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Office for International Education

GENERAL INFORMATION

International Students are not admitted into all programmes and it is for this reason that certain programmes are omitted from the faculty programme list.
Nelson Mandela University’s programmes are recognised and accredited by relevant professional bodies in South Africa.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to familiarise themselves with the professional body requirements for registration of their qualification in their home country, eg BCur (Nursing students) are required to register with the Nursing council in their home country after completion of their degree in South Africa.

Applicants can be directly admitted if they meet the minimum criteria prescribed by the Universities South Africa http://mb.usaf.ac.za and School Points score (SPS) as per faculty programme requirements.

It is important to note that to note not all subjects are recognized for exemption purposes and this information is regularly updated on the Universities South Africa website.

SPS system allocates point values to the six best school leaving symbols in order to:

  • Identify whether applicant meets the minimum criteria prescribed by the Universities South Africa;
  • Identify whether applicant meets the grade requirements (see notes below);
  • Identify whether applicant meets the compulsory school leaving subjects;
  • Identify whether the applicant meets the English language requirement;

Limitations to programmes are annually set by the enrolment planning process.

International students are only accepted for full-time studies.

For the final selection and scoring the following conversion table of International School systems apply:

POINTS

NSC Ach
Level and %

Sen Cert HG

Sen Cert SG

HIGCSE NSSC

IGCSE O-level

A-level*

AS-level

IB HL

IB SL

KCSE

12

 

 

 

 

 

A

 

 

 

 

11

 

 

 

 

 

B

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

C

 

 

 

 

8

7 (90-100%)

A

 

1

 

 

A

7

 

A+,A

7

7 (80-89%)

B

 

2

 

D

B

6

 

A-

6

6 (70-79%)

C

A

3

A

E

C

5

7

B+

5

5 (60-69%)

D

B

 

B

 

D

4

6

B, B-

4

4 (50-59%)

E

C

 

C

 

E

 

5

C+

3

3 (40-49%)

F

D

 

 

 

 

 

4

 

2

2 (30-39%)

 

E

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 or 0

1 (0-29%)

 

F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COUNTRY SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

Applicants completing Cambridge administered examinations will be accepted with the following grades:

  • A-level: Grades A, B, C and D
  • O-level: Grades A, B and C

Students completing non-Cambridge administered examinations will be accepted with the following grades:

  • A - level: Grades A, B and C
  • O-level: Grades A, B and C

In addition to the above applicants must meet the minimum SPS score and programme related requirements:

  • O - level: minimum B grade
  • A - level: minimum D grade or the equivalent grade from other school leaving systems as indicated in the conversion table

In programmes where compulsory school leaving subjects are indicated, candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: At least 27 points required.
  • International Baccalaureate Certificate: Pass marks in two Higher Level, and three Subsidiary Level subjects, including English. Pass marks = symbols 5 to 7.

Please check the relevant country specific requirements at: http://mb.usaf.ac.za and SPS score as per faculty programme requirements

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

The medium of instruction and examination at Nelson Mandela University is English.

Applicants from non-English speaking countries are required to submit proof of English proficiency before registration. The TOEFL or IELTS tests, available in most countries, are acceptable proof.

The minimum TOEFL score required is:

  • 200 on the computer-based test;
  • 533 on the paper-based test;

The minimum score required IELTS score is:

  • 6.0

The minimum score on the IBT:

  • 72 overall with minimums of 16 in listening, 15 in reading 22 in writing and 19 in speaking

If the above proof of English language proficiency is not provided before registration, please note that registration may be refused or you will be
required to undertake an evaluation by the Nelson Mandela University English Language Skills Programme. Depending upon your performance, you may be required to register for and complete the English Language Skills Programme.

Students with O level or comparable school leaving results may apply for the Extended programmes only. However, places are limited and the relevant international admissions officer will guide students.

Extended programmes in the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences

  • SPS score of 28
  • Minimum O-level B symbol or equivalent on the conversion table for compulsory school leaving subjects

Extended programmes in the Faculty of Engineering

  • SPS score of 29
  • Minimum O-level B symbol or equivalent on the conversion table for compulsory school leaving subjects

Extended programmes in the Faculty of Health Sciences

  • SPS score of 29
  • Minimum O-level B symbol or equivalent on the conversion table for compulsory school leaving subjects

Extended programmes in the Faculty of Law

  • SPS score of 28
  • Minimum O-level B symbol or equivalent on the conversion table for compulsory school leaving subjects

Extended programmes in the Faculty of Science

  • SPS score of 29
  • Minimum O-level B symbol or equivalent on the conversion table for compulsory school leaving subjects

The foreign school qualification is benchmarked against the South African school leaving certificate as the standard. The University may add additional requirements for specific programmes. Applicants from SADC countries only offering GCSE or O level equivalents can be directly admitted to the extended programs if they meet the above criteria.

Please note: that certain programmes have been omitted as international applicants are not
able to enter these programmes.