The merger creating the NMMU was realized in January 2005 but its history dates back to 1882 with the foundation of Port Elizabeth Art School. The merger brought together the University of Port Elizabeth, the Port Elizabeth Technikon and the Port Elizabeth campus of Vista University. The University attracts international students from all over the world. There are over 3000 international students and include students from the United States, France, China, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom and many other countries.


Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is one of the most flexible of Interstudy’s university partners in terms of course selection.

NMMU has the following faculties:

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Business School
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Science

As scheduling allows, students may even combine courses offered in different departments and faculties. One of the highlights of the NMMU offerings is the 2-credit Community Service Learning course.

The University has six campuses

  • South Campus, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth (PE)
  • North Campus, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth (PE)
  • 2nd Avenue Campus, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth (PE)
  • Missionvale Campus, Uitenhage Road (PE)
  • Bird Street Campus, Central, Port Elizabeth (PE)
  • Saasveld, George


Learning experience:

NMMU is a comprehensive university offering professional and vocational training. NMMU has more than 500 study programmes, including several fields in which it excel. NMMU is well-known for art and design, building, chartered accounting, engineering, health and environmental sciences and information technology. NMMU ranks 10 among the Universities in South Africa.

Students have access to well-equipped laboratories for specific subjects, lecture halls, libraries, counseling and health services, cafeterias, food courts and coffee shops. NMMU also accommodates people with disabilities.


  • Multiculturalism: NMMU is the most diverse university in South Africa, with African students coming from 34 countries on the continent.
  • Security: The University employs a reputable security company that offers staff, students and visitors 24-hour security on all the university’s campuses. In order to ensure the safety of everyone on campus the following measures have been implemented:


Work after Graduation:

The University’s network with leading institutions around the globe to ensure that our students are prized players wherever they find themselves in the job market. The university strives to make as much information and as many services available to students in order to better equip them after they have graduated. One such initiative is the Graduate and Student Placement division which assists graduates in finding suitable employment after graduation by hosting a number of events on-campus including: the graduate recruitment programme and careers fair, law recruitment programme and internal and external ad hoc placements.


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