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Centers For Higher Education In Colombo

Your handy guide to selecting a place of study for higher education in Colombo.

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As much as you'd like to roam around the streets of Melbourne (or any other foreign city - no bias) with a latte from Starbucks (or any other fancy coffee chain - no bias) while skyping your dad and dog - let's be real - you can't. You can't because your mom won't let you. She won't let you half a mile away from her because that's just how overprotective Lankan mothers are.

So, mentally prep yourself to feel homesick only when you enter your local place of study which probably won't be more than 3 kilometers away from your grandmom's house.

And here's a list of places you can choose from just to make the decision making process easier, in no particular order.

 

1. Royal Institute of Colombo (RIC)

Affiliated with - University of London and Deakin University (Australia)

Programs offered - Law, Economics, Management, Finance, Social Sciences, Science and Engineering related courses

Additional information - Has its own Gavel club and well known for its Law and Econ related programmes

Address: 189, Havelock Road, Colombo 05

 

2. Imperial Institute of Higher Education (IIHE)

Affiliated with - University of Salford (UK), University of Wales (UK) and Institute of Hospitality (UK)

Programs offered - Accounting, Business, Management, and Hospitality related courses

Additional information - Has its own Rotaract club

Address - 25 1/2, Tower Building, Station Road, Colomo 04

 

3. Asia Pacific Institute of Information  Technology (APIIT)

Affiliated with - Staffordshire University (UK)

Programs offered - Computing, Business and Law related courses

Additional information - Only law school in Sri Lanka that currently offers an internal UK LLB Laws degree

Address -

Business and Computing school: 388, Union Place, Colombo 02

Law school: 278, 3rd level, Access Tower, Colombo 02

 

4. Australian College of Business and Technology (ACBT)

Affiliated with - Edith Cowan University (Australia)

Programs offered - courses in Science, Business, Information Technology, Engineering, Marketing, Computing, and short courses in general English offered

Additional information - Centers in Colombo, Galle and Kandy and has its own Rotaract Club

Address -  442, Galle Road, Colombo 03

 

5. International College of Business and Technology

Affiliated with - Middlesex University (UK), Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK), Liverpool John Moores University (UK), Sheffield Hallam University (UK) and Birmingham City University (UK)

Programs offered - Courses in Business, Marketing, Information Technology, Psychology, Engineering and Science offered

Additional information - Centers in Colombo, Kandy, Jaffna, Nugegoda, Batticaloa, Galle, Kurunegala, and Matara

Address - 36, De Kretser Place, Colombo 04

 

6. American National College (ANC)

Affiliated with - Multiple universities in America, UK, Malaysia and Australia

Programs offered - Management, Psychology, Science, Computing and Engineering related courses

Additional information - Has Science, Computer and Engineering laboratories

Address - 308-310, R A De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 03

 

7. National School of Business Management (NSBM)

Affiliated with - Plymouth University (UK), University College Dublin (Ireland) and Limkokwing University of Creative Technology Malaysia

Programs offered - Business-related and Computing-related courses awarded by both the affiliated universities and NSBM

Additional Information - School of Engineering is currently being planned 

Address - 318, High Level Road, Nugegoda

 

8. Saegis Campus

Affiliated with - Heriot-Watt University (UK and Dubai), Scottish Qualifications Authority (Scotland) and British Computer Society (UK)

Programs offered - Business-related undergraduate programs awarded by Heriot-Watt University. English courses, higher national diplomas, foundation courses and certificate course awarded by Saegis Campus

Address - 135, S. De. S. Jayasinghe Mawatha, Kohuwala, Nugegoda

 

9. Achievers

Programs offered - CIMA, City & Guilds, and Logistics and Freight Forwarding

Additional information - Has its own Leo Club and Rotaract Club

Address - 39, Bullers Road, Colombo

 

10. Wisdom Business Academy 

Affiliated with - Robert Gordon University (UK)

Programs offered - CIMA and BSc in Accounting awarded by Robert Gordon University

Address - 15 B, Station Road, Colombo 03

 

11. Mercury Institute of Management

Programs offered - CIMA, ACCA, CFA

Additional Information -  Centers in Colombo 03, Wattala, Dehiwala and Galle. Mercury hosts an in-house job bank for placing their students in top conglomerates and blue chip companies.

 

12.  CFPS Law School

Affiliated with - University of London

Programs offered - Law related courses

Address - 151, Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 07

 

13. FTMS Global Academy

Affiliated with - Anglia Ruskin University (UK) and Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (UK)

Programs offered - MBA program awarded  by Anglia Ruskin University, professional courses (ACCA, CAT, CIMA, CFA), Hospitality programs awarded by Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (UK) and English programs awarded by FTMS Global Academy

Additional information - Runs education centers globally

Address - 61, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 04

 

14. Nawaloka College of Higher Education

Affiliated with - Swinburne University of Technology (Australia) and California State University (USA)

Programs offered - Business, Science/Engineering and IT courses offered

Additional information - Degrees can be completed abroad

Address - 546/3, Galle Road, Colombo 03

 

15. South Asian Instituition of Technology and Medicine

Affiliated with - Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand), Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy (Russia), Buckinghamshire New University (UK), Queensland University of Technology (Australia) and Yangtze University (China)

Programs offered - Engineering, Management and Finance, ICT and Media, and Medicine related courses

Address - P.O Box 11, Millennium Drive, Off Chandrika Kumaratunga Mawatha, Malabe

 

16. London Business School

Affiliated with - Ubiquity University and Association of Business Executives 

Programs offered - Business and Information Technology related programs

Additional information - LBS assists in the placement of students in foreign institutions

Address - 323, Galle Road, Colombo 04

 

17. Aquinas University College

Affiliated with - None. Awards its own degrees upon approval from the University Grants Commmission in 2004 

Programs offered - Wide variety, ranging from IT to Business Administration to Religious Studies

Additional information - Hostel accomodation offered to students registered for the agricultural courses

Address -  990, Gnanartha Pradeepa Mawatha, Maradana Road, Colombo 08

 

18. Asian Aviation Center (AAC)

Affiliated with - Kingston University (UK)

Programs offered - Aeronautical Engineering and Flight Training programs offered (awarded by affiliated university and AAC upon approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka)

Address -

Headoffice: Colombo Airport, Ratmalana

Information Center: 14, Trelawney Place, Colombo 04

 

19. Auston Institute of Management Ceylon

Affiliated with - Birmingham City University (UK), De Montfort University Leicester (UK), London South Bank University (UK), Auston Institute of Management (Singapore), and University of Wolverhampton (UK)

Programs offered - Engineering, Business and IT related courses offered

Address - 534, Galle Road, Colombo 3

 

20. British School  of Commerce

Affiliated with - Anglia Ruskin University (UK), Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK), and University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Wales)

Programs offered - Business related courses

Address - 19, Mcleod Road, Colombo 4

 

21. Cosmopolitan College of Business and Techonology (CCBT)

Affiliated with - Oxford Brookes University (UK)

Programs offered - ACCA, IELTS, general english, BSc in Applied Accouting, and Islamic Finance and Banking

Address - 502, R. A. De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 03

 

22. Gateway Graduate School

Affiliated with - Pearson Edexcel (UK), NCC Education (UK), University of Nottingham, University of Worcester (UK), University of Central Lancashire (UK) and University of Canterbury (NZ)

Programs offered - Business and Computing related courses, and teacher training

Address -  27, Mcleod Road, Colombo 04

 

23. Colombo Institute of Research and Technology 

Affiliated with - Coventry University (UK) and University of Hertfordshire (UK)

Programs offered - Specializes in Psychology

Address - 31, Melbourne Avenue, Colombo 04

 

24. Oxford College of Business

Affiliated with - University of Bedfordshire (UK), Australian Institute of Business, Association of Business Executives (ABE) and Herriot-Watt University (Scotland)

Programs offered - Professional qualifications, Business and English related programs

Address - 100, Thurstan Road, Colombo 07

 

25. Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT)

Affiliated with - Southeast Missouri State University (USA), Algoma University (Canada), Memorial University (Canada), Aston University (UK), University of Nottingham (UK), Loughborough University (UK), and University of Huddersfield (UK)

Programs offered - Computing, Business and Engineering related courses

Additional information - Allows transfer of students to foreign universities

Address - New Kandy Road, Malabe

 

26. Informatics Institute of Technology

Affiliated with - University of Westminster (UK) and Deakin University (Australia)

Programs offered - Computer Software and IT related courses

Additional information - Has its own Toastmasters club and Rotaract  club

Address - 57, Ramakrishna Road, Colombo 06

 

27. Matrix Institute of Information Technology

Programs offered - Computer software and IT related courses

Address -  279/1, Galle Road, Colombo 04


28. British College of  Applied Studies (BCAS)

Affiliated with - London South Bank University (UK), University of Wolverhampton (UK), Belrusian State Medical University (Belarus), Gomel State Medical University (Belarus)

Programs offered - Computing, Building studies, Management, Engineering, Legal studies and Health Sciences related courses

Address - 256/2, Galle Road Colombo 06

 

29. Siksil Institute of Business and Technology (SIBT)

Affiliated with - Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM), Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka (IBSL). The Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission, International Computer Driving License, The Institute of Certified Management Accountants, Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka

Programs offered - Business and IT related diplomas and certificates

Additional information - Centers in Colombo and Gampaha

Address - 8, Pietersz Place,
Kohuwala, Nugegoda

 

30. Metropolitan College

Affiliated with - Girne American University and EdHat International (UK)

Programs - ACCA, Management, Computing and Psychology related courses

Address - 33, Srimath D B Jayathilake Mawatha, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia

 

31. Business Management School

Affiliated with - University of Leicester (UK), Northumbria University (UK) and Edinburgh Napier University (UK)

Programs offered - Undergraduate programs and postgraduate programs in Business and Science

Additional information - Active student-related extracurricular programs

Address - 591, Galle Road, Colombo 06

 

32. Brandix College of Clothing Technology

Affiliated with - Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (Australia)

Programs offered - Clothing technology related courses

Address - 157, Galle Road, Ratmalana South

 

33. Academy of Design (AOD)

Affiliated with - Northumbria University (UK)

Programs offered - Fashion designing, Interior Designing and Graphic Designing courses

Address - 29, Lauries Road, Colombo 04

 

34. Raffles Institute of Higher Education

Affiliated with - Not an affiliation, but a centre of Raffles (Singapore) for Sri Lanka

Programs offered - Fashion, Interior Design and Graphic Design related courses

Address - 481, Galle Road, Colombo 3

 

35. Lanka Institute of Fashion Technology

Affiliated with - University of Northampton (UK)

Programs offered - Fashion industry related courses

Address - 87, Horton Place, Colombo 7

 

36. Colombo School of Construction Technology

Affiliated with - Pearson Edexcel, University of Salford (UK), and Birmingham City University (UK)

Programs offered - Engineering related courses

Address - 48, Talawathugoda Road, Pita Kotte

 

37. ESOFT Computer Studies

Affiliated with - Kingston University London (UK), London Metropolitan University (UK), Pearson Edexcel, The Chartered Institute for IT, BIT

Programs offered - Computing, Business, Engineering and Technology, Hospitality Management and Language related courses

Address - Has multiple branches islandwide

 

38. City School of Architecture

Affiliated with - University of the West of England (UK)

Programs offered - Architecture related courses

Address - 104, Kitulwatta Road, Colombo 8

 

39. Edulink International Campus

Affiliated with - University of Greenwich (UK), University of Northampton (UK),APTECH Computer Education (India) and Scottish Qualification Authority

Programs offered - Business and Computing related courses

Address - 498, R.A. De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 03

 

40. Universal College Lanka (UCL)

Affiliated with - Monash Australia

Programs offered - Business and Engineering related courses

Address - 503, Sri Jayawardenapura Mawatha, Rajagiriya

 

Education centers in Colombo are growing in number. So, please feel free to leave a comment with education centers we may have missed out on to help us help you stay updated!

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