Environment and Global Health

Nelson Mandela University
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Environment and Global Health

  • Location

    Port Elizabeth

  • Host University

    Nelson Mandela University

    Nelson Mandela University (NMU) is one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse universities in Southern Africa. You will be able to take advantage of the university's unique location in the Summerstrand section of Port Elizabeth: four miles from the city center and in a nature reserve, surrounded by the sea and coastal dunes anytime you are not in class. NMU offers a diverse course list in subjects such as sports science, marine biology, zoology, environmental studies, and sustainable development studies. NMU is an engaged and people-centered university that serves the needs of its diverse communities by contributing to sustainable development through excellent academic courses, research and service delivery.

  • Term

    Summer 2 2023

  • Program Dates

    Mid Jun, 2023 - Mid Jul, 2023

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Mar 15, 2023

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Mar 30, 2023

  • Credit

    6 US Credits

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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Study Abroad Program Description

Nelson Mandela University’s summer program offers you a opportunity to study South African’s diverse land and sea environments and the unique relationship and history of modern and traditional medicine in South Africa. As a visiting summer student you can choose to enroll in one course during this program.

Enjoy Flexibility with ISA Flex

We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.


There is no language prerequisite for this program.

You must have second semester sophomore standing at the time of participation in the program.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University


Bridging Cultures Orientation

Resident Staff

On-Site Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities



US Credits


Recommended U.S. Semester Credits


Recommended U.S. Quarter Units


Academic Information

Course Selection


You are required to take 1 course.


Below is a full list of course offerings for Environment and Global Health.


Course Credit


You are required to take 6 U.S. semester credits for this program.


The final decision regarding credit transfer is determined by the students' home universities. It is important to be in touch with your university about course approvals and transfer credit pre-departure.


Transcript Information


The transcript from Nelson Mandela University summer programs will reflect recommended U.S. semester credits for each course listed below.


Please be in touch with your U.S. University regarding credit transfer for this program.


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Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Bella Nunez

Program Manager, South Africa


Nomsa Xubane

Resident Director, South Africa

Funding Your ISA Program

Wondering how you’ll fund your program? ISA’s got you covered! If you receive financial aid for your home university, you will likely be able to use those funds for study abroad too.  The first step is usually speaking with your home university. Check out the steps for using financial aid here.

Need to know how much to budget for a term abroad? Take a look at the additional expenses you might expect, depending on your program.

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. We offer over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, visit the scholarships and grants page.

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Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the South African lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor. Uncovering the uniqueness of your surroundings will help you to feel right at home. No matter which type of housing you choose, you will commute to class as most locals do, via the university bus or walking. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

Student Residence

The residence halls in Port Elizabeth are located off campus. The apartment-style accommodations have shared kitchens and bathroom facilities. Meals and laundry service are not included. You will pay a $500 refundable security deposit if living in this ISA housing option. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.



Addo Elephant National Park

The Addo Elephant National Park has over 550 elephants and is the third largest conservation park in South Africa. You will have the opportunity to discuss local policy that protect these lands from development, privatization, and poaching. Become further aware of differences in how some of these species feed, breed, select their partners for mating and survive various threats and predators.

Cape Town

Discover the magic of the Mother City. During this week long adventure you'll see famous spots including but not limited to Table Mountain, Boulders Beach, and Robben Island. Get ready for a week full of history, natural wonders, and cultural exploration. This excursion is organized by NMU Summer School.


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