The Guide to South African Higher Education | 18th Edition

University of the Free State

Inspiring Excellence. Transforming Lives.

The University of the Free State (UFS) is a research-led, regionally engaged, globally competitive university which embraces diversity, inclusivity, and academic excellence. The University has several high-quality international partnerships and continues to strengthen its international research collaborations.

The University is home to 158 National Research Foundation (NRF)-rated researchers and five prestigious South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) chairs. Seventy-five percent of the university’s research is published in international journals.

In 1904, the university opened its doors in Bloemfontein. It expanded with the addition of the Qwaqwa Campus (in the Eastern Free State) in 2003, and the South Campus – also in Bloemfontein – in 2004. Today, the University has more than 40 000 students, including 1 735 international students who have made the UFS their academic home away from home.

As a research-led university, the institution’s approach to its academic enterprise is informed by research. The University’s ever-expanding facilities and knowledge base present manifold opportunities for scholars to impact locally and globally.


The academic programme of the UFS is delivered by its seven faculties;

  • Economic and Management Sciences
  • Education
  • Health Sciences
  • Law
  • Natural and Agricultural Sciences
  • Humanities, Theology and Religion
  • Business School

The Postgraduate School supports postgraduate studies. The postgraduate prospectus can be downloaded at, and the undergraduate prospectus is available at

University of the Free State (UFS)

Nelson Mandela Drive | Bloemfontein 9301
PO Box 339 | Bloemfontein 9300 | Republic of South Africa

Bloemfontein Campus
General number
+27 51 401 9111

Qwaqwa Campus
Private Bag X13
Phuthaditjhaba 9866
+27 58 718 5000

South Campus
PO Box 339
Bloemfontein 9300
+27 51 505 1111
+27 51 401 9111

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