Closing date for online applications: 30 September 2019

1. Prepare your application

Before applying online for admission, have the following documents readily available in electronic format:

  • A certified copy of your South African ID document or passport (for foreign applicants)
  • Certified copies of all previous qualification certificates*
  • Certified copies of all previous academic transcripts
  • Selection form for PGDip in IWM 2019 for 2020
Certified copies should not be older than three months at the time of your application. 

*Applicants with international qualifications need to provide a SAQA Verification Certificate along with certified copies of their qualifications. For more information on the verification of qualifications, please visit

2. Apply online for admission at UFS

All prospective students should apply online for admission to study at the UFS in 2020. It is an easy step-by-step process, submitting your information and required documents in one place. You will be requested to upload the required documents as listed above during your online application.

You will receive an automated electronic confirmation that your application has been received by the UFS, upon successful submission.

3. Current UFS students

If you are currently a registered student at the University of the Free State, please download and complete the DV3 form to apply for a new qualification.

  • The qualification code for the PGDip IWM is BC450091.

4. Apply for selection at the Centre for Environmental Management

Students are selected on a competitive basis, as explained here. For your application to be considered, you need to complete and save the Selection form PGDIP in IWM 2019 for 2020 and email the completed form, as well as the required documentation as indicated in this form, to the Centre for Environmental Management.

5. Selection

Successful applicants will be notified via email on 15 November 2019. If you have not received a written acceptance letter via email from the Centre for Environmental Management by 30 November 2019, your application was unsuccessful.

Due to the high number of applications, the Centre for Environmental Management is unable to provide feedback to individual applicants.

Please note: All foreign students are responsible for their own visa arrangements. After foreign applicants have been accepted, they will have to initiate their own visa applications as soon as possible by applying for police clearance from their home country. Once selected, students can obtain a Letter of Acceptance from the Office for International Affairs at the University of the Free State. For more information, contact the Office for International Affairs.


Please contact us by email for assistance.
We are currently not in our offices, as per the lockdown measures in place for South Africa.

Faculty Manager: Velaphi Makgwahla

T: + 27 51 401 3199

Marketing Manager: Elfrieda Lötter
T: +27 51 401 2531

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