Nelson Mandela University (NMU)

Nelson Mandela University (NMU) is a new generation university, distinguished by the wide range of study options and access routes open to students. NMU nurtures innovation, fosters creativity, embraces technology and develops people to meet the challenges of tomorrow. Quality higher education is offered to more than 27 000 students across six campuses, making NMU the largest university in the Eastern Cape.

Application Open:

1 April 2019

Application Closing Date:

2 August 2019 (early closing date)
30 September 2019 (late closing date)
Check your application status here.

Application Fees:

  • There is no application fee for South African students.
  • The application fee for international students is R500.

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Open Days

General Open Day:
May (to be confirmed) 

Course Cost Range Per Annum

Tuition costs at NMU vary, depending on the course – take a look at the fees breakdown.

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Step 1:
 Get your application form.

  • Online Application:
    Undergraduate and postgraduate applicants can use the same online application process.
  • Hardcopy Application:
    This option is only for postgraduate applicants
    If you would like a hard copy application form, you may download one OR you will be able to request one by emailing or phoning (041) 504 1111. From there, you will need to provide your postal address and the application package will be sent to you. 

    • Postgraduates will also need to complete a postgraduate form.
    • This form will need to be completed in addition to the postgraduate application form.
    • You will be able to find details about the postgraduate application process here.

You can post your application to:

The Admissions Office
PO Box 77000

Nelson Mandela University
Port Elizabeth
South Africa

Step 2:  Complete your application form in full.

*Remember you’ll need an email address.  Don’t have one?  Get an email address here.

Step 3:  Attach all supporting documents.

Step 4:  Complete a student accommodation form.  This is part of your application.

Step 5:  Find Funding.

Check out all the available funding opportunities on EduFunding (the green button below). If you’re not sure about the differences in funding opportunities, we’ve got you covered.


Nelson Mandela University offers a wide variety of under- and post-graduate qualifications that fit into the following faculties:

  • Arts
  • Business and Economic Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering, Built Environment and IT
  • Health Sciences
  • Law
  • Science

Don’t meet the minimum requirements?  There’s still hope.


  • NMU Prospectus [DOWNLOAD]
  • Students Counselling, Career and Development Services [VIEW]
  • Residence Information [VIEW]


Have questions about your application?

Tel: +27 (0) 41 504 1111

Need to find the institution?

Street Address (South Campus):
University Way
Port Elizabeth