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The Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) operates based on the concept Open and Distance Learning (ODL). It caters to a wider population of people scattered over the country to pursue higher education at their choice. The university policy on admission would enable a person to register at the lowest ‘Level’ only with basic educational qualifications (eg: Foundation Courses) and then climb up to postgraduate level. Some of the courses even do not require GCE O/L as an entry requirement.

Degree Programs @ Open University of Sri Lanka OUSL

OUSL offers Postgraduate degrees, Undergraduate Degrees, Diplomas, Certificate Programmes and Short Courses through the Distance Mode/ Learning.

Open University was established by the government of Sri Lanka under the Universities Act No. 16 of 1978. The main purpose of establishing such a university is providing higher educational opportunities to working adults, ensuring their educational and professional qualifications. However later it became popular among students who wanted to obtain a degree from a National University.

The concept of Distance Education is facilitated via the network of Regional Centers, Study Centers and Teaching Centers throughout the country. The Headquarters is situated in Nawala, Nugegoda while regional centers are situated in Kandy, Matara, Anuradhapura, Batticaloa and Jaffna. There are 18 study centers in other districts and 6 teaching centers also.
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The Open University of Sri Lanka operates under five faculties such as
• Faculty of Education
• Faculty of Engineering Technology
• Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Faculty of Natural Sciences
• Post Graduate Institute of English

Under each faculty they offer courses varying form basic courses such as Foundation courses to advanced courses such as Masters and PhD.

Faculty of Education was established on 01st February, 2003. It currently consists of three Departments: Department of Secondary & Tertiary Education, Department of Early Childhood and Primary Education and Department of Special Needs Education.

Faculty of Engineering Technology consists of six academic departments such as Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Textile and Apparel Technology, Agricultural and Plantation Engineering and Mathematics & Philosophy of Engineering. The faculty offers two major study programmes namely Technology (Engineering), and Industrial Studies in various specializations using Open and Distance Learning methodology.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest Faculty of the Open University of Sri Lanka not only in terms of student numbers but also in terms of the number of academic programs administered and the graduates produced. The four academic Departments, namely the Department of Language Studies, the Department of Legal Studies (Law), the Department of Management Studies and the Department of Social Studies have given the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences a multidisciplinary outlook.  Department of Legal Studies offer Degree of Bachelor of Laws (LLB).

Faculty of Natural Sciences at the Open University was established in 1987. Today it has grown into the six Departments, Botany, Chemistry, Health Sciences, Math & Computer Science, Physics and Zoology.
To facilitate the Distance Learning concept the OUSL Library collection is available online through Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC). The Library collection is accessible through the Campus Wide Information Network as well. The users can Search the full collection including books, course materials, journals, Audio-visuals, CD-ROMs etc., can check the availability books, can check your own borrowing status and reserving the books online. Also they offer students online Learning Management Systems (LMS) using Moodle and Virtual Classroom programs.

The study programs offered by Open University has really benefitted students who are not capable of enter a National University based on their Z-Score mark at A/L. However it’s said that examination results are released in a more systematic way and pass rates are lower at final stages of degree programs.

Contact details: Telephone 0112853777,
Other Numbers (incoming only), 0112853023, 0112854300, 0112853028, 0112856201

Degree Programs @ Open University of Sri Lanka OUSL

OUSL offers Postgraduate degrees, Undergraduate Degrees, Diplomas, Certificate Programmes and Short Courses through the Distance Mode/ Learning.

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  1. shifana December 20, 2014 at 6:27 pm -  Reply

    hi sir i want to study primary education in english medium what is the basic qualification for that pls reply

  2. T.Kayanraj December 17, 2014 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

    Dear all!
    Please let me guide how to join with Foundation courses and the cost of this,
    and also i hope to study further in Computer Engineering , i don,t have enough qualification in A/ls please guide me.


  3. nishi November 1, 2014 at 3:11 pm -  Reply

    I did my Al in 2013 from bio stream I got 2 S for biology and chemistry B for English. Can I follow Natural science degree course in OUSL with my results ?

  4. Niranjala Chathurangani October 7, 2014 at 3:46 pm -  Reply

    I want to take a nursing cource or a diploma here, but i have 2 S for my AL,. is that posiible to study nursing with thease AL results? or there any other curses i ca take??? and i need the prices for a whole cource. Thank u..

  5. shani August 14, 2014 at 3:25 pm -  Reply

    i have 1 s pass for al.But g done my ol very Well . Can i follow a agriculture engineering with foundation corse ?

  6. Lanicka August 9, 2014 at 10:40 pm -  Reply

    I have 3passes in bio stream. Can I study agriculture engineering. Plz give me. Cost of agriculture eng..

  7. ashanth May 27, 2014 at 8:28 pm -  Reply

    i want to foundation coreses appication date

  8. mahija May 14, 2014 at 3:29 pm -  Reply

    i finished diploma in Montessori education. i want do the degree of education studies. how to join open university in kandy. i have 4A 2B 3C in o/l.

  9. MRS.RENGAN April 8, 2014 at 2:39 pm -  Reply

    my daughter has got thru GCE OL with 4 ‘A’, 3 ‘B’ and 1 ‘C’ & 1’S’

    she wants to follow physcology for children in open university. Please let me know details and how to apply

  10. nusha April 5, 2014 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

    hi…i got c for business.s for econ.anther s for a/l. What are the course can i follow to get a government job.plz rply me

  11. aruran February 28, 2014 at 3:07 pm -  Reply

    sir, i got 2s results in a/l for physics and chemistry in maths stream. and i have completed advanced diploma in city and guilds in civil . so what procedure should i do to join in open university civil engineering?

  12. anton December 29, 2013 at 4:09 pm -  Reply

    hiran sir.. what is the best plase for architecture

  13. Jazaal December 25, 2013 at 9:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi sir, I got 2c,s in 2013 a/l maths stream. I hope to do mechanical engineering at OUS. How much it will totally cost??

  14. Fathima December 10, 2013 at 12:27 pm -  Reply

    I got 3s passes in bio stream in 2011 I would like to study Bsc
    how to apply it

    • Hiran December 12, 2013 at 6:05 pm -  Reply

      If you want to apply for Open University, go and get the details, or call them.

  15. Avv November 5, 2013 at 4:10 pm -  Reply

    I want to know what are distance courses in maths available at OUSL, courses fees, & which branch these courses available……….

  16. Lakmal May 2, 2013 at 6:23 pm -  Reply

    i have one s passes in a/l maths.I like to do computer engineer in ou.Have an another way enter for OU Without three S passes?Thank you sr.

  17. Ashan Madushanka Weerakkody April 22, 2013 at 10:43 pm -  Reply

    I want to know what is more good university for choice me.(Btech Civil Engineering.)
    Open University or UNIVERTECH in Rathmalana.?

  18. tishani January 3, 2013 at 12:28 pm -  Reply

    I completed igcse ol’s… And presently doing higher diploma in business managemnt.. I dnt knw whts gng to be ma nxt step… I need ur advice!

  19. FarA October 5, 2012 at 4:27 am -  Reply

    I would like to do a online course in education from ouc is it possible

  20. ziara September 7, 2012 at 6:39 pm -  Reply

    sir i want to follow primary education( tamil medium). I have only two passes in A/L. and currently im following proffes.english teaching course at IWMS colombo. I have 5 years of teaching experiens in primary education at one of orphen school in colombo. Shel i follow the above course ? When it will starts?pls let me know

  21. Sasindu September 1, 2012 at 9:06 am -  Reply

    I have 3 passes at A/l in Maths subjects. So please let me know can I do industrial studies in agriculture.
    Thank you

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