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The 2018 fees quoted below are provisional and subject to approval by Stellenbosch University's Student Fees Committee.​

Programme fees for 2018



(1st year of registration) 



(2nd year of registration)



(3rd and following years of registration)


  Students from South Africa


R42 059


R42 059


 ​Students from Southern African Development  Community (SADC) countries 


R45 754


R45 754


 International students from the rest of the    world (non-SADC countries) 


R54 074


RR54 074




  Students from South Africa​ R  9 180
  Students from SADC countries R22 877
 International students from the rest of the world (n​on​-SADC  countries)

R27 037



​​ Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) 



  • South African students can pay the full programme fees upon registration or they can pay 75% of the annual fees by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September.
  • The fees for 2nd year of enrolment and subsequent years of enrolment will be adjusted to make provision for annual price increases.
  • Deposit: All students pay a deposit on acceptance of admission. Foreign students must pay a deposit of 50% of the annual programme fees on acceptance to the programme and the balance prior to, or upon registration. The deposit is deducted from the programme fee. The deposit payable is non-refundable.
  • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is not refundable.
  • €1 = about R14.39; US$ 1 = about R12.87 (28 May 2017).
  • ·Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.
  • USB reserves the right to change the fees at any time.

Bursaries and scholarships 

  • Financial support for full-time PhD students: Bursaries or scholarships are available. An application for financial assistance will only be considered after acceptance of the comprehensive proposal.
  • Facilities and services for PhD students: This includes an office, and access to IT facilities, an onsite library and other support services.
  • Attending conferences and workshops: Financial support is available in the doctoral programme budget to enable full-time scholarship PhD students to attend and present papers at conferences and workshops.
  • Providing teaching and research assistance: Full-time scholarship students are expected to be present at USB for approximately 100 hours per year for contractually negotiated tasks such as teaching and research assistance.