Your study adventure story

in South Africa

Study at Nelson Mandela University and experience top quality, affordable education as well

as an authentic South African cultural adventure!



Let's do this!




A life experience that you'll never forget!


Experience what it really feels like to live in a different country, learn about our unique African

cultures, travel the land and make some unforgettable memories with some awesome new friends!





While you are studying at Nelson Mandela University you are seen as a full-time student, registered

for a variety of modules from one or more of our faculties for a full semester.


Our home is your home

Port Elizabeth, South Africa is the laid back, beautiful coastal city where the Nelson Mandela University lays its foundation.

The city offers visitors a choice of stunning beaches, award winning wildlife destinations, and a truly authentic South African heritage.




Study within nature!

With a total of 7 campuses and over 20,000 students, Nelson Mandela University is the largest university in the Eastern Cape

province of South Africa, with our main campus in the heart of a coastal nature reserve.




On 20 July 2017, the university was officially renamed Nelson Mandela University, the only university in the world to carry the name of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. With the full support of Mandela’s eldest grandson and custodian of the family, Mandla Mandela, it is our unique privilege to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s most beloved statesman and a man who became the world’s moral compass.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to Change the World.” - Nelson Mandela

Mandela believed that education was a force of good and called on all South Africans to treasure knowledge and never stop learning. He valued diversity - especially the coming together of different minds, different backgrounds, different talents and different approaches to achieve greatness.




Studying at Nelson Mandela University is a nice experience! Watch our video to get a taste of what you can expect!

Designing your own programme



Knowing that you will be coming from your home university, with its unique programme structure, we will be able to assist you in selecting modules to suit your course of study and help you meet your study goals. Watch the video to see how to browse for modules offered at Nelson Mandela University.

Watch our video to get a taste of what you can expect!



Our Faculties:

Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Business & Economic Sciences

Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Technology

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Health Sciences

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Science


The Academic year at Nelson Mandela University

First semester: February - June / Second semester: August - November



We accept students from all around the world

Our university accepts students from any university, however, we have signed exchange agreements with specific institutions throughout Europe, the USA and Asia.

Students from partner institutions should liaise and submit their applications directly to their home university International Office.

We also accept students from universities with whom we do not have agreements. These students should apply directly to the Nelson Mandela University as a full fee paying student


Nomination deadlines:

First semester: 1 November of the previous year

Second semester: 15 April of the same academic year

Application deadlines:

First semester: 15 November of the previous year

Second semester: 30 April of the same academic year



Contact us to begin your South African Study Abroad Experience!

One of our Study Abroad Advisors will help you with all the details.

Email Us



Nelson Mandela University - International Office
The Mandela International Office is the first port of call for international students seeking assistance with any aspect of their academic
or residential life. 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.
Call us on: +27 (0) 41 504 2161