Study your Degree in English

Are you interested in studying a degree at Nelson Mandela University?

Applicants from non-English speaking countries are required to submit proof of
English proficiency before registration.

If you don't meet the English Language
requirements... we're here to help!


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:
The minimum score on the IBT:
72 overall with minimums of 16 in listening,
15 in reading 22 in writing and 19 in speaking
Please note: the requirements above are for Undergraduate studies only, Postgraduate scores
differ and can be found in our Postgraduate Guide



Improve your English in 2020

The Nelson Mandela University International Language Centre offers
two English programmes for you to choose from:



Elementary English




Each course runs for 20 weeks in total

Students are tested on arrival and placed into the
appropriate class according to their test results.



Elementary English

If a student is placed in the elementary class then it will take him / her 1 year of English
before he / she can start their chosen course at Nelson Mandela University (providing they
pass both English classes and meet Nelson Mandela University’s entrance requirements
for their chosen course).

Pre-intermediate English:

If a student is placed in the pre-intermediate class then it will only take him / her 6 months
to reach the required level to study at Nelson Mandela University (again, providing that
they pass the English course and meet Nelson Mandela University’s entrance
requirements for their chosen course).
Therefore, depending on your level of English, you can do 1 semester or
2 semesters of English.
You can also choose not to study further at university and just do the English course to simply improve your English skills.




Please note:
Our english programmes are designed only as a bridging course to enable you to study at the Nelson
Mandela University, or to simply improve your English language skills.




• Application Deadline: 15 November 2020 •

Click on the link below for the English application form - please complete the application form
and email it back to us with the required documents.


The application fee is ZAR 500.00


Application Form

If you would like to apply for accommodation in Port Elizabeth, please click on the link
below and complete the application form.
The refundable accommodation deposit is ZAR 2000.00

Accomodation Form


We have also included the course costs below – please note that there is no amount for

accommodation as this varies depending on where a student lives; however, we estimate

about R24,000 per semester.



English Program 2020

Tuition Fees  
Application Fee 500.00
Registration Fee 725.00
English Skills Admin Fee 2750.00
English Skills Course Fees 16500.00
Placement test 400.00
Sub-total Tuition Fees 20875.00
Living Expenses  
Accommodation Deposit (Compulsory) 2000.00
Accommodation :  6 months (see above)  
Electricity (R350 per month)  
Meals (estimate 1500 per month)  
Sub-Total Living Expenses 2000.00
Other Expenses  
Orientation (Compulsory) 600.00
Medical Aid for 6 months (compulsory – from R407 per month)  
Total (South African Rands) 23475.00
Dollar amount at current exchange rate ($1 = R14.82) $1584

Once you have filled out your application form and collected all the required documents,

kindly send it to us via the email link below:


Email Application Form





Where is Nelson Mandela Bay?

Port Elizabeth - Nelson Mandela Bay is the beautiful coastal city where the

Nelson Mandela University is located.