There are 15 state universities and 9 institutes under the UGC and 3 universities under the Ministry of Education and the UGC selects students for admission to undergraduate courses in these 12 universities and 2 institutes.
Universities under University Grants Commission
|University of Colombo||University of Peradeniya||University of Rajarata|
|University of Jaffna||South Eastern University||Uva Wellassa University|
|University of Ruhuna||University of Moratuwa||Sabaragamuwa University|
|University of Kelaniya||University of Sri Jayewardanepura||Visual and Performing Art University|
|Eastern University||Wayamba University||Open University|
Other Government Universities
Ministry of Defense - The General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU)
Ministry of Education - Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka, Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University
Ministry of Vocational and Technical Training - University of Vocational Technology
|Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture||Postgraduate Institute of Medicine|
|Postgraduate Institute of Arccheology||Postgraduate Institute of Pali & Buddhist Studies|
|Postgraduate Institute of Management||Postgraduate Institute of Science|
|Postgraduate Institute of English|
Higher Educational Institutes
|Institute of Human Resource Advancement P.O. Box 1577, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 07||Institute of Indigenous MedicineSri Jayewardenapura Road, Rajagiriya|
|University of Colombo School of Computing P.O. Box 1490, University of Colombo, Reed Avenue, Colombo 07||Gampaha Wickramarachchi Ayurveda Institute Yakkal|
|National Institute of Library and Information Science Uiversity of Colombo, Colombo 03||Institute of Technology University of Moratuwa|
|Institute of Bio-Chemistry, Molecular BiologyandBioTechnology University of Colombo, Munidasa Kumaratunga Mw., Colombo 07||Institute of Agro-Technology and Rural Sciences
University of Colombo
|The National Centre for Advanced Studies in Humanities & Social Sciences
No. 20, Ward Place, Colombo 07
|Swamy Vipulananda Institute of Aesthetic Studies
Vantaharamoolai, Chenkaladi, Batticola
Research and Development Institutions:
Sri Lanka Department of Agriculture , National Science Foundation (NSF), Sri Lanka Standards Institute, Institute of Fundamental Studies.
Arthur C Clarke Centre for Modern Technologies, National Engineering Research & Development Centre, Rice Research & Development Institute.
Sugar Cane Research Institute, Tea Research Institute, Computer Society of Sri Lanka, Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Social Policy Analysis & Research Center (SPARC), National Research and Development Agency for Aquatic Resources.
There are four main subject streams available at universities corresponding to each of A/L subject stream and they are;
1. Arts 2. Commerce
3. Biological Science 4. Physical Science