NUST is home to more than 645 international students from all over the world out of a student population of nearly 11,200 (2017). International students fall into one of the four categories of international students:
- Exchange Students: Exchange students come to NUST to complete part of their formal qualification requirements. The credits gained during their attachment to NUST are transferred to their home university. Exchange students are not eligible for an award of a NUST qualification. Student exchange takes place where a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed with the home university.
- Study Abroad Students: Study Abroad students come to NUST to complete specific modules, courses, projects or visit on a fee-paying basis (free-movers).
- Interns: Interns are students who complete in-service training as part of their qualification requirements either at NUST or under the auspices of the University in a company or institution nominated and agreed to by NUST.
- Full Degree Students: Full degree international students apply to the University similar to other full-degree Namibian students and pay the required tuition and other fees.
All non-Namibian students must be in possession of a valid 3 or 6-month study visa before entering Namibia. Exchange and study abroad students must apply for a study visa and forward the completed application form, certified/endorsed passport copy and certified/endorsed police clearance certificate for a 6-month visa to the Department of International Relations for processing.
NUST invites officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration to campus at the start of every academic year, to process study permit applications during registration. Full-degree international students should make use of this opportunity to apply for their study permits.
NUST has limited on-campus accommodation. Full-degree international students may contact the Department of Student Services for advice on nearby off campus accommodation. Exchange students may contact the Department of International Relations for advice on accommodation.
International academics and visitors
The Department of International Relations works with NUST faculties and departments in receiving international academics and visitors interested in forming partnerships, lecturing or conducting research while embedded at NUST. International academics and visitors, regardless of country of origin, are required to contact the Department at least two months in advance to obtain relevant information on the appropriate letters and visas required for their visit.