International Students

We believe that education is a right and should be an achievable goal for anyone with the desire for self-improvement and lifelong learning.  OUSL warmly welcome overseas students for the regular academic programmes, internships and research projects. There are two studentship schemes through which you can apply for

  • International students for regular courses
  • Visiting Research Students



Entry to most of our courses or programmes is assessed on the basis of your academic merit and prior learning, either in Sri Lanka or overseas.

To find out if you are eligible, please contact the relevant Faculty or Department for details.

Application Process

Steps of the application process is given here. Please contact the International Relations

Step 1: Explore OUSL

The best way to get a feel for the University is to explore OUSL through its website.  Feel free to contact the International Relations Unit (IRU) for details as well.

Step 2: Choose your course or programme of study

Use the links in the ‘International Programs and Courses’ section to explore what you can study at OUSL, and find out what entry requirements you need for the courses you’re interested in.

Step 3: Speak to a Faculty or Department Member

Contact the relevant Faculty or Department and speak to them about your entry options and any other information.

Step 4: See what scholarships you can apply for

OUSL offers a range of scholarships that you may be eligible for, contact the International Relations Unit (IRU) for further details.

Step 5: Visit us

The best way to get a feel for OUSL is to visit us. Contact the IRU for a list of dates and times to come and see what it’s like. The IRU can organize your visit to the University for you.

Step 6: Applying

You can apply online using the following link :


If you are unable to apply online, you can download the necessary application form via below link:

Step 7: Visa and Immigration Requirements

Students planning to undertake part or all of their study in Sri Lanka will need to apply for a Resident Visa – Student category.  Students will be assisted throughout this process by the IRU.

Students must apply for an entry permit first whilst in their home country and a student visa upon arrival in Sri Lanka.  Students are requested to contact the International Relations Unit as soon as they receive their official offer letter.

OUSL adheres to instructions given by the Ministry of Higher Education Sri Lanka and the Department of Immigration & Emigration Sri Lanka with regards to all Visa and International Student matters.

For further details on the application process and assistance, please contact the International Relations Unit via

Facilities for Learning

Learner Support

We offer a wide range of programs and services to increase students’ participation in University and support your involvement in all aspects of education and life OUSL.  For details of various assistance programs, please contact the relevant Faculty or Department for further details.


English Language Training

All study programmes except a few are conducted in the English medium. Department of English Teaching offers language courses to upgrade students’ capacity to learning in English.  Moreover, OUSL is home to the Postgraduate Institute of English which is the only tertiary level institute responsible for the English language in Sri Lanka.  The Institute conducts a Master’s degree in teaching English and also short courses, continuing professional development and workshops.


OUSL library offers a range of resources and services to facilitate teaching, learning and research.

                Library Services

IT Services

The Information Technology division maintains the IT infrastructure for and provision of web pages, email, MIS, training of the staff on usage of IT, maintenance, upkeep and upgrading of all IT equipment in OUSL.


Health & Welfare


OUSL is committed to ensuring your safety on campus. We want you to have the best possible experience during your studies here.


For any security related matters, please contact the OUSL Security Division on +94 +94 11 2881 344


Health Care Centre

OUSL cares for your health and provides staff and students with access to a health care centre.  To contact the centre please dial: +94 11 2881 370


Accommodation and Living Costs

If your course requires you to attend for residential components, OUSL has temporary residential facilities available at its main campus at Nawala.

Please contact the Warden to discuss your requirements on +94 11 2881 289

If you’re looking at staying outside the University, you can find a better place with affordable rates.

Accommodation costs will vary based on the location, size, furnishings and services offered.  Your able to find a range of accommodation types from luxury houses and apartments to homestays.  As the main campus of OUSL is located in Nawala, students are encouraged to find accommodation nearby in suburbs such as Nawala, Nugegoda, Narahenpita, Kirullapone.


General living costs in Sri Lanka are well below those of developed nations, however costs will vary based on the type of lifestyle you wish to lead.


Traveling around Colombo and around Sri Lanka can be quite a memorable experience, particularly if your using public transport, however a variety of transport options are available to get around, including private car, bus, train, three-wheeler, taxicab.

Ensure that you use only metered taxis, both for cabs and three wheelers.

If you wish to travel outside Colombo and you’re on a budget it is best to use trains and buses.  Both trains and busses offer air-conditioned luxury options.  If you are not financially restricted, you can hire a private self-drive or car with driver.

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