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Office for International Education

The Office for International Education

The Office for International Education is the first port of call for international students seeking assistance with any aspect of their academic or residential life. Students are encouraged to maintain close ties with the Office during their period of study at the University. The support network throughout the University and the surrounding neighbourhood is comprehensive, and visitors and students can feel confident that they will easily settle into their new environment.

All these connections make the Nelson Mandela University a unique place to study.

Nelson Mandela University is a new generation university, offering students the best of both theory and practice from entry certificate level right through to doctoral research. Founded on more than a century of quality higher education, Nelson Mandela University nurtures innovation, fosters creativity, embraces technology and develops people to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

The university has already established itself as a leader in fields such as automotive engineering, ecology, marine studies, community health, the built environment, art and design, accounting and auditing, education and IT, offering students a wide choice of stimulating and market-oriented courses, and opening up a variety of career opportunities allowing our students to be well-rounded and capable of success anywhere in the world. The university models its core business of teaching and learning around national, regional, continental and global priorities, adding new programmes and continually updating its courses to meet tomorrow’s needs.

Students have access to well-equipped laboratories for specific subjects, computer laboratories, libraries, residences, lecture halls, cafeterias, food courts, coffee shops as well as a state-of-the-art fitness and aquatics centre, situated on our South Campus. In addition, the university’s impressive sport facilities are among the best of any university in the country.

With its spectacular natural surroundings – from beaches and mountains to game reserves and indigenous forests – Port Elizabeth and George are ideal places to spend your student years, offering all the advantages of city living
in a friendly environment.

Academic programmes are offered in seven faculties: • Arts • Business and Economic Sciences • Education • Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology • Health Sciences • Law • Science.


Why choose Nelson Mandela University?

•    The cost of living in Port Elizabeth is significantly lower against national and international benchmarks
•    Quality education that matches that of the UK, USA, Canada and Australia for a third of the cost
•    The main campus is situated on a nature reserve within walking distance of the beachfront
•    We are a fully comprehensive university
•    Students come to Nelson Mandela University from 60 different countries across the world, making it the most diverse university in South Africa
•    The success of our career-focused programmes lies in the hands-on involvement of industry and business experts