Sri Lanka

Deakin University is a world-class destination for students from Sri Lanka.

With our outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs, Deakin will prepare you for a successful career in whatever field you choose.

Why choose Deakin University?

As a multi-award winning and internationally recognised university, we offer international students an outstanding learning experience.

We're dedicated to giving our international students the best start in their chosen careers, and if you choose to study with us, you'll be able to take advantage of our:

  • exceptional facilities award-winning teaching
  • world-renowned study programs
  • workplace initiatives and industry placements
  • our worldwide network of Deakin alumni, staff and research partners.

Awards and recognition

Deakin has won numerous education awards and consistently receives high rankings by various independent research organisations, including:

Top university worldwide
Ranked in the Top 1% of universities worldwide.*

Top rated courses
Ranked in the Top 1% of universities in the world for education and training, politics, accounting and finance, psychology, sociology** and law.^

Premium rated
Rated 5 stars for our world-class facilities, teaching and research.***

*ShanghaiRankings World University Rankings
**QS Rankings by Subject
^ShanghaiRankings Subject Rankings
***QS Stars University Rankings

Scholarships for international students

We have great scholarship opportunities for international students who have something special to offer our university and community.

These scholarships can assist you with course fees, living costs, and smaller items like your books and study materials.

Find a scholarship

Find a course

We offer courses and subjects across all major disciplines. Some of our courses that are particularly in demand in Sri Lanka include engineering, information technology and business.

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Deakin STEM Scholarship

The Deakin Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship is a 20 percent scholarship for Sri Lankan students applying for undergraduate, postgraduate coursework in the disciplines of Architecture and Built Environment, Engineering, Information Technology, Science or Environment.

Find out more about Deakin's STEM Scholarship

Take advantage of our pathways to Deakin

You might need to spend some time improving your academic scores or English before you start your Deakin course.

You can do this at Deakin College or the Deakin University English Language Institute (DUELI) – they're both on campus in Australia, which means you can get to know your campus, fellow students and Deakin staff before you start your degree.

Find out more about pathways into Deakin


Deakin benefits from partnerships with Sri Lankan institutions including International Institute of Health Sciences, Royal Institute Colombo, CICRA, APIIT, Sri Lanka Technological Campus and SLIIT across a range of disciplines.

Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT)

Deakin has developed a strong partnership with APIIT to deliver pathway programs in-country.

Students can complete a Diploma or Advanced Diploma at APIIT. In the second year students have the choice to complete the course in Australia and in the third year students can complete the course in Australia or online through Deakin’s Cloud Campus.


Deakin has developed a strong partnership with CICRA to deliver pathway programs in-country.

Students can study the first one or two years of Cyber Security at CICRA. In the second year students have the choice to complete the course in Australia and in the third year students can complete the course in Australia or online through Deakin’s Cloud Campus.

CICRA also offers a foundation program for students who need further preparation before entering a pathway course.

Prospects Academy

Prospects Academy offers transfer pathways to the Deakin University’s Bachelors degree courses as listed below:

  • Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science

Through this partnership, students complete the relevant Diploma (one year) at Prospects Academy before progressing to the second year of the undergraduate degree course at Deakin University.

Royal Institute of Colombo

Deakin has developed a strong partnership with Royal Institute of Colombo (RIC) to deliver pathway programs in-country.

Students can study the first one or two years of Science or Engineering at RIC before coming to Australia to complete their program.

RIC offers pathway programs in Engineering, Science, Biomedical Science, Biological Science and Environmental Science. Engineering students undertake the first two years at RIC and science students the first year before coming to Deakin.

RIC also offers a foundation program for students who need further preparation before entering a pathway course. The Foundation course covers the modules and syllabus taught for Advanced Level such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.

Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT)

SLIIT, Sri Lanka offer transfer pathways to Deakin University in business, information technology and engineering disciplines.

Through this partnership, students complete two years of study at SLIIT before progressing to a final year or two years of study at Deakin University.

Sri Lanka Technological Campus (SLTC)

SLTC offers a 2+2 model transfer pathway to Deakin University in the Engineering and IT disciplines.

Students who successfully complete the first 2 years of their IT or Engineering degree at SLTC can apply for entry into Deakin University and 2 years of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Students then complete their remaining 2 years in Australia, and upon successful completion, will be eligible to graduate with a degree from Deakin University.

Spend some time studying at Deakin

Complete part of your undergraduate, postgraduate or research degree with Deakin's study abroad program and you'll earn credit points towards your degree back home.

Choose to study one to two trimesters or complete a full academic year as an exchange student.

Find out more about our study abroad program

Study biomedical science at Deakin

Sachintha Wijegunasekara shares his journey from Royal Institute of Colombo to Deakin University and his experience studying biomedical science at Deakin.

Get your degree from Deakin

We offer undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees to international students.

And once you've graduated, you'll be able to connect with other Deakin alumni in Sri Lanka and around the world.

You might even have the chance to stay in Australia to continue your studies or get work experience in your chosen field.

Ruvidunu's story

'Since I did my first year at Royal Institute of Colombo (RIC), a partner of Deakin's Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment, I was lucky enough to be granted the inaugural Vice-Chancellor's 50% scholarship.' 

Read Ruvidunu's story

Study in Australia – you'll love it

You can work part time while you study

You'll be able to work up to 40 hours a fortnight while you're studying in Australia on a student visa.

If you're not studying during Trimester 3 (our non-compulsory trimester) you can work unlimited hours.

Here at Deakin, we have a service called Job Search Essentials that can help you get job ready and find part-time work.

Find out more about working in Australia

Find your community at Deakin

Thousands of Sri Lankan students have studied at Deakin.

As well as our clubs and societies, they’ve enjoyed the large and vibrant Sri Lankan community in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, close to Deakin's Burwood Campus.

Find out more about support for international students

Apply for your student visa online

As a student from Sri Lanka, you may be eligible to study and live in Australia on a student visa. Once your student visa has been issued, it will be valid for your whole course of study (as long as you meet all your visa conditions). You can apply for your student visa online or with the help of one of our representatives in your country.

Find out more about visas


Australia might be famous for its sunny beaches, but we also have lush rainforests and mountain ranges that see snow in winter.

Our weather varies a lot – you'll want light clothes to wear in summer and a warm coat for winter (and don't forget clothes to wear to the beach).

Find a place to call home

With a welcoming student community and lots of on-campus shops and services, Deakin will feel like home in no time at all.

We have student accommodation at each of our campuses and a service to help you get settled if you'd like to live off campus.

Find out more about accommodation

Contact us

Meet Deakin in Sri Lanka

We have a representative near you, who can help you learn about Deakin, plan your studies and complete your application.

Deakin University representative in Sri Lanka
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Parkland Building
12th floor (Regus)
33 Park Street
Colombo 02
Sri Lanka

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