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Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University



Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is accredited by the South African Council of Higher Education.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is the largest higher education institution in South Africa's Eastern and Southern Cape region. Formed in 2005 when the University of Port Elizabeth—South Africa's first dual-language university— merged with the Port Elizabeth Technikon, NMMU is one of six “new generation universities” created to deliver effective, accessible, and equitable higher education opportunities. NMMU employs innovative thinking to meet the demands for quality education that is both responsive to South Africa’s needs and aligned with global development.

The university’s slogan, “for tomorrow,” reminds students that NMMU seeks to nurture innovation, foster creativity, embrace technology, and develop people to meet the challenges of the world of tomorrow. “For tomorrow” also symbolizes the institution’s commitment to sustainable development; NMMU is involved in extensive research and new knowledge production. Major research laboratories focus on renewable energy and green technology, such as designing award-winning solar cars.

Community development and health studies research, another institutional emphasis, focuses on finding solutions to poverty, such as improving low-cost housing and reaching rural communities with an innovative mobile health train. These are just a few examples of areas in which NMMU strives to create sustainable, healthy communities on the local and global level. Additionally, NMMU has established itself as a leading South African institution in the following academic areas:

  • Environment and ecology
  • Green technology
  • Marine studies
  • Automotive engineering
  • Nursing and community health
  • Architecture and the built environment
  • Business and management sciences
  • Art and design
  • Education and IT

More than 20,000 students are enrolled across NMMU’s six campuses, together creating a culturally and linguistically diverse student population. About 2,000 international students join the university from across Africa, Europe, Canada, and the U.S. The university’s main campuses—South, North, and 2nd Avenue—are located in Port Elizabeth’s upscale Summerstrand suburb. The South and North campuses are situated in a nature reserve that encompasses more than 830 hectares and is home to 22 species of mammals, 16 species of reptiles, and 4 species of amphibians. The main campuses are also close to Port Elizabeth’s beautiful beaches, Boardwalk, Casino, and shopping and entertainment venues.

Classroom and Information

  • Faculty from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University will teach your courses.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Teaching styles in South Africa may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to local classroom structures and coursework expectations.
  • Class size ranges between 25 and 75 students. You will attend class with other CEA participants, host nationals, and international students from Africa, Europe, and North America.


Testing methods differ by class and instructors’ methods. For example, in some courses, you may be tested twice per semester and those test results will determine your final grade. All final exams take place at the end of the semester. All final course grades will be reported in the form of a numerical grade and pass or fail evaluation.

The following numerical grades (listed with their suggested general letter grade equivalencies) will be used:

NMMU Grade

Suggested U.S. Grade






















Please note that this grading scale is recommended, but final credit and grade evaluation is ultimately determined by your home school. 

A full-time student must enroll in at least 48 NMMU credit hours, with a maximum of 60. Four NMMU credits equal one U.S. credit, so 48 NMMU credits equal 12 U.S. credits. Please note that NMMU defines a credit as a “unit”; each unit is the equivalent of 10 notional hours of learning. Notional hours represent the effort you take to learn the material, such as attending lectures, studying for tests, doing assignments, and taking exams. When determining credit equivalencies, module credit should be read in conjunction with course content. Each semester consists of at least 14 weeks of teaching.


CEA Staff

Our dedicated on-site staff works to ensure your well-being. CEA staff will assist you with any questions that may arise during your program, help you transition into local culture, monitor your academic progress, and organize cultural and social activities.

Monalisa Ndwayana

CEA Representative/Semester Programs
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Claire Dullisear

CEA Representative/Summer Programs
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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