What You Get

Expect a lot of perks when you study abroad with CEA. From housing to excursions, our inclusions make studying abroad easy!

Here's what you get when you study abroad with CEA in Port Elizabeth:

  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising
  • Visa & Immigration Advising
  • Financial Advising
  • Tuition and Registration
  • Airport Pick-up
  • On-site Orientation
  • City Tour
  • 24/7 Emergency Assistance
  • Travel Medical Insurance
  • Generali Global Assistance Travel Support
  • Welcome & Farewell Events
  • Centrally Located Housing
  • Wellness Activities
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Excursions
  • Student Clubs & Organizations
  • Host Institution Services & Amenities
  • Official Transcript(s)

Housing Options

Our carefully chosen housing options enhance your experience abroad by allowing you to live like a local. While we do attempt to match your preferences with our housing options, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed. Housing and roommate assignments are first-come, first-serve based on availability; apply early to help us organize your housing arrangements.


CEA Port Elizabeth students enjoy apartments as their housing option. A perfect fit for the do-it-yourself type students who want to experience local living, students's apartments are located in secure, off-campus apartment complexes that are both near the main campus of NMMU, and near the waterfront. Stroll past some of this city's most intriguing landmarks daily, as you walk to and from your South African apartment.


  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University: 15-25 minutes




  • 1 student per room
  • 3-4 students per apartment

Unit Amenities

  • Shared kitchenette
  • Shared-single sex bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Internet access
  • On-site Laundromat
  • In-room heater
  • Fans provided


One of the benefits of studying abroad is the ability explore the region around your host city. Excursions are offered for all semester, year, and summer programs. Semester students are typically offered two to three excursions and summer students are typically offered one to two excursions. You will receive a list of excursions during orientation. Here are a few weekend and day trips we’ve offered in the past:

Tsitsikamma Falls Adventures (Semester Only)

Tap into your adventurous spirit and spend an action-packed weekend at Tsitsikamma Falls Adventure Park. You may go over beautiful waterfalls on a zipline tour, bungee jump from Bloukranz Bridge, battle your friends in a paintball fight, and kick up some serious dust on quad bikes. After all the

excitement, enjoy quality time with friends over a braai accompanied, by a South African drumming session. Time and energy permitting, you may also stop at Monkeyland, the world’s first free-roaming, multi-species primate sanctuary, or the neighboring Bird of Eden Park with a large collection of free-flight African birds and miniature monkeys.

Cape Town

Explore the riches of South Africa on this five-day trip to the Cape of Good Hope. Take in breathtaking natural views driving along Chapman’s Peak, touring the Cango Caves, and hiking to the top of Table Mountain. Encounter exotic wildlife at an ostrich farm, endangered African penguin colony, and (if you’re feeling brave) you may get a chance to cage dive with great white sharks. Along with all the adventure, you’ll also experience the culture and history of South Africa, exploring Cape Town and the relics of its divisive past. Visit Robben Island, prison and home of President Nelson Mandela for 17 years during Apartheid, and explore the living history, culture, and natural beauty of South Africa.

Addo Elephant Park

Take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe South Africa’s amazing biodiversity and its “big five” inhabitants: elephants, rhinos, buffalos, lions, and leopards. At Addo, a park dedicated to the preservation of the Eastern Cape elephant and the Cape buffalo, you will have the chance to see park inhabitants in their natural habitat as you participate in a game drive led by knowledgeable guides in open-top vehicles, or by going horseback riding or hiking on trails through the park. This excursion will definitely be worth writing home about!

Frontier Tour

Experience rural Afrikaner life on a settlement of cattle farms located in the Adelaide area of the Eastern Cape. On your trip to the farming town, we’ll stop in Grahamstown, where you can visit the International Library of African Music, the African Musical Instrument Factory, and discover this beautiful city. During your stay at local farmhouses, you’ll go hiking, and participate in a traditional South African braai, among other fun activities.

Cultural Engagement

Take advantage of the unique flavor of Port Elizabeth. CEA offers a variety of local cultural activities to match your interests. Whether you enjoy concerts, clubs, sports, cooking classes, language exchanges, or something entirely different, our staff can help you get involved in local culture.

Orientation Activities

Get to know your host city through cultural engagement activities during orientation. In the past, our students have enjoyed:

  • Ice-skating at the Bay West Mall
  • Taking a city tour
  • Getting to know each other at a welcome party

NMMU Events

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University offers a number of cultural events throughout the year. These may include:

  • Varsity Cup
  • Campus Life Festival
  • Student Representative Council activities and events
  • International Office events, such as International Food Days and Diversity Week (August)

Other Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Give back to your host community and engage with locals though volunteering! CEA students may participate in a number of volunteering opportunities though NMMU, including working with youth, tutoring students, helping disabled adults, feeding the hungry, and working with a marine bird rehabilitation and education center.


Student Organizations

NMMU offers more than 100 student organizations promoting charity, social engagement, cultural activities, or scholarship. Examples include: ballroom dancing, basketball, cricket, debate, drama, International Student Society, rowing, rugby, soccer, surfing, swimming, tennis, underwater sports, and waterpolo.

Mobile Journalist Program

Want to build your digital portfolio and earn $500 while you study abroad? Join the Mobile Journalist (MOJO) program! You’ll blog, photograph, and video your experience abroad, then share them on social media.

Alumni Ambassador Program

Your study abroad adventure doesn’t have to end when your program is over. Keep sharing your study abroad love on your home campus…become an Alumni Ambassador! This internship allows you to help other students on their study abroad journeys while gaining work experience and growing your professional network.

What Our Student Said

Academics Plus Travel
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

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