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South Africa - Nelson Mandela University: SCSU Semester
Port Elizabeth, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Budget Sheets Fall,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/03/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Host University Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Minimum Class Eligibility:
Non-SCSU Student: Yes Housing Options: Apartments university owned
Language Courses Offered: No Credit Type: Undergraduate
Program Length: Long-Term Program
Program Description:



Students who participate in this program are fully immersed in South African culture while gaining a meaningful educational experience. Students may attend Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and take general or major-related courses.  Or, qualified education majors can student teach at one of the local schools in the Port Elizabeth area. International student housing, in which SCSU students live alongside people from all around the world, coupled with integrated classes provide a unique cultural experience both on and off campus. Living accommodations are located within walking distance from the University and just a stone’s throw from the beach.
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Fast Facts

Academic Calendar:  Fall/Spring
Credits:  12-15 Credits per semester or student teaching credit
Faculty & Staff:  On-campus international office available to students                                    
Housing: Dormitory Room
Meals:  Kitchens and cooking areas available
Language of instruction:  English
Local Currency: South African Rand
Population of Port Elizabeth area: 1.3 million


Nelson Mandela is open to any major. To participate in this program, students must take 12-15 credits.  Students should look at the module browser for Nelson Mandela and meet with an advisor in the Education Abroad office to review course options.  The credits earned at Nelson Mandela University transfer back to St. Cloud State University.

Education Majors - Student Teaching

Education majors have the option of completing part of their student teaching program abroad.  This unique opportunity allows teacher candidates to interact with a diverse group of students and teachers, to plan and teach using different curriculum models, and to formulate a global perspective on education. Teaching responsibilities include observation, individual tutoring, and small group teaching; several weeks of co-teaching and some individual whole-class teaching; and several weeks of complete responsibility of the classroom. Orientation meetings will be held with a supervisor prior to departure. 

The student teaching experience includes one placement of 8 weeks. This will be combined with local placement in St. Cloud after student teaching abroad. Actual placement will be evaluated on an individual basis.


Port Elizabeth, South Africa has beautiful beaches, parks, and a wonderful city life. The student apartments are situated just across from King’s Beach, a wonderful place to walk, swim, surf, or simply sunbathe. The North and South campuses of Nelson Mandela are situated within the grounds of a nature reserve and allow students the unique opportunity of taking a nature walk and seeing zebra, springbok, and various kinds of monkeys in between classes!

Marine Drive is the main road that runs along the ocean and offers the majority of the Port Elizabeth and Summerstrand area attractions. The Boardwalk and pier bring shopping, live events, food, and nightlife together while restaurants such as Barney’s or the Blue Waters Café offer beachside views and delicious dishes.

For weekend or break-time excursions, local travel options give students the opportunity to travel to other parts of South Africa and see amazing places such as Capetown, the New York of South Africa; Hogsback, the amazingly beautiful mountain district that inspired native JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings; and many, many more!


SCSU students are housed in single-room apartment-style dormitories called Campus-Key. Students will have their own private bedroom and bathroom but will have a kitchen are shared with one other student. There is also two living spaces that are shared with other students living in the housing.


  • Freshman status or above
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Students should first apply with SCSU online 

Student Teaching

Students who wish to complete their student teaching in South Africa should contact the Education Abroad Office at



* Please note that tuition is part of the program fee and veterans benefits may not pay toward this program. 
Please inquire the Education Abroad Office for any questions of concern.

Student Teaching opportunities available!