Stenden University South Africa Application Process

Stenden University South Africa Application Process

Application Process

Ready to apply?

Follow the steps mentioned below and your application will soon be on its way. The International Office ( at Stenden will guide you through the process and make sure your application is processed as soon as possible.

Will you hold the required diploma and will you satisfy the other requirements for the study programme of your choice before the start date? Will you be required to take an entrance examination or attend an admission interview as part of the application process? Be sure to check the information about your preferred course so that you are well-informed about what lies ahead.

Admission Requirements

Step 2 – Register on Studielink

You can apply through Studielink, the application and enrolment portal provided by the Netherlands Ministry of Education. Complete the following steps:

  1. Go to Studielink.
  2. Login to your account or create an account if you currently do not have one. You will have access to your own personal Studielink page.
  3. Click on ‘Add previous education’ (if you haven’t already done that) and add the previous education that provides admission to the study programme that you wish to follow.
  4. Click on ‘Add new enrolment’ or ‘Enrolment application’.
  5. Select your preferred course and confirm your choice.
  6. Enter the starting month in which you would like to start your programme.
  7. Next, confirm your starting date.
  8. Answer the study programme-specific questions.
  9. Tick the confirmation box and confirm your application.
  10. Enter your payment details for payment of the tuition fees, and confirm again. If you prefer, you can enter this information at a later date, provided you do so before enrolment.
  11. You can track the status of your application on your personal Studielink page

Once Stenden has received your application, you will receive a message from Studielink confirming the following information:

  • The Stenden course(s) for which you have applied
  • The admission interview or selection process
  • Any other information you may be required to provide

Step 3 – Submit application documents (within 2 weeks)

Submit application documents via the Online Portal

A few days after you submit your application, you will receive an email request from the International Office to submit your application documents via an Online Portal.

In this email you will find the login data for the online portal and a list of documents to be submitted:

  • Copies of your passport.
  • Secondary school diploma or graduation statement (see below).
  • Certificate of English-language proficiency (IELTS or TOEFL) if applicable.

To apply, candidates must fill out the Stenden South Africa Application Form (four pages) and submit several supporting documents:

B.Com Hospitality Management:

  • Why does the hospitality industry appeal to you?
  • Why do you think you would make a good manager in the hospitality industry?
  • Why do you want to study at Stenden South Africa?

BBA Disaster Management:

  • Why does the Disaster Management degree appeal to you?
  • Why do you think you would make a good manager in Disaster Relief Management?
  • Why do you want to study at Stenden South Africa?

Step 4 – Finalize your application

Payment (EU students)

If you are from an EU/EER Member State:

  • Check that your bank is able to process international (SEPA) payments.
  • Go to your personal Studielink page and follow the instructions provided.
  • Have you set up a direct debit mandate and confirmed your payment details? Congratulations! Your enrolment is now complete and you are all set to start your course.

Payment and student visa (non-EU students)

If you are from a non-EU Member State, you must transfer the course fees to Stenden; you should have received an invoice for this purpose.

Once we have received your payment and have verified that you meet the visa requirements, we will apply for a student visa on your behalf. After approximately four weeks, you will receive a notification that you can collect your visa from the Netherlands Embassy or Consulate in your country. For additional information about applying for a student visa, please visit the website of the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic).

After a complete application is received, candidates will have a personal or telephonic interview with at least two members of the Exam Committee. This interview will focus on:

  • The communication skills of the candidate;
  • The proficiency of the candidate in the English language;
  • The motivation of the student to study at Stenden South Africa.
  • The ability to perform in a learning environment where the student is required to actively pursue knowledge in a group form in educational methods such as Problem Based Learning (PBL).

The following conditions apply to candidates with other profiles:

  • NSC candidates may submit final Grade 11 or mid-Grade 12 results and will be conditionally accepted pending final NSC results.
  • Candidates who qualify with foreign school leaving certificates need to apply to Universities in South Africa to see if they meet the entry criteria to higher education in South Africa. The Universities South Africa evaluation is the candidates’ responsibility and their approval must be obtained before commencement of studies.
  • Candidates with other qualifications aside from school leaving qualifications will be conditionally accepted pending qualifications being evaluated by SAQA. Evaluation of qualifications by SAQA is the candidates’ responsibility and SAQA approval must be obtained before commencement of studies.
  • Foreign candidates defined as mature need not obtain Universities South Africa evaluation but must obtain SAQA evaluation.

The Exam Committee makes the final decision for admission. Stenden South Africa has the right to accept/reject any application and will inform each applicant in writing of the outcome of the interview.