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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.
Spring 1 2024
Feb 01, 2024 - Jun 26, 2024
Oct 01, 2023
Forms and Payment Deadline
Oct 15, 2023
48 - 60 Host University Units
2.50 Minimum GPA*
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Study Abroad Program Description
Nelson Mandela University is one of ISA's most flexible university partners in terms of course selection. As a visiting student, you can select from a wide range of courses within any of the university's seven faculties: Arts, Education, Health Sciences, Science, Law, Business and Economic Sciences, or Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology. As scheduling allows, you may even combine courses offered in different departments and faculties. One of the highlights of the NMU offerings is the 2-credit Community Service Learning course.
Semester + Semester Programs Available: You can combine the Spring + Fall OR Fall + Spring sessions at a discounted price. For more information about this option, please contact your ISA South Africa Site Specialist.
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.
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 Orientation
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
Host University Units
48 - 60
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
12 - 15
Course SelectionCourses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or prerequisites.Some courses, such as research or applied learning, may require additional fees.The courses listed below are only a sampling of what Nelson Mandela University offers. Please see the course catalog, linked below, for additional course options.
- Course Credit
Per Nelson Mandela University's (NMU) recommendation, 4 NQF (National Qualifications Framework) credits are equivalent to 1 U.S. semester credit (1.5 quarter units). Students may also receive 2 U.S. credits for participating in the NMU service-learning course. The final decision regarding credit transfer is determined by the students' home universities. Students enrolled in 48-60 NMU credits are considered full-time. The transcript from NMU will reflect NQF credits.
If you select less than 48 NMU credits, you will need to get confirmation from your home university that you are enrolled in full time status.Most modules (courses) are available to study abroad and exchange students. Students can choose modules from any faculty.Take note of the semester offered, along with module unique codes. Spring modules may be listed as semester 1 or terms 1+2. Fall modules may be listed as semester 2 or terms 3+4. Students may only enroll in modules offered at the Summerstrand Campus (A1), North Campus, South Campus, Ocean Sciences Campus and Second Avenue Campus. Credit weighting/conversion varies by each module. For a description of each module, use the Module finder: NMU Course Finder. Enter a subject descriptor (ex. Biology) of that particular module.
- Transcript Information
The transcript from Nelson Mandela University will reflect NQF credits for each course listed below. Please be in touch with your U.S. University regarding credit transfer for this program.
To access the fullest and most up-to-date course catalog for the host university, click the "Go To Course Search" button below and enter a subject descriptor (ex. Biology) of that particular module.
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Support & Funding
ISA is here to support you when it comes to navigating identity questions related to traveling abroad, providing resources and information for your accessibility needs, and identifying funding for your program abroad.
Our U.S. staff is available to support you though every stage of your study abroad journey. Please reach out with any questions about ISA programs or life on-site to your country-specific Program Manager.
Our on-site staff are there for you as soon as you arrive in country and will support you throughout your time abroad.
Accessibility & Accommodations
With our wide portfolio of program types and locations, we’re confident there is a suitable, accessible program for each student.
Securing accommodations abroad can take time, so we ask that those with requests inform ISA early in the advising process. We recommend reaching out to your Program Manager or our Accessibility Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss your accessibility needs or accommodations abroad.
Our diversity pages for each ISA destination include information on Indigenous communities, languages, race and ethnicity, religion, LGBTQIA+, and disability access. We hope it will help when reflecting upon and contextualizing intersectionality in your host community.
ISA offers students the opportunity to blog about their experiences abroad from their own diverse perspectives. These posts can be found on the ISA Student Blog, and interested students should email email@example.com for more information.
All students should have the opportunity to study abroad. To help make this a reality, ISA offers a variety of scholarships to help cover your study abroad costs. To learn more about our scholarship opportunities, check out our scholarships & grants page!
If you receive financial aid from your home university, you can likely use those funds for study abroad, as well. Speak with your home university’s financial aid office to learn about your options. Check out steps for using financial aid.
Questions about scholarships and funding? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Untold Stories of Mandela in Port Elizabeth
Nelson Mandela Bay is named after the world icon and former statesman, Dr. Nelson Mandela. This tour seeks to illustrate the reason Mandela gave permission to have his name given to this Metro area out of thousands of cities from across the world.
Cultural Activities in Port Elizabeth
The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Port Elizabeth. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Port Elizabeth special.
These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included park visits (cultural park with arts and crafts expo and nature park), community involvement (local community visit, cultural soiree community dialog, and outreach community service), old city town visit, and local museum visits.