Nelson Mandela University Online Application, Fees, and Student Portal Login

Nelson Mandela University is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in South Africa. The institution has made its application process easier with the introduction of the Nelson Mandela University online application student portal for the timely processing of applications and fees payment.

Although the university is one of the oldest in the country, it constantly strives to keep up with the changing need of society and provide its students with a safe and stress-free learning environment.

As the only school named after the late iconic South African hero, Nelson Mandela, the university prides itself on being the hallmark of academic excellence, evidenced in its past and current students. We have provided a breakdown of all the information prospective students need to complete their online application and admission into the university. 

How to Apply at Nelson Mandela University

Admission into the prestigious university is open to native and international students, and the admission process can be completed online. Before applying to the university, the student should ensure that he/she has the prerequisite for the program he/she is applying for. For proper guidance on the requirements, students are advised to download the online application guideline document. Here is a thorough breakdown of the application processes.

Nelson Mandela University Online Application Portal

To start the online application process, the prospective student should visit the online application website, where he/she will fill in his/her information in the application form.

To complete the application process in time for the assessment testing and planning by the university, prospective students are advised to submit their application form for admission before the August closing date. Late submissions can still be considered until the September closing date. However, this is based on academic merits.

Undergraduate Students are Selected Based on the Nelson Mandela University’s Admission Criteria

Submitting a complete application form does not guarantee that the student has been accepted into the university or can go ahead with registration. Admission into the university is determined according to the university’s admission policy. Applicants will be informed of the result of the application through email.

Prospective students should take care to provide an accurate cell number and email address for easy communication of information and also to keep track of their application status online. However, being accepted into the university does not mean automatic acceptance to one of the residences or qualification for a bursary or loan.

Transfer Students are to Submit Full Academic Records and Certificate of Conduct

Students who were formally registered at other tertiary education institutions must submit an official full academic record and certificate of conduct issued by the various institutes they were previously registered with. The official statement should specify all the courses you had passed or failed and the module you are currently registered for.

Students with Disabilities

The university takes adequate measures to ensure that the learning environment and academic facilities are conducive for all students, even those with disabilities. A student’s disability status is classified.

However, if the university is oblivious of the disability, we will not be in the position to grant a substantial level of support. If the disability is not discernible, the university would require additional information to confirm the disability and increase consideration for the student.

For more accessibility information and how the university accommodates your specific disability, you are to contact the Universal Accessibility and Disability Service (UADS) at [email protected] or 041-504-2313-4756-2562. It is advised to make early inquiries in the year preceding your application to guarantee reasonable considerations for your requests.

Accommodation Provision for Students

Through the Nelson Mandela University online application portal, students are sent the application form for an accommodation with their acceptance letters. However, not all students who indicate interest in residence accommodation are guaranteed a spot because the residential accommodation is limited. The selection process is structured to prioritize applicants with good academic results.

However, a student is not accepted into residence until they have completed the registration processes and paid all necessary fees. Late application for residence application commences from the end of September, and late applicants are only considered if there is available space.

Foreign School Leaving Certificate

Admission for students who have an international first school leaving certificate can only be considered when they have acquired a letter and/or certificate from the University of South Africa (USAF).

The letter and/or certificate will then be submitted to the admission office with all necessary documents. For more information on the process, visit the USAF website or contact them through email at [email protected].

Administration of Tests to Students

The university applies the National Benchmarks Test (NBT) as part of its selection process for candidates applying with the National Certificate (Vocational) [NC(V)] results for undergraduate qualifications. To book a test and get more information on the test, visit

Important Documents Required for Admission into Nelson Mandela University

Before the university can officially conclude the admission process, applicants are required to provide the following documents.

  • A copy of the student’s national identity document (ID document compulsory for South African citizens.) in the event of the national ID not being readily available, the student may provide their ID number or the serial number on their birth certificate.
  • A copy of the student’s most recent school results (grade 12 June or September result, or grade 11 final results. Grade 12 March results are not accepted).
  • Full academic records and certificates of conduct from past institutions (if applicable).
  • A statement by the student’s surety, legal guardian, or parents if they are currently studying or recently left school and likely not to be employed throughout their study at the university.
  • A copy of the identity document of the surety, legal guardian, or parents of the student if they are still dependent.
  • A copy of the student’s marriage certificate (if applicable).
  • Completed disability assessment form (if applicable).
  • Proof of current home or postal address for students applying for on-campus accommodation.

Nelson Mandela University Application Fees

All prospective students are mandated to pay a non-refundable application fee of R500. Failure to pay the application fee would lead to the student’s application not being processed. However, payment of the application fee ensures that the student’s application will be attended to. Students can pay the application fee through one of the following methods.

  • Postal order (bought at a post office)
  • Money order (bought at a post office)
  • Cheque. Must be marked “not transferable.”
  • Cashiers: the student can pay personally at the university

However, sending cash in the post is not allowed.

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