Stellenbosch University Language Centre

We assist individuals, organisations and communities to communicate in effective and innovative ways. The Language Centre is attached to Stellenbosch University to provide multilingual language support to staff and students, but our client base is much broader than the University. We offer several services, courses, short courses and workshops – how can we help you?

E-mail or phone us at 021 808 2167, sign up for our quarterly newsletter, or have a look at what we have on offer:

Short courses for professionals

The Comms Lab offers superbly crafted corporate communication short courses that lead to a Certificate of Competence when completed successfully. E‑mail Michelle or phone her at 021 808 2812, or click on a course link for more information:

·      Communication par excellence

Doing a lot of basic workplace writing? Want to ensure that you communicate clearly and confidently in your work and social environment? Then this course is for you!

·      Communicative English made easy

Hone those finer skills required for effective and confident verbal and written English communication.

·      Crafting confident presentations

Want to develop and present impactful presentations? You will walk away with valuable presentation principles and thorough theoretical and practical knowledge.

·      Cutting-edge business report writing

Responsible for compiling and presenting business reports? This course will equip you with techniques to write state-of-the-art business reports and you will learn how to select and focus on information that must be included in a report.

·      Effective office communication and documentation

Need to write concise and informative e-mails and compile professional agendas? We have it covered. You’ll also learn to listen carefully and with insight during meetings, record meetings, draft minutes and conduct engaging telephone conversations rooted in solid communication strategies.

·      Form design for business

Not getting the best results with your forms? This course is practical and interactive with actual forms being analysed, tested and improved based on the test results.

·      Social media savvy: Business blogging

Need to blog, tweet and do whatever else it takes? Get streetwise with social media and learn about the different social media audience profiles. Also learn how to devise spot-on communication strategies and create tailor-made content.


Editing and translation

Need a report, letter or web content language edited? Do you need a text in several languages? The Language Service is at your service. We translate and edit in more than 15 different languages. E‑mail Marguerite or phone her at 021 808 3096 for a quote. View editing and translation on website.



Conducting a multilingual meeting? Organising a conference where people will speak different languages? The Interpreting Service will help you ensure that participants understand each other. E‑mail Juanli or phone her at 021 808 4183. View interpreting on website.


Language courses

Whether you’d like to work on your skills in Afrikaans, English, isiXhosa or another language, you’ve come to the right place! We are eager to work with individuals or corporate groups.

·      Start learning isiXhosa

Masabelane ngesiXhosa – Come join the conversation in isiXhosa! This six-week course will develop your multilingual skills and enable you to engage in meaningful basic conversation in isiXhosa. We can even tailor a course to your needs. E‑mail us.

·      Sign up for Afrikaans 123

Want to be part of conversations in Afrikaans? Or would you like your employees to be more multilingual? This eight-week course is practical and interactive, focusing on using authentic language in real-life situations. It could also be customised to suit your or your company’s needs. E‑mail Helga.

·      Follow the Intensive English Programme

Not a native speaker of English? This programme develops your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, and your grammar and vocabulary in approximately twenty hours per week for eight weeks. E-mail Deena.

·      Take the gap – study TEFL

Want to take a gap year to teach English overseas and see the world? Set aside four weeks for an intense, accredited TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course and your hard work could really take you places! Or look into our part-time options. E‑mail Karlien.

·      Read better with the Reading Lab

Struggling to get through all those reports? We can help you to improve your reading speed, your ability to comprehend and retain what you read, and to develop different reading strategies. E‑mail Marisca or phone her at 021 808 2811.