Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate programmes include diplomas and first degrees, i.e. bachelor’s degrees. All diplomas and some degree programmes are career-focused, while others are more general and allow students to tailor their interests, aptitudes and career plans.

For up to date information on our Undergraduate programmes please download and browse the Undergraduate Programme Guide (PDF)
Please note that we do not have any bursaries, scholarships or sponsorship for undergraduate international students. Please feel free to inquire about the cost of tuition at Nelson Mandela University. Postgraduate students can however apply for scholarships. Please visit the website for more information:  https://rcd.mandela.ac.za/Contact-RCD
Guidelines for Admissions to Undergraduate Programmes

General

  • International Students are not admitted into all programmes and therefore certain programmes are omitted from the list below.
  • Applicants should meet the statutory requirements as prescribed by the Matriculation Board (Universities South Africa):
  • The following grades are acceptable by the Matriculation Board for exemption for applicants completing Cambridge or non-Cambridge administered examinations:
  1. A-level: Grades A, B, C, D and E
  2. AS-level: Grades A, B, C and D
  3. O-level: Grades A, B, and C

Please note: Although the Matriculation Board accepts only the above symbols for Exemptions purposes.  The University sets its own subject grade requirements for admission purposes which may be higher or lower than those required by the Matriculation Board. These are used to calculate the AS and to make a final admissions decision. https://mb.usaf.ac.za/ (please see detail requirements per Examination Board link)

  • Important to note not all subjects are recognized for exemption purposes and this information is regularly updated on the USAF website.
  • Universities can set additional requirements that needs to be met using the Applicant Score (AS) as indicated below.
  • The AS system allocates point values to school leaving symbols which should include languages, one being English, Mathematics and the subject requirement for the programme selected up to 6 subjects.
The AS system is therefore used to ensure that the Application must:
  1. Meet the minimum AS requirements.
  2. Meet the minimum subject grade requirements.
  3. Meet the minimum compulsory school leaving subject requirements.

The annual enrolment planning process sets a cap on the number of enrolments for certain programmes which may limit the number of spaces available in those programmes.

International students are only accepted for full-time studies.


For the final selection and scoring the following conversion table of International School systems apply:
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Notes:
  1. Applicants from SADC countries only offering GCSE or O level equivalents can be directly admitted to the Extended programs if they meet the direct criteria.
  2. 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.

HOW DO YOU APPLY?

Applicants can apply online by logging on to: applyonline.mandela.ac.za
 
Before completing the online application form, please take note of the minimum admission requirements for the programme of your choice. Use the Undergraduate Programme Guide for International Students, found here.

The following programmes are currently full for the 2021 intake.
The list is constantly updated as programmes fill up or spaces become available.

After the Office for International Education receives an application, the application is checked and processed.

Applications without proof of payment of the application fee will not be processed.

Prospective applicants will be notified if certain documents are outstanding and that they should submit these documents as soon as possible. No further processing of such applications will take place until the required documents are received.

Correctly completed application forms submitted with the required documents will be evaluated and processed.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application.

Applicants will be informed in writing and or via e-mail if they do not meet the admission requirements of the University. The application fee is unfortunately non-refundable.

Applicants that are accepted will receive the following:

  • An acceptance letter indicating their student number and the programme for which they are accepted for. (This letter is required to apply for a study permit)
  • An acceptance of offer form (This must be completed and you must submit the required fee in order to secure your place of study)
  • A request for accommodation form (International students are required to apply for accommodation via the Office for International Education)
  • An orientation form
  • Medical aid information
  • A pre-arrival book
  • A fees booklet
Alternatively contact us to begin your South African study experience!
One of our student advisors will help you with all the details.
or call us on: +27 (0) 41 504 2161