History, Culture, and Community Service Learning
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.
Summer 1 2020
Jun 12, 2020 - Jul 11, 2020
Apr 15, 2020
3 - 6 US Credits
2.50 Minimum GPA*
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Nelson Mandela University’s summer program offers you the opportunity to study South African history, culture, political and social sciences with the option to immerse yourself in the community through Service Learning. As a visiting summer student you can choose to enroll in one or two courses during this program. One of the course offerings is a unique opportunity to participate in community service learning through Nelson Mandela University.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
There is no language prerequisite for this program.
You must have second semester sophomore standing at the time of participation in the program.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Bridging Cultures Program
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
3 - 6
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
3 - 6
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
4 - 9
You are required to take 1 - 2 courses.
Below is a full list of course offerings for History, Culture, and Community Service Learning.
You are required to take 3 - 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.
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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- Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Support & Funding
Funding Your ISA 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. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page.View all Funding Options
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.
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.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
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.
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.