Study in Sri Lanka
Study abroad in one of the most welcoming countries for international students. The local government is committed to improving opportunities for students, and work on improving the higher education sector in Sri Lanka.
The great infrastructure in the country will allow you to visit this island nation and get to know its rich cultures like Buddhist monuments, beautiful tea plantations, national parks and stunning beaches. International universities offer courses and partnerships with some universities in Sri Lanka to offer top-quality education.
Why study in Sri Lanka?
Studying an English-taught degree in Sri Lanka will offer you better-paid job opportunities in the country or abroad. Compared to other international study destinations, Sri Lanka offers more affordable Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.
Depending on where you are coming from, studying in Sri Lanka can be closer to your home country, so you will not have to spend a lot on travelling, and it can be easier to visit your family and friends during holidays.
In most cases, universities in Sri Lanka offering degrees in English are accredited by the national government and can be fully or partially recognized by universities in other countries. So, because you’ll be studying an international degree, you will have better chances at continuing your studies abroad, in more popular study destinations and prestigious universities from Europe, the U.S., Canada, or Australia.
English-taught studies in Sri Lanka are also a great chance to build a professional network that is a great source of opportunities and potential collaboration after graduation.
What to study in Sri Lanka?
The following are some of the most popular academic disciplines among international students in Sri Lanka:
- Business degrees in Sri Lanka
- Engineering degrees in Sri Lanka
- Computer Science degrees in Sri Lanka
- Education degrees in Sri Lanka
- Medicine degrees in Sri Lanka
Which universities to attend in Sri Lanka?
Here are some of the universities where you can study in Sri Lanka:
- University of Moratuwa
- University of Colombo
- Eastern University
- University of Jaffna
Improve your English through an English-language prep course. If you’re attending a degree programme in Sri Lanka, you will need to prove that your language skills are good enough to participate in the classes and understand the lectures. These courses will also prepare you for any of the English-language tests universities require.
To study in Sri Lanka, you’ll need to provide proof of your English language proficiency. Some certificates accepted by universities in Sri Lanka may include:
Still, you should always check your university’s website to be sure what the exact language requirements are.
Universities, colleges and schools in Sri Lanka
- University of Peradeniya (89 Masters)
- University of Peradeniya (89 Masters)
- University of Moratuwa (31 Masters)
Interested in scholarships for Sri Lanka? Check out our scholarship search page.
How to Apply to a Master's in Sri Lanka
If you've decided to study a Master's degree at a university in Sri Lanka, you will have to gather the right documents to prove that you fit the university requirements. Provide complete personal information, previous qualifications, financial information, and a personal statement.
What documents do I need to provide to apply in Sri Lanka?
To apply to a university in Sri Lanka you will likely be asked to provide some of the following documents:
- birth certificate;
- recent photos;
- your passport or national identity card;
- one or more reference letters from past employers or teachers;
- copies of past diplomas or certificates, including your graduated Bachelor's degree;
- academic transcripts;
- letter of intent;
- Curriculum Vitae;
- Some form of proof that you can support your stay in the country during your studies.
Depending on the subject or specialization of your chosen Master's, you might also be asked to provide scores for additional tests like the GRE, GMAT or LSAT. Check if your programme requires any of these, or others.
The list of documents depends on the specific requirements of universities in Sri Lanka so you might be asked to include additional documents. It’s also likely you’ll have to provide official English translations of your documents, or translations in the local language.
Prove your English skills
Because you’ll study an international degree in English, you'll have to present a language certificate. Some popular options for international students are IELTS, TOEFL or C1 Advanced language certificates. You’ll have to meet a minimum language score set by the university, and your test scores shouldn’t be older than 1-2 years. If you don’t meet the minimum language requirements, you will have to improve your skills and scores by taking an English preparation course.
Application deadlines for Sri Lanka
The deadlines for applying to a Master's in Sri Lanka are usually during summer (June-July), or in winter (January-February). Keep in mind that some universities don’t have application deadlines, which means you can apply whenever you are ready.
To avoid delays or missed deadlines send your required documents with plenty of time in advance.