I'm not sure about my choice of degree programme. With whom can I discuss it?
Various people will be able to advise you:
· The Centre for Prospective Students (CPS), in collaboration with registered psychologists, offers professional counselling services to empower learners to make informed subject and career choices in accordance with their aptitude and potential. Phone the CPS on 021 808 4994.
· While the following faculty officers in the Registrar’s office will be able to advise you regarding your choice of degree, they will also be able to handle registration-related queries:
· During your first week on campus (i.e. prior to registration) you will have ample time to clarify last-minute uncertainties about your choice of degree programme.
May I still change degree programmes?
Should you have conditional admission for a programme in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences (EMS), and your Grade 12 results still comply with all the requirements of another programme in the same Faculty, you will be able to change degree programmes. Remember: This admission is only for programmes of the EMS Faculty. Without permission, you will not be allowed to change to a programme in another faculty. To change to BAcc LLB and BComm (Law), you’ll need permission from the Faculty of Law.
What do I do when my matric results are not good enough?
You can change to a programme within the Faculty if you meet the specific selection requirements for that programme. Should your marks prevent you from gaining admission to any of the Faculty's programmes, you can:
· Contact one of the faculty officers (see above), or
· Contact the Centre for Prospective Students for an appointment regarding career choices.
Is there another selection process ahead, one that may keep me from being admitted?
The EMS Faculty has a selection process to limit its number of students. However, if you’ve received a letter from the faculty secretary at Stellenbosch University confirming your conditional admission, you can only be denied admission if your matric results disqualify you. So, start working! We would love to welcome you as a new Matie.
In which language will my classes be?
First-year classes are being offered in both Afrikaans and English. From the second year onwards, classes are offered only in Afrikaans except for the BComm (Management Sciences) programme, which is offered entirely in Afrikaans and English. Where classes are offered only in Afrikaans, study material will be available in both English and Afrikaans and evaluation and personal discussions can be conducted in either language.
How many classes will I have? Will my timetable be chock-a-block?
Your timetable will differ from programme to programme. Starting at eight o’ clock in the morning, the timetable comprises nine periods of 50 min each. The last period ends at five o’ clock in the afternoon. Tests are written in the evenings. In every semester students have classes for 14 weeks followed by an exam period of some three weeks.
How big will the classes be?
It varies from programme to programme. In the first year, all classes are very big, e.g. Economy 1 has six groups of 275 students each attending classes! Classes get smaller in the following years and in some cases a class can be as small as 10.
Will additional assistance be available should I struggle to understand the work?
Yes, tutorial and mentorship programmes are available, especially in the case of big groups. Tutorial programmes allow students to do practical exercises in smaller groups and to interact with lecturers. In a mentorship programme students can discuss their work and the problems they face in very small (informal) groups. These groups are facilitated by top senior students.
Do you have any other queries?
For more information regarding class fees, sport bursaries, associations or whatever, go to www.maties.com or our website at www.sun.ac.za/ems. You can also send us an e-mail at email@example.com or phone the University’s help line on 021 808 9111.
Or get information from the horse's mouth and contact one of the students in our Faculty at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ebsk.sun.ac.za.