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On Sri Lankan students choosing higher education abroad

This article gives a general idea about Sri Lankan students choosing higher education abroad, and in which countries Sri Lankan students mostly prefer to study abroad

27 Feb 2018 2.3K Book icon 3 mins Share
Doodle Nandi

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Everyone wants to visit Sri Lanka at least once in their lifetime?

And why not!

The historic spot has many picturesque places to visit, and has attracted people from all over the world. The clean and pristine beaches and well-maintained streets and lanes – Sri Lanka is one of the rare breed countries. When you visit the country, you will realise that the people respect the environment they live in and also respect each other’s spaces.

People all over the world appreciate the beauty of the Lanka. But there are people (residents) who want to move out of Sri Lanka either in search of job or education. As per the UGC report, almost 8% of students move abroad for higher education from Sri Lanka.

Lankan students have the privilege of free education by the government, till the university level. The school and college curricula are approved by the Ministry of Education. Every student is entitled to education by the government, and there is a constant effort to raise awareness amongst children and parents to promote and support education.

The literacy rate in Sri Lanka is around 94%, with majority of people across all age groups being familiar with the English language, alongside Tamil or Sinhala languages being spoken widely.

There is no exact reason known to us why students from Sri Lanka go abroad for their higher studies. However, possible reasons could be the work opportunities available abroad, the quality of education, research outcome, well-known faculty, the value of international degree and so on.

The British Council has stated that Sri Lanka is a potential source of higher education enrolment, and in the near future the outbound mobility from Sri Lanka will exceed 32,000 students, which is 80% more than the current UNESCO benchmark.

Enough of facts! That's all we have got to give you...

Now a question arises,

Q: Which countries do Sri Lankan students choose for their abroad education?

A: Some of the popular countries chosen by Sri Lankan students to study abroad include the USA, UK, Australia and Canada.

As per the Open Doors Report, Sri Lankan students studying at colleges and universities in the USA increased to 3080, an increase of 6.9% in 2016.

In the USA, almost 50% of Sri Lankan students opt for graduate degrees while 16% enter into OPT programmes after completing their degrees. This shows that Sri Lankan students are increasingly showing interest in pursuing STEM courses abroad, particularly in the USA.

On the other hand, there are reports indicating that Sri Lankan students have been more attracted towards European countries for their higher education. The UK has been in the list of many Sri Lankan students. The Sri Lankan education system closely resembles the British education system, which could be one reason as to why students from Sri Lanka flock to the UK for their higher studies. Alongside, other notable countries like Singapore and Malaysia have sparked equal attention from many Sri Lankan students.

Look for popular UK universities to study this year

Australia has been a leading destination of overseas education amongst students from every corner of the globe. Australian institutions are world class, and most students choose Australia over other countries, owing to its employability, job security and permanent residency options. These are the key criteria that are factored in when you select a destination to study overseas. 

Some of the popular institutes in Australia where Sri Lankan students can apply to study are as follows:

  1. RMIT University
  2. James Cook University
  3. Chisholm Institute
  4. Victoria University
  5. Australian National University
  6. Edith Cowan University
  7. University of Technology Sydney
  8. University of Adelaide
  9. The University of Queensland
  10. Murdoch University

Canada is yet another destination that students aiming for international degrees look at. The quality of education, international connections and the post-study work options, along with stay-back options (the Express Entry System), are what international students like most about studying in Canada.

Some of the popular institutes in Canada where Sri Lankan students can apply to study are as follows:

  1. Douglas College
  2. Centennial College
  3. Western University (Ontario)
  4. University of Lethbridge
  5. University of Manitoba
  6. York University

As a Sri Lankan student, what do you think attracts you more towards an overseas degree? Do you have any countries and institutes on your mind?

If you are looking for any support or assistance to plan your overseas admissions, we can guide you. Our counselling team will be available online to tell you everything about overseas education. You can either chat with us online or call us at 1800 103 2581.

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