University of the Free State (UFS)

University of the Free State (UFS) has three campuses namely, UFS Bloemfontein Campus (Main Campus), UFS South Campus and UFS Qwaqwa Campus. The University of Free State is more than 111 years old and has 50 satellite campuses, 7 faculties and over 100 departments.

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 31 000 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.


 Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences

  • Private Sector Management
  • Public Administration and Management
  • Training of Accountants
  • Business School and
  • Centre for Development Support

Faculty of Education

Faculty of  Health Sciences

  • School for Allied Health Professions
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing

Faculty of  Law

  • Mercantile Law
  • Private Law
  • Public Law
  • Public Law: Law of Procedure and Law of Evidence
  • Public Law: Criminal and Medical Law

Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

  • Natural Sciences
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Building Sciences

Faculty of The Humanities

  • Languages
  • Arts
  • Human sciences
  • Social sciences
  • Cultural sciences

Faculty of Theology

For further information on the faculties, our academic departments and the programmes we offer, visit UFS study pages.

How to apply

You can apply online ((All undergraduate, postgraduate and international students) by clicking here or by downloading the application form here

Contact details

Write to:
University of the Free State
P.O. Box 339
Bloemfontein 9300
South Africa

Visit us:
University of the Free State
205 Nelson Mandela Drive
Park West

Or telephone:
+27(0)51 401 9111

For general information, e-mail: [email protected]

Website: www.ufs.ac.za