University of Fort Hare UFH

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The University of Fort Hare (UFH), established in 1916, is a public university located in Alice, Eastern Cape, South Africa. The university consists of two campuses, the main campus in Alice and the other campus is situated Bhisho.

Many forces have interacted in the Eastern Cape.  Incoming Afrikaners and British met with Xhosa-speakers in the eighteenth century, and the long process of conflict, followed by the subordination and expropriation of the indigenous people, took place over more that one hundred years.  An important British base at this time, named after a military officer , and a small town of Alice grew near its environs. The  process  of  colonization  and  expropriation was  paradoxical.    Brutal  military conquest, and integration of the population into the colonial economy, was accompanied by the spread of Christianity.  

The missionaries who carried the new ideas were themselves part of colonial expansion, but brought with them a creed which was taken by Africans and forged into a tool for grappling with the challenges of the colonial world.  The South African Native College, later the University of Fort Hare, was,  ironically, founded in  1916 on  the  site  of  the  earlier British military stronghold. The college originated from the sometimes uneasy alliance between the new class of educated African Christians, supported by a  number of  traditional Southern African leaders, and early twentieth-century white liberals, many of them clergy.

Courses Offered At UFH

The university offers a wide variety of under- and post-graduate qualifications that fit into the following faculties:

  • Education
  • Health Sciences
  • Law
  • Management and Commerce
  • Science and Agriculture
  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Application Form

STUDENT SELECTION AND ADMISSIONS PROCESS

1. Download the application forms or collect them from the Students Registration Office.

2. These are completed and returned to the Students Registration Office and get sorted per-Faculty.

3. Then the faculty selection committee (Deputy Dean: Teaching and Learning, Faculty Manager, HODs and Administrators) convenes to do the selection.

4. Admission is done on merit, using the Swedish point system (High scores are considered first in chronological order)

5. For interview programmes students are invited for presentations prior to selection *

6. The current matrics are provisionally accepted pending their matric final results and availability for admission into programmes, plus NBT results

7. The application forms are checked and signed by the Faculty Manager according to the admission status.

8. Once the forms are signed, they are given back to the Students Registration Office to capture the status which is then communicated to the students as backup.

9. The Faculty keeps records of the accepted students as backup. Wait listed students are considered after registration of accepted students

10. Accepted students get notification from the Students Registration Office.

Admission Requirement

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR MATURE AGE APPLICANTS

Mature age applicants (turning 23 years during year of registration), who have met the requirements in bullets 1 – 3 above, qualify for admission to main stream programmes. They need to apply for conditional exemption from HESA.

Designated Subjects

Accounting Languages Agricultural science Life science Business Studies Mathematics of Mathematical Literacy Dramatic Arts Music Economics Physical Sciences Engineering Graphics and Design Religious Studies Geography Visual Arts History Consumer Studies Information Technology  

Applicants who wish to enroll for a degree programme need to ensure that four of their seven subjects are from the designated list. 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

Senior Certificate (pre-2008)

A candidate is expected to possess a minimum level of proficiency in English language. A pass mark of at least E symbol on SG is considered to be sufficient. A pass mark of at least an F symbol on HG English 1st language is also considered to be sufficient.

A Matriculation Exemption or Further Education and Training Certificate.

A standard qualification to study for a degree is a Matriculation endorsement or equivalent.

 How to calculate your minimum admission point score (APS)

ARE YOU A INTERNATIONAL APPLICANT WITH FOREIGN SCHOOL-LEAVING?

Undergraduate

All applicants with non-South African School-leaving require a certificate of exemption from the Matriculation Board of South Africa for admission into an undergraduate qualification. For more information regarding the Matriculation Exemptions please visit the Matriculation Board website on www.he-enrol.ac.za

The University of Fort Hare will also submit applications to the Matriculation Board on behalf of the applicant on submission of the following:

Form M30E (also available from the matriculation board website); Copies of educational qualification (certified at the University); Copy of Passport or birth certificate (certified at the University);

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Exemption application fee charged at R400.00 (payable at the University); and

Sworn English translation of documents required where applicable.

Postgraduate

All applicants with non-South African qualifications are required to have their qualifications evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). For more information regarding evaluation of qualifications please visit the SAQA website: www.saqa.org.za

Student selection and admissions process

1. Students receive application forms from the Students Registration Office through the post/contact.

2. These are completed and returned to the Students Registration Office and get sorted per-Faculty.

3. Then the faculty selection committee (Deputy Dean: Teaching and Learning, Faculty Manager, HODs and Administrators) convenes to do the selection.

4. Admission is done on merit, using the Swedish point system.High scores are considered first in chronological order

For interview programmes students are invited for presentations prior to selection.The current matrics are provisionally accepted pending their matric final results and availability for admission into programmes, plus NBT results.The application forms are checked and signed by the Faculty Manager according to the admission status.  Once the forms are signed, they are given back to the Students Registration Office to capture the status which is then communicated to the students as backup.The Faculty keeps records of the accepted students as backup. Wait listed students are considered after registration of accepted students.Accepted students get notification from the Students Registration Office.

How to Apply

1. Submit your application form and all the necessary documentation including application fee before closing date.

2. An SMS will be sent to you informing you of the status of your application thereafter a letter of confirmation.

3. Current matriculants who qualify based on their Grade 12 mid-term performance, are provisionally admitted pending the submission of their final matric results and subject to availability of space.

4. Successful applicants will receive an admission letter, together with a registration guide, which reflects the registration dates and orientation programme. It is important to note that all applicants who wrote the National Senior Certificate (NSC) are required to write the National Benchmark test (NBT) before they are allowed to register for their 1st year at University.

Step 1:  Get your application form.

  • Online Application:
    Undergraduate and postgraduate applicants use the same online application process.
  • Hardcopy Application:
    This option is only available to both undergraduates and postgraduates

You can post your application to:

Alice Campus:

The Registrar
University of Fort Hare
Private Bag X1314,
Alice
5700

East London Campus:

The Registrar
University of Fort Hare
Private Bag X9083
East London
5200

Step 2:  Complete your application form in full. 

*Remember you’ll need an email address.

Step 3:  Attach all supporting documents.

Step 4:  Complete a student accommodation form.

Step 5:  Find Funding.

Online Application

It is a good idea to have a career objective in mind, check the admission requirements of the various qualifications offered at the University of Fort Hare

University of Fort Hare UFH Online Application

Registration Date

Administrative offices open on 03 January 2019
Academic staff report for duty on 07 January 2019
Orientation
East London Campus: 22‐25 January 2019
Alice Campus: 29‐01 February 2019
Registration
East London Campus: 14 January 2019 –18 January 2019
Alice Campus: 22 January 2019 – 01 February 2019
Bhisho Campus: 05 February 2019 – 06 February 2019
Lecturing Periods
04 February 2019 – 29 March 2019
08 April 2019 – 17 May 2019
Graduation Ceremonies
Thursday, 02 May 2019 – East London
Friday, 03 May 2019 – East London
Wednesday, 15 May 2019 – Alice
Thursday, 16 May 2019 – Alice
Friday, 17 May 2019 – Alice
Friday, 13 September 2019 – Alice
Supplementary Examinations
14 January 2019 – 25 January 2019
Examinations – 1st Semester
27 May 2019 – 14 June 2019
SECOND SEMESTER
Lecturing Periods
08 July 2019 – 23 August 2019
02 September 2019 – 18 October 2019
Supplementary Examinations
16 July 2019 – 26 July 2019
Examinations – 2nd Semester
28 October 2019 – 15 November 2019

UFH Prospectus

UFH Prospectus

Contact Details

Alice Campus Tel.: 040 602 2016 / 2053/ 2122/ 2174/ 2281

East London Campus Tel.: 043 704 7155 / 7266 / 7004 / 7139

Email:admissions@ufh.ac.za

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