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Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Exchange Minimum Language Requirement: None
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Student housing Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 Click here for a definition of this term Exchange Type: Full
College: Beaver College of Health Sciences, College of Arts & Science, College of Fine & Applied Arts, Hayes School of Music, Walker College of Business Class Standing: 2nd Semester Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Program Description:
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Study in South Africa for a Semester or Year!


The University of the Free State (UFS) is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in South Africa. It opened its doors in 1904 on the Bloemfontein Campus with a mere six students in the Humanities. Since then, UFS has grown to more than 31 000 students, spread across seven faculties over three campuses.  Exchange students will study on the Bloemfontein Campus surrounded by beautiful buildings and parks.


Bloemfontein was officially established as a fort by British army Major Henry Douglas Warden in 1846 as a British outpost in the area north of the Orange River. Today known as the “City of Roses”, this vibrant city is the economic, educational and medical-care hub for a vast inland area in South Africa and neighbouring Lesotho.

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: Late July to Early December (Semester 2 in South Africa)
  • Spring Semester: Early February to Mid June (Semester 1 in South Africa)
For more information about the academic calendar please visit UFS's website.


Students attending UFS will be placed in university residence halls.

As UFS is a full exchange program students will pay the Full Exchange Program Fee to Appalachian. UFS will cover the housing costs and provide a meal stipend to students during the program.

For more information about housing please visit UFS’s accommodation web page


Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
App Tuition & Fees based on your residency
Housing & Meals Full Exchange Fee
1OIED Program Development Fee $200
Intl Health Development Fee $60
Worldwide Health Insurance $1.45/day
1The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Estimated Additional Costs
  Semester Academic Year
Airfare $1400 - $2000  $1400 - $2000 
1Additional Meals $100 - $200 $200 - $400
2Personal Expenses $500 - $700 $1000 - $1400
Books and Materials $100 - $200 $200 - $400
Local Transportation $200 - $400 $400 - $800
3Required SA Health Insurance $137 $265
4Visa (for US Citizens) $135 $135
Travel to NY Consulate for Visa (NC Residents) $200 - $300 $200 - $300
Passport $150 $150
5US Based Health Insurance Varies Varies
6Personal Travel and Spending $1000 - $1700 $2000 - $3400
1Students will receive a meal stipend in South Africa but may want to budget for a few additional meals when not on campus and for when they first arrive.
2Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc.
3SA insurance is required by the government for student visas;
4Visa estimate includes the cost of the FBI report. 
5Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester. 
6Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.

Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheets: FallSpring, Academic Year.

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.


OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


UFS organizes courses by faculty.  A listing of all departments can be found on the Faculty List web page.  To search for specific course offerings please visit the Yearbooks web page. When searching for courses please keep in mind that Fall semester at Appalachian is Semester 2 in South Africa and Spring semester is Semester 1.

All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the UFS program will be required to enroll in 72 NQF credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline OIED Approval Date Start Date End Date
Calendar Year 2022 09/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.