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|Program Type:||Host University||Language of Instruction:||English|
|Minimum GPA:||2.5||Minimum Class Eligibility:||1-Freshman|
|Non-SCSU Student:||No||Housing Options:||Apartments|
|Language Courses Offered:||No||Credit Type:||Undergraduate|
|Program Length:||Long-Term Program|
St. Cloud State University offers freshman students the unique opportunity of studying abroad for one semester in their first year of college. They will learn valuable life skills and gain experience most people as fourth years don’t even have. Students will attend Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. 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.
Academic Calendar: Spring
Credits: 12-15 Credits
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
The First Year Experience program in South Africa requires that students take the ETHS201: Introduction to Ethnic Studies course. The class covers a diversity goal requirement and is needed for graduation regardless if they are participating in the South Africa study abroad experience or not.
This program is open to any major. To participate in this program, students must take 12-15 credits. Students should look at the module browser for NMMU and meet with an advisor in the Education Abroad office to review course options. The credits earned at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University transfer back to St. Cloud State University.
AttractionsPort 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 NMMU 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 gives students to travel the 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. Though students will have their own private bedroom, the kitchen and living spaces are shared with 2 or 3 other students—most often SCSU students.
- Freshmen or above
- GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Open to all majors
- Students should first apply with SCSU online