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South Africa: Nelson Mandela University
Port Elizabeth, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
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Program Sponsor: CSU International Programs 
Restrictions: CSU System applicants only
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Calendar Year 2019 11/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/30/2019 11/01/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Class Standing:
Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: None
Areas of Study: Accounting, African Studies, Anthropology, Architecture, Biology, Business, Comparative Literature, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, English Literature, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, Hospitality Management, Humanities, International Business, International Relations, International/Global Studies, Journalism, Kinesiology, Liberal Studies, Linguistics, Marine Biology, Marine Science, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Photography, Physics, Political Science, Political Science/Government, Psychology, Sociology, Zoology
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Calendar Year Program Deadlines
September 1: Priority Deadline


GPA Requirement
2.5 Cumulative GPA 
CSU Class Standing
Sophomore, Junior, or Senior.
There are no CSU IP pre-requisites for this program. Students are responsible for verifying that they meet individual course pre-requisites prior to registration with the overseas institution. 


Available Subjects

Accounting Geography Marine Biology
African Studies History Marine Science
Anthropology Hospitality Management Mathematics
Architecture Humanities Music
Biology International Business Philosophy
Business International Relations Photography
Comparative Literature International/Global Studies Physics
Computer Science Journalism Political Science/Government
Economics Kinesiology Psychology
Engineering Liberal Studies Sociology
Environmental Studies Linguistics  Zoology

CLICK HERE to view the online course catalog. 

Academic Credit
Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 CSU units per semester.

CLICK HERE to view the Academic Bulletin for this program for further details regarding course credits and academic policies.  

Students pay the same tuition for South Africa: Nelson Mandela University as the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs, including accommodations, travel and other expenses, see the Budget Estimates above.

Program Dates
CSU IP students spend an Academic Year or Calendar Year abroad on this program. The traditional South African calendar cycle begins in July and ends in June (see Calendar Year below).

Calendar Year: February to November


The South Africa: Nelson Mandela University program is affiliated with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU). Located in Port Elizabeth, NMMU was created in 2005 by the merger of the former University of Port Elizabeth and the Port Elizabeth Technikon. NMMU draws students from around the world, with more than 3,000 international students making up its 27,000 student population. 

CSU IP students enroll directly in NMMU, studying alongside local students and gaining the experience of being fully integrated into life at NMMU and in South Africa. Students will primarily take coursework in their major, concentrating their studies on one or two areas of study and taking courses in that department in order to integrate into the academic life of the university. The main language of instruction at NMMU is English, and all CSU IP students are required to study the Xhosa language and culture as part of their academic program at NMMU. 

For more information about the academic program, students may refer to the Academic Bulletin for the previous year. Note that course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered during the year of intended study. 


NMMU is located in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape Province. Located on the southeastern coast of South Africa, the province is the third largest in South Africa. NMMU has six campuses (five in the Port Elizabeth Metropole and one in George) with CSU IP studying at the main campus, South Campus, in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth.


Students live in off-campus student housing near the university’s South Campus in Summerstand. Upon acceptance, NMMU provides students with accommodation information and makes all housing arrangements for the students prior to their arrival in Port Elizabeth.  

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