University of Colombo

The Oldest University in Sri Lanka, the University of Colombo is a sprawling complex located in the heart of the capital city of Colombo. In keeping with its motto “Buddhi Sarvathra Bhrajate”, Sanskrit for “Wisdom Enlightens”, the University of Colombo strives to maintain academic excellence in all areas of study. 

Master's Programmes



The University of Ceylon was established by the State Council in April 1942. The first Vice-Chancellor of the new University, Sir Ivor Jennings, hoisted the flag on July 1942 at the College House where his office and the central administration were located. The


Today, the University of Colombo with a proud history of over 115 years continues in its endeavour to meet the challenge of maintaining its position as the “Metropolitan University, Modern and International in Outlook and Character”. The location of the University affords the student population all the advantages of a “metropolitan university”, with easy access to international information/ resource centres, libraries, theatres, sports complexes etc.

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GSSA 2021

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University Ranking

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Housing services


  • Kithyakara Men's Hostel
  • Havelock Women's Hostel
  • Bullers Women's Hostel
  • Muttiah Women's Hostel
  • De Saram Women's Hostels
  • Blomfontein Men's Hostel
  • Green Path Bhikku House
  • Boralesgamuwa Student House
  • Thelawala Hostels
  • Siva Chinnathambi Women's hostel
  • Nursing Faculty Women's hostel
  • Technology Faculty Hostel

Library services

Main Library is the focal point of the Library Network of University of Colombo which consist of the branch Libraries of the Faculty of Medicine & Faculty of Science and it caters to Faculties of Arts, Education, Graduate Studies, Law and Management & Finance.  The Main Library is located at Philip Gunawardena Mawatha (Reid Avenue).

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Colombo has nine faculties with 56 Academic Departments, a Campus, a School, 7 Institutes and 8 Centres and Units. Many undergraduate and postgraduate study courses in the fields of Arts, Science, Medicine, Management, Finance, Law, Education, IT, Aesthetic Studies. Molecular Biology etc are conducted by the University. The University also offers several other services, such as library services, career guidance, and services for differently-abled students.

Sports facilities

Newly constructed Fitness Centre was opened by the Vice-Chancellor Senior Prof. Lakshman Dissanayake on 12/08/2015 at the University of Colombo Gymnasium.

Student Reviews

Great University
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The quality of teaching, advice from the supervisor, library and office facilities etc. at the University were very good.

Colombo, Western, Sri Lanka


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