Centre for Foundation Studies

The Centre for Foundation Studies (CFS) established in 2002 offers foundation pathways to students who do not meet the direct entry requirements for undergraduate degree programs. CFS offers MQA approved Advanced Certificate (Level IV) university foundation programs. We offer three main pathway programs; Foundation Studies in Business, Humanities and Science. Students of Foundation Studies in Business will gain a holistic understanding of business, economics, accounting and develop a range of relevant skills, including decision making, problem solving, challenging assumptions and quantifying and managing information. The main aim of this course is to help students develop a strong foundation of business knowledge, alongside academic and transferable skills to ensure they get the most out of their degree-level studies. The overall goal of Foundation Studies in Humanities course is to provide a pathway for students who pass in three subjects (IGCSE O’Level /SSC) and desire to join undergraduate courses at different faculties of MNU, in the field of humanities. The programme teaches the basic skills and knowledge required for the smooth transition to undergraduate courses, and help these learners cope with higher education. Foundation in Humanities is ideal if you are looking to study a humanities or social science related undergraduate degree or diploma. Our programs allow to progress to a broad range of degree courses such as Phycology, Law, Sharia, Dhivehi language, International relations, International hospitality and tourism, and teaching courses. Nurturing minds for new frontiers in science, the Foundation Studies in Science course is a bridge to Bachelors programmes offered, that meets the international standards for a first degree. The main aim of this course is to develop students with a strong foundation and advanced knowledge in scientific principles in their chosen specialty. Prepare for your future degree and learn the skills you’ll need to succeed.


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Meet our Students

“I chose MNU because the environment here is quite enjoyable and in addition to the good quality of teaching, MNU also organizes different events aimed at developing students for the life ahead. Compared to other colleges in Maldives, I am very happy with MNU and appreciate that they provide us payment plans that makes education much more accessible and affordable.”

Bachelor of Shari'ah & Law (Honours), 2021

“I chose MNU because the services provided at MNU are well worth the fees. At MNU, I have gained a lot of valuable experiences and lessons, not only in class but through activities such as sports, entertainment and those geared towards life skill development and preparing you for life. I have been studying various courses at MNU for a total of six years now, and in that time I find that everyone from the teachers to the office workers, work very well to give us the quality education expected of MNU.”

Bachelor of Business, 2022

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Life at Centre for Foundation Studies

The Centre for Foundation Studies (CFS) at The Maldives National University plays a vital role in providing students with a solid academic foundation. This preparatory program is designed to equip students with the essential skills, knowledge, and confidence necessary for successful higher education pursuits. Through a comprehensive curriculum, the CFS focuses on enhancing critical thinking, academic writing, and subject-specific knowledge, ensuring a seamless transition into students' chosen fields of study within the university. Faculty members provide supportive guidance and interactive learning experiences, aiming to empower students and pave the way for academic and personal triumph. At the CFS, students have the opportunity to enroll in MQA-approved Advanced Certificate (Level IV) university foundation programs specializing in Business, Humanities, and Science. These programs serve as invaluable pathways for individuals who may not meet the direct entry requirements for undergraduate degree programs. Completion of these foundation programs enables students to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge needed for a successful transition into their desired undergraduate degree programs.

Career PlacementUpon completing foundation studies in business, approximately 90% of students secure internships or entry-level positions in reputable companies.

Student RetentionThe retention rate in foundation studies courses in humanities stands at approximately 90%

Industry DemandFoundation studies courses in business have experienced a surge in popularity due to high industry demand.

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