Explore Qwaqwa Campus

As a small campus of the University of the Free State, students can experience a greater sense of community and you will find it easier to make and build meaningful friendships.

Although academy is the obvious focus, your student experience is well rounded with cultural, musical, sporting, and community engagement activities. Community-service programmes offer opportunities for volunteer work to uplift and enrich the surrounding community.

If you love music, you can join religious, arts, and culture groups, allowing you to perform in several specialist choirs.

Sport and recreational facilities encourage active participation in student sport for recreational purposes, but also for competitive engagement on regional, provincial, and national level.

Student Life interaction

Our residences are adapted for students to socialise informally, and attend events and meetings. The Student Representative Councils have their council chambers and offices in these centres and make conference facilities and smaller committee rooms exclusively available to students.

Student Leadership Development

We pride ourselves in empowering students not only in academia and research, but guiding and assisting you to become valued and respected members of society. To achieve this, you are exposed to numerous student-leadership programmes within the university.

Our development programmes are open to undergraduate and postgraduate students and consist of five levels:

1. Generic Development Programmes to develop student leaders – preparing you for student-governance positions at the university.

2. Selection Programmes for high-achieving and specially-identified student leaders, with potential to channel you towards specialised programmes (i.e. First-Year Leadership for Change Programme, Stanford Sophomore).

3. Positional Programmes for elected student-governance structures across campuses, tailor-made for training in their respective fields to be fully equipped and functional.

4. Occasional Programmes and student access to further local and global leadership initiatives, (i.e. One Young World Youth Forum, Bright Young Minds, Google Ambassador).

5. Mobilisation Programmes in support of student governance, such as election-candidate training.

Our key development programmes are:

First-year Leadership for Change Programme for a thoroughly evaluated group of first-year students that brings important changes in your life, as well as those you encounter – on campus and in communities. The main objectives of the programme are to:

  • break down experiences of isolation and racial stereotyping, and introduce positive models of racial integration and student life;
  • build cross-racial unity and international networking with students, staff, and programmes globally;
  • experience diversity, global citizenship, and social integration as part of personal leadership development; and
  • create a ‘cohort of change’.

The Stanford Sophomore Programme
gives a group of six high-potential second-year students the opportunity to take part in the exclusive and high-profile Stanford Sophomore College Programme at the Stanford University on the west coast of the US. The UFS and Oxford University in the UK are the only non-Stanford participants in the programme.

Pre-Election Candidate Training is offered to potential candidates of student-governance structures in preparation for the student representative elections. The training provides the foundation and basic skills to ensure that Student Life and Leadership produce leaders of a high standard and calibre.

The SRC Global Initiative is exclusively for SRC members to expose them to different spheres of leadership around the globe and to dialogue on relevant themes. Universities are also visited to benchmark and exchange ideas. Over the past few years, SRC members visited universities in Washington DC, Boston, New York, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, and they also went to the Universities of Yale, Harvard, and Strathmore.

Contact person

Boy Soke

T: +27 58 718 5045
E: sokeMB@ufs.ac.za


Qwaqwa Campus
Private Bag X13
+27 58 718 5000

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