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 meet and interact with professional engineers in the industry. In addition, the learners will be able to meet some of the faculty’s highly accomplished lecturers, and undertake tours of the faculty’s departments and facilities.

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.

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Winterweek will be taking place virtually from 13 August to 15 August 2021. It will be free for all learners to attend, but space is limited so please ensure that you register early!

See below for more information, social media platforms, contact details, videos, photos and more. Please note that the primary language of the Winterweek is English.

Winterweek 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this year's Winterweek. We are sure it was an insightful and educational experience for all our attendees, and we hope that the sessions made your decision to study engineering at Stellenbosch University easier.

Winterweek 2021 Video Gallery

General information

Winterweek 2021 will take place from 13 August to 15 August 2021.

When Winterweek is held in-person, only Grade 11 and 12 learners can attend. However, due to the online format we welcome applications from Grade 9 upwards. Please note that due to limited space, early applications from Grade 11 and 12 learners will be prioritised.

Applications will open on 23 May 2021.

The Winterweek is free of cost and is hosted virtually.

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

Contact information

For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Winterweek Director at 21719659@sun.ac.za.

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Photo Gallery

  • Chrismari De Wet - Winterweek Director

  • Louzanne Swart - Vice Director, Faculty and Undergraduate Experience

  • Liza Stewart - Head of Marketing and Merchandising

  • Thato Matona - Head of Companies

  • Alex Grey - Treasurer and Residence Information

  • Rachel Groenewald - Website and Tech support

  • Tosheeth Desai - Website and Tech support

  • Lovejoy Mhishi - Floater

  • Neill Finn - Floater

  • Avela Sirofu - Floater

  • Dirk Troost - Floater

  • Tshogofatso Brigette Lope - Floater


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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