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At the University of the Free State (UFS), we inspire excellence and transform lives. This is what we stand for, and what we believe in.

My vision is... to cultivate a university that embraces diversity, inclusivity, and academic excellence. I want you to feel welcome and safe when you enter our learning and living space – a place where you can realise your social and academic dreams. We offer you an experience that provides a balanced foundation for whatever the future demands, ranging from academics, to sport, art, cultural activities, and a range of student associations to choose from.

We have grown... into a recognised university since 1904, with scholars who influence local and global growth. Our alumni excel in business, sports, arts, culture, and in many other areas. You too, can develop and expand your potential within our seven faculties, covering the entire range from undergraduate degrees and diplomas, to doctoral and postdoctoral degrees.

Meet and learn... from some of the finest academic intellectuals, while improving your skills with the help of our Centre for Teaching and Learning – including tutorials and academic writing services. Many other services offered by our Student Affairs, such as student leadership development programmes, career services, student health and wellness programmes, and student counselling, will make your time with us memorable.

Our scholars... thrive with our support. Our number of researchers with ratings from the National Research Foundation (NRF) almost doubled in the past few years, and our Vice-Chancellor’s Prestige Scholars Programme (PSP) helps selected scholars on their pathway to professorship – you can become one of them.

First-year students are welcomed through our Gateway First-Year Orientation Programme. We will help your find your way around campus, make sure you are registered, refer you to academic advising, career counselling, and other support services on campus.

Come and enjoy... a supportive, caring, enjoyable, and intellectually invigorating environment where academic excellence and human embrace are at the core of what we do. We have great goals and aspirations for your success as a future graduate, trailblazer, and leader in the world.

Pick a bright future with us.

Prof Francis Petersen
Rector and Vice-Chancellor, University of the Free State

Yunivesithing ya Freistata (UFS), re kgothalletsa bokgabane/boipabolo, mme re fetola maphelo. Sena ke seo re se emelang, hape ke seo re dumelang ho sona.

Pono ya ka ke... ho bopa Yunivesithi e ananelang ho se tshwane ha rona, e kenyelletsang bohle le e ipabolang thutong. Ke batla o ikutlwe o amohelehile hape o bolokehile ha o kena sebakeng sa rona sa thuto le sa ho phela – sebaka seo ho sona o ka kgonang ho fihlella ditabatabelo tsa hao tsa bophelo le tsa thuto. Re o fa boiphihlelo bo fanang ka motheo o tsitsitseng/lekaneng bakeng sa ntho efe kapa efe e hlokahalang bakeng sa bokamoso, ho tloha ho tsa thuto, ho ya ho tsa dipapadi, bonono, mesebetsi ya setso, le mekgatlo e itseng ya baithuti eo o ka kgethang ho yona.

Re hodile... ho ba Yunivesithi e tsebahalang ho tloha ka 1904, ka baithuti ba nang le kgahlamelo kgolong ya tsa selehae le lefatsheng ka bophara. Baithuti ba rona ba mehleng ba tswa pele ho tsa kgwebo, dipapadi, bonono, setso, le dikarolong tse ding tse ngata. Le wena, o ka hodisa le ho eketsa bokgoni ba hao ka hara difakhalthi tsa rona tse supileng, tse akaretsang dikarolo kaofela ho tloha ho dikri tsa baithuti ba so kang ba fumana dikri ya pele le diploma, ho ya ho dikri tsa bongaka le tse tlang ka mora tsa bongaka.

Kopanang mme le ithute... ho tswa ho ba bang ba bahlalefi ba baholo dithutong, ka yona nako eo le ntse le ntlafatsa tsebo ya lona ka thuso ya Lefapha la rona la ho Ruta le ho Ithuta (Centre for Teaching and Learning) - ho kenyelletswa dithuto tse kenelletseng le ditshebeletso tsa thuto ya ho ngola. Ho na le ditshebeletso tse ding tse ngata tse tswang karolong ya Ditaba tsa baithuti (Student Affairs), jwalo ka ya tsa ntshetsopele ya diprogreme/diprograma tsa ketapele ya baithuti, ditshebeletso tsa kgetho ya mosebetsi, diprogreme/diprograma tsa baithuti tsa Bophelo bo botle le ho itlhokomela (health and wellness), le boeletsi ba baithuti; di tla etsa hore nako ya lona le rona e hopolehe.

Baithuti ba rona... ba atleha ka tshehetso ya rona. Palo ya bafuputsi ba rona ka dipalopalo tse tswang ho National Research Foundation (NRF) e batlile e menahana habedi, mme progreme/programa ya tlhompho ya motlatsa-mokanseliri (Vice-Chancellor’s Prestige Scholars Programme (PSP) e thusa baithuti ba kgethilweng leetong la bona la thuto ho ba diprofesara – o ka ba e mong wa bona.

Baithuti ba selemo sa pele... ba amohelwa ka progreme/programa ya rona ya thuto ya Gateway ya baithuti ba selemo sa pele. Re tla le thusa ho fumana tsela ya lona khempaseng, re etse bonnete ba hore le ngodisitswe, re le ise ho ba tsa keletso ya tsa dithuto, boeletsi ba tsa kgetho ya mesebetsi, le ditshebeletso tse ding tsa tshehetso khempaseng.

Tlohong le tlo natefelwa... ke tikoloho e nang le tshehetso, ho kgathallwa, ho natefelwa, le ho matlafatswa, moo boipabolo thutong le kamohelo ya batho e leng karolo ya bohlokwa ho seo re se etsang. Re na le ditoro tse kgolo le maikemisetso bakeng sa katleho ya hao jwalo ka serutehi sa hosane, mmulakgoro, le moetapele lefatsheng.

Kgetha bokamoso bo tjhabileng le rona.

Moprofesa Francis Petersen
Morektoro le molatsa-mokanseliri, Yunivesithing ya Freistata

By die Universiteit van die Vrystaat (UV) inspireer ons uitnemendheid en verander ons lewens. Dit is wat ons voorstaan en waarin ons glo.

My visie is... om ’n universiteit te bou wat diversiteit, inklusiwiteit en akademiese uitnemendheid aangryp. Ek wil hê dat jy welkom en veilig sal voel wanneer jy ons leer- en leefruimte betree – ’n plek waar jy jou sosiale en akademiese drome kan verwesenlik. Ons bied aan jou ’n ervaring wat ’n gebalanseerde grondslag verskaf vir wat die toekoms ook al van jou vereis – van akademie tot sport, kuns, kultuurbedrywighede en ’n verskeidenheid studenteverenigings om van te kies.

Ons het gegroei... tot ’n erkende universiteit sedert 1904, met navorsers wat plaaslike en internasionale groei beïnvloed. Ons alumni blink uit in die sakewêreld, sport, die kunste, kultuur en op baie ander gebiede. Jy kan ook groei en jou potensiaal ontwikkel binne ons sewe fakulteite wat die hele spektrum dek – van voorgraadse kwalifikasies en diplomas tot nagraadse kwalifikasies.

Ontmoet en leer... van sommige van die beste akademiese intellektuele, terwyl jy jou vaardighede met behulp van ons Sentrum vir Onderrig en Leer verbeter – wat studieklasse en akademiese skryfdienste insluit. Talle ander dienste wat deur ons Studentesake aangebied word, byvoorbeeld studenteleierskap-ontwikkelingsprogramme, loopbaandienste, studentegesondheid- en welstandprogramme, asook studentevoorligting, sal jou tyd saam met ons onvergeetlik maak.

Ons navorsers... floreer met ons ondersteuning. Ons navorsers met graderings van die Nasionale Navorsingstigting (NNS) het oor die afgelope paar jaar bykans verdubbel, en ons Visekanselier se Prestige-program vir Jong Navorsers (PSP) help uitgesoekte navorsers op hulle pad na professorskap – jy kan een van hulle word.

Eerstejaarstudente... word verwelkom deur ons Gateway-oriënteringsprogram vir Eerstejaars. Ons sal jou help om jou weg op die kampus te vind, seker te maak dat jy geregistreer is, en jou na akademiese advisering, beroepsvoorligting en ander steundienste op die kampus verwys.

Kom geniet... ’n ondersteunende, vriendelike, aangename en intellektueel verfrissende omgewing waar akademiese uitnemendheid en die aanvaarding van mense die kern vorm van wat ons doen. Ons het uitnemende doelwitte en oogmerke vir jou sukses as ’n toekomstige gegradueerde, baanbreker en leier in die wêreld.

Kies ’n blink toekoms saam met ons.

Prof Francis Petersen
Rektor en Visekanselier, Universiteit van die Vrystaat

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Why choose us?

Our 3 campuses each has a unique character and beautiful setting.

We boast outstanding alumni, including Mme Justice Mahube Molemela, Crystal-Donna Roberts, and Heinrich Brüssow.

We are proud of our international stars, Wayde van Niekerk, Rolene Strauss, Louzanne Coetzee, and Rynhardt van Rensburg.

You can participate in more than 22 different sport disciplines.

Study from almost 700 000 library books, including our ever growing ebooks collection.

Join thousands of other students enrolled in 7 faculties.

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