As one of South Africa’s leading higher ed institutions, Stellenbosch is recognized internationally for its excellence in research output and student achievement. The university has appeared on a number of world university rankings, including the Times Higher Education and QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) world rankings in 2012, for the second consecutive year.

The university is also well known for its broad cultural diversity. Their Vision Statement makes it clear why the development of diversity and an international perspective are so important to Stellenbosch: “Our task is to prepare students for the multicultural society within which they must live and work — a goal that will be difficult to achieve if our staff and student profile does not also reflect multiculturalism and diversity.”