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Extension of closing date for 2021 applications...

Nelson Mandela University has extended its closing date for applications to study in 2021 until 14 November 2020.

The extension is to allow Grade 12 learners, whose year has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, additional time to apply. The decision is also in line with the University’s commitment to broadening access.

By adopting a more flexible approach, the University has been able to accommodate the changes within the basic education sector and deviate from its normal academic timelines.

The extended closing date of 14 November 2020 will allow:

  1. Current Grade 12 learners to use their trial exam results, instead of their final Grade 11 results.
  2. Applicants who may have improved their Grade 12 subject marks an opportunity to apply for their first-choice programme(s) as they could not do so with their Grade 11 results.
  3. Applicants who may have struggled to obtain access to sites during lockdown more time to apply online. 

This extension applies to both academic and residences applications. This includes applications from international applicants.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to apply timeously as spaces are limited and those who require NSFAS funding need to be provisionally accepted in order to be able to apply for such funding by 30 November 2020.

Nelson Mandela University extends its best wishes to all Grade 12 learners who are writing their trial exams under difficult conditions. Equally it encourages learners to practise all COVID-19 prevention measures to stay safe in spite of the easing of lockdown restrictions.


Studying at Nelson Mandela University

Making your higher education study decisions can be a complicated task so we have simplified the process for you and broken it up into four steps. First you need to find out what you want to study and if you qualify (Step 1), then you move on to applying (Step 2), wait to see if you have been admitted/selected (Step 3) and finally, you can register/enrol (Step 4). Follow this four-step process to your future at our University!



See what options are available to you, make your career choice, find out what qualifications can get you there and see if you meet the requirements:

  • Decide what course (qualification) you want to study
  • See what is required to be able to study towards that course (admission requirements)
  • Find out about accommodation and financing your studies
  • Get help on making your decision via online tools, such as the prospectus and quick guides

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Decided what you want to study? Meet the requirements? Right, now you can apply:

  • Apply online for admission to study at Nelson Mandela University
  • Apply for accommodation at Nelson Mandela University
  • Apply for funding

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Submitted your application? Now you can:

  • View your admission status
  • View your residence admission status
  • Change your study choice
  • Change your contact details
  • Confirm any admission offer you may have received so that we can reserve a place for you

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If you’ve been admitted to study at Mandela University – congratulations!

  • Pay any relevant fees that may be due
  • Take part in the orientation programmes to find out how and where to do things on campus
  • Find out when you can register for your course
  • Go through the registration process to enrol in your chosen subjects (modules)
  • Find out when lectures start

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