Sri Lanka has around 40 higher education institutions (HEIs). There are 3 categories of HEIs in Sri Lanka: state universities, other government universities and degree awarding institutions that are private. There are around 19 institutions including 15 state universities under the University Grants Commission. The other government universities are authorized under Ministry of Higher Education or relevant government ministry. The oldest institution in Sri Lanka is the University of Colombo, it is established in 1921. The University Grants Commission (UGC) allocates around 5% of the available places in each course for foreign students. The Higher Education Ministry awarded 150 scholarships for foreign students to study in Sri Lankan universities in 2011. There are students from 60 countries admitted for that academic year. The website of UGC can be found at https://ugc.ac.lk/ whereas for the Ministry of Higher Education, its website is at https://www.mohe.gov.lk/.
In Taiwan, the HEIs have the usual tertiary education path of a Bachelor’s followed by a Master’s and then a Doctorate degree. The full-time Bachelor’s degree usually lasts three years. The Master’s degree can be completed in 1-2 years but some courses may require more years whereas the Doctorate degree takes a minimum of 3 years. Professional degree programs like Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Engineering take 4 years for completion. Architecture and medicine degree programs take 5 years, dental surgery degree will take 4 years instead. Students generally apply to universities with GCE Advanced Level. Equivalent qualifications can be used for admission as well. Admissions into HEIs in Sri Lanka depend on ranking of average Z scores obtained at the GCE A-Level, this is to ensure a fair district representation. HEIs in Sri Lanka use English as the medium of instruction. Proficiency for the English language is set at a minimum score of 550 for TOEFL or 6.5 for IELTS. Application into HEIs under UGC needs to be done via the online application system in UGC’s website. As for other institutions, applications can be done directly to the institution.
Tuition fees in UGC authorized institutions are around US$ 3,000 to 6,000 for most programs. Programs in the area of medicine and engineering will cost US$ 8,000 to US$ 12,500. Private institutions may cost around 100,000 LKR. As for cost of living, it is estimated to be US$ 1019 a month.
Information for International Students
International students can apply through UGC and respective institutions as well. After receiving an approval from HEI, A Student Entry Visa has to be obtained before arriving in Sri Lanka. The relevant HEI needs to apply to the immigration department. International students entry visa has to be obtained from the Department of Immigration at http://www.immigration.gov.lk/ or Immigration Visitor Center at https://www.immigrationlanka.com/tourist_visa_information_form-14-10.html. After obtaining the student entry visa from the local Sri Lanka Diplomatic mission/embassy and arriving in Sri Lanka, student visa can be collected at relevant offices in Sri Lanka. Entry visa will cost Rs 10,000 to 20,000 a year. Documents that are required are original academic certificates, a valid passport, a police certificate, a medical certificate and a certificate issued by student’s local higher education authority that proves the qualifications of academic.