Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch University is located 20-30 minutes outside of Cape Town and offers a variety of medical electives, including medicine, OB/GYN, surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry and pathology. The clinical faculty is very knowledgeable and emphasizes patient-centered care. Stellenbosch University also offers housing, which is conveniently located on campus near the hospital.


  • Emergency Medicine: High acuity and lots of trauma. Ability to do a few EMS shifts. Some students were allowed to do many procedures including chest tubes and lumbar punctures
  • Dermatology: Wide range of pathology, such as secondary syphilis and bullous pemphigoid, with amazing attendings who are extremely knowledgeable


  • Contact Surita Riffel for elective housing
  • Contacting the office may be difficult at times. Be persistent but professional when emailing them

What to do in South Africa:

  • Discover different restaurants in Cape Town
  • Robben Island tour
  • Wine tasting in Stellenbosch
  • Table Mountain sun rise hike
  • Lion’s Head sun set hike
  • Kayaking with dolphins
  • Visit Cape Point and Boulder’s Beach to see African Penguins
  • Free walking tours in Cape Town (Discover the history and learn about Nelson Mandela)
  • Garden Route
    • Tsitsikamma forest walk
    • Bungee jumping in Tsitsikamma
    • Oudtshoorn ostrich farms