Office for International Affairs

The University of the Free State is home to 2057 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.


T: +27 51 401 3219/2501/3403/9436
F: +27 51 401 9185

Postal address:

Office for International Affairs
University of the Free State
PO Box 339
South Africa