Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University International Students

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University International Students



The Office for International Education assists international visitors and students with information on travel, visas and academic studies. It retains the resources of 20 staff members as well as a number of student assistants and interns, and endeavours to make your settling and adjustment period as easy and painless as possible.

We offer a range of services including: admissions, arrival and orientation, accommodation, events and excursions for our Degree SeekingStudy Abroad & ExchangeShort Programmes (Summer School) and English Skills Programmes.

We also act as your home away from home by assisting students with lost passports, and the renewal of study visas, as well as information on issues or questions that will ensure that your stay at the NMMU is enjoyable and safe.

Your safety is of the utmost importance to us during your stay at the NMMU.


It is always fulfilling to give back to the community, and the Office for International Education has created a platform from which International Students can do this.

This service learning is offered as a credit bearing module where students can obtain 8 NMMU credits (2 USA credits / 4 ECTS credits) for volunteering 2 hours per week, attending community service learning workshops and submitting a journal and visual presentation on their experiences at the projects.

Students who have too many credits or very little time in their university study timetable but would love to give back and make a difference are also welcome to volunteer without obtaining the credits or submitting a journal and presentation. These students are, however, encouraged to attend the workshops as these provide the necessary platform and guidance when volunteering in South African communities.

The practical component will be arranged for students which includes transport to the different projects.


Subject to legislation and higher education policy, and mindful of its mission and key values, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) seeks to enrol international students who have the potential to succeed at the higher education level. Furthermore, the NMMU actively seeks to enrol international students that reflect the broad diversity of global cultural, linguistic, racial, socio-economic and educational backgrounds. To achieve this, the NMMU seeks to enrich the diversity of its student body through a process of internationalisation by drawing students from SADC and other African countries, as well as from the wider international community.

The admissions requirements to the various programmes offered by the NMMU consist of the statutory admission requirements as stipulated by the rules and regulations of the University as well as regulations and requirements as stipulated in the Higher Education Act of 1997 (read with the Universities Act of 1955 and the Technikons Act of 1993) and administered by the Matriculation Board to foreign qualifications. The NMMU reserves the right to limit the number of applicants who are admitted to a specific programme in the light of available resources, staff capacity, and prescriptions of professional bodies as well as the Ministry of Education.

In reaching a decision on admission, the NMMU makes use of an admissions process that is fair and transparent, and employs admissions criteria and measures that are as appropriate and valid as possible. Central to the admissions process is the Admissions Committee that makes admissions decisions, monitors enrolment and annually advises Senate on matters related to admissions and the updating or refinement of the International Students Admissions Policy.


The NMMU’s admissions policy and its implementation are guided by the following key values:


The NMMU strives to provide access to and enrol a student body that is reflective of the geographical and culturally diverse populations it serves.


In its admissions process, the NMMU will endeavour to make fair admissions decisions and use admissions criteria and measures that are not biased against any applicant or group of applicants.

The admissions process of the NMMU will be conducted in a fair, accountable and professional manner through openness and transparency as regards the procedures followed and the criteria and information used for making admissions decisions. Admissions decisions will be communicated to applicants in a clear and transparent way. Applicants may query why an application was unsuccessful, appeal the decision, when necessary, and request consideration for alternative programmes.


The NMMU fosters a caring, enabling and supportive environment to provide its students with the best possible chances of success and of realising their potential. This will be achieved through identifying the development and wellness needs of students and by providing academic and student development support programmes.


The NMMU will constantly research and refine its admissions, procedures, criteria, and assessment measures as well as the various alternative access routes to ensure that they are of a high quality, and are relevant and sensitive to the needs of the student, the institution, and the local, regional, national and international communities that it serves. The underlying admissions principle for International students will be academic excellence.


As an international student looking to study a full degree at NMMU you will be pleased to know our programmes are recognized and accredited by the relevant professional bodies locally and, in many cases, internationally.

The university has already established itself as a leader in fields such as automotive engineering, ecology, marine studies, community health, the built environment, art and design, accounting and auditing, education and IT, and offers students an even wider choice of stimulating programmes opening up a variety of career opportunities.

Our students can already be found working around the globe.


For up to date information on our Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes please use our Online Guide


The NMMU firmly believes in the strength and benefits of a well defined higher education network society. The active development of such networks enhances its internationalisation, and is clearly demonstrated by its international partnerships.

The University not only uses these partnerships to enhance student mobility, but also to promote the internationalisation of our curriculum as well as international research partnerships.

The University promotes internationalisation through its partnerships based on the four principles that define an internationalised university namely: the internationalised nature of the student body, the international orientation of the academic staff, the internationalised nature of the curriculum and the international nature of its research activities.

The NMMU is committed to developing its international links with universities from developing countries, with specific reference to Africa. However, it also values its links with universities from the North, and uses these to develop and stimulate its drive towards excellence.


Country City Name
Argentina Santa Fe Universidad Nacional del Litoral
Australia Adelaide Flinders University
Brazil Rio de Janeiro Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
China Hong Kong Lingnan University
Czech Republic Brno Masarykova Univerzita v Brne
Ecuador Quito Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Finland Turku University of Turku
France Paris ECE Paris & IT Paris Eiffel
France Lyon Ecole Catholique d’Arts et Métiers de Lyon
France Le Kremlin-Bicêtre EPITECH
France Paris POLE ESG
France Paris Sup’Biotech Paris
Germany Oldenburg Carl Von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
Germany Tübingen Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Germany Darmstadt Evangelische Hochschule Darmstadt
Germany Münster and Steinfurt Fachhochschule Münster
Germany Wedel Fachhochschule Wedel
Germany Berlin Freie Universität Berlin
Germany Erlangen / Nürnberg Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Germany Ingolstadt Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften FH Ingolstadt
Germany Stuttgart Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart
Germany Nürtingen Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt Nürtingen-Geislingen
Germany Osnabrück Hochschule Osnabrück
Germany Reutlingen Hochschule Reutlingen
Germany Worms Hochschule Worms
Germany Mainz Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Germany Wolfenbüttel Ostfalia Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften
Germany Berlin SRH Hochschule Berlin
Germany Osnabrück Universität Osnabrück
Japan Japan Study Abroad Foundation (JSAF)
Japan Suita Osaka Gakuin University
Kenya Nairobi Kenyatta University
Korea, Republic of Yongin Dankook University
Mexico Monterrey Universidad de Monterrey
Namibia Windhoek Polytechnic of Namibia
Netherlands Amsterdam Hogeschool van Amsterdam
Netherlands Arnhem Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen
Netherlands Amsterdam Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Norway Kongsberg Høgskolen i Buskerud og Vestfold
Norway Oslo Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus
Norway Halden Høgskolen i Østfold
Norway Stord Høgskolen Stord/Haugesund
Norway Tromsø The Arctic University of Norway
Norway Kristiansand Universitetet i Agder
Spain Madrid Centro de Enseñanza Superior Luis Vives CEU
Spain Barcelona Universitat Ramon Llull
Sweden Göteborg Göteborgs universitet
Sweden Malmö World Maritime University
Switzerland Winterthur ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Uganda Kampala Makerere University
United Kingdom Southampton University of Southampton
United States Louisville Bellarmine University
United States California State University System
United States Seaside California State University, Monterey Bay
United States College of St Johns St Bens
United States Lynchburg College
United States Flagstaff Northern Arizona University
United States St. Cloud St. Cloud State University
United States New York The City College of New York
United States Oxford University of Mississippi
United States Wilmington University of North Carolina at Wilmington
United States Cedar Falls University of Northern Iowa
United States University of Sioux Falls
United States Salt Lake City University of Utah




* Please note that we do not have any bursaries, scholarships or sponsorship at the moment. Please feel free to inquire about the cost of tuition at NMMU.


Name: NMMU International
Tel: +27 (0)41 504 2161
Fax: +27 (0)41 504 2771
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Manager: International Partnerships
Name: Ms Claire Dullisear

Claire oversees engagement and communication initiatives relating to existing International Partners and Faculty Linkages. She project manages International Student Orientation and manages customer feedback and student experience levels at the OIE.



Public Relations, Events and Visitors Coordinator
Name: Ms Janine Wagenaar

Janine manages and supports the public relations activities of the Office for International Education, plans all functions and events and co-ordinates international visitor programmes.


Marketing and External Communication Coordinator
Name: Ms Anine Swanepoel

Anine manages all marketing and communications related activities for the Office for International Education as well as compiling all Marketing related documents and publications. Anine also manages Recruitment Agents.




Name: Ms Tohiera Moodien

Tohiera manages all administrative activities of the OIE including enquiries, admissions, registration, records and the administration budget as well as the administrative activities associated with study abroad and exchange students.

Ms Tohiera Moodien


International Postgraduate Student Administrator
Name: Ms Natasha September

Natasha provides services in the execution of academic administrative functions within the OIE linked to International postgraduate student enquiries, admissions and pre-registration. Natasha also manages the Information Centre and Data Capturer.



Information Center Coordinator
Name: Ms Rae Azem

Rae serves as a source of information to students, the University and the general public on the activities of the Office for International Education acting as the contact/link between students and the Office. She is the first point of call when students arrive at the office.


Data Capturer
Name: Ms Micky Sakata

Micky is responsible for data capturing, maintaining electronic filing systems and general filing.


International Student Administrator
Name: Ms Megan Connelly

Meganadministers academic administrative functions related to international student enquiries, admissions and registration.



SADC Desk: International Student Administrator
Name: Ms Asanda Tele

Asanda administers all the academic administrative functions related to international student enquiries, admissions and registration from SADC countries.



Study Abroad Coordinator
Name: Ms Monalisa Ndwayana

Monalisa handles all administrative activities associated with study abroad and exchange students from the United States.



Study Abroad Coordinator
Name: Ms Jade Bailey

Jade handles all administrative activities associated with study abroad and exchange students from Europe.


Manager: Internationalisation @ Home and Research
Name: Dr Savo Heleta

Dr Heleta manages research on international higher education affairs and the effects of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s internationalisation efforts whilst. He also works on bringing the benefits of internationalisation to the broader NMMU community by creating ‘internationalisation at home’ opportunities for South African students.



Short Programme Coordinator
Name: Ms Divinia Pillay

Divinia coordinates and organizes all aspects of the short-stay study abroad programmes and identifies and develops community projects for community service programs.



Outgoing Study Abroad Coordinator
Name: Johan Van Rensburg

Johan coordinates and organizes all aspects of the short-stay study abroad



English Coordinator for the LEF001/002 course – the English as an International Language Programme
Name: Katherine Smith

Katherine plans, lectures on, conducts the assessments, plans the certification ceremony, and provides remedial and pastoral care of students on the programme for the English Language Skills Programme



Manager: Finance and Operations
Name: Ms Bev Sanderson

To provide a financial service to the Office for International Education.

Bev manages all international student fees accounts. She also provides Financial management to the Office for International Education. She is also responsible for managing all the non-academic support functions within the Office for International Education.


International Finance Officer
Name: Ms Algene van Boomen

Algene provides a financial service to the Office for International Education in order to assist the Finance Department with the daily operational duties.



International Finance Officer
Name: Ms Janine Bezuidenhout

Janine provides a financial service to the Office for International Education in order to assist the Finance Department with the daily operational duties.