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Why South Africa?


Why should students choose to come to South Africa to study?

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University offers an excellent English Language Programme at an extremely competitive price. Students will be able to experience our unique environment, wildlife, our beautiful beaches, exquisite natural scenery and cultural diversity. The campus is situated on a nature reserve with a well-equipped modern infrastructure. We have blue flag beaches on our doorstep where you can do a variety of water sports.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University also offers internationally accredited programmes ranging from diploma through to Doctoral level http://www.nmmu-international.co.za/ . Students may also opt to study at the NMMU for a semester abroad (6 months) http://www.nmmustudyabroad.com/ or they can choose to attend one of our short programmes http://summerschoolsouthafrica.com/


Things to do

Addo Elephant National Park is a diverse wildlife conservation park situated close to Port Elizabeth in South Africa and is one of the country’s 19 national parks. It currently ranks third in size after Kruger National Park and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. https://www.sanparks.org/parks/addo/

Kragga Kamma Game Park

A beautiful game park with a lot of animals: giraffe, rhino, antelopes, zebra, elk, ostrich and others. You will go around in your own car and pass by animals, and will have very close approaches to them. http://www.kraggakamma.co.za/

Port Elizabeth is the “Doorway to the Garden Route” http://www.gardenroute.co.za/

Things to do in Port Elizabeth https://www.tripadvisor.co.za/Attractions-g312559-Activities-Port_Elizabeth_Eastern_Cape.html

Places to eat

Charlie’s Pizza and Pasta http://www.charliespizza.co.za/menu.html

Formerly known as Charlie Superstar, Charlie’s Pizza and Pasta is a charming pizzeria with a smart cafe ambience. Enjoy thin crust pizzas with a large variety of toppings. The menu and relaxed ambience makes it the perfect place for a relaxed lunch or a catch up dinner with friends. The menu also makes space for options other than pizza such as sandwiches and salads.

Blue Waters Café http://www.bluewaterscafe.co.za/

Blue Waters Café is situated on the shores of Port Elizabeth’s pristine coastline. With clear views of the harbour, the famous Pier as well as the most popular beaches Port Elizabeth has to offer. You will have an experience unlike any other right on the water’s edge.

Beer Shack https://www.facebook.com/BeerShackPE/

Guests can enjoy special brewed craft beer on the deck overlooking the ocean, or inside in their cosy beach bar lounge while enjoying a delicious meal from the menu.

Something Good https://www.facebook.com/somethinggoodpe/

Something Good revisits the classic roadhouse, serving good quality food, and cooling drinks a stone’s throw from Pollock Beach.



Interesting facts

  • We are named after Nelson Mandela
  • South Africa is malaria free
  • The big 7 can be seen including the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo, whales and great white sharks
  • South Africa is a very sunny country. Our summer months are from October to April and our winter months are from May to September.


Cost of living

Cost of living in South Africa is 41.05% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in South Africa is 57.39% lower than in United States (average data for all cities). Prices in South Africa https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/country_result.jsp?country=South+Africa

These data are based on 12862 entries in the past 18 months from 1083 different contributors. Last update: April, 2017

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