The University of the Free State (UFS) creates opportunities and growth through leading learning and teaching. UFS is situated in the heart of South Africa, Free State province.
Their character of caring and diversity translates into an outstanding university experience.
Why choose to study at UFS
UFS has 3 campuses each has a unique character and beautiful setting.
The first campus which is also a main campus is situated at Bloemfontein. Bloemfontein is part of the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality and
serves as the capital of the province, as well as the Judicial Capital of South Africa. This city is also known as the ‘City of Roses’, due to the many roses that bloom all around the city during summer.
The second campus situated in the scenic sandstone mountains of Phuthaditjhaba in the Eastern Free State, is Qwaqwa Campus. Qwaqwa campus attracts students from across the continent, with the majority from the Eastern Free State and western KwaZulu-Natal. This campus offers programmes in the Faculties of the Humanities, Education, Economic and Management Sciences, as well as
Natural and Agricultural Sciences, with postgraduate teaching in various centres of excellence.
The last campus is located in the hills overlooking the vibrant city of Bloemfontein. The name of that campus is the South Campus. Their facilities can accommodate up to 4 000 students and include lecture rooms, an auditorium, a library, and an impressive
administration building. The South campus caters for distance-learning programmes offered by the institution. One of the main roles of the campus is to draw new students from lower levels of education who would previously not have been able to obtain higher education. The South Campus offers programmes for students to gain access to Further Education and Training
(FET) and Higher Education (HE) levels. These programmes enable learners to ultimately enter the mainstream curriculum after completing preparation courses.
Furher more you should choose UFS because You can participate in more than 22 different sport disciplines. Study from almost 700 000 library books, including their ever growing ebooks collection. Join thousands of other students enrolled in 7 faculties.
Economic and Management Sciences
Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Theology and Religion
THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU APPLY
For degree studies at the University of the Free State prospective students should have a NSC or NCV with an endorsement that allows entrance to degree studies (bachelor’s degree) or an equivalent qualification and again you should meet all the minimum admission requirements for the programme you intend to study. Meeting the minimum admission requirements for your chosen/intended programme of study does not guarantee admission, as limited spaces are available in each programme;
UFS opening and closing dates
UFS opening dates
UFS applications open 1 April 2023 to study any undergraduate programme offered on the Bloemfontein and Qwaqwa Campuses.
1 July 2023 Applications open to study any Access Programme (AP) offered on the South Campus and the sub-regions.
UFS closing dates
31 May 2023
(MB ChB, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Physiotherapy & Radiation Sciences
31 July 2023
(Architecture, Biokinetics, Dietetics, Nursing, Social Work & Sport Coaching)
31 August 2023
All Access Programmes on the South Campus and the sub-regions
International undergraduate applications
30 September 2023
• All non-selection programmes
• Applications from students transferring from other tertiary institutions
• Community Development (Qwaqwa Campus only)
• Construction Economics and Management (Full-time)
• Construction Management (Compact Learning)
• Drama and Theatre Arts
• Forensic Sciences
• Physics with Engineering Sciences
• Quantity Surveying (Compact Learning
UFS Required documents
Your ID if you are a South African citizen
• Your passport if you are an international student
• Your parent’s ID or passport if you are younger than 18
• Your final Grade 11 results with the school’s stamp
• National Senior Certificate (NSC) or Grade 12 IEB certificate if you have already matriculated
• Your academic record, only if you are/were a student at another institution of higher learning
UFS application fee
No application fee is required when applying at UFS. UFS online applications are free of charge
HOW TO APPLY AT UFS ONLINE
Visit https://apply.ufs.ac.za. Keep your mobile phone and an active email address ready, as you
require both to access and complete the online application form.
Proceed through all the steps and submit your electronic application. Make sure that you
complete the application form properly, e.g., if you need on-campus residence accommodation
or financial aid, indicate this in the relevant section. Don't forget to upload the required applicable documents.
Follow the following steps to successfully apply at UFS.
STEP 1: You complete the application. The online
application is the preferred method of application.
STEP 2: You will receive an acknowledgement of your application via email within five working days. That is why your contact details must be correct.
STEP 3: This will be followed by an email with your student number and login details. Do not
lose your password. Your student number is
your username. This is important in tracking
STEP 4: Within 30 days of submitting
your application, you will receive communication from the university with the status of your application, based on the submitted results that have been evaluated.
APPLY ONLINE NOW AT UFS