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  • Locations: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CSU International Programs 
  • Restrictions: CSUF applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Calendar Year
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 10/20/2021 TBA TBA
Calendar Year 2022 09/15/2021 10/01/2021 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: CSU International Programs Click here for a definition of this term Financial Aid: CSU IP Scholarship, Federal Aid (Pell/EOP/FSEOG/Direct Loans), Guardian Scholars, President's Scholars, Private Student Loans, State Aid (Cal Grants/SUG)
Housing Options: Off-Campus Student Housing Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Accounting, Anthropology, Art (Creative Photography and Experimental Media), Biological Science, Biological Science (Marine Biology), Business Administration, Comparative Literature, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, Geography, History, International Business, Journalism, Kinesiology, Liberal Studies, Linguistics, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
Language Prerequisite: None Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
GPA requirement: 2.5 (CUM. & CSUF) Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
Unit Type Earned On Program: Resident Units Click here for a definition of this term Service-Learning/Volunteer Opportunity: Yes
Program Description:



Calendar Year Program Deadlines
September 1: Priority Deadline


GPA Requirement
2.5 Cumulative GPA 
CSU Class Standing
Sophomore, Junior, or Senior.
There are no CSU IP pre-requisites for this program. Students are responsible for verifying that they meet individual course pre-requisites prior to registration with the overseas institution. 


Available Subjects

Accounting Geography Marine Biology
African Studies History Marine Science
Anthropology Hospitality Management Mathematics
Architecture Humanities Music
Biology International Business Philosophy
Business International Relations Photography
Comparative Literature International/Global Studies Physics
Computer Science Journalism Political Science/Government
Economics Kinesiology Psychology
Engineering Liberal Studies Sociology
Environmental Studies Linguistics  Zoology

CLICK HERE to view the online course catalog. 

Academic Credit
Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 CSU units per semester.

CLICK HERE to view the Academic Bulletin for this program for further details regarding course credits and academic policies.  

Students pay the same tuition for South Africa: Nelson Mandela University as the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs, including accommodations, travel and other expenses, see the Budget Estimates above.

Program Dates
CSU IP students spend an Academic Year or Calendar Year abroad on this program. The traditional South African calendar cycle begins in July and ends in June (see Calendar Year below).

Calendar Year: February to November


The South Africa: Nelson Mandela University program is affiliated with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU). Located in Port Elizabeth, NMMU was created in 2005 by the merger of the former University of Port Elizabeth and the Port Elizabeth Technikon. NMMU draws students from around the world, with more than 3,000 international students making up its 27,000 student population. 

CSU IP students enroll directly in NMMU, studying alongside local students and gaining the experience of being fully integrated into life at NMMU and in South Africa. Students will primarily take coursework in their major, concentrating their studies on one or two areas of study and taking courses in that department in order to integrate into the academic life of the university. The main language of instruction at NMMU is English, and all CSU IP students are required to study the Xhosa language and culture as part of their academic program at NMMU. 

For more information about the academic program, students may refer to the Academic Bulletin for the previous year. Note that course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered during the year of intended study. 


NMMU is located in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape Province. Located on the southeastern coast of South Africa, the province is the third largest in South Africa. NMMU has six campuses (five in the Port Elizabeth Metropole and one in George) with CSU IP studying at the main campus, South Campus, in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth.


Students live in off-campus student housing near the university’s South Campus in Summerstand. Upon acceptance, NMMU provides students with accommodation information and makes all housing arrangements for the students prior to their arrival in Port Elizabeth.  


Applicants must complete and submit two applications for this program: the CSUF online application and the CSU IP online application.

According to the CSU IP Academic Bulletin for South Africa, the International Program is affiliated with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. NMMU was the result of a merger of three academic institutions and offers a range of academic, professional and technical programs. The faculties are spread across six campuses and some programs may be available on more than one campus. The main campus of NMMU, situated in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, is where most CSU IP students will be enrolled. Based on academic offerings, some students may take courses at other NMMU campuses except for the Missionvale campus due to its distance from the Summerstrand campus. 

The South African system of higher education is similar to the British model in that undergraduate students enroll in a program of study that is relatively fixed and highly focused within the particular subject. Most degree programs take three years to complete. CSU students will enroll in courses within the approved field of study in which they are placed, following the same general plan as their South African counterparts. 

All students, regardless of the curriculum they are following, are required to take:
  • The equivalent of 15-16 CSU units each semester but no more than 18 units per semester;
  • Two Xhosa (isiXhosa) language courses each semester. Students may also take Afrikaans instead of Xhosa for the year or in the second semester; 
  • The equivalent of at least eight CSU semester units (usually two to three courses depending on the unit value of each course) in the study area for which they were selected each semester.
  • CSL 100 (Community Service Learning) in Semester 2 for two units of CSU academic credit. This course will be given lower division credit and will be graded.