University of Colombo

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world rank  1596

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University Overview

Established in 1921, University of Colombo is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the medium-sized city of Colombo (population range of 500,000-1,000,000 inhabitants), Western Province. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Horana. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the University Grants Commission, Sri Lanka, University of Colombo is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 10,000-14,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Colombo offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 97 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. University of Colombo also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sport facilities and/or activities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

University Identity

Name කොළඹ විශ්ව විද්‍යාලය
Founded 1921
Motto Wisdom Enlightens

University Location

Address 94, Cumaratunga Munidasa Mawatha
Colombo (population range: 500,000-1,000,000)
00700 Western Province
Sri Lanka
T +94 (11) 258 1835
F +94 (11) 258 3810
Other locations Horana

Degree Levels & Study Areas

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Yearly Tuition Range

uniRank Tuition Range Matrix
Local student 0-1,000 US$
(0-750 Euro)
0-1,000 US$
(0-750 Euro)
Int'l student 0-1,000 US$
(0-750 Euro)
0-1,000 US$
(0-750 Euro)

University Admissions

Gender Admission Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Admission Selection Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
Admission Rate Not reported
Admission Office College House, 94, Cumaratunga Munidasa Mawatha

Size and Profile

Student Enrollment Total Enrolment Range 10,000-14,999
Academic Staff Total Faculty Range 600-699
Control Type Control Type Public
Entity Type Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Academic Calendar Continuous
Campus Setting Campus Setting Urban
Religious Affiliation None

Facilities and Services

Library University Library Yes Go to University of Colombo's Library
Housing University Housing and Accommodation Yes
Sport Facilities University Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids University Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Study Abroad and International Exchange Programs Yes
Distance Learning Distance Learning and Online Courses Yes


Institutional Accreditation or Recognition
University Grants Commission, Sri Lanka


  • Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

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Online Courses

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Site last updated: Sunday, 4 February 2018