University of the Free State

University of the Free State


The University of the Free State (UFS) is a public university located in Bloemfontein, the capital of the Free State Province of South Africa. Established in 1904, UFS is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in South Africa. It is known for its academic excellence, research prowess, and commitment to community engagement. UFS offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs across seven faculties, attracting students from across South Africa and around the globe.


UFS offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs across seven faculties:

  • Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Science


UFS provides a variety of scholarships for both domestic and international students to support their academic pursuits. These scholarships are based on merit, financial need, or specific academic disciplines. Undergraduate scholarships are typically awarded based on academic achievement, while postgraduate scholarships may consider additional factors such as research potential and leadership experience.

UFS also offers a number of bursaries and grants specifically for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. These financial aid opportunities are designed to promote access to education and help students from underserved communities achieve their academic goals.


Tuition fees at UFS vary depending on the program and nationality of the student. However, fees are generally competitive with other South African universities. For international students, additional costs may include accommodation, health insurance, and travel expenses.

Admission Time

The application deadlines for undergraduate and postgraduate programs at UFS vary depending on the program. Generally, the application period for undergraduate programs is from September to October, and for postgraduate programs, it is from October to November.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for both national and international students vary depending on the program. However, general requirements typically include:

  • National Senior Certificate (NSC) or equivalent with good grades in relevant subjects
  • A strong academic record in previous studies
  • Meeting the English language proficiency requirements

Benefits for International Students

International students at UFS enjoy a range of benefits, including:

  • A welcoming and multicultural campus environment
  • Access to world-class academic resources and facilities
  • Opportunities to participate in international research and exchange programs
  • Support from the International Office and other student support services
  • A location in Bloemfontein, the capital of the Free State Province, offering a vibrant cultural and historical experience

Varsity Website Address

The official website of the University of the Free State is:

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