Welcoming our new International Students - 2019 2nd Semester

It has been a busy start to the second semester for the Office for International Education. Students from all over Europe, the United States of America and Korea were welcomed to Nelson Mandela University for their Study Abroad Orientation from 15 July to 19 July 2019. These students will be with us for the remainder of the year, completing modules that correlate with the course they are currently studying at their home university.

The 134 students were welcomed to our university, and our South African culture, with a braai for lunch, during their first day on campus. The students could help themselves to a boerewors roll, some tomato and onion stew, and “koeksisters” as dessert. Philip Prentk, a student from Germany, was highly impressed as “[he] really enjoys getting in touch with new cultures!”  

The Orientation Week included various workshops and talks to prepare and educate the students on what to expect during their six month stay in Port Elizabeth. These workshops included health and wellness talks, safety tips, how to deal with culture shock, medical aid information sessions, financial advice and how to make the most of their stay on a budget, community service projects around Port Elizabeth and a short introduction to isiXhosa culture. The students also braved the stressful registration sessions where they had to decide what modules to take. When asked why he chose to study at Nelson Mandela University, German student Jasper Benninh said “I am interested in the different ways of teaching in other countries and I am excited for the new academic perspectives.”

On arrival and during the week, students also enjoyed some social activities such as a Game Drive at Kragga Kamma Game Reserve, a hike on the Sacramento hiking trail, and a mid-week South African Culture Day on campus.  This allowed the students to purchase some locally made souvenirs from various fellow student entrepreneur stalls outside the International Office and grab some South African cuisine from the Rendezvous CafĂ© on South Campus. The students also took part in a Scavenger Hunt-themed Campus Tour and attended a City Tour to meet our friendly, windy city. As the orientation week came to an end, the students were able to let loose a bit and celebrate their arrival in Port Elizabeth at their Welcoming Party at Chicky’s Yard.

Excited Study Abroad students from Germany and China during Orientation Week

Posted on 25 July 2019 10:29:29

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