Universiteit van die Vrystaat

country rank  11
world rank  1646

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University Overview

Established in 1904, Universiteit van die Vrystaat (University of the Free State) is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the small city of Bloemfontein (population range of 250,000-499,999 inhabitants), Free State. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Qwaqwa. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Department of Higher Education and Training, South Africa, Universiteit van die Vrystaat (UFS) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 25,000-29,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Universiteit van die Vrystaat (UFS) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 115 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on students' past academic record and grades. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment.

University Identity

Name University of the Free State
Acronym UFS
Founded 1904
Motto In Veritate Sapientiae Lux
In Truth is the Light of Wisdom
Colours Navy blue and cherry red

University Location

Address PO Box 339
Bloemfontein (population range: 250,000-499,999)
9300 Free State
South Africa
T +27 (51) 401 9111
F +27 (51) 401 2765
Other locations Qwaqwa

Study Areas and Degree Levels

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Yearly Tuition Range

uniRank Tuition Range Matrix
Undergraduate Postgraduate
Local student 2,500-5,000 US$
(1,800-3,700 Euro)
1,000-2,500 US$
(750-1,800 Euro)
Int'l student 2,500-5,000 US$
(1,800-3,700 Euro)
1,000-2,500 US$
(750-1,800 Euro)

University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on students' past academic record and grades
Admission Rate Admission Rate Not available
Admission Office 205 Nelson Mandela Drive
Bloemfontein 9301
+27 (051) 401 3363

Size and Profile

Student Enrollment Total Enrolment Range 25,000-29,999
Academic Staff Total Faculty Range 1,500-1,999
Control Type Control Type Public
Entity Type Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Campus Setting Urban
Religious Affiliation None

Facilities and Services

Library University Library Yes Go to Universiteit van die Vrystaat's Library
Housing University Housing and Accommodation Yes
Sport Facilities University Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids University Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Study Abroad and International Exchange Programs Yes
Distance Learning Distance Learning and Online Courses Yes


Institutional Accreditation or Recognition

Department of Higher Education and Training, South Africa

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Association of African Universities (AAU)
  • Universities South Africa (USA)
  • National Association of Distance Education and Open Learning in South Africa (NADEOSA)

Academic Structure


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Online Courses

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