Foundation English School History

The Foundation English School (FES) was founded in 1985 along with the establishment of Girne American University and since then the student intake has increased each year substantially. Currently, FES provides intensive English language courses to over 1000 students annually and employs around 30 qualified English language instructors.

FES Vision Statement

A continuous development for a high quality of English language education is at the heart of FES, reaching international standards and emerge as a respected and well-recognized institute worldwide.


FES Mission Statement

The mission of Foundation English School (FES) at Girne American University is to provide students with a high-quality, intensive English language training to assist them in their proficiency in English, by adhering to the following principles:

  • Excellence in Teaching
  • Professional Development
  • Respect
  • Integrity


FES Objectives

FES Objectives 

FES adheres to a set of objectives to accomplish its mission, and these are:

  • To support and facilitate the students to upgrade their proficiency level to the Common European Framework of Reference Languages (CEFRR)
  • To provide appropriate pedagogical methods to enhance students` learning and comprehension skills
  • To support the continuous professional development of the staff
  • To provide a state-of-the-art curriculum and resources to enhance the core language skills among students
  • To inculcate the basic values of team work, integrity and cooperation


FES Values

FES functions in line with the following core values: 

  • Equality and respect to diversity
  • Commitment to professionalism
  • Respect the ethical values and social responsibility
  • Team work and mutual understanding
  • Student-centered pedagogy




Director's Message
Director's Message

Message from the FES DirectorDear Students,I would like to extend my best wishes to you for the Academic year 2021-2022. Girne American University has always been proud of offering a multicultural academic environment. This year, we have been enjoying the great diversity we have achieved in teaching staff and student population at the Foundation English School. In GAU, diversity has always been appreciated and welcomed as an opportunity to benefit from, as it is believed to contribute to the academic, cultural and social development as well as the international understanding of the students for international mobility. In this programme, education is conducted using a modular system. Within an academic year, there are 4 modules, which are each 7 weeks long. The modular system is versatile and adapts easily to change. Every module is self-contained and made up of an organised mode of instruction within a systematic framework. The sys...