Nelson MandelaUniversity (NMU) is UNCW’s strategic partner in South Africa, offering quality education in a vibrant, diverse environment conducive to excellence and innovation. NMU invites students to participate in one of their short course programs, lasting from 3-8 weeks.
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 city 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.
- Degree-seeking student
- At least sophomore standing at the time of participation
- Good judicial standing
- 2.5+ GPA at time of application
- Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation
Students accepted into the International Short Program at NMU can receive 6 credits in one of the following subject areas.
- Environmental Studies (field-trip based, including trips to ancient caves and national parks)
- South African History
- Culture and Language
- Surfing and Coastal Studies
- Pharmacy or Nursing (Focus on African Traditional Healing Systems and Ancient Wisdom & Holistic Health)
- Human Rights and Conflict Management
Alongside coursework students will have opportunities with community service projects. The community service program will allow students to help run Holiday Clubs, which are held in disadvantaged areas during school holidays for vulnerable children and youth.
NMU provides off-campus accommodation located within close proximity to the beach and the university. Students are housed two per room, with a shared kitchen and bathroom. The units are serviced weekly and WiFi is available at an additional cost.
NMU has a unique campus life which draws together the best of the natural and physical environments. NMU boasts six campuses, and the main campus is situated on a private nature reserve in Port Elizabeth. The largest university in the Eastern and Southern Cape, NMU also has modern computer labs and classrooms, on-campus student lounges, and conveniences such as banks, coffee shops and cafeterias 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.
Late June to Late July
This program is available as a Study Abroad:
- Study Abroad - This means you pay your tuition, fees, room and board abroad.
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.