Combo Mid-Year Programme | 6 USA Credits / 12 ECTS Credits


Students will gain first-hand experience of the unique environmental issues that define the Eastern Cape in South Africa. This area is recognized as a frontier, in many respects providing an ideal location to learn how our development opportunities are shaped by our environment.

On Rocks

The special features of the Eastern Cape range from the globally unique concatenation of three global biodiversity hotspots, a treasure trove of ancient fossils, the oldest anatomically-modern humans, some of the earliest cultural artifacts, a history of rapacious over exploitation of natural resources and local extinctions, followed by conservation success stories and now an emerging biodiversity based economy that is built on ecotourism.

This is an opportunity to gain knowledge in a landscape that is once again being shaped by the “big five” such as elephant and rhino and where new solutions to ancient problems are being developed.

The course is largely field-trip based with visits to ancient caves, overnight stays and visits to modern National Parks. It also includes a longer overnight field trip to a rural area where students have the opportunity to experience first-hand the history and local culture with knowledgeable hosts.

Lectures are taught by NMMU academics and are scheduled daily from Monday - Thursday. Friday’s are reserved for self-study or programme related activities.

This programme is open to students with a GPA of 2.5 (and above) who are in good standing at their home university.

On completion of this programme students will:
  • Understand how the Eastern Cape region is a unique human and environmental habitat in South Africa
  • Understand the diverse past and present environmental challenges in the Karoo
  • Witness first-hand the principles of reserve management, commercial and communal land use
  • Understand the underlying ecology to manage and conserve both national parks and private game reserves
  • Visual presentation (30% of overall mark)
  • 5-6 page paper on a topic or issue covered in class (60% of overall mark)
  • Students are required to do research on the topic chosen for the paper
  • Attendance (10% of overall mark)

Transcripts will be issued by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University for the appropriate academic credit.

Programme Cost: $3800.00

The cost of the programme includes tuition, housing, programme-sponsored excursions, selected meals and programme related transportation in South Africa.

Cost does not include application fees, some meals, airfare, personal spending money, international health insurance, or passport fees.


Applications Close:

29 April 2017

Where is Nelson Mandela Bay & NMMU?

Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay is the beautiful coastal town where the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University lays its foundation.

With a total of 6 campuses the NMMU is the largest international university in the Southern Cape with our main campus in the heart if a nature reserve.

Offering blazing orange sunsets, tranquil sandy-white beaches and thick, lush green forests where the ghosts of past inhabitants still linger, the Eastern Cape, South Africa is where people with friendly smiles greet you with a "good morning", "goeie more"’ or "molo"... we want you to experience this Africa!

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