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Nelson Mandela University has extended its closing date for applications to study in 2021 until 14 November 2020.

The extension is to allow Grade 12 learners, whose year has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, additional time to apply. The decision is also in line with the University’s commitment to broadening access.

By adopting a more flexible approach, the University has been able to accommodate the changes within the basic education sector and deviate from its normal academic timelines.

The extended closing date of 14 November 2020 will allow:

  1. Current Grade 12 learners to use their trial exam results, instead of their final Grade 11 results.
  2. Applicants who may have improved their Grade 12 subject marks an opportunity to apply for their first-choice programme(s) as they could not do so with their Grade 11 results.
  3. Applicants who may have struggled to obtain access to sites during lockdown more time to apply online. 

This extension applies to both academic and residences applications. This includes applications from international applicants.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to apply timeously as spaces are limited and those who require NSFAS funding need to be provisionally accepted in order to be able to apply for such funding by 30 November 2020.

Nelson Mandela University extends its best wishes to all Grade 12 learners who are writing their trial exams under difficult conditions. Equally it encourages learners to practise all COVID-19 prevention measures to stay safe in spite of the easing of lockdown restrictions.


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