Year of foundation: 1866
Approx. number of students: 22,000
Period of study: End July-End November; End January-End June
MCI partner since: 2008
Stellenbosch is situated in the Western Cape province of South Africa, about 50 kilometers east of Cape Town, along the banks of the Eerste Rivier. Its the second oldest European settlement in the province, after Cape Town. The town became known as the City of Oaks or Eikestad in Afrikaans and Dutch due to the large number of oak trees that were planted by its founder, Simon van der Stel, to grace the streets and homesteads. Stellenbosch has a population of around 120,000 persons.
Stellenbosch University is a public research university.
According to the University of Leiden's ranking, SU ranked 454th out of the top 500 universities worldwide in terms of international publication output and 415th in terms of the impact of citations from SU scientific publications in 2007. The University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) was ranked 39 out of the 100 leading business schools in the world, according to the Aspen Institute's 2009-10 edition of its alternative Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey. The USB is also the only business school not only in South Africa but also the rest of the continent to be included in the Top 100 list.