Semester in South Africa- Arrival

Airport pickup is included in the CISabroad program fee, but we cannot guarantee airport pickup for anyone that arrives outside of the designated arrival times. To help us make sure we meet you at the airport, please fill out this form with flight information if you have not done so already.

Before you arrive in South Africa, you will need to register with the Stellenbosch international programs office to make sure your airport pickup arrangements are secured. Here’s the link: Stellenbosch International Student Aiport Pickup Registration.

SU shuttle service will meet you at the airport, but not in baggage claim or before you have gone through customs and/or immigration. We will meet you outside of these areas after you exit customs/immigration. They will then transfer you to your housing.

*Please note that you will need to arrange your own transportation to the airport at the end of the semester.*

Should a student arrive early, there are hostels/backpackers in Stellenbosch, walking distance from the main campus.

*If you happen to wait longer than an hour for your pickup at the airport, you can call Georgina Humphreys at +27 079-835-0784 for assistance.

Your bags may decide to take a later flight (don’t panic). If the airline loses your luggage you must file a report with the airline while you are still in the baggage area. It is much more difficult to file this report once you’ve left the baggage claim area.

If your flight is delayed, please make sure to call the CISabroad Emergency phone so that we can inform our onsite team of your delay. We will do everything we can to pick you up from the airport, even if your flight is delayed, but if we cannot meet you there, we will provide you with detailed information on how to take transportation to your housing.

A Pre-Arrival sheet will be e-mailed to you, 1-2 weeks before you arrive onsite. This will contain more detailed information on your arrival as well as specific phone numbers and contact information if there are any issues with your flight or airport pickup.

For extra information on airports around the world, including maps and estimated arrival times, check out the website,

The Matie Buddy Programme is designed to put you in contact with more experienced Stellenbosch University students who want to help you out with your arrival in South Africa. They, along with the international office, will provide you with all the information and help you might need before, during and after your settling in Stellenbosch.

Although it is not mandatory to apply for a buddy we recommend that you do so. It is necessary that you submit your application as soon as possible to get in touch with your buddy before you begin packing!

Take 2 minutes and fill in the application form! For more information contact SU at

The Matie Buddy Programme application can be found here:

SU Matie Buddies Programme Application