The University of the Free State (UFS) is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in South Africa. It opened its doors in 1904 on the Bloemfontein Campus with a mere six students in the Humanities. Since then, our institution has grown to more than 34 127 students, spread across seven faculties over three campuses.
In addition to the founding campus, the university has a South Campus in Bloemfontein. This smaller campus provides alternative access to higher education for promising students who have not obtained the required marks in their final school examinations. Our vibrant Qwaqwa Campus in the Eastern Free State serves a rapidly-growing number of rural students from the immediate area and surrounding provinces.
The changes taking place at the university continue to capture the imagination of people everywhere, including the international media, and our growing base of international universities.
Inspiring excellence. Transforming lives. These objectives are the driving forces at the heart of the UFS. Through our Human and Academic Projects, we are a university internationally recognised for human reconciliation and compassion as well as for excellence in academic achievement.
One of the reasons for the broader interest in the UFS is our very public commitment to the highest academic standards. This is at the core of our Academic Project. The UFS is a strong academic institution, marked by distinctiveness in teaching, research, and public scholarship. The Academic Project includes rigorous academic entrance qualifications for first-time students, elevated standards for the professoriate, the transformation of undergraduate curricula, the recruitment of world-class professors, and the identification and promotion of next-generation professors.
The UFS remains conscious, however, of its responsibility to turn ideas into action, to make research count in the lives of ordinary people, and to develop a spirit of service through scholarship among our students. Through our Human Project, the UFS seeks to connect the teaching and research of the university to the improvement of human lives. Our scholarship of service, through a myriad projects and initiatives, makes the vital connections between campus and communities through the production and dissemination of knowledge. In these pursuits, the university makes human reconciliation one of the foundations of its mission.
UFS at a glance
• 113 years old
• 36 500 students
• 3 580 faculty and support staff
• 3 campuses
• 7 faculties
• 120 departments
A university recognised across the world for excellence in academic achievement and in human reconciliation.
The university will pursue this vision through its mission:
- Setting the highest standards for undergraduate and postgraduate education.
- Recruiting the best and most diverse students and professors into the university.
- Advancing excellence in the scholarship of research, teaching, and public service.
- Demonstrating in everyday practice the value of human togetherness and solidarity across social and historical divides.
- Advancing social justice by creating multiple opportunities for disadvantaged students to access the university.
- Promoting innovation, distinctiveness and leadership in both academic and human pursuits.
- Establishing transparent opportunities for lifelong learning for academic and support staff.
The following five core values represent deeply-held commitments that inform every policy and steer every action. These values underpin both the Academic Project and the Human Project of this university.
- Superior Scholarship
- Human Embrace
- Institutional Distinctiveness
- Emergent Leadership
- Public Service
IN VERITATE SAPIENTIAE LUX
(In Truth is the Light of Wisdom)
Office for International Affairs
The University of the Free State is home to 2 057 international students emanating from across the globe, as well as the African continent and neighbouring countries such as Lesotho and Botswana. The university’s Office for International Affairs (OIA) ensures a hassle-free study experience for students from abroad. Staff assists students, visitors and faculty members to obtain the maximum benefit from their stay at the UFS.
The OIA serves as a central hub for international students, providing support across a large platform, which includes:
- assisting prospective students with questions regarding admission, academic affairs, visas, study permits and accommodation;
- compiling and administering budgets for sponsored students; and
- providing on-going practical and emotional support to students far removed from their familiar support structures.
Additional services provided by the OIA comprise:
- assistance with exchange opportunities and the coordination thereof;
- liaising with foreign embassies in South Africa;
- working with the Department of Home Affairs regarding the renewal of study permits;
- negotiating, facilitating and managing international inter-institutional agreements and partnerships;
- facilitating academic visits; and
- promoting the UFS at international conferences/workshops.
Tel: +27(0)51 401 3219/2501/3403/9436
Fax: +27(0)51 401 9185
Office for International Affairs
University of the Free State
PO Box 339
Welcome to the UFS Visitors Centre
Our Visitor’s Centre is a great place to start your experience with us. We are located on the Bloemfontein Campus, off DF Malherbe Drive. If you are visiting us for the day, stop by for your access card which you will use to enter the campus through the visitors centre gate (Gate 5) and a parking disc for visitors parking in un-marked spaces around the campus.
At the Visitors Centre, our helpul staff will assist you with directions, campus maps and a copy of our visitor guide.
Our operating hours are Mon – Sun 08:00 – 24:00.
Contact: 051 401 7766
Safety and Security
The safety of our staff and students is a priority, and this is the reason why several initiatives have been put in place on all the campuses to intensify security. Measures have been carefully researched and implemented to the highest standards.
Emergency Numbers – Protection Services
Bloemfontein Campus: +27 51 401 2911/2634
Qwaqwa Campus: +27 58 718 5000
South Campus: +27 51 401 2911/2634
UFS Medical Practice: +27 51 401 2603 (Bloemfontein Campus)
Mediclinic casualties: +27 51 444 6666/6225 (Bloemfontein)
National Hospital casualties: +27 51 405 2911 (Bloemfontein)
ER 24 Ambulance Service: 0800 051 051
SA Police Services: 10111
Social Work Services: +27 51 401 9117 (Bloemfontein Campus)
Fire Brigade: +27 51 406 6666
Current Students (KovsieLife)
Student Academic Services
The No Student Hungry (NSH) Programme
UFS Application Forms
Leadership for Change Programme
First Global Leadership Summit
Safety and Security
Postgraduate School Home
About the Postgraduate School
The Postgraduate School provides a hub of postgraduate capacity-building and a source of valuable information and support for postgraduate students. The University believes that postgraduate education ought to focus on the holistic development of the postgraduate student as researcher and that research education has to include more than disciplinary training. Within this broad framework for postgraduate research education, the School’s particular niche includes research methodology and approach, as well as research practice.
The Postgraduate School offers workshops on a range of topics including planning a research project, research paradigms, advanced research methodology (quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods), research ethics and intellectual property considerations in technology transfer. A strong focus of the researcher capacity development programme is on the development of academic writing skills of emerging researchers. Academic writing activities presented by the Postgraduate School include workshops on proposal writing, writing a literature review, funding proposals, article writing and monthly writing retreats for emerging researchers. For information on upcoming workshops and courses, please see our Training and Development Opportunities page.
The Postgraduate School also provides updated information regarding postgraduate funding opportunities. For more information, please see our Funding and Bursaries pages. For more information on other services that we offer, please see the What is the Postgraduate School section of our website.
At the UFS, we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of university education and have programmes and policies in place that enhance the learning and research process for students. These include the Emerging Scholars Mentoring Programme, Research Capacity Development Programme, and our focus on promoting ethical research. We also have a Postgraduate Student Council and focus on developing our research supervision community.
Postgraduate School Registration
If you are a postgraduate student at UFS, we would like you to register for our database, so you will be kept informed about upcoming funding opportunities, workshops, newsletters, and other relevant information. To register please download our registration form here.
Postgraduate School Social Media
You can keep in touch with the Postgraduate School by following us on Facebook and adding us on LinkedIn. We also have a Youtube page which includes video clips from previous training courses which we have run.
Emerging Scholars Mentoring Programme
The main objective of the Emerging Scholars Mentoring Programme is to address the gaps in the research competency of future generation researchers, through a program of interventions to improve their knowledge and research skills. The mentoring program provides customized interventions through mentoring and coaching covering topics such as career planning, developing an academic identity, science communication skills, leadership, academic networking and innovation qualities to improve research output and promote the confidence of postgraduate students to continue with Master’s and Doctoral studies.
Postgraduate Student Council
The Postgraduate Student Council has a programme of academic and social activities aimed at promoting the interests of postgraduate students on campus. Their programme is available here.
- Application Documents for Admission at the UFS
- Directions to the Postgraduate School
- Fees Booklet
- Postgraduate Prospectus Guide
- Postgraduate Student Progress Report 2016
- Postgraduate School Brochure
- PULP (UFS postgraduate student guidebook)
- Should I Study Further or Not?
- UFS Postgraduate Funding Opportunities 2016/
- Archive for Contemporary Affairs (Previously known as INCH)
- Centre for Research on Higher Education and Development
- Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL)
- Academic Staff Development
- Access with Success
- Curriculum Delivery and Innovation
- Research on Teaching and Learning
- Student Learning and Development
- Communication and Brand Management
- Community Engagement
- Directorate for Institutional Research and Academic Planning (DIRAP)
- Health and Wellness Centre
- HIV/AIDS Office
- Housing and Residence Affairs
- Human Resources
- ICT Services (Information and Communication Technology Services)
- Institutional Advancement (Giving)
- Internal Auditing
- International Affairs
- Jonathan Edwards Centre
- Kovsie Sport
- Qwaqwa sport
- Table Tennis
- Library & Information Services
- Frik Scott Medical Library
- Music Library
- Qwaqwa Campus Library
- South Campus Library
- Management and Administrative Language Service
- Meeting Administration
- Postal Services & Documentation
- Protection Services
- Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
- Research Development
- Retirement Funds
- SA Media (Press cutting services)
- Service Learning
- Student Academic Services
- Student Affairs
- Career Development
- Center for Universal Access and Disability Support (CUADS)
- Student Counselling and Development
- University Estates
- Facilities Management
- Facilities Planning
University contact numbers
||Qwaqwa Campus||South Campus|
|University of the Free State
P.O. Box 339
Private Bag X13
PO Box 339
Oliver Tambo Street
|Bloemfontein Campus||Qwaqwa Campus||South Campus|
|University of the Free State
205 Nelson Mandela Drive
Oliver Tambo Street
Maps of our campuses
Bloemfontein Campus: +27(0)51 401 9111
Qwaqwa Campus: Tel: +27(0)58 718 5000
South Campus: +27(0)51 401 9111
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