Study in the UK – Guide for Sri Lankan students on Degree programs in British Universities

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edinburgh university, UKUK Higher Education institutions offer internationally recognised Bachelor’s degrees (also called undergraduate or first degrees) on various subjects.

Entry requirements for Bachelor’s degrees (e.g. BA, BSc.) programs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are two/ three A-levels (local or British) or equivalent plus English language proficiency (e.g. IELTS).

According to the British Council, Sri Lanka web site, the average costs for undergraduate courses (in 2008) are listed below, but it’s worth bearing in mind that course fees can vary considerably between institutions.
Foundation courses £4,000 to £12,000 per year
Arts courses £7,000 to £9,000 per year
Science courses £7,500 to £12,000 per year
Clinical courses £10,000 to £21,000 per year

Degrees (undergraduate qualification) courses, usually studied over three years in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, or four years in Scotland (where the title Master’s Degree may be awarded). You have the choice of studying a single honours degree where you’ll focus entirely on one subject, or you can study two subjects in what’s called a joint honours or combined honours degree.

There are numerous scholarships available, go to British Council web site for details.

For details:

Meet customer service officers at the Education Services Section of the British Council, Colombo, or join the undergraduate presentation conducted at British Council.
British Council, 49 Alfred House Gardens, Colombo 3
Telephone +94 (0)11 4521521
Fax +94 (0)11 2587079

British Council, 88/3 Kotugodella Veediya, Kandy
Telephone +94 (0)81 2222410, 2234634

More details by Janak Gunatilleke, educated in Royal College, Colombo and did medical degree in University of Leicester:

If you are interested in studying in the UK, start researching early. UK Universities normally have only one intake per year and the time may vary according to the institution and the course.

Along with the British Council in Sri Lanka, the best place to start is the Times Online Good University Guide. This is an excellent resource complete with ranking of Universities by individual subjects, reviews, student guides, information to help you choose subjects, and financial advice. For MBA or business orientated courses, the Financial Times website is the best.

When you narrow the search down to a few Universities, visit their websites and have a look around. Navigate to the department that is relevant to your course and read through the methods of teaching, research interests of the lectures and professors, and the rating the department has received. You can also gain a huge amount of information about the University, the City in which it is based, student support, the activities and societies, the accommodation on offer, and the sports facilities.

Finally, email their student support section or their recruitment office and ask for the email of the Sri Lankan Society, the International Society or any student that is willing to chat with you. This is a very good method to gain first-hand experience and also to demonstrate that you have made the effort to really find out about the University and the course.

If you need any help with your applications or have any other questions, please email me



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  1. Anne September 29, 2014 at 6:58 pm -  Reply

    My o/l result is 7A’s,1B and 1C. Now am studying for A/L examination in 2015. I want to study in UK or USA after my A/L’s. so please, send me details to my email address how can i achieve my goal.

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  4. Nikethani April 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm -  Reply

    I’m a 19 years old girl. I have done my London o/l last 2011 but I don’t have good result. I’m not passed from it. I want to know with condition am I eligible I study in uk. I don’t mind to re do my o/l there even.

    • Hiran May 1, 2012 at 9:06 pm -  Reply

      Nikethani- Please contact British Council for study in UK options.

    • Hiran March 8, 2012 at 9:29 pm -  Reply

      Goto British Council Colombo to get information regarding MBBS in UK.
      You may visit British Council Education Fair
      Location: British Council Offices, 49 Alfred House Gardens, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka
      Dates: Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March 2012
      Time: 12pm to 7pm

  5. Azha June 8, 2011 at 11:40 am -  Reply

    Contact IBS for Uk higher studies on 0115522188

  6. Mohamed Ifnas March 19, 2011 at 3:45 pm -  Reply

    Now im working in Qatar as Store Keeper.but i like continiue my study in IT 21 years old now.

    My O/L result is 2A,1B,4C,3S.I am from Galle,Sri Lanka
    i want study in london.please next what will do?send to me my email address.

  7. Zaynab December 14, 2010 at 9:29 am -  Reply

    Hi everyone,
    I’m working as the Senior Student counsellor at Oxford College International UK. It is an A rated college and trusted partner with the UKBA.

    We have now opened the Regional office in sri-lanka at Branes place Colombo-07. We do not charge all our services are free of charge and we offer all types of courses starting from HND for those who have finished their A/LS and O/Ls and who wants to study in the UK.

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    We are also offering scholarships for deserving students to study at our college in UK. For further details of the college please visit

  8. A.F..Nihara December 3, 2010 at 9:38 am -  Reply

    Im Teacher from kandy. I have completed my Training in Sri lanka
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  9. Lakmini June 27, 2010 at 10:16 pm -  Reply

    Step by step guide to applying for University The Times Good University Guide contains information on UK degree programs.
    But you have to register for this site to view the contents.

    There is Interactive a Good University Guide Tables, where you can Search and sort the interactive university and subject tables to select the best place for you
    According to this top 10 Universities are:
    Rank Name Student satisfaction Research Entry Student-staff ratio Services Completion Good honours Graduate prospects Score

    1 Oxford 85% 4.2/9 532 10.8 £3,168 98.5% 91.8% 82.8% 1,000
    2 Cambridge 85% 4.3/9 547 11.6 £2,635 98.6% 87.3% 82.3% 965
    3 Imperial College 76% 3.1/9 504 10.4 £4,090 95.1% 72.7% 88.9% 851
    4 St Andrews 84% 2.8/9 455 13.4 £1,856 94.9% 85.6% 74.4% 798
    5 LSE 72% 3.7/9 494 13.2 £2,232 95.2% 76.5% 81.9% 789
    6 Durham 81% 3.0/9 468 15.4 £2,084 97.8% 79.0% 77.8% 788
    7 UCL 78% 3.2/9 458 8.9 £2,124 94.8% 81.0% 80.8% 784
    8 Warwick 79% 2.8/9 464 13.0 £1,927 95.4% 79.9% 77.9% 766
    9 York 81% 2.9/9 423 13.7 £1,920 94.9% 75.3% 71.5% 748
    10 Lancaster 80% 2.8/9 393 13.4 £1,746 94.1% 68.3% 77.6% 737

  10. Lakmini June 27, 2010 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

    Thanks for the article on study guide to UK.

  11. Mohamed Mafaz November 12, 2009 at 10:18 pm -  Reply

    I followed hardware & networking,netwark administrator,mcp(microsoft certified professional).my field is Network engineer.

    My o/l result is 1c and 6s.iam from kandy,srilanka.
    i want study in london.please next what will do?send to me my email address.

  12. Mohamed Irshad March 26, 2009 at 4:23 pm -  Reply

    a very good article for students who want’s to go to the UK for higher studies. I would prefer if you can add some comments “How to select the right course” For guidance Im always available.

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