Study in Sri Lanka

If you want to study in Sri Lanka, then you need to know which of its universities are right for you. Times Higher Educations World University Rankings take the top institutions in the world, and look at their performance across all of their core objectives: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Sri Lanka has 1 university in the overall Times Higher Educations World University Rankings. The highest-ranking university in Sri Lanka is University of Colombo, which is ranked at number 801+.

Choosing where to study for a degree in Sri Lanka is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. THE’s student resources are here to help you make the right choice, particularly if you want to study abroad. Explore the university of Sri Lanka below - we’ve pulled together some information that we hope will help you to decide where to study.

Use the map to see where Sri Lanka’s top university is located, and if any institutions are of particular interest, you can click on their name, or the “explore” button, to find out more. We’ve also pulled in information about how much Sri Lanka is investing in its higher education, and also how many people live there.

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Top universities in Sri Lanka

University Rank*
University of Colombo 801+

Statistics about Sri Lanka

  • Expenditure on education out of total expenditure 9.82%
  • Of which, on higher education 21.12%
  • Enrollment rate in higher education 20.71%
  • Population 20,966,000
  • Unemployment 4.6%
  • Annual GDP 4.79%
Data source: The World Bank