Study in South Africa!
Since 1987, International Studies Abroad (ISA) has provided college students in the United States and Canada the opportunity to explore the world. A primary objective of all ISA programs is to facilitate the learning and development of students. We rely on host universities to provide quality instruction in the classroom, but ISA is the main facilitator of learning outside of the classroom.
LocationsPort Elizabeth, otherwise known as the "friendly city" or simply PE, is South Africa's fifth largest city. The ISA Port Elizabeth semester program allows students to select courses from a wide variety of fields of study allowing their study abroad experience to fit their individual academic needs. The ISA Port Elizabeth program is conducted through Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, with courses taught in English by host university professors. ISA students will enroll in courses alongside South African and international students.
- Fall Semester: Early July to Late November (Semester II in South Africa)
- Spring Semester: Late January to Late June (Semester I in South Africa)
ISA students stay in apartment-style dorms on-campus with international students. Students are placed in either single or double rooms, with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities.
The cost of housing will be included in the invoice that ISA sends to Appalachian and students will be billed through their Appalachian term bill.
Program CostsStudents participating on ISA programs will be billed through Appalachian the ISA program cost. This will replace the Appalachian tuition & fees for the term they are abroad. In addition to the ISA costs students will also be responsible for submitting a $200 OIED Program Development Fee upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Paid to Appalachian State
|1ISA Program Fee||See ISA Page|
|2OIED Program Development Fee||$200|
2The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Estimated Additional Costs
|ISA Application Fee||$95|
|Airfare||$1400 - $2000|
|Meals||$1200 - $1800|
|Refundable Housing Deposit||$500|
|1Essential Living Expenses||$500 - $700|
|Books and Materials||$150 - $300|
|Local Transportation||$250 - $350|
|2Visa (for US Citizens)||$135|
|Travel to NY Consulate for Visa (NC Residents)||$300|
|3Appalachian Student Health Insurance||$1110|
|Estimated Total Additional Expenses|
|4Personal Travel and Spending||$1000 - $1700|
2Visa estimate includes the cost of the FBI report.
3Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
4Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
ISA offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is one of ISA's most flexible university partners in terms of course selection. As a visiting student, you can select from a wide range of courses within any of the university's seven faculties: Arts, Education, Health Sciences, Science, Law, Business and Economic Sciences, or Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology. As scheduling allows, you may even combine courses offered in different departments and faculties. One of the highlights of the NMMU offerings is the 2-credit Community Service Learning course.
For more information about the courses and structure of the program please visit the ISA Port Elizabeth website.
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the ISA Port Elizabeth program will take a total of 48-60 NMMU credits. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
How to ApplyApplications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
Students applying to an ISA program should complete the ISA application while also completing the Appalachian application.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||OIED Approval Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Academic Year||2019-2020||02/15/2019 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Fall Semester||2019||02/15/2019 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Spring Semester||2020||09/16/2019 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.