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Last year over 500,000 students gained a UK qualification outside the UK. There are now fantastic opportunities for you to gain a world-class UK qualification, wherever you are in the world.

Studying in the UK offers you valuable benefits – the chance to experience a new culture, immerse yourself in the English language and discover the UK’s countryside and cities. But travelling to the UK for your studies may not be possible for you, if you have family or work commitments.

UK transnational education

UK transnational education (UK TNE) refers to studying for a UK qualification, outside the UK. There are a number of different ways to study:

  • Online/distance learning courses
  • UK overseas campuses
  • UK international partnership programmes

Benefits of UK transnational education

  • You can gain a UK education, without disrupting your life or your career. 
  • It can be more cost-effective. For example, you can live with your family while studying and save money on travel and accommodation. You can also choose to work part-time alongside your studies.
  • With a huge range of UK courses on offer across the globe, you can choose to study in a way that suits you.

How to choose a course

When choosing a course, check that the course provider is a reputable UK school, college or university that is recognised by the UK government and education bodies. For more information on the registration process for degree programmes in Sri Lanka visit the University Grants Commission website.

Online and distance learning

The Open and Distance Learning Quality Council (ODLQC) sets standards for distance learning and home study courses. The ODLQC regularly monitors providers of these courses to make sure they are providing a good service. You can visit the ODLQC website for a list and details of the education providers that they have assessed.

UK overseas campuses and partnership programmes

Finding UK overseas campuses and partnership programmes can be more time consuming, as there is no single source of information summarising all options worldwide. Please contact your local British Council office for more information. Alternatively, visit the UK school, college and university websites to see what they offer in Sri Lanka.

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