Studying for a UK degree in Sri Lanka


You’ll find many great opportunities to study for a UK degree in Sri Lanka. So if you have caring, job or family commitments that prevent you from travelling to the United Kingdom, you can still gain your dream qualification. 

These Transnational Education (or TNE) courses are designed, delivered, and quality-assured to the UK’s own rigorous standards and each leads to a UK degree.

They can provide a pathway to the United Kingdom at a later date, either to continue your studies or to work, and you’re sure to benefit from their strong links with both UK and international business (just one of the reasons that graduates with UK degrees are among the most employable in the world). You may also find that studying for a UK TNE degree in Sri Lanka is more affordable than studying in the UK itself.


You can apply to study for a UK-awarded TNE programme in Sri Lanka if you have completed one of following qualifications:

  • General Certificate of Education Advance Level from Sri Lanka
  • Cambridge International A Levels
  • Cambridge International AS Levels
  • Pearson Edexcel International GCSEs

You may also be required to have evidence of English language proficiency.

There may also be additional requirements, depending on the course you choose. So we always advise you to check with the UK university that will be awarding your degree, and with the partner institution in Sri Lanka where you will be studying. 

Which degree should I choose?

A wide range of full time, UK-accredited degrees are on offer in Sri Lanka, and you’re certain to find a course that’s right for you. 

Every year, graduates in Sri Lanka complete Masters degrees, Doctorates and Bachelor’s degrees in subjects ranging from Law to medicine to the arts. And each is awarded their prestigious degree from a UK university.

How will my degree be awarded?

You will study for your accredited degree at a Sri Lankan Higher Education Institute (HEI) which has partnered with a UK university. This university will recognise the credits you have studied for in Sri Lanka and if your results meet the required threshold, you may be able to transfer to the UK university to continue your studies. 

Depending on the partnership agreement, upon successful completion of your studies you may be awarded with:

  1. A dual/joint degree from both universities
  2. A degree from just the UK university

For more information, we advise that you contact your chosen HEI in Sri Lanka and enquire about their partnerships with UK universities.

Studying online

Depending on your work and home commitments, you may choose to study for your degree online. 

There are a number of these programs available in Sri Lanka which offer the same high standards of UK teaching and the same prestigious qualifications, while allowing for a greater amount of flexibility and schedules that better suit your needs.

To find out about these online degrees, we advise that you directly contact individual institutions in the UK. You can find a comprehensive list on the UK government website.    

Other relevant websites

  • British Council Sri Lanka
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