Summer at Nelson Mandela University (Port Elizabeth)


    Academic Summer in Port Elizabeth

    Nelson Mandela University – 4 Weeks
    Earn 3 – 6 Credits / Taught in English
    Open to all Students 18 yrs +
    $4295 USD – All Inclusive

    The Program

    Summer school at Nelson Mandela University gives you the opportunity to experience the wildlife, history and culture of South Africa through a set of short, academic programs (4 weeks) in June and July. Students from around the world can jump onto an unforgettable summer experience in one of the most beautiful areas of South Africa. Program is low cost, all inclusive price that includes housing, meals, activities and local field trips. Earn 3 – 6 USA credits / 6 – 12 ECTS credits to transfer back home, and study with peers from around the world making new international friendships. Courses are all taught in English, and a diverse selection of subjects are offered, including the opportunity to be involved in local “Community Service Learning” as a Volunteer. Challenge yourself this summer and join us in Port Elizabeth.


    Nelson Mandela Metroplitan University (NMMU) opened on January 1st, 2005, the result of merging of the PE Technikon the University of Port Elizabeth (UPE) and the POrt Elizabeth campus of Vista University (Visat PE). This union of three very different institutions came about as the result of the government’s countrywide restructuring of higher education. In 2017, Nelson Mandela University was officially renamed – the only university to carry the name of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Over 27,000 students attend the 6 campus locations.

    Port Elizabeth or “The Bay” is one of the major cities in South Africa. Situated in the Eastern Cape Province east of Cape Town. The city, often shortened to PE and nicknamed “The Windy City” stretches along Algoa Bay, is one of the major seaports, and is the most southernmost large city on the African continent. Founded in 1820, Port Elizabeth served to house British settlers as a way of strengthening the border region between the Cape Colony and the Xhosa.

    With an oceanic climate, winters are cool but mild and summers are warm but considerably less humid and hot than more northerly parts of South Africa east coast. The climate is very even throughout the year, neither too hot or nor too cold. Population is over 1.3 million.

    Tourism is very active in Port Elizabeth. The city has beaches in and near it, the most popular swimming beaches include King’s Beach, and Hobie Beach. Local historical attractions are linked by the Donkin Heritage Trail. Other attractions include the gardens at St. George Park, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum (formerly known as King George VI Art Gallery), the museum and oceanography room at Humewood and the new Boardwalk waterfront complex. Port Elizabeth is also a destination for whale watching, the annual IronMan Triathlon, Herlad Cycle Tour, and Tuna deep sea fishing.

    Join us this summer and experience it ! Blazing orange sunsets, tranquil sandy-white beaches and thick, lush green forests where the ghosts of the past inhabitants still linger, the Eastern Cape, South Africa is where people with friendly smiles greet you with a “good morning”, “goeie more” or “molo” – we want you to experience this Africa !

    Courses: Academic

    JUNE – JULY (4 week session)
    Courses Taught in English
    Select 1 course, & Community Service Learning Option
    Earn 3 – 6 USA credits / 6 – 12 ECTS Credits

    Courses + Volunteer Work:

    • South African History, Culture & Language (3 USA credits / 6 ECTS)
    • Human Rights in the South African Context (3 USA credits / 6 ECTS)
    • Conflict Management and Transformation (3 USA credits / 6 ECTS)
    • Contemporary South Africa (3 USA credits / 6 ECTS)

    Note: The above 4 Courses each include the additional volunteer work:
    + Community Service Learning or Community Holiday Club (extra 3 / 6 credits).

    Other Courses Offered:

    • Environmental Issues (3 USA credits / 6 ECTS)
    • Riding the Knowledge Wave (3 USA credits/ 6 ECTS)
    • African Traditional Healing Systems (3 USA credits / 6 ECTS)
    • Ancient Wisdom & Holistic Health – Afrocentric Perspective (3 USA credits / 6 ECTS)

    Note: Select course upon Registration. Can change later if desired.
    Courses are also subject to minimum number of enrollments.
    Course details available upon request.

    Academic Credit

    Transcript issued by Nelson Mandela University.

    Earn 3 – 6 USA credits / 6 – 12 ECTS credits.

    Courses taught by Faculty there at the Nelson Mandela University.

    Housing: Included

    Housing is included in program price, as well as selected meals. Campus residence halls, whereby students have a double room, or single. Comfortable, modern facility. Meals taken in campus dining facilities. Additional cafes and student diners are also available on campus.

    Activities: Included

    Active social program, cultural activities, and local field trips (excursions) are all included in the program price. There is also a 3 – 5 day Cape Town trip planned and includes transport, accommodation and excursions. Schedule of all activities and events given at check-in orientation there on campus at Nelson Mandela University.

    Dates & Fees

    Courses Taught in English
    4 Weeks June / July
    All inclusive price

    2020 Dates: June 22nd – July 24th
    Arrival Check-in: June 21st
    Depart Check-out: July 25th
    $4295 USD
    2021 Dates: June 21st – July 23rd
    Arrival Check-in; June 20th
    Depart Check-out: July 24th
    $4295 USD

    FEE: All Inclusive
    Includes: Tuition, Housing, Selected Meals, Activities, Excursions.
    Not Included: Flights, some meals, health insurance, and personal expenses.
    Option – can buy campus health insurance there for approx $75 USD upon check-in.


    Minimum age is 18 yrs.
    Have finished high school or equivalent.
    Minimum GPA of 2.5 preferred (only for USA students).
    Open to all students worldwide.

    Early registration advised, prior to May 3rd.
    If pas May 3rd, space may still be available, just ask us.


    Arrival instructions included with admission documents.

    Arrival check-in on suggested date (Sunday).

    Use airport transport services to Campus check-in point.

    If you desire airport pick-up, ask us in advance. Cost extra.

    Register Now – to get started.