The UFS recognises the critical importance of developing its students’ international and intercultural competencies through Internationalisation @ Home. It adopts a vision whereby each student will in future have an international experience during their UFS studies. The university realises this by promoting and organising intersectional celebrations of cultural diversity. 

Achieved through:

  • Focusing on the informal curriculum of UFS students.
  • Building and strengthening relations with relevant stakeholders that would assist in realising this goal.
  • Developing activities infused with an intercultural dimension so that international learning opportunities are presented within the local domestic environment.
  • I@h activities provide a cost-effective way of ensuring that UFS students get an international experience without necessarily taking part in exchange programmes.


You have registered for classes, you have met your professors, and your research has begun – now it’s time to have some fun! Academics are important, but life at the University of the Free State is not just about your classes; it’s also about making friends and experiencing new things. In addition to your studies, your time at the university is an opportunity to get involved in campus life and the greater Bloemfontein community. Whether you are looking to join an association, take a trip off campus, visit a museum, or help educate your fellow students about your home country, there is something for everyone.

Umoja Buddy Programme

A programme that pairs newly admitted international students with current students at UFS for social, cultural and academic integration.

Whether you are international or South African, the Umoja Buddy Programme provides you with the opportunity for cultural connection and friendship. International students revealed that their adaptation process in the UFS environment was much quicker and smoother. The students felt a sense of belonging and appreciated the holistic support provided by their ambassador.

Click here to apply to be an Umoja Buddy Ambassador

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