International Programs

South Africa: Academic Programs

Host Institutions
Fields of Study
  • African Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Kinesiology
  • Literature
  • Marine Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Zoology

In South Africa, students will concentrate their studies in one field (occasionally two), studying within their major. IP Participants should plan to take courses within a particular department in order to integrate into the academic life of the university. Based on their academic preparation, students will be allowed to enroll in courses at an appropriate level.

All IP participants, regardless of their field of study, are required to study the Xhosa language and culture as part of their academic program at NMMU. Xhosa is spoken by approximately 7.9 million people, or 18% of the South African population. Xhosa is the second most common home language in South Africa as a whole, with the majority of speakers living on the Eastern Cape.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Port Elizabeth is located on the southeastern coast of South Africa in the Eastern Cape Province. The province is the third largest in South Africa and home province to Nelson Mandela. The towns of Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage, and Despatch form a metropole known as Nelson Mandela Bay.

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University was created by the merger of the former University of Port Elizabeth and the Port Elizabeth Technikon on January 1, 2005. It is one of the most radically, culturally and linguistically diverse universities in Southern Africa and offers the most diverse academic programs. NMMU is a comprehensive university and students will find course offerings in a vast array of subjects. Students should note that NMMU is nationally renowned for its work in marine ecology and environmental management. It is also well regarded for its interdisciplinary studies in humanities and social sciences, addressing such issues as development, conflict management and South African politics and political economy.