We’re so excited that you're considering studying abroad at the NMMU, we're sure it will be a awesome experience for you!

This page will give you all the details you need to know in order to make this decision a reality!

Overview of application and acceptance process
Receive acceptance letter, choose accommodation & pay acceptance deposit
Apply for medical aid & then study permit
Receive study permit & book flights

Exchange students (Partner University)

Students should be registered as undergraduate students in a partner university and should be nominated by the University.

Students should contact their International Office for internal procedure before commencing the application process.

Study Abroad (Free Mover)

Students should be registered as undergraduate students from a recognized University and be in good academic standing.

  • Students can apply for 6 months / 1 year of study.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5
  • English language requirement

Applicants from non-English speaking countries are required to submit proof ofEnglish proficiency BEFORE REGISTRATION. The TOEFL or IELTS tests,available in most countries, are acceptable proof. The minimum TOEFL scorerequired is 230 on the computer-based test, or 570 on the paper-based test. Aminimum of a 6.0 on the IELTS is acceptable. If this documentation is notprovided before registration, you will be required to undertake an evaluation bythe director of the NMMU English Language Skills Programme, and dependingon your performance, you may then be required to register for and completethe English Language Skills Programme.
Cost Breadown (estimation)

Registration Fee ZAR 600.00
Study Abroad Admin Fee ZAR 6,000.00
Foreign Tuition Fee ZAR 9,600.00
Module Fees (R11500 - R15000) ZAR 13,000.00
CSL Course (Student is liable for this) ZAR 2500.00
Sub-total Tuition Fees ZAR 31,700.00
LIVING EXPENSES (excl. food and electricity & other personal expenses)
Accommodation Deposit (Compulsory) ZAR 2,000.00
Accommodation (6 months) ZAR 26,500.00
Electricity (R350 per month)
Meals (1500 per month)
Sub-Total Living ExpensesZAR 28,500.00
Orientation (compulsory) ZAR 600.00
Medical Insurance (Compulsory)
Weekend Orientation (optional - view trip details) ZAR 1,200.00
Sub-Total Other ExpensesZAR 1,800.00
Total (South African Rands)ZAR 62,000.00
Please Note:
  1. All Tuition Fees are payable prior to registration
  2. Weekend Orientation is optional, but must be booked in advance - form will be sent in acceptance pack
  3. Medical Insurance cost is dependent on option selected (See below for details)
  4. Accommodation deposits are compulsory as you are required to stay in accredited accommodation.
  5. Accommodation is payable per semester in advance on arrival.

Graduate students

Graduate students are required to contact our office for the procedure before they commence the application process.We require a few details from you that the relevant faculty needs to advise on in order for you to get approval.

The Academic year at NMMU runs from January to November
First semester: January - June | Second semester: July - November

Application due dates:

iconSummer / First semester: 15 November of the previous year
iconWinter / Second semester: 30 April of the same academic year

Application form

Your application form should be accompanied by the following:
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Certified copy of your passport
  • Transcript of an academic record
  • Proof of English proficiency if you were educated in a non-english institution
  • International application fee of R500.00 (proof of transfer)
Please note:
  • Our Application form is a fillable PDF - you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer / tablet to be able to fill in and save the PDF.
  • Application forms can printed manually, filled in, scanned and emailed back to us
International student payments

Payments can be done using our credit card form or Electronic transfer:

Account Name: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Bank Name: Standard Bank of SA Limited
Bank address: Rink Street, Port Elizabeth, 6001, South Africa
Account Number: 080263011
Bank Swift code: SBZA ZAJJ
NMMU Reference Number: STUDENT NUMBER (Please state on deposit slip)
Note: Please email proof of payment with your application form

Terms and conditions
Access to our application system is restricted to University staff, applicants and agents of the University carrying out work commissioned by the University (e.g. University-approved agents who submit applications on behalf of students). By applying you are agreeing to our terms and conditions of use and the Data Protection Statement.

Data Protection Statement
Your data is held securely by NMMU, any Data you enter here will be treated confidentially and will be used by members of the University. The data is available to appropriate University staff, including, but not limited to, faculties, schools and departments, the International Office, and agents contracted by the University for purposes directly related to the interests of the University and/or its applicants. The data will not be disclosed to external organisations other than those acting as agents for the University.

All International Students require a valid study permit to attend a University in South Africa.

When to apply for a Study Permit

After you have submitted the necessary documentation and have received your letter of acceptance from the University, you will need to apply for a study permit prior to arrival in South Africa.

Your acceptance letter will allow you to apply for a study permit in order for you to register as a student at the NMMU. You are required to apply for a study permit in your home country.

The NMMU cannot register a student until a valid study permit has been produced. A passport, valid for the duration of the studies, with a valid study permit must be presented to the University during registration.

Please Note: Prospective international students are advised to submit their study permit documentation as soon as possible. It normally takes 8 weeks for applications to be processed. International students should obtain a new permit only if they wish to change institutions. For more information on applying for a study permit visit: www.services.gov.za In an effort to prevent international child abduction, many governments, including South Africa’s, have initiated procedures at entry / exit points. These often include requiring documentary evidence of relationship and permission for the child’s travel from the parent(s) or legal guardian not present. Having such documentation on hand, even if not required, may facilitate entry / departure.

Part-time casual work on a study permit

The holder of a study permit may conduct part-time work providing that the period should not exceed 20 hours per week. The Director of the Office for International Education needs to consent to it in writing.

Travelling outside of South Africa

You should check with the embassy of the country you are visiting whether you require a visa to enter that country.

For Visa Requirements for neighbouring countries please contact Rennies Travel on:
+27 41 396 8800

Applying for a Study Permit

Acceptance as a student at NMMU places no obligation on the Department of Home Affairs, or the University to grant a candidate official guarantee of their entry into South Africa for study purposes.

Study permits are issued for a programme of study at a specific institution.

The following are standard requirements: *

  • A travel document (passport) valid for the duration of study
  • A duly completed application form signed by the applicant
  • An official letter of acceptance from the NMMU for the duration of the course
  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover tuition fees, maintenance and incidental costs, in addition to a cash deposit or bank guarantee to defray possible repatriation and / or incidental costs
  • A written undertaking by the student personally that he / she will leave the country on completion of the specific course indicated or as specified by the NMMU
  • Proof of medical cover with a medical scheme registered in South Africa
  • Medical and radiological reports no less than 6 months old
  • A police clearance certificate no less than 6 months old
*please double-check the application requirements at your nearest South African Embassy.

The student may only proceed to travel to South Africa once all of these requirements (academic as well as residential) have beencomplied with and the student has been issued with the necessary entry authorization (study permit).

Being so far away from home we want you to feel safe and enjoy your time with us, knowing that if anything happens you will have the right medical cover

For Study Permit application and registration purposes, NMMU requires proof of full Medical Aid Cover with a South African registered medical aid scheme - no insurance products, from South Africa or abroad, will be accepted

We don’t accept Medical Insurance

In terms of the Immigration Amendment Act 19 of 2004, any prospective student to the Republic of South Africa, must provide proof of medical cover with a medical scheme registered in terms of the Medical Schemes Act, 1998 Act 131 of 1998.

Although you may, with some other foreign insurance products, be able to secure a study visa from a South African diplomatic mission, NMMU in accordance with the Medical Schemes Act does not accept such medical cover for registration purposes.

Why do you need Medical Aid

In terms of the Immigration Act No. 13 of 2002 as Amended and its Regulations, any prospective student to the Republic of South Africa must provide proof of medical aid cover with a medical scheme registered in terms of the Medical Schemes Act, 1998 Act 131 of 1998.

Due to changes in the Immigration Act, you are required to produce confirmation of South African Medical Aid with your study permit application.

South African medical aid products are accepted by all South African Consulates when applying for a study permit.

Choosing the right Medical Aid

ABSA Healthcare Consultants (HCC) have been appointed by the NMMU Office for International Education as medical aid specialists to advise you on choosing the right provider for your medical needs.

Before applying for medical aid please contact ABSA HCC on the following details:
Tel: 0027 860 100 380
E-mail: International.students@absa.co.za

Medical Aid Providers

The following medical aid companies have developed student focused products that are registered in terms of the Medical Schemes Act:

Momentum Heath
Join Online at: www.ingwehealth.co.za
Call Us: 0860 102 493
Email Us: studenthealth@momentum.co.za
Compcare Wellness
Join Online at: www.studentplan.co.za
Call Us: 086 112 4636
Email Us: student@universal.co.za

Proof for Registration

Study Abroad and Exchange Students must provide proof of medical aid for the full study period at registration - 6 months or 1 year. A minimum of six (6) months cover is provided by medical aid companies.

A membership certificate is required, which may easily be obtained through ABSA HCC.

Payment of Medical Aid

To avoid unnecessary complications, please make the necessary financial arrangements with the medical aid provider prior to your entry into South Africa.

Payment for the required medical aid cover fee is made directly to the Medical Aid Company, separately from the tuition fees.