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.

Course Aims:

  • To introduce 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;
  • To develop students ability to study in the English language. Without this students will not succeed in their higher level studies;
  • To lay the foundation of subject knowledge in Business, IT, Law and Economics and help students to make an informed choice about their future specialization;
  • To develop communication and debate skills and independence of thought;
  • To teach students the study skills they will require throughout their time at the university.

Course Content:

Core modules:

  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Business and its Environment
  • Personal Development
  • Quantitative Methods

Optional modules:

  • Foundation of Economics
  • Introduction to Law
  • Introduction to Internet and WWW

Language of Instruction: English

Entry Requirements: see Admission Requirements and How to Apply