Stellenbosch-Leipzig University Partner  

Stellenbosch-Leipzig
University Partner

Academic Exchange

Bilateral University Exchange

View from a classroom at Stellenbosch University

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Die Universität Stellenbosch nimmt beim Studierendenaustausch der Universität Leipzig mit ihren bilateralen Universitätspartnern einen Platz ganz oben auf der Beliebtheitsskala der Studierenden ein – in den letzten drei Jahren entwickelte sie sich gar zur begehrtesten Partneruniversität. Das ausgewogene englischsprachige Angebot, die exzellente akademische Ausbildung auf Bachelor- und Masterniveau, aber natürlich auch die traumhafte Landschaft und das Leben in Südafrika reizen die Studierenden, einen Teil ihrer akademischen Ausbildung in Stellenbosch zu absolvieren. Sie verbringen ein oder zwei Semester an der Partneruniversität und kommen mit neuen und außergewöhnlichen Erfahrungen, aber auch mit anrechnungsfähigen Leistungen zum Studium nach Leipzig zurück.

Diese Möglichkeit wurde mit der Unterzeichnung des Universitätsabkommen über die akademische Zusammenarbeit zwischen der Universität Leipzig und der Universität Stellenbosch im Mai 1999 geschaffen.  Für einen dieser begehrten Studienplätze an der Gasthochschule bewerben sich Studierende zuerst an ihrer Heimatuniversität und werden dann durch eine Auswahlkommission nominiert.

Es sind aber nicht nur die Studierenden der Afrikanistik, die Interesse an der südafrikanischen Partneruniversität haben. Genauso viele Studierende aus den Kommunikations- und Medienwissenschaften nahmen bisher am Austausch teil. Darüber hinaus haben Studierende der Politikwissenschaft, der Psychologie, der Ethnologie, der Anglistik, der Geschichte, der Mathematik, der Sportwissenschaften, der Linguistik, der Geografie und vieler andere Fächer die Gelegenheit genutzt, umfangreiche akademische Kenntnisse am Kap zu erwerben. Und jeder dieser Studierenden blickt noch heute mit Begeisterung auf den Aufenthalt zurück.

Zu hoffen ist, dass noch mehr Studierende der Partneruniversität den Weg vom Kap nach Leipzig finden. Neben zwei Sprachkursstipendien am interDaF e.V. sichert die Universität Leipzig den Studierenden aus Stellenbosch Kontaktstipendien im Rahmen des STIBET Programms zu, die ein Semester Studium im Winter- oder im Sommersemester absichern.

Exchange type 

Academic year 2015/16

Academic year 2016/17

From SU to LU

From LU to SU

From SU to LU

From LU to SU

Student exchange (BA, MA, PhD)

3

7

7

7

Staff exchange 

7

10

4

3

Contact:
Jane Moros
International Centre

Further information:
Auslandsaufenthalt für Studierende der Universität Leipzig

Martinus Johannes Havenga at Leipzig Book Fair

Student report by Martinus Johannes Havenga

  • startet his year at Leipzig University in October 2016

As a Ph.D. student from Stellenbosch University, it has been an absolute joy and privilege to spend the last few months at Leipzig University as part of the Erasmus+ program. From the second I first set foot in the city at the beginning of February this year, I have been welcomed with open arms – both by members of the University’s international office and by academic staff at the faculty of theology where I study. Everyone indeed went out of their way to help me settle in and feel at home as quickly as possible, and I have rarely before experienced so much support, kindness, and hospitality, upon arrival at a new place.

Leipzig is a wonderful city to study in. The University is a first-rate institution with excellent facilities – including well-resourced libraries and comfortable work spaces – and from the moment I arrived here, I could immediately start working on my research without any hassles (which was very important for me, as I am already in the writing phase of my Ph.D.). It was also great to spend time at the faculty of theology and to meet and converse with fellow students, researchers, and academics, both about my own work and about the interesting research that is currently being done here in Leipzig. I am increasingly realizing that one of the great joys of academia, is the friendships one can forge with people from all over the world during one’s travels – and I am thankful for everyone I’ve met and befriended over the last few months. Leipzig is also a wonderful city to live and unwind in – especially after a hard day’s work.

Some of my favorite things to do, after coming home from the library or the faculty, included visiting the magnificent Clara Zetkin park, cycling through the many forests around the city, going to see theatre productions and art exhibitions (especially in the exciting and lively Western parts of the city), and listening to the Thomanerchor on a Friday evening at the vesper service of the Thomaskirche. All of these activities enriched my stay in Leipzig, and I will fondly remember the beauty of the city and its surroundings – and the art and culture on offer – for many years to come. Thank you once again for the wonderful opportunity to spend some time at Leipzig University as an exchange student from Stellenbosch.

Even though I am sad that it is almost time to go home, I know that this will not be the last time that I visit the city, and I am already looking forward to my next stay!

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Erfahrungsbericht von Alia Smektala 

  • Masterstudentin der Betriebswirtschaftslehre 
  • Auslandssemester an der Universität Stellenbosch im Wintersemester 2016/17

Mein Auslandssemester in Stellenbosch war mit Abstand die beste Zeit meines gesamten Studiums. Ich war im Wintersemester 2016/17 an der SU, was bedeutet, dass ich den afrikanischen Sommer voll ausnutzen konnte - und dies wiederum heißt: Surfen, Wine Tastings, unvergessliche Reisen und Safaris, neue kulturelle Eindrücke und unzählige tolle Bekanntschaften. Ich studiere BWL im Master und empfand die Kurse in Stellenbosch im Vergleich zu Deutschland als relativ gut machbar, etwas interaktiver als ich es kannte und vor allem kreativ gestaltet. Während ich in Leipzig eher eine dauergestresste Studentin war, lernte ich in Südafrika, dem Leben mit mehr Gelassenheit, Dankbarkeit und Zufriedenheit zu begegnen.

Zwar ist vor allem das Westkap, an dem die SU liegt, umgeben von wunderschöner Natur, dennoch sollte man sich bewusst sein, dass die Mehrheit der Südafrikaner in "Townships" lebt und die Konfrontation mit Armut nicht ausbleibt. Als Austauschstudent kann man grundsätzlich einen hohen Lebensstandard in Stellenbosch pflegen, wird jedoch stark für soziale Ungleichheiten in der dortigen Gesellschaft sensibilisiert - und das ist etwas, das man in keiner Vorlesung lernen kann. Alles in allem erachte ich einen Auslandsaufenthalt an der Uni Stellenbosch als großartiges Gesamtpaket und die Garantie für ein aufregendes halbes Jahr auf einem der schönsten Kontinenten der Welt. 

EUROSA partnership

Erasmus Mundus Partnership Network EUROSA

Leipzig University is partner within the Erasmus Mundus Partnership Network EUROSA which is coordinated by the University of Antwerp, Belgium. It awards scholarships to South African master students, doctoral students and staff. The network aims to enable members of the South African universities to study or work at European partner universities, escpecially to support historical disadvantaged people with high academic potential and to strengthen the mutual exchange of experiences.The project is supported by Erasmus Mundus funding scheme of the European Union.

At the moment the two EUROSA students Jeanine Watson and Tanya Gregory studying at the Faculty of Medicine in Leipzig. (Update: June 2017)

Contact

Felicitas Hanke
International Centre

Further information: 

More information about EUROSA

EUROSA-Student report by Yolande Hendler 

"Here I can get to know every day life"

EUROSA-Student Yolande Hendler, master student from South Africa, reports from her experiences with the programme and at Leipzig University:

What opportunities does the EUROSA offer to South African students?

EUROSA enables South African Master and Doctorate students to spend either part or all of their study (up to 36 months) at one of the nine EUROSA partner universities in Europe and therefore enrich their study with experience in Europe.

What does EUROSA mean to you?

After completing my bachelor at Stellenbosch University in South Africa I wanted to study a Master’s degree in Europe – and I was able to do this thanks to the EUROSA scholarship. EUROSA provided me with access to Germany and Europe and, through my Global Studies course, to different countries of the world which I got to know through my fellow students.

Why did you choose Leipzig?

I was interested in studying in Leipzig for two reasons. As I grew up bilingual, English and German, but had never lived in Germany, Leipzig was particularly interesting to me as a German partner university, because here I can get to know everyday life and student life in Germany. Furthermore, Leipzig University offers an MA in Global Studies and I was very interested in this study programme.

Mobility within Joint Programmes

Both universities offer three joint programmes within which students, PhD-students as well as staff are exchanged continuously:

MA German as a Foreign Language in a German-African context

Further information about the programme: Philology - MA “German as a Foreign Language in a German-African context” 

Lorenzo van Schalkwyk at Leipzig

Student report by Lorenzo Schalkwyk

  • started his year at Leipzig University in April 2017

I've always shown interest in Leipzig since I was young. I wanted to study music at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, but somehow I ended up doing a masters degree in German at the Herder Institut. My studies at the University of Leipzig started in April 2017 and I will be staying here until the summer semester of 2018. So far, the first 2 months in Leipzig have been wonderful. I got to know many different people from various backgrounds.

The city is filled with mostly liberal-minded, cosmopolitan, vibrant and friendly students. What I like most about being here is the infectious sense of freedom that most people exude. Experiencing and observing that is truly liberating. What I also admire about them (especially the students in my classroom) is their assertiveness and their abilities to express themselves eloquently on topics discussed in class. Their contributions are certainly stimulating.

I have to admit, in spite of the tumultuous first two weeks I have experienced upon my arrival, that Leipzig has already crept into my heart and I dread that time would pass swiftly because I am truly enjoying my time here. Even if it does elapse quickly, one could always just return and hope to rekindle old friendships and acquaintances.

Mikhaia Crous (left) and Mizan van Wyk at Leipzig

Student report by Mizan van Wyk 

  • started her year at Leipzig University in March 2017

Oh my goodness, I am going to be living in another country for the next 10-12 months! In Europe, in Germany!! This was probably the sentence that kept repeating itself in my head during my last few weeks at home before leaving for Leipzig at the end of March 2017. Excitement was definitely my first and foremost emotion, because as a student studying German at the University of Stellenbosch, living in Germany while doing my Masters is the ultimate dream.

And then I got to Leipzig. And it is amazing. The city is beautiful with many green parks and spots to relax, museums to visit and the libraries – more books than one could wish for. Oh, and the public transport? Amazing! Who needs to think about traffic when you can use the Straßenbahn (tram), bus or train (or bicycle if you are into that). The reason why I am studying specifically at Leipzig University is, because the German Department at Stellenbosch University and the Herder Institute at Leipzig University have coordinated a binational Master’s degree in German – how cool is that?

Spending the year abroad in Leipzig not only offers the opportunity to be surrounded by an entirely different culture, but it also offered me the opportunity to broaden my horizons in my field of study. And of course, there are wonderful scholarships available to help make the journey possible. I will be spending the next 8-9 months (10 months in total) in Leipzig after which I will return to South Africa to finish writing my thesis in Stellenbosch. Which part of my stay I enjoyed most in Leipzig?

Ask me again in the next 9 months, but so far simply the experience of spending the year abroad in a new city and having the opportunity to meet new people, to explore and travel and try new things is exciting and gratifying. Although I have only been here for 2 months, I can honestly say that the openness that one experiences in the city makes it easy to feel at home. 

MA Global Studies - A European Perspective 

Further information about the programme: Area and Global Studies - MA Global Studies - A European Perspective"

Roxanne Fraser at Leipzig

Student report by Roxanne Fraser

  • started her semester at Leipzig University in October 2016

One can never be fully “prepared” to study abroad for a semester. Especially when this adventure occurs in a foreign country, on a foreign continent to the place you call home, Africa. Having researched the Master’s Programme entitled “Global-Studies- A European Perspective” at Leipzig University, many subjects were of great interest to me. I could not compare the modules, to any course content I was familiar with. This was great, as my interested was sparked and concentration alert.

The Master’s programme in its entirety combined various academic perspectives, theories, methods, approaches and strategies developed in history, the social sciences, and cultural areas. They were used to explore the phenomenon of the term global connectedness. The unique opportunity to be exposed to an international learning environment consisting of a multi-national classroom added immense value to me academically and personally in discussing the above core objectives of the programme. With the programme merging and overlapping with several disciplines, this broadened my views and opinions in terms of my interpretation of the current global conditions.

This programme, particularly encouraged me to apply to Leipzig University. While enrolled at Leipzig University, I stayed at a student residence. This was an ideal environment, as socialising with my roommate, friends and neighbours was easy. Having never lived in Europe, given the opportunity to study abroad for a semester at Leipzig University allowed me to grow as a person, by experiencing global interaction with diverse and dynamic students from all over the world. For this I am forever grateful to Stellenbosch University and Leipzig University, as well as Erasmus + Exchange Programme for which none of this would have been possible without.

MA Sustainable Development

Further information about the programme: 

Summer language course

Summer language course "Languages Build Bridges"

Since 2007 two students of German Studies from Stellenbosch University have been participated annually in the summer language course “Languages Build Bridges” at interDaF Leipzig annually. Thus the course enriches the cooperation of both universities especially within the Joint Masters Programme German as a Foreign Language. The language course is geared to students from all over the world who want to learn the language together and experience a lot while training the German language. Besides language lessons, phonetics exercises and on-site research, it offers various cultural and leisure activities, as well as weekend excursions.

Course Dates 2017:

Further information:

„Sprachen bauen Brücken“ – Studenten der Universität Stellenbosch in Sommersprachkursen (Bericht vom 18.11.2013)

Student report by Mikhaila Crous 

Do I even speak German? Why does the University building look like a church? Which direction do I go? The confusion is (well, in retro-spec) R-E-A-L. Those are just a few questions I asked myself during my first few days in Leipzig. After living in Saxony’s Graffiti capital (according to BILD, a German newspaper) for 4 weeks I pose this question: When can I go back?

I attended a language summer school at InterDaF College called “Sprachen bauen Brücken” (= “languages build bridges”). Not only did I learn a lot of German, I also made friends from around the globe whilst exploring Leipzig and the roundabouts on our various excursions. Excursions were all over, not only in terms of topic, but also in terms of location; be it looking at art in the Albertinum in Dresden with a Mexican, or walking up the 232 stone steps in the “Turm der Thomaskirche” (= “Tower of St. Thomas Church”) with some Americans ending in a breath-taking view of the city.

Read more about Mikhailas experiences at Leipzig University on her blog.

DAAD collaboration "Welcome to Africa"

Within the period 2012 - 2015 the Higher Education Cooperation Programme "Welcome to Africa" sent young researchers at different stages of their training as an integral part of their education work to Leipzig's African partners in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Stellenbosch (South Africa), Addis Ababa (Ethopia) and Yaoundé (Cameroon) nourishing exchange at all levels and preparing young scholars for an academic career equipped with a scientific network.

The programme offered young researchers three alternative tracks depending on their stage of studies and purposes. They could either study a period abroad, complete an internship or spend a research stay at the partner universities.

The programme was generously funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for the period 2012-2015 as one out of 9 German universities.

Apart from its benefits for young researches the programme also supported the international dimension of the Leipzig University as an institution. Relationships to the partner universities could be strengthened as planned in the internationalisation strategy. Because of its four partners in Africa, Leipzig became the node in a network that connects institutions across the continent, both into Africa and into Europe.

Within the partnership with the Stellenbosch University study abroad programmes for Master Students, research programmes for PhD Students and internships were offered. Students were placed in diverse companies, institutes or agencies as interns through the local network of Stellenbosch University. Additionally, guest scientists got the chance to teach and research in Leipzig and Stellenbosch.

Further information:

series "Welcome to Africa": Eindrücke zur Halbzeit des Programms 2014

article: Zusammenarbeit mit Modellcharakter by Gunda Achterhold 2014


last update: 15.06.2017 

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