Get valuable and free career information at Maties’ Open Day

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Come get free career advice and find out what Maties has to offer!

This is the invitation from organisers of Stellenbosch University’s (SU) Open Day, presented for the first time this year on a Saturday (28 February) on its Stellenbosch and Tygerberg campuses.

Please note that the Open Day of Stellenbosch University will not be affected by the fire in the Van der Sterr Building on the Stellenbosch Campus. The Open Day will continue as planned with some information sessions in the Van der Sterr Building (affected by the fire) will now move to the Schumann Building next door.

The Maties Open Day is the ideal opportunity for Grade 11 and 12 learners to gain valuable information on university studies, career choices, bursaries and loans; student fees; residence placement, sporting events, accommodation, student associations, student life, and much more.

“What makes the Open Day so special is that prospective students and their parents can talk directly to faculty staff and representatives of the various support services to find out exact information on the various fields of study as well as the support services offered by the University,” says Magdel Pretorius, project coordinator and adviser at SU’s Centre for Student Recruitment (CSR).

“But the day is not just about gathering academic information. There will be plenty of entertainment and lots of prizes up for grabs!”

Career counselling

For the first time this year the University is also offering access to a free career counselling questionnaire, available at The questionnaire identifies appropriate fields of interest and links this to a variety of careers and study opportunities.

“Another innovative program is Course Chooser, at, which helps you find programmes that you qualify for based on your Grade 11 or 12 subjects and marks. This will give you a very good indication with whom you should talk to on Open Day,” comments Pretorius.

“SU does offer career guidance to Grade 11 and 12 learners. This service includes a psychometric assessment of personality, aptitude and interests, individual conversations, as well as a written report of the results and recommendations. However, the questionnaire is a perfect option for those individuals who can’t afford these tests.”

Information sessions

At the Open Day, learners and their parents can attend general information sessions, on among others, application for admission in 2016 and they can visit the various faculties for more course specific information. Those interested in sports can make their way to the lawns next to the Rooiplein to find out more about Maties Sport, or alternatively hop on the Maties shuttle to Coetzenburg to see what Stellenbosch’s Sport Facilities have to offer. A tour of the JS Gericke Library is also on the programme.

A good starting point for the Open Day is the welcoming tent at SU’s Conservatorium in Victoria Street. Once there, parents and learners can get complete information about the day’s programme and information sessions. A campus map, as well as buses for visitors to and from the various venues will also be available there.

Also be on the lookout for information officers wearing yellow T-shirts. They will be deployed at various key points across campus to provide information and directions.

Several other educational institutions will be exhibiting at the Maties Open Day. They includes Isa Carstens Academy; Stellenbosch Hair Academy; Stellenbosch Academy for Design and Photography; Stellenbosch Rugby Academy; Boland College; The Private Hotel School; ICA and Aleit Academy; CTU and The Hurst Campus.

Shuttle buses will travel from the Stellenbosch campus to the Tygerberg campus and back to accommodate learners and parents who would like to visit both campuses. Please note that it is imperative to make reservations for this service.

The Open Day starts at 09:00 and ends at 16:00. Visit for the complete Open Day programme with times and venues or contact 021 808 9111, e-mail .