There are four types of Degree Awarding Higher Education Institutes in Sri Lanka:
- Public National Universities
- Private Institutes which offer Sri Lankan degrees recognized by University Grants Commission (UGC)
- Private Institutes which offer Foreign Degrees in affiliation with Foreign Universities
- Professional Institutes which offer Degree Equivalent Professional Qualifications
What Private degree to select?
A large number of private universities and institutions in Sri Lanka that offer foreign degrees or an equivalent qualification calls upon students and parents to be more concerned in their university programme selection. Furthermore there are many undergraduate equivalent courses available for students. What do you know about these universities? Are they actually the same institutes they claim to be or advertise?
There is a well established National Universities in Sri Lanka, offering Bacheulars and Post-graduate (Masters, PhDs) degrees in Sri Lanka. However as the government is offering degrees as a free education you need good Z-scores to get into these degree programs.
Degrees recognized by UGC
Also there are Degrees offered by Private and Semi-government Institutes such as SLIIT, NIBM and NIFE Ocean University. Some of these degree programs are recognized by University Grants Commission (UGC). Follwoing are those degree programs recognized by UGC (Extracted from UGC web site in October June 2014)
Degrees offered by Foreign Universities
There are many foreign university degree qualifications including those from UK, Australia, Russia, India, US and many other countries are offered by different institutes in Sri Lanka. Or you can go abroad to do degree programs. According to UGC web site, it recognizes foreign Universities/ Higher Educational Institutes based on international acceptance. Universities/Higher Educational Institutes that are listed in the following International Publications which are authentic sources of information on Universities and Higher Educational Institutes in different countries, are recognized by UGC.
1. Commonwealth Universities Yearbook – (Published by Association of Commonwealth Universities)
2. International Handbook of Universities – (Published by International Association of Universities)
When selecting a Private degree look for following aspects:
There are many more private Degree programs and Degree awarding institutes in Sri Lanka. Rather than recommending any degree program, we advice you to look for following aseptics before selecting a degree program.
What is the ranking of the degree awarding university in its home country?
Refer globally recognized university rankings such as Times Higher Education-QS World University Ranking, US News and World Report’s World’s Best Universities.
What are the academic quality assurances?
All national and regional accredited universities are listed in the UNESCO handbook of universities. This is used as the guideline by all government higher education authorities including UGC (University Grants Commission) in Sri Lanka.
Who will teach you?
Make sure you select the right institution that has lecturers who are qualified to do the job.
What are the local campus facilities?
A good library and student resource centre with adequate reading and study material, computer labs with up-to-date hardware and software configurations and high-speed internet connections, fully equipped engineering and science labs, classroom with proper seating, space and basic facilities such as multimedia and internet are considered as the absolute minimum for any international university student.
Interest free student loans to follow Private Degrees
Other Higher Education Options:
Local vs foreign education
Foreign Medical Degrees
Cost of University courses in Sri Lanka
National Institute of Business Management-NIBM
Sri Lanka School of Agriculture – Diplomas
External Degrees In Sri Lanka
Online-degrees AND Online courses in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Law College
Degree -John Kotelawala Defence University Academy
Open university of Sri Lanka
Courses you can do after Advanced Level
chamod kumara says
is it worth joining a esoft HND program in computing
We cannot comment on private university courses.
I want to know best place to get a softwear engineering degeree . Can you help me ( private institute )
Lots of places. SLIIT, IIT, Esoft, Horizon, NIBM, NSBM etc
Check here https://studentlanka.com/2016/04/03/how-to-become-a-software-engineer-in-sri-lanka/
What about PCJT (JAVA Institute for Advance Technology) degree offered affiliated with Birmingham City University, UK
Is that the best Software Engineering Degree?
We do not comment on a particular instittion.
i am looking for a soft wear engineering course to my relation.. He just finished A/L .He needs to do his last 1 or 2 year in uk to complete his degree..So if you know any univercity in srilaka link with uk..Please let me know..
abdullah hasan says
Dear admin, could you please let me know all the institute which offer under graduate degrees at free of cost? thank you!
Enter into a Government University.
I need to know about careers regarding with biomedical science amd biotechnology and also want to know about BMS DEGREE programs .There is a degree for biomed, but i need to know about tht is it have good validity in our country, also globaly ?
Why study biomedical science
I did my A/Lso twice. My first shy results were B – Accounting B-Business studies C- Economics
2nd shy results were 3Cs. Can I apply to a local private university or foreign uni with my first shy result?
What are the courses that should be followed to become an ambassador?What are the degrees related to foreign languages and in which universities we can follow them ?
Which private university is best to do biomedical science?
check this on biomedical science
What is the cost of Externel b.com degree
Has anyone followed or have heard of the diploma and higher diploma conducted by the Institute of Applied Statistics, Sri Lanka?
Are those programmes recognized by the UGC?
I’m interested in a career related to Data Analysis? Does anyone know another institute which offer a relevant qualification, which is accepted by the UGC?
Roshen Costa says
Im planing to complete my final year degree which is my 3rd year
i have my HND completed in NIBM with internship finshed
idnt want to do it in nsbm bcz its distance and bad lecturing times.
Bms,ICBT,edulink are the institutes currently im having a idea
1-Are these programmmes accepted in srilanka
2-iS thier any other institute or uni i can do my final year in weekends bcz im currently working too.
ICBT business manegement digree aka hodaidh?
What is the cost of BSC Business Administration degree in NIBM?
What is the cheapest private degree in Sri Lanka in this subject area?
NIBM Cost of BSC Business Management degree
Year 1 – Rs 200000, Yr 2 – Rs 300000, Yr 3- Rs 400000
Londontech offers affordable HND course in Business Management for Rs 180000 (18 monthes)
Can I know that,the is Civil Engineering degree in CINEC approved by the UGC?
Only these CINEC degrees are accredited by UGC
BSc (Hons) Maritime Science 09.07.2013
BSc (Hons) Marine Engineering
BSc (Hons) Logistics & Transportations
According to CINEC website, BEng Bachelor (Hons) Degree in Civil & Construction Engineering is accredited from the University of Wolverhampton (UK)
i want to know the best private university to do b.com
Try Open University or External Degree
What are the private universities for food science and technology degree in sri lanka
Any good place to do Chemical Engineering in Sri Lanka ?
IChem has a good chemistry program but it’s not engineering
i want to know about best private institute to do biotechnology degree in sri lanka
Radev Liyanage says
The hospitality degrees offered by the Colombo Academy of Hospitality Management (CAHM) from SLIIT are UGC recognized. As the qualifications are affiliated with the William Angliss Institute in Melbourne, Australia, students get the opportunity to transfer and study in Australia.