Certificate of International Foundation Studies (CIFS)


The Certificate of International Foundation Studies is a one-year, two-semester course validated by the University of Westminster and delivered at Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT). The Foundation is the first step into higher education. The aim of the course is to prepare the student for successful study at honours degree level. The Certificate of International Foundation Studies is a University of Westminster award and recognized in the UK as an entrance qualification for all UK universities. As a UK university award, it is also recognized as an entry qualification for degree courses in many universities around the world.

Students who successfully complete the Foundation studies will automatically qualify for progression onto one of WIUT’s degree-level programmes. They will also qualify for entry to related courses at the University of Westminster in London, subject to application in the usual way.

Language of Instruction: English

Key Features:

The course has the following key features:

  • It introduces students to the culture and style of UK higher education. This is important because the UK system is quite different to the Uzbek system and it takes time to adapt to this way of learning
  • It develops the student’s ability to study in the English language. Without this students will not succeed in their higher level studies
  • It lays the foundation of subject knowledge in Business, IT, Law and Economics and helps the student to make an informed choice about their future specialisation
  • It develops debating skills and independence of thought. These are fundamental to the British style of education
  • It teaches students the study skills they will require throughout their time at university

Course Outcomes:

By the end of the course successful students will:

  • have developed analytical skills and will be able to apply basic mathematical techniques to business problems
  • have improved their communication skills in English
  • have acquired the study skills and disciplines that are essential for degree level study
  • be able to use word-processing and other commercial software application packages
  • appreciate the functional areas of business and the business environment
  • understand the relationship between information and communication technologies and business operations and strategy
  • understand the legal and economic context of societies in transition

The curriculum has been specifically designed to be aligned with the main aim of the CFS course – to bring the students up to the level from which they can easily embark on their degree courses.  Along with an aim of improving the level of students’ quantitative skills as well as their knowledge of English to the level equivalent to the IELTS score of 6.0, the curriculum is directed at equipping the students with a set of important professional and transferable skills such as those of

  • interpersonal type:  ability to work in groups
  • managerial:  involvement of others in commitment to overall plans, organization and delegation of tasks, use of initiative, responsibility and accountability, leadership
  • communication
  • research
  • problems solving

In addition to these skills, having successfully completed the course, students are expected to have acquired some personal skills such as

  • self-knowledge:  analysis of own strengths and weaknesses, setting personal goals, discovering of own best style of operation
  • time management
  • ability to learn

Course Structure:

Three modules are fundamental to the Foundation course and these run throughout the year:

  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Personal Development
  • Context of Business

Two first semester modules complete the student’s foundation knowledge:

  • Quantitative Methods
  • Information Communication Technology

In the second semester students can take their first steps towards greater specialisation by choosing two options modules from:

  • Foundations of Economics
  • Introduction to Law and Legal Systems
  • Introduction to Internet and WWW

Entry Requirements:

See Admission Requirements and How to Apply