GUIDELINES AND INFORMATION FOR APPLICATIONS
1. Closing date for applications
In order to ensure adequate time for processing, assessment testing and planning by Nelson Mandela
University and yourself, applications for admission should be submitted before the August closing date. Late
applications will however be considered after this date, based on academic merit, until the September closing
date. In addition, places for some qualifications are limited; it is therefore in your best interest to submit your
application early. Information on applicable dates.
2. Selection of undergraduate candidates:
Submission of a completed application form does not mean that you have been accepted as a student, or
that you may register. All prospective students are selected in accordance with the admissions policy of the
university. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application. Please ensure that your cell
number is correct as you will be notified of your admission status via SMS or you can track your
application status online.
NB: Acceptance as a student does not mean that you have also been accepted to one of the residences
or that you will automatically qualify for a bursary / loan.
3. Students from other tertiary institutions
If you were previously registered at other tertiary education institutions, you need to submit an official full
academic record and certificate of conduct issued by each institution at which you were registered. This
statement must indicate all courses passed and failed and modules for which you are currently registered.
Students, who studied at the Port Elizabeth campus of the former Vista University before 2004, must obtain
an academic record and a certificate of conduct from UNISA. (Tel: 086 167 0411 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org)
4. Financial assistance
Nelson Mandela University offers financial assistance in the form of bursaries and NSFAS loans to students
studying at the University (South African citizens only). The loans are administered on behalf of the National
Student Financial Aid Scheme – NSFAS.
Applications for NSFAS loans must be made directly on the NSFAS website or an application form can be
downloaded and sent directly to the NSFAS office in Cape Town. The closing date for NSFAS funds is
advertised on their website. Further information can be obtained from the NSFAS website –
Nelson Mandela University Scholar and Student Merit awards are awarded to top academic achievers and
no application is required. Bursaries and sponsorship are available to students who fulfill specific criteria as
required by the various sponsors. Details are in the Bursary Booklet on the Financial Aid website –
5. Students with disabilities
Nelson Mandela University strives to ensure that all campus facilities are accessible to students with
disabilities. Every reasonable attempt will be made to provide students with the assistance they require.
Disability status is confidential, however if the university is not aware of the disability, we will not be in a
position nor obliged to offer reasonable support. If the disability is not self-evident, the university may require
the applicant to disclose sufficient information to confirm the disability or to ensure that reasonable
consideration is granted.
For more information on accessibility and how your particular disability can be accommodated, you are
advised to contact the Disability Unit, on 041-504 2313/4756/2562 or email@example.com as early as
possible. Early enquiries during the year preceding application are encouraged, to ensure that requests
can be reasonably accommodated.
6. Residence accommodation
To apply for residence please complete the online form or click on Residence accommodation form in
point 12 under downloadable documents.
Please note that indicating that you require residence accommodation does not guarantee you a
place in the residences.
A selection process has to take place and priority will be given to applicants who have obtained good
No student will be admitted to residence until she/he has been academically admitted to a university
programme or before the appropriate fees have been paid.
Also note that residence accommodation is limited and preference will be given to applications
received before the end of September.
Please submit residence accommodation form together with proof of your current residential/home or
postal address via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), fax (041 504 9765) or post (Residence
Accommodation,PO Box 77000, Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, 6031).
7. Student number
Please use your student number when corresponding with the university. This student number will appear in
all future correspondence that you receive from the university. NB: Also include the hash tag (#) and number
(Example: #1100, #1200, #2000) that appears in the e-mail address that was sent to you in your subject field
when corresponding with us.
8. Medium of instruction and academic activities
Tuition at Nelson Mandela University is presented mainly in English. Academic activities take place from Monday
to Friday and when necessary, on Saturdays.
9. Assistance needed
In the event of any other support needed with the completing your online application, you may contact our
Contact Centre at 0415041111.
10. Important documentation
In order for the university to finalise your application you are requested to submit the following documentation
(refer to point 12 on how to submit the documents):
A certified copy of your identity document (ID document compulsory for SA Citizens – your application
cannot be processed without a certified copy of your ID. You may also provide your ID number or serial
number that appears on your birth certificate should you still be waiting for your ID Document to be
A certified copy of your latest school results (grade 11 final or grade 12 June or September results or
final school leaving results (e.g. if you are currently at school and apply in August submit your June
results). No grade 12 March results.
Full official academic record(s) and certificate(s) of conduct from previous institution(s) (if applicable).
Declaration by your parent / legal guardian / surety (see point 12) if you are a dependent or currently
at school or studying at a tertiary institution or have recently left school and do/will not have
permanent employment when applying or studying at the university.
A certified copy of the identity document of parent / legal guardian / surety if you are a dependent or
currently at school or studying at a tertiary institution or have recently left school and do/will not have
permanent employment when applying or studying at the university.
A copy of your marriage certificate (if applicable).
Completed disability assessments form (if applicable).
Proof of your current residential / home or postal address if applying for on-campus accommodation.
Postgraduate form (U.24) (see point 12) if you are applying for postgraduate studies.
NB: Please note that your reference number must clearly be indicated on all documentation submitted.
11. Downloadable documents
To download the document(s) required to complete your application follow the link(s) below. You can fax
the completed document(s) to 041-504 1477 or e-mail to email@example.com. Save the
documents as follow: Student number, underscore, type of document (Example 211040673_ID). You can
also post the documents to Admissions Online Applications, PO Box 77000, Nelson Mandela University,
Port Elizabeth, 6031 should you wish.
Declaration by parent/legal guardian/surety
12. Contact details
Please quote your student number in the heading of any e-mail correspondence as follow:
Student number #faculty code #1900 (undergraduate) or #2000 (postgraduate). Example 217009123
#1100 #1900 (undergraduate) or 217009123 #1100 #2000 (postgraduate). The faculty codes are:
Faculty of: Code
Business & Economic Sciences #1400
Health Sciences #1600
Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology #1700
Enquiries or assistance needed:
In the event of any other support needed with the completing your online application, you may contact
our Contact Centre at 0415041111 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kindly advise the Admissions Office in writing of any changes in your contact details (address,
cell/phone numbers or e-mail address) or if you would like to change your qualification after submitting
the online application. You also need to inform the Admissions Office in writing if you decide not to
proceed with your online application. You are advised to contact Online Admissions at e-mail:
email@example.com or fax: 041-504 1477.
Submitting documents: You can fax the completed document(s) to 041-504 1477 or e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Save the documents as follow: Student number, underscore, type of
document (Example211040673_ID). You can also post the documents to Admissions Undergraduate
or Postgraduate Online Applications, PO Box 77000, Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, 6031
should you wish.
NB: Please do not send your query/document to more than one e-mail address as it causes delays.