Stellenbosch, South Africa

AIFS: Stellenbosch, South Africa

Next Offered: Fall semester 2015 (July 12-November 18, 2015)

Stellenbosch is a university town of 90,000 people in the most beautiful part of South Africa.  The town and university is surrounded by spectacular mountain ranges and vineyards. Residents and students enjoy easy access to Cape Town, a 30-minute drive and a crossroads of cultures, languages and oceans. Safety and security are statistically higher than in large cities. Visit the AIFS web site: AIFS in Stellenbosch 

Participation in the program fulfills Dominican University's foundation requirement: Language and Culture and the Multicultural requirement. Selected courses may fulfill other area requirements.

Academic Program

  • Full year program (July 12, 2015-June 9, 2016)
  • Fall (July 12, 2015-November 18, 2015)
  • Spring semester (January 17, 2016-June 9, 2016)
  • Coursework: Students enroll in selected English language courses at the University of Stellenbosch.
  • Service Learning Certificate offered as option

Student Blog

Follow the travels of student Aracelis Marie Sanchez as she explores South Africa in Fall 2014 at


Completed application packet deadlines:

  • Fall semester: April 1, 2015
  • Spring semester: October 1, 2015

All applications are reviewed by Dominican University's Study Abroad Committee. For more information, please contact Sue Ponremy, director of international studies, at or call (708) 524-6965.

Cost and Financial Aid

Estimated Costs

Program fees (2015-16)  include tuition, housing and meal allowance, excursions, round trip airfare from Chicago, health insurance, fuel surcharge.

  • Full year $33,280
  • Semester $17,140
  • Non-refundable application fee $95
  • Damage deposit $250/semester (refundable).
  • Personal expenses $150 to $250/month (estimated).
  • Vacation travel outside group excursions additional.

Due to fluctuation of exchange rates, the cost of the program is subject to change.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • State, federal and Dominican financial aid is applicable.
  • Students: By studying abroad, you may have additional options for funding assistance. Please see a Dominican University Financial Aid Officer.
  • AIFS scholarships for qualified students
    - International (up to 100 scholarships of $1000 each)
    - Minority  

Requirements and Eligibility

  • Open only to currently enrolled Dominican University students. 
  • 2.7 DU GPA
  • Junior or senior standing
  • Students must attend at least one information session.

Excursions, Housing and Transportation


  • Garden Route tour (6 days)
  • Visit to Cedarberg Mountains (optional, $195)
  • Visit to Kalahari Desert with safari  (optional,, $545)
  • Volunteer work in the township community of Kayamandi
  • Extra-curricular university activities, such as sports, chorus, theater and dance


  • Students choose between a residence hall or communal housing
  • Vacation periods not included


  • Round trip group flight included in program fees.