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Port Elizabeth

Situated in upscale Summerstrand, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is South Africa's first dual-language university and the largest higher education institution in the Eastern and Southern Cape areas. Here, you’ll be surrounded by nature, beauty, and activity; the university’s campus is located in a large nature reserve. Port Elizabeth’s beautiful beaches, a boardwalk, shopping, and entertainment venues are also nearby, making it easy to mingle with locals. Immerse into the culture, food, and adventure in this laid back seaside city.

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Experience history in the making when you study abroad in South Africa. The country’s tumultuous history is marked by diverse influences—from the native peoples, to European colonists, to apartheid, and now independence. The nation is also known for its scenic beauty and abundant biodiversity; when you study abroad in South Africa, you can see penguins on the Cape, hippos in the Limpopo, and lions in Kruger National Park. You can enjoy a traditional braai (bbq), visit a township, and explore the winelands. No matter where your interests lie, you’ll have a life-changing experience in South Africa.

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Local Eats

Restaurants recommended by CEA Port Elizabeth alumni include Port Captains, Fushin, the Ethiopian Restaurant, and Charlie’s.


Hobie Beach

Spend the day swimming, body surfing, sunbathing, exploring the tide pools, and strolling on the 137-meter Shark Rock Pier at popular Hobie Beach.


Pearson Conservatory

Visit historic Pearson Conservatory, the oldest park in Port Elizabeth. Built in 1882, it’s full of native and exotic plants and flowers.


Valley Market

Visit the Valley Market to explore the best of Port Elizabeth’s food, from artisanal chocolate to exotic paella. Entrance fees and all proceeds go to charity.


The Athenaeum

Take in a show at The Athenaeum, the center for the arts in Port Elizabeth. This venue hosts art shows, theatre productions, festivals, and workshops throughout the year.


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I highly recommend this program from both an academic and a travel standpoint. Not only did we learn so much about South Africa, but we got to see and experience even more.

Kelsi Wermuth
University of Louisville,
Summer 2015, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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