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Office for International Affairs

The University of the Free State is home to 2 057 international students emanating from across the globe, as well as the African continent and neighbouring countries such as Lesotho and Botswana. The university’s Office for International Affairs (OIA) ensures a hassle-free study experience for students from abroad. Staff assists students, visitors and faculty members to obtain the maximum benefit from their stay at the UFS.

The OIA serves as a central hub for international students, providing support across a large platform, which includes:

  • assisting prospective students with questions regarding admission, academic affairs, visas, study permits and accommodation;
  • compiling and administering budgets for sponsored students; and
  • providing on-going practical and emotional support to students far removed from their familiar support structures.

Additional services provided by the OIA comprise:

  • assistance with exchange opportunities and the coordination thereof;
  • liaising with foreign embassies in South Africa;
  • working with the Department of Home Affairs regarding the renewal of study permits;
  • negotiating, facilitating and managing international inter-institutional agreements and partnerships;
  • facilitating academic visits; and
  • promoting the UFS at international conferences/workshops.


Tel: +27(0)51 401 3219/2501/3403/9436

Fax: +27(0)51 401 9185

Email: niemannaja@ufs.ac.za

Postal address:

Office for International Affairs

University of the Free State

PO Box 339



South Africa


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