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  • Locations: East London, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year (SH), Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Minnesota State Mankato applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 ** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Faculty Director(s) / Program Contact: Xochitl Valencia Program Type: MnSU Exchange Program
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Intent of Program: Education Abroad
Program Length: Semester or Year Click here for a definition of this term Program sponsorship indicator: Mankato Program
Program Description:

Location: South Africa- Fort Hare
About the Program
University of Fort Hare has two campuses in Alice and East London. The university is politically active and committed to community-engagement. Community-based research is also a focus of the university. Former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela is among the distinguished alumni of Fort Hare. The beach along the Indian Ocean is closely located to the East London campus and a couple hours by bus from Alice. Alice is home to cultural heritage sites, art galleries, and the University of Fort Hare archives. Overall, the University of Fort Hare campuses provide an ideal location for experiencing true South African diversity and culture. 
Mission of the University
  Provide high quality education of international standards that contribute to the advancement of knowledge that is socially and ethically relevant while applying that knowledge to scientific, technological and social- economic development of South Africa and the world. Fort Hare is a vibrant, equitable and sustainable African university, committed to teaching and research excellence at the service of its students, scholars and wider community. In a place once torn apart by discrimination, the university focuses on generating new knowledge and tolerance in the post-apartheid South Africa. The University of Fort Hare is the oldest historically black university in Southern Africa.

The university's campus in East London has 8,548 students. The city population is 40,000. The campus at Alice has approximately another 4,200 students. The school has five main faculties: Education, Law, Management & Commerce, Science & Agriculture, and Social Sciences & Humanities, which all are offered up to the doctoral level.
The approximate cost per semester is $9,500. This estimate includes room and board, mandatory health insurance, airfare, local transportation, miscellaneous expenses, passport and photos, visa, and the study abroad administrative fee. MSU tuition and fees must be added on to the total cost.
Language of instruction: English

Program length: Academic year, fall/spring semester

Study periods:  February- June;  July- November

Areas of study: Education; Science & Agriculture; Social Sciences & Humanities; Management & Commerce; and Law

Subject Areas
  • accounting
  • African languages
  • African studies
  • agriculture
  • anthropology
  • archaeology
  • art
  • art history
  • biochemistry
  • biological science
  • botany
  • cartography
  • chemistry
  • classics
  • commercial law
  • communication
  • community nursing science
  • computer science
  • dance
  • economics
  • education
  • engineering
  • English
  • geography
  • geology
  • history
  • linguistics
  • mathematics
  • music
  • nursing
  • philosophy
  • physics
  • political science
  • psychology
  • religion
  • social work
  • sociology
Accommodation Options
Dormitory; possible apartment accommodations

Students must obtain study permits.  It is the responsibility of prospective students to apply for these in adequate time from the relevant South African mission, including medical coverage from a South African recognized and registered health service provider, in compliance with the Immigration Act. First time study permits should be applied for from the Embassy or High Commission within the country of application.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Class status: Must be at least a sophomore to study abroad

Where can I find more information?
Visit the Minnesota State University, Mankato's  International Programs Office (Centennial Union, Room 250) open 7:30am-4pm(Summer Hours) 8am-4:30pm (Fall and Spring Semester Hours) daily for the program application and additional information. Or call 507-389-1281 and visit our website at
You Can also speak with someone at the East London Campus
Tel: +27 (0)43 704 7000
Fax: +27 (0)43 704 7095
Updated by: Kiersten L.
Date Updated: August 2015