Nelson Mandela University and the Mandela International Office have admitted over 650 new international students into undergraduate and postgraduate programmes for the 2021 academic yearThe university also welcomed 12 study abroad and exchange students from France, Germany and Sweden for the first semester. The new students will join about 700 returning international students at the university.

Although the start of the 2021 academic year has been a challenge due to the global pandemic, the Mandela International Office has remained in constant contact with new international students over the past few months in order to keep them informed about the developments around the start of the academic year and the registration process. 

The international student orientation programme for new full degree international students took place on 11 March via a combination of live Microsoft Teams sessions and recorded sessions. The orientation for study abroad students was delivered also live via Microsoft Teams between 8-12 March and included presentations. The aim of all sessions was to welcome and orientate students to the university and the city. The level of engagement and attendance was a positive indication of the interest to start the academic year and have illustrated the new students’ enthusiasm to find out more about the university and their study journey that lies ahead. 

The 2021 academic year started on 15 March. Registration at the university began on 24 February and the students can register for their classes until mid-April 2021. While the majority of the programmes will be delivered online, some programmes will offer a combination of online learning and mask-to-mask activities. 

Nelson Mandela University values the diversity that the international students add to the university’s student body, strengthening the vision of internationalisation at home and the overall vision and mission of the university be a dynamic African university.