Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch University is a public research university with roundabout 25,000 students. It lies in the picturesque Jonkershoek Valley in the heart of the Western Cape Winelands in South Africa's oldest city. It's an institution with great tradition - the origin of the university can be traced back to 1866 - and today Stellenbosch University is placed among Africa's leading universities accordingly to various rankings.

The Master of Commerce in Economics offered by Stellenbosch University is a one-year-programme (minimum duration, depending on the options chosen up to 18 months) building up on the bachelor and honours degree. Students can opt for General Economics as field of study, or specialise in Economics of Education or in Development Economics. All options involve advanced study in macro- and microeconomic theory, applied economics and policy analysis. In addition, special attention is given to research methodology and research skills, including econometric analysis. Hence the MComm in Economics is an excellent addition to a budding development economist's education.

Stellenbosch University is one of our long-running and most sought-after cooperation and exchange partners and time spent in Stellenbosch is truly 'quality time' - but see for yourself and take a virtual tour through this beautiful campus!


On or off-campus, Stellenbosch and South Africa in general is probably one of the most beautiful places you've ever seen and spending time there you can actually not only enjoy yourself but also make a difference. Students participating in the Stellenbosch exchange or double degree programme are expected to take part in the Stellenbosch University ISOS community engagement programme. ISOS is the international students organization at the Stelenbosch campus which runs an after-school project in the Kayamandi township where incoming international students volunteer their time (usually once a week) working with school-age children of the township. For those who would like to do more there are certainly more options to get involved, such as the HOPE project with its various initiatives.


pictures courtesy of Ariane Volk