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

Dear Students, I would like to welcome you all to Girne American University and to Foundation English School (FES). Our school has been the starting point in the academic lives of our university’s students. With students from diverse nationalities and cultures FES offers basic and academic specific English to its students to make sure they will have the capability and confidence in using English language when they progress to their undergraduate and graduate degrees.The aims of this programmes are to:extend your existing English language knowledge and skills to meet the English language requirements of your undergraduate/graduate degreedevelop the academic study skills required for study at GAUfamiliarise you with the learning and teaching strategies used in higher education help you settle in to life in North Cyprus both within and beyond the academic environment At FES, within an academic year, there are three mod...