The university boasts more than a century of experience in quality higher education, research and technological innovation.

We unite the best traditions of both the academic and technological worlds – from entrance level (certificates) through to research level (PhDs).

Nelson Mandela University offers both general and professionally oriented university programmes as well as technologically and career oriented programmes. The success of our career-focused programmes lies in the hands-on involvement of industry and business.

As an international student looking to study a full degree at Nelson Mandela University you will be pleased to know our programmes are recognized and accredited by the relevant professional bodies locally and, in many cases, internationally.


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, and offers students an even wider choice of stimulating programmes opening up a variety of career opportunities.

Our students can already be found working around the globe.

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.  
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Postgraduate Studies

Whether you are pursuing an academic or professional career, aiming for success in the private or public sector, or just want to add value to your personal development, postgraduate studies offer the opportunity to deepen your understanding and to specialise and focus on what interests you.  
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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:
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Studying at the Nelson Mandela University is a life changing experience!

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