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Type: Public Institution
Motto: In Truth is the Light of Wisdom
Affiliated to: AAU; USAf; HESA
Established: 1904
No of Students: 40,400
No of Staff: 2,500
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Francis Petersen
Campuses: Bloemfontein; QwaQwa
Ranking: 11th in South Africa (Webometrics rankings)
Website: https://www.ufs.ac.za/
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The University of the Free State (UFS) is a public university in Bloemfontein, South Africa. It was first established in 1904 as a tertiary portion of Grey College. In 1906 it was renamed Grey University, as an independent Afrikaans-language university. It grew over the years to become the University of the Orange Free State in 1950, and by 2001 it had become the University of the Free State. Initially a whites-only institution, it was fully d.. more

The University of the Free State (UFS) is a public university in Bloemfontein, South Africa. It was first established in 1904 as a tertiary portion of Grey College. In 1906 it was renamed Grey University, as an independent Afrikaans-language university. It grew over the years to become the University of the Orange Free State in 1950, and by 2001 it had become the University of the Free State. Initially a whites-only institution, it was fully desegregated in 1996, with the first black university vice-chancellor being appointed in 2010. The university counts 3 campuses in Bloemfontein and QwaQwa.

The University of the Free State is ranked 11th in South Africa, according to Webometrics’ ranking of African Universities. The university promotes diversity, inclusivity and transformation, and since 1950 has regularly recognized individual excellence through honorary awards, honorary doctorates, shields of honour and medals. UFS seeks to prepare students for a world prone to rapid technological advances that lead to ever-changing workplace demands. The university stands up to the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution by ensuring that knowledge and skills acquired by graduates stay relevant. In that line the university maintains over 52 international collaboration agreements; its research output has increased over 100% since 2010; it counts over 150 NRF-rated researchers and 5 SARChI research chairs. The University counts over 40400 students, with 31100 undergraduates and over 7400 postgraduates, including close to 2000 international students. Permanent staff members are over 2500.

The University of Free State counts several facilities and services at the disposal of its students and staff. Apart from the 3 Campuses spread across Bloemfontein and QwaQwa, UFS has satellite campuses at over 50 locations. Between 2012 and 2017, the University renovated over 150 buildings and erected 12 new buildings. The university library counts over 700000 volumes, including a vast e-book collection. The sports facilities cater for more than 20 sports. It has medical facilities and cultural activities ranging from the political arena to outdoor life and creative arts, a student centre and newspaper, as well as a campus radio. In addition, students have access to the Frik Scott Medical Library, a career and guidance centre, a student theatre and a computer centre.
Notable alumni from the University of the Free State include Bram Fischer (anti-apartheid activist), P.W. Botha (former Prime Minister of South Africa), Leon Schuster (comedian and actor), Susan Vosloo (South Africa’s first female cardiothoracic surgeon), Wayde van Niekerk (Olympian), Rolene Strauss (Miss World 2014).

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Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences

  • Department of Business Management
  • Department of Industrial Psychology
  • Department of Economics and Finance
  • Department of Public Administration and Management
  • School of Accountancy
  • Centre for Development Support
  • Cent.. more

Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences

  • Department of Business Management
  • Department of Industrial Psychology
  • Department of Economics and Finance
  • Department of Public Administration and Management
  • School of Accountancy
  • Centre for Development Support
  • Centre for Business Dynamics

Faculty of The Humanities

  • Department of African Languages
  • Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Art History and Image Studies
  • Department of Communication Science
  • Department of Criminology
  • Department of Drama and Theatre Arts
  • Department of English
  • Department of Fine Arts
  • Department of Greek, Latin and Classical Studies
  • Department of Hebrew
  • Department of History
  • Department of Linguistics and Language Practice
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Political Studies and Governance
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Social Work
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of South African Sign Language and Deaf Studies
  • Centre for Gender and Africa Studies
  • Centre for Health Systems Research & Development
  • Unit for Professional Training and Service in the Behavioural Sciences (UNIBS)
  • Odeion School of Music
  • Odeion String Quartet

Faculty of Education

  • School for Social Sciences and Language Education
  • School of Education Studies
  • School of Higher Education Studies
  • School of Mathematics Natural Sciences and Technology Education

Faculty of Law

DEPARTMENTS

  • Mercantile Law
  • Private Law
  • Public Law

CENTRES

  • UFS Law Clinic
  • Free State Centre for Human Rights

SCHOOL

  • School of Financial Planning Law

Faculty of Theology and Religion

  • Department of Historical and Constructive Theology
  • Department of Practical and Missional Theology
  • Department of Old and New Testament Studies
  • Department of Religion Studies

Faculty of Health Sciences

THE SCHOOL FOR ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONS

  • Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences
  • Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Department of Occupational Therapy
  • Department of Optometry
  • Department of Physiotherapy
  • The School of Biomedical Science
  • Department of Animal Research Unit
  • Department of Basic Medical Sciences
  • Department of Biostatistics
  • Department of Human Molecular Biology Init
  • National Control Laboratory for Biological Products
  • Clinical Simulation and Skills Unit

THE SCHOOL OF CLINICAL MEDICINE

  • Department of Anaesthesiology
  • Department of Cardiology
  • Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Department of Clinical Imaging Sciences
  • Department of Community Health
  • Department of Critical Care
  • Department of Dermatology
  • Department of Family Medicine
  • Department of Forensic Medicine
  • Department of Internal Medicine
  • Department of Medical Physics
  • Department of Neurology
  • Department of Neurosurgery
  • Department of Nuclear Medicine
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Department of Oncology
  • Department of Ophthalmology
  • Department of Orthopaedics
  • Department of Otorhinolaryngology
  • Department of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Department of Pharmacology
  • Department of Plastic Surgery
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • Department of Surgery
  • Department of Urology

THE SCHOOL OF PATHOLOGY

  • Department of Anatomical Pathology
  • Department of Chemical Pathology
  • Department of Haematology and Cell Biology
  • Department of Human Genetics
  • Department of Medical Microbiology
  • Department of Virology

THE SCHOOL OF NURSING

Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

NATURAL SCIENCES

  • Centre for Microscopy
  • Centre for Environmental Management
  • Disaster Management Training and Education Centre
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Computer Science and Informatics
  • Department of Consumer Science
  • Department of Genetics
  • Department of Geography
  • Department of Geology
  • Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
  • Department of Mathematical Statistics and Actuarial Science
  • Department of Microbial, Biochemical and Food Biotechnology
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Plant Sciences
  • Department of Zoology and Entomology
  • Institute for Groundwater Studies (IGS)

AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES

  • Department of Agricultural Economics
  • Department of Animal, Wildlife and Grassland Sciences
  • Department of Soil, Crop and Climate Sciences
  • Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Rural Development and Extension

BUILDING SCIENCES

  • Department of Architecture
  • Department of Quantity Surveying and Construction Management
  • Department of Urban and Regional Planning

UFS Business School

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Admission Requirements

General Minimum Requirements
For degree studies at the University of the Free State, it is required that:

You have an NSC or NCV with an endorsement that allows entrance to degree studies (Bachelor’s degree) or an equivalent qualification.

You meet all the minimum admission requirements for the programme you i.. more

Admission Requirements

General Minimum Requirements
For degree studies at the University of the Free State, it is required that:

You have an NSC or NCV with an endorsement that allows entrance to degree studies (Bachelor’s degree) or an equivalent qualification.

You 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.

You have a minimum level of 4 (50%) in the chosen UFS language of instruction: English or Afrikaans (only applicable to certain programmes).

You must pass certain school subjects with a minimum level of achievement in order to take a certain university module. For example, you must get a mark of 70% for Mathematics in Grade 12 if you plan to study BSc majoring in Physics with Engineering subjects. Please refer to the section on the faculty-specific admission requirements, which also includes the respective compulsory subjects and achievement levels required per programme.

Keep in mind that all programmes have limited space available; therefore, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. When we process your application for admission, we capture your details onto the UFS databases – if your details are not available, you will not be admitted or able to register. For this reason, it is very important to stick to the closing dates. Meeting the minimum admission requirements for your chosen/intended programme of study does not guarantee admission, as limited space is available in each programme.

If you already have a National Senior Certificate (NSC), you must include a copy with your application form.

Make sure that you complete the application properly and attach all the required documents. An incomplete application, as well as outstanding documents, will delay your application process. Make sure that you complete the application form thoroughly, e.g. if you need on-campus residential accommodation and/or financial aid, indicate this in the relevant section.

If you transfer from another tertiary institution, you must include a certificate of conduct and an official study record from the previous tertiary institution with your application AND submit copies when you register.

If you are from another country, you must attach your certified school-leaving certificate, diplomas, and proof of a conditional exemption certificate issued by the Matriculation Board, to your application. Apply to mb.usaf.ac.za for conditional exemption.

Academic excellence is what the UFS is about – the higher your AP score, the better your chances of being chosen and finally admitted to study. Meeting the minimum admission requirements for your chosen/intended programme of study does not guarantee selection and admission, as all programmes have a limited number of spaces available. Applicants with the highest AP scores are chosen first, and the admission continues until all spaces have been filled. If you do not meet the minimum admission requirements for your intended/chosen programme of study, you will not be selected. Consult the faculty-specific admission requirements for all the programmes you qualify for and apply for the two programmes that best fit your personality, purpose, and passion.

You will be conditionally admitted based on your Grade 11 or equivalent results, subject to you meeting all the minimum requirements for the intended programme of study. Please note that conditional admission is not applicable to all the selected programmes in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Your final admission to the programme of your choice will depend on your final Grade 12 results. You will be notified immediately of the university’s admission decision after your Grade 12 results have been released by the Department of Education. Therefore, it is your responsibility to ensure that your contact details are correct on your application form.

University Access Programme
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) or National Certificate: Vocational (NCV) Level 4, and an AP of either 18 for Higher Certificates, or 20 for UAP study options.
Four subjects on level 3 (40%–49%).
Language of instruction on level 3 (40%) for all options.

Faculty-specific Admission Requirements:
Economic and Management Sciences:

  • BCom with specialisation in General Management study option: Mathematics on level 3 (40%) or higher.
  • BAdmin study option: Mathematics is not a requirement to study this option. The duration of the course is four years. NB: You will not be allowed to change from an Administration to a Commerce programme.

Natural Sciences:

  • Mathematics on level 3 (40%) or higher; and
  • Life Sciences on level 3 (40%) or higher; or
  • Physical Sciences on level 3 (40%) or higher

Agricultural Sciences (BAgric):

  • Mathematics on level 2 (30%) or higher; or
  • Mathematical Literacy on level 5 (60%) or higher

Master’s Degrees
All master’s degrees are selection programmes and admission to these degrees is subject to the approval of the Academic Departmental Head.

Applicants must apply for admission to the master’s degree. The completed forms are submitted to the Programme Director.

The master’s research starts on a date as determined by the relevant department.

Each module in the learning programs must be successfully completed.

Applicants must have an applicable Bachelor Honours degree or equivalent NQF exit level 8 with an average of 60% in the exit year of the relevant honour’s degree, as well as the additional requirements per discipline.

If a student does not entirely meet the admission requirements, the dean may, in consultation with the Academic Departmental Head, in meritorious cases recommend that some concessions be made in respect of the requirements.

PhD degrees
All PhD degrees are selection programs and admission to these degrees is subject to approval by the Academic Departmental Head.

The PhD student must show that he/she has sufficient knowledge of the subject prior to admission. Students should apply for admittance and the completed forms submitted to the Program Director.

Applicants must have a master’s degree or equivalent NQF exit level 9 qualification.

How to Apply
Apply online at https://apply.ufs.ac.za

What You Need
You have an NSC or NCV with an endorsement that allows entrance to degree studies (bachelor’s degree) or an equivalent qualification.

You 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.

You have a minimum level of 4 (50%) in the chosen UFS language of instruction: English or Afrikaans (only applicable to certain programmes).

You must pass certain school subjects with a minimum level of achievement in order to take a certain university module. For example, you must get a mark of at least 70% for Mathematics in Grade 12 if you plan to study BSc majoring in Physics with Engineering subjects. Please refer to the 2019 UFS Prospectus for the minimum admission requirements, which include the respective compulsory subjects and the required achievement levels per programme.

You do not have to pay an application fee.

International Students
Before being permitted to register at UFS, international students are required to show proof of:

  • Valid study visas
  • South African medical aid cover
  • English proficiency

Important Dates
1 April – Applications to study any undergraduate programme offered on the Bloemfontein and QwaQwa Campuses.

1 September – Applications to study any University Access Programme (UAP) offered on the South Campus and the sub-regions.

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Bloemfontein is a city in the Free State Province of South Africa. It is the judicial capital of the nation and the seventh-largest city in South Africa. The city is part of the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality. Bloemfontein was officially founded in 1846 as a British outpost in the Transoranje region, because of its proximity to the main route to Winburg, the spacious open country, and the a.. more

Bloemfontein is a city in the Free State Province of South Africa. It is the judicial capital of the nation and the seventh-largest city in South Africa. The city is part of the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality. Bloemfontein was officially founded in 1846 as a British outpost in the Transoranje region, because of its proximity to the main route to Winburg, the spacious open country, and the absence of horse sickness. With colonial policy shifts the region changed into the Orange River Sovereignty in 1848, and eventually the Orange Free State Republic in 1854, with Bloemfontein serving as the capital of the Orange River Colony and the provincial capital of Free State from the very beginning. In 1910 it became the Judicial capital of the Union of South Africa. Bloemfontein experiences a semi-arid climate with hot summer days and cooler, dry winters, often with frosts. Average temperatures vary between 7.5 degrees Celsius to 24.4 degrees Celsius. Bloemfontein has a population of about 256000 people, with black Africans being the majority at 56.1%, followed by Whites at 29.8%. Afrikaans is the most spoken first language at 42.5%, followed by Sotho (33.4%) and English (7.5%). Bloemfontein’s economy is driven by the government sector, with some of the nation’s largest retail companies headquartered in the city. The economic development of the city was spurred by the exploitation of the Free State goldfields and by the Orange River multipurpose irrigation and power project.

Bloemfontein is known for its natural and manmade beauty. It is famously referred to as “the city of roses” for its abundance of roses, as well as the annual rose festival held there. The Bloemfontein Rose Festival is held every October, with the majority of events happening at the Loch Logan Waterfront in the city. It attracts rose enthusiasts from all over South Africa and the world, making Bloemfontein a popular tourist destination. The city is also home to several shopping centres and malls, as well as casinos and theatres. The King’s Park and the Franklin Game Reserve on Naval Hill are some of the attractive landmarks of the city. The city also contains the Supreme Court of Appeal. It equally hosts sub-Saharan Africa’s first digital planetarium, the Naval Hill Planetarium, as well as the Boyden Observatory, an astronomical research observatory erected by Harvard University. Bloemfontein’s transport network is served by several national and regional roads, a rail line that acts as an important junction between Johannesburg and Cape Town, and an airport with scheduled flights to all of South Africa’s major cities.
The city is the seat of the University of the Free State and the Central University of Technology, but also of several primary and secondary schools, making it a conducive environment for education.

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Type: Public Institution
Motto: In Truth is the Light of Wisdom
Affiliated to: AAU; USAf; HESA
Established: 1904
No of Students: 40,400
No of Staff: 2,500
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Francis Petersen
Campuses: Bloemfontein; QwaQwa
Ranking: 11th in South Africa (Webometrics rankings)
Website: https://www.ufs.ac.za/
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