South African History, Culture & Language

Single Mid-Year Programme | 3 USA Credits / 6 ECTS Credits


The short program will consist of a series of lectures exploring South African History, since the Eastern Cape Frontier’s earliest inhabitation by the Khoi and the San to the present day history. Further, it will provide students with insight into the Frontier as a meeting place of South African cultures throughout its history.

On Rocks

The program will also explore intergroup relations on the Eastern Cape Frontier and introduce students to culture and language specific to the Eastern Cape.

The course will also expose students to the Eastern Cape as the birth place of Nelson Mandela and other struggle heroes, and Nelson Mandela Bay, one of the places that played a critical role in the establishment of a democratic South Africa.

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

Lectures consist of theoretical and interactive sessions. Thorough lecture preparation and active participation will ensure an optimum learning experience.

The programme will enable students to:
  • Become familiar with South African history
  • Gain an understanding about anti-apartheid struggle and transition to democracy
  • Explore South Africa’s various cultures and languages, with specific focus on isiXhosa
  • Learn about South Africa’s history and cultures through field trips to museums, heritage sites and immersion into the communities
Recommended readings:

A list of recommended readings and websites will be provided once applications have been accepted.

  • Visual presentation (30% of overall mark)
  • 5-6 page paper on a topic or issue covered in class. Students are required to do research on the topic chosen for the paper (60% of overall mark)
  • Attendance (10% of overall mark)

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

Programme Cost: $3500.00

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

Programme Academic /

Dr Nico Jooste

Dr Nico Jooste is the Senior Director of the Office for International Education at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)

Dr Nico Jooste has acted in this position since July 2000. He was responsible for the development of the Office for International Education at the University as a self-funding entity. During this time International Student numbers grew from 130 in 2000 to 2300 in 2012. The comprehensive Internationalisation of the University was implemented during this period as a strategic imperative of the NMMU. The University adopted Comprehensive Internationalisation as a strategy and received the first award of the International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA) for Excellence in Comprehensive Internationalisation. He served in numerous leadership positions of IEASA and is the current President. He is also currently the Editor of the Study South Africa Publication.

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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