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Background

Stellenbosch University's Engineering Winterweek aims to give high-school learners a glimpse into the engineering profession and into the life of an engineering student at one of the country’s best universities. The learners attending will visit engineering companies in and around Stellenbosch, thereby meeting and interacting with professional engineers in the industry. In addition, the learners will attend a full day of classes on various subjects, presented by the faculty's highly accomplished lecturers, and undertake tours of the faculty's departments and facilities.

Beyond academics, attending learners will get to see and explore Stellenbosch's campus, and get the full student residence experience - roommate included! The learners will cooperate and compete in groups to complete an engineering project and have many opportunities to meet and engage with their fellow future engineers.

The Winterweek programme is intended to equip high-school learners interested in engineering with as much information and first-hand experience of engineering as possible, so that they may make an informed decision about their studies and career. The programme is planned, arranged, and run by a committee of passionate engineering students, many of whom were once Winterweek attendees themselves.

See below for more information, social media platforms, contact details, videos, photos and more.

Winterweek video

General information

Winterweek 2020 will take place from 28 June to 3 July. Only grade 11’s and 12’s will be accepted. Applications will open on 29 February and close in June.

The Winterweek cost per person is R3100. All meals, transport and other activities during the week are included in the cost. Please see our cancellation policy for more information on cancelling your spot in the Winterweek.

The Winterweek is hosted in Stellenbosch. Attending students will stay and receive meals in one of the University's many student residences. Students with flights to and from Cape Town International Airport will be picked up and dropped off by University transport services, escorted by a Winterweek committee member. Flights must arrive on 28 June and leave on 3 July if the abovementioned University transport services are required.

Please note that the primary language of the Winterweek is English.

Cancellation policy

Learners cancelling within the specified cancellation period will receive the full amount payed; learners cancelling later than the specifed cancellation period but a week or more before the start of Winterweek, will receive 50% of the fee payed; learners cancelling within the week leading up to Winterweek will receive 25% of the fee payed. Should any cancellation, irrelevant of time period, be due to medical reasons, then upon receiving a medical certificate stating the reason for cancellation, the learner will received the full fee payed.

Contact information

For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Winterweek Director at winterweek@sun.ac.za.

Social media

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Instagram

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  • Louzanne Swart - Director

  • Martin Strydom - Vice-Director

  • Chrismari de Wet - Head of Food

  • Alexandra Grey - Treasurer

  • Rijk de Wet - Head of Admin

  • Liza Stewart - Head of Marketing

  • Mbulelo Kote - Head of Project

  • Tosheeth Desai - Head of Social

  • Jan Erasmus - Head of Companies

  • Thato Matona

  • Dirkie Cronje

  • Rachel Groenewald

  • Carla van Wyk

  • Albert van Zyl

  • Divan du Toit

  • Lambertus van Zyl

Testimonials

Below you can find a few paragraphs by learners/students who have attended Winterweek.

What a wonderful experience you gave our budding young engineers. Many thanks for a well run, well organised, efficient and effective programme. They all seemed to enjoy themselves thoroughly and found it instructive as well. We are well aware of how busy your respective courses are and how much pressure you were all under to organise winter week while preparing for exams at the same time. Thank you for the enormous effort and personal sacrifices that went into the planning and execution of a very successful programme. We really appreciate this wonderful opportunity that would not have been available to our children had it not been for the initiative of the Faculty of Engineering and your student committee. Please pass our thanks on to all your committee members. Warm Regards
Parents of Winterweek 2017 attendee, Karl Stapelberg, from Cape Town.

Thank you so much for a fabulous Winterweek, I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in Stellenbosch. I found the week informative and enlightening and I have come away inspired to continue working hard in my school work. I am thankful for being exposed to so many new ideas and people and I feel that I have really grown as a person in the past week. I appreciate all the hard work that you and your team put into the week in order for it to be a success.
Winterweek 2017 attendee, Lindsey Muller, from Beacon Bay.

My seun het die Winterweek bygewoon. Ek wil net dankie se vir al die moeite wat julle gedoen het, hy het dit baie geniet.
Mother of Winterweek 2017 attendee, Andrew Geldenhuys, from Somerset West.

I just wanted firstly to thank you and the rest of your team for a most impressive programme. Drew really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it. By all accounts it involved a lot of organising and co-ordinating and its impressive that you did this over and above your normal varsity work. I just wanted to commend you and your team – thank you!
Mother of Winterweek 2015 attendee, Drew Turpin, from Cape Town.

Ons dogters Monica en Bianca het die Ingenieursweek by julle voltooi. Ons kan net 'n grooot dankie sê vir al julle moeite. Dit was 'n ongelooflike ervaring en voorreg vir ons kinders. Hulle sê 'n spesiale dankie aan al die leiers se toegewydheid om elkeen spesiaal te laat voel, al die moeite wat die leiers gedoen het, dit was net wonderlik. Die week het vir hulle soveel rustigheid gebring. Baie, baie dankie, ook vir al die reëlings rondom die kinders se veiligheid.
Mother of Winterweek 2015 attendees, Monica and Bianca Steyn from Bloemfontein

Just to say thank you very much to the Winterweek team. My son, Cale, had a wonderful time and is now very excited about his future studies in Engineering. It has prompted him to work extra hard at school to make sure he can get entrance into the Stellenbosch faculty, which is his first choice.
Mother of Winterweek 2015 attendee, Cale van der Westhuizen

I would like to express my greatest gratitude for organising and running the 2015 Stellenbosch Winter Week. The event was a phenomenal experience for me and provided both job insight as well as the experience of an engineering student studying at Stellenbosch University. The company visits were particularly interesting for me and I much appreciate the effort you put into organising them. I will be certain to recommend this event to many other pupils as I found it to be an experience that I shall remember for many years to come.
Winterweek 2015 attendee Adam Maguire

Having gone to the Engineering Winter Week myself 3 years ago, I can highly recommend it after all the great experiences I enjoyed! Spending a week with like-minded students and seeing the industry is as much as any aspiring Engineer could as for. In fact, I enjoyed it so much I decided to join the committee to share the experience.
Tristan Nel

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