The university system in Sri Lanka operates within the framework laid down in the Universities Act No. 16 of 1978 as amended. The selection of students for admission to undergraduate courses in the universities is a task assigned to the University Grants Commission (UGC) under the said Act. The UGC carries out this task in consultation with the Universities /Campuses /Institutes.
The UGC selects students for admission to undergraduate courses in the following Higher Educational
Institutions [sixteen (16) National Universities, two (2) Campuses and four (04) Institutes] which
have been set up under the Universities Act;
In order to become eligible;
English is the medium of instructions for most of the degree programmes as indicated in Annexure III. Accordingly, an applicant whose primary language is not English or whose previous education has been conducted in another language, must demonstrate a command of English sufficient to meet the demands of classroom instructions, written assignments and participation in tutorials and discussions. Note: See the Check List given in Section 10.2 for a complete list of documents to be submitted along with the applications. Therefore, applicants whose primary language is not English or whose previous education has not been in English must provide evidence of proficiency in English i.e. achieve a minimum score of 79 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or achieve a minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) etc.
The universities in Sri Lanka follow the semester system and there are two semesters per year. The date of commencement of the first term/semester of a particular academic year may vary from one university to another or from one Faculty of a university to another
Application forms are available on the UGC website or the Handbook published by the UGC.
All the applications should be forwarded to Deputy Secretary/ University Admissions, University Grants Commission, No 20, Ward Place, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka, by registered post. No applications will be entertained after the deadline. Importantly, a scanned copy of the application (in PDF format) including all its attachments should also be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org in parallel to posting the hard copy of the application, on or before the closing date.
Failure to send the scanned copy may cause delays in processing your application.
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