic assistance is offered via a web-based learning environment, a PC lab with various software and database resources, syndicate groups (dedicated study groups), informal learning groups and a bulletin board.

    • ​What is the format of an exam/test – e.g. multi-choice questions (MCQs), essays, case studies? Will students have access to past test/exam papers?

      Tests focus primarily on the application of knowledge and insight to business problems. Hence, most tests are open-book and require the analysis of problems or cases. In the assessment of pre-reading, closed-book tests may be used. In web-based assessments of pre-reading multiple-choice questions are frequently used, but this may not exceed 20% of the grade of a subject. Many lecturers make past test papers available as a learning resource.

    • ​I have completed a Management Development Programme with USB-ED / Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management at XYZ. Will I be exempted from part of the MBA programme?

      The focus of the MBA programme is on collaborative learning. Every participant brings certain expertise to the class – some through formal learning, others through informal learning. If the most knowledgeable persons were to be exempted from classes, the learning experience for the whole class will be impaired. Thus, as a general principle, no exemption is granted. In a limited number of special cases, for example where an MBA student transfers from another university to USB, or the content of a USB-ED programme is identical to the MBA content, exemption could be considered. Applications will only be considered after the applicant has registered for the MBA programme.

    • ​Does USB assign mentors to students?

      Yes, but on a volunteer basis only. USB alumni offer to mentor students during their studies and to provide career or industry advice. This service is offered in association with USB's Alumni Relations Office and Career Services Office.

    • ​How do syndicates (dedicated study groups) function in terms of discussions, assignments and other group work? How much does syndicate work count towards the final mark? Can syndicates communicate electronically to get work done or is it compulsory for

      This will depend on each lecturer and on the subject – as some subjects require a substantial amount of group work, while others require limited group work. The weight varies from 0% (no group work) up to 40%. It is imperative that MBA students can communicate electronically to work on their assignments. There is no need to meet physically between modular blocks.

    • ​When will we receive our books and course material for the MBA programme?

      As soon as you have been admitted to the MBA programme, you will be requested to pay a deposit. Books and course outlines will be provided to students during the orientation period at the beginning of the programme. Modular students will receive new course material at the end of every modular block for the following block. For full-time students the study material will be made available at the end of each term. ​

    • Can I spread the payment of my fees over time?

      ​Yes. For South African students, 75% of the annual fees are payable by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. (Foreign students, however, need to pay the full programme fee prior to or upon registration.)​