The Surrounding Area
Nelson Mandela University (NMU) is UNCW’s strategic partner in South Africa, offering quality education in a vibrant, diverse environment conducive to excellence and innovation. NMU is a dynamic, multicultural university that espouses the spirit of its namesake, world leader and icon Nelson Mandela. NMU offers access to a friendly, safe, authentic South African experience while providing a unique portal through which one can explore the history and modern complexities of the African continent.
South Africans relish traditional culture, whether it is expressed in food, music, art or drama. Port Elizabeth sits on the famous Garden Route of South Africa, a coastal road of stunning vistas, unspoiled beaches, dramatic mountains and abundant flora and fauna. Nearby Addo Elephant National Park is an easy way to see the “big five” animals native to southern Africa. The Nelson Mandela Metropole offers a cosmopolitan downtown and true ethnic mosaic of arts and crafts typical of the inhabitants of the region, as well as the 2010 World Cup Stadium. Port Elizabeth and area beaches offer renowned surfing, natural landscapes and a great place to call home, from which one can explore the entire country during a semester or year of education abroad.
Location..........................................Port Elizabeth, South Africa
City Population ..............................................................750,000
NMU has a unique campus life which draws together the best of the natural and physical environments. Modern computer labs and classrooms, on-campus student lounges and conveniences such as banks, coffee shops and cafeterias are situated on a lushly landscaped campus that is alive with students, curious monkeys and the breezes off the Indian Ocean. The student body is diverse and enjoys a vibrant social scene. From hanging out on the green lawns, attending concerts, participating in community service projects or watching a rugby match, the possibilities are endless.
- Degree-seeking student
- At least sophomore standing at time of participation
- Good judicial standing
- 2.50+ GPA at time of application
Students accepted into the UNCW education abroad program with NMU will receive credit toward their degree requirement for most majors. Areas of study available include anthropology, the arts, business and economics, communication studies, education, engineering, health sciences, information technology, journalism, law, the natural sciences, political science, psychology and sociology. Students pursuing studies in environmental sciences may alternatively consider the small-scale, green campus in George, a charming small town a few hours down the coast.
NMU provides a variety of university-affiliated housing options. Accommodation options include residence halls or renting flats or houses nearby. NMU offers a service to assist students in finding off-campus accommodations.
Academic Year Dates
Mid-July to Mid-June
Fall Semester Dates
Mid-July to Late November
Spring Semester Dates
Early February to Mid-June
This program is available as an Exchange or as a Study Abroad:
- Exchange - This means you pay your regular tuition and fees to UNCW, and your room and board costs abroad.
- Study Abroad - This means you pay your tuition, fees, room and board abroad.
With each option, there will be additional costs for international airfare, passport, visa, health insurance, and local transportation. Please meet with an advisor at the Office of International Programs to discuss which option is best for you.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at www.uncw.edu/ international/abroad/aid.html.