Eduational Tourism

Educational tourism developed, because of the growing popularity of teaching and learning of knowledge and the enhancing of technical competency outside of the classroom environment. In educational tourism, the main focus of the tour or leisure activity includes visiting another country to learn about the culture Study Tours, or to work and apply skills learned inside the classroom in a different environment, such as in the International Practicum Training Program.

Aims of the program

CPS Promotes educational tourism in Sri Lanka under the theme of ‘Come See for Yourself’ Policy of Sri Lanka to eradicate the baseless allegation against Sri Lanka and Promoting Post conflict development in Reconciliation, resettlement and economic improvement in the country.

CPS is undertaking a range of research projects within Sri Lanka, the wider Asia-Pacific region and internationally. We invite international students to spend their holiday while learning in the resplendent land of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka freed from the three decade old terrorism and also one of the fastest economic growing country in the world. Sri Lanka provides world class education for local and international students with reasonable fee.

To reach the following aims, CPS has a multidisciplinary faculty, research affiliates, visiting scholars and partner organizations from around Sri Lanka and the globe. Led by Dr S.L.Riyas this Department has a world class reputation in the field.

• Provide a forum for discussion, analysis and evaluation of research in strategic studies and international relations in so far as the same are connected to Sri Lanka, and facilitate the carrying out of joint studies, seminars and workshops on such subjects both within the region and internationally.
• Provide training, Seminars, discussion, evaluation expertise, and expert advice to individual and organizations engaged in national unity, youth in leadership skills, and humanitarian intervention.
• Dedicate to the study of the strategic interest of Sri Lanka, including in particular, Education, Promoting peace and addressing post conflict issues, economic, cultural relation, Educational tourism, environment and the study of Sri Lanka’s International relations.
• To build understandings of peace and conflict grounded in the experiences of people, places and history, and in ways that respect customary and local requirements for sovereignty, development, legitimate governance and wellbeing.
• To learn from dialogue, theoretical insight, international research and practical experience, including Sri Lanka’s own experiences of Treaty partnership and engagement in international peacebuilding.
• To deliver high-quality Diploma , Degree, postgraduate programs
• To conduct research on the causes of intrastate and international armed conflict; security, conflict resolution and post-conflict peacebuilding with special reference to the Asia-Pacific region.
• To provide expert advice and advanced-level short courses and training for government and non-government organizations engaged in conflict resolution, peacebuilding, development, humanitarian intervention, and policy making around the role of justice and good governance in sustainable peace.
• To engage in practical projects that build local capacities for sustainable development, community engagement, governance and conflict transformation in the Asia-Pacific region, and in Sri Lanka’s own contexts.
• To facilitate evaluations and impact assessments of practical projects in the field.
• To advance the understanding and knowledge of conflict resolution processes by conducting state-of-the-art training in negotiation, mediation, and cross-cultural conflict resolution.

Our services include are offered as a comprehensive package or a la carte.

• Conferences & Exhibitions
• Symposiums
• Workshop / Seminar Arrangements
• VIP & Speaker Handling,
• Arranging mentors for research
• Air ticketing & Airport Transfers
• Local Transportation
• Logistical Co-ordination, Food & Beverage,
• Provides a one-stop shop to all travelers – local and international.

Knowledge is the only thing nobody could steal from you! Education Tour is one of the opportunities granted for travelers as well as students around the world. During this tour everyone is given the privilege to discover the whole island with in a shorter period…

Package Details

The above package can be arranged according to your desire with the following options;

Accommodation Standard OR Luxury
Transportation Van OR Car
Meal Plan on Half Board OR Bed and Break-fast
Number of Pax Individual / Family OR Groups (in buses)

Above package ONLY includes,

• Welcome at the air port
• Hotel accommodation on Half Board Basis OR Bed and Break-fast Basis
• Air conditioned transport
• Entrance fees (the places mentioned in the program)
• Peak period and other compulsory supplements
• Hotel taxes and other relevant payments
• 24 hours special customer care service
• Sim Card on arrival
• English Speaking Professional Chauffeur Guide / Guide (registered in the Sri Lankan Tourist Board)
• Air Port drop off

Above package does NOT include:

• Any other meals and beverages other than the meal plan
• Places mentioned as OPTIONAL will be done according to your interest
• Air Fares
• Visa fees
• Expenses on personal nature
• Tips & Porter age
• Mini Bar cost
• Any other meals or beverages other than the dinner and break-fast.
• Early check-in and late check-out charges at hotels (Standard check-in time 14:00hrs & check-out 12:00hrs)
• Any other services not specified above

The Educational System of Sri Lanka

Present school system : Today, there are 10,390 government schools. The curriculum offered is approved by the Ministry of Education. Schooling is compulsory for children from 5 + to 13 years of age. Education is state funded and offered free of charge at all levels, including the university level. The government also provides free textbooks to schoolchildren. Literacy rates and educational attainment levels rose steadily after Sri Lanka became an independent nation in 1948 and today the youth literacy rate stands at 97%. The government gives high priority to improving the national education system and access to education. The medium of language could be Sinhala, Tamil or English. English is taught as a second language. Students sit the G.C.E O/L at the end of 11 years of formal education and G.C.E. A/L examinations at the end of 13 years.

The education structure is divided into five parts: primary, junior secondary, senior secondary, collegiate and tertiary.

Educational System in Sri Lanka

In addition to the Government Schools there are 33 non-fee-levying Assisted Private Schools and 33 fee- levying autonomous Private Schools. These schools offer the local syllabus as well as the British system. There is another category of English medium International Schools approved and registered by the Board of Investment, Sri Lanka. Some international schools offer the curriculum for the IB Diploma while others coach students for the Edexcel G.C.E Ordinary Level (O/L) Advanced Subsidiary (A/S) and Advanced Level (A2) examinations. A few schools offer the curriculum for the Cambridge Examinations as well.

Sri Lankan G.C.E (A/L) is comparable to the UK qualification of GCE standard on a subject-for-subject basis.

Tertiary Level :Sri Lanka has 15 universities, all of which are public institutions. Other institutions of higher education include medical schools, engineering schools, schools of law, and technical and vocational training schools and National Colleges of Education.

Universities :Admission at undergraduate level to these public universities are based solely on the results of the G.C.E.(A/L) Examination and the Z-score, which considers the difficulty level of the subjects.. Due to restricted facilities admissions have become extremely competitive. Only 6% of the students who sit the examination are admitted to the universities. Combined with the fact that those who take the British examinations are not permitted to apply for admission, an increasing number of students are looking for opportunities abroad for continuing their higher studies.

First stage : Certificate, Diploma, and Bachelor’s Degree. Certificates and diplomas are conferred after one or two years. A Bachelor’s Degree is earned after three years as a General Degree or after 4 years as a Special Degree. A degree in Medicine is awarded after 5 years of study with an additional year of internship, which is compulsory.

Typical degrees :BA/BSc – (General degree) – 3 years, BA/BSc – (Special degree) and Bachelor of Commerce degrees – 4 years, MBBS 5 years, LLB-3years

Second stage :Master’s Degree, M Phil, Postgraduate Diploma. A Master’s Degree is obtained after two years of study beyond the Bachelor’s Degree and has a dissertation in addition to papers on theory. The M.Phil /PhD syllabus consists mainly of research and may go on for 3 years after the Masters degree. Postgraduate Diplomas, unless stated otherwise, generally require one year of study. Typical degrees: MA/MSc/MBA – 2 years, PhD – 3 years after a Masters degree.

Institutes recognized by the Ministry of Education as degree granting authorities as of April /07

15 National Universities
University of Colombo
University of Peradeniya
University of Sri Jayewardenepura
University of Kelaniya
University of Moratuwa
University of Jaffna
University of Ruhuna
Open University of Sri Lanka
Eastern University of Sri Lanka
Rajarata University of Sri Lanka
Wayamba University of Sri Lanka
South Eastern University of Sri Lanka
Uva Wellassa University
University of the Visual & Performing Arts
Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka

7 Post Graduate Institutes
Post Graduate Institute of Agriculture
Postgraduate Institute of Medicine
Postgraduate Institute of Pali & Buddhist Studies
Postgraduate Institute of Management
Postgraduate Institute of Archeology
Postgraduate Institute of Science
Postgraduate Institute of English

In addition there are 9 Higher Educational Institutes and 7 Other Degree Awarding Institutes.


Vocational and Technical Schools: : These offer one to two year diploma programs and are under the Technical and Vocational Commission. Admission requirements differ according to the program.

National Colleges of Education: A 3 year diploma for teacher training is offered at these schools and the entry requirement is 3 passes at the G.C.E

Vocational Training :

There are also a large number of training institutes run by the Government as well as the private sector for vocational training, catering to the needs of those who leave the school system at different levels. The tourism industry of Sri Lanka is poised for growth to achieve sustainable development phase within the next few years, based on the strategic direction determined by the new government.Sri Lanka Tourism has formulated a broad Strategic Marketing Plan for year 2016, with the participation of private and public sector stakeholders addressing long standing needs of the industry and the future expectations of the country as a tourism destination. The new strategy was refined for its contents to maximize the benefits to the tourism industry and to position Sri Lanka as the most sought after travel destination in Asia. During year 2015 up to November, Sri Lanka Tourism recorded 18.1% growth on arrivals with 1.5 million arrivals. The total tourism revenue generated was US$2.2 billion. At this backdrop, the tourism promotional plan of year 2016 is formulated based on five key strategic objectives. Attracting a target number of 2.2 million visitors with 26% annual growth, increasing average daily expenditure of a tourist up to US$ 200 and average stay, contributing to generate a total tourism revenue up to US$ 2.75 billion will be the key performance measures. Uplifting Sri Lanka’s brand value up to US$ 80 million through tactical marketing campaigns focusing on main product offerings of the county will serve as the overall goal of the promotional strategy devised for 2016.

The core destination promotional tools will be enhanced such as advertising and PR to implement a global advertising campaign and global PR initiative to stay ahead of the major competitors to Sri Lanka. The advertising campaign will be implemented in line with the Nation Branding Campaign initiated by the government of Sri Lanka thus by choosing leading service providers following the government procurement guidelines. Tourism promotional strategy 2016 has addressed the long standing need of appointing PR agencies for key markets especially in Europe, East Asia, Benelux and emerging markets. Sri Lanka Tourism wish to appoint PR agencies for major source markets in order to achieve country promotional objectives and aggressively promote the country enhancing tourism brand in the world.

The strategic choice for country promotions has been constantly challenged by the global trend towards internet/online based destination marketing in the recent years. Most of the traditional marketing tools have been outdated with the introduction of web based booking engines, tour planning, e-marketing and other real time services available to frequent travelers online. Considering these developments, Sri Lanka Tourism has opted to implement a fully-fledged online and digital marketing campaign for year 2016. The campaign will create language specific web sites for all main markets and will promote the destination on focused online and social media platforms identified in each country. Special prominence has been given to attract travel bloggers with high reputation who will act as brand ambassadors generating credibility providing first-hand publicity for Sri Lanka based on experience gathered by visiting the country.

The trade familiarization tours and media familiarization tours will continue to be a major component of year 2016 marketing plan. Overall 300 travel agents and 200 travel media will be facilitated from the countries around the world under the familiarization tours hosted by Sri Lanka Tourism. Familiarization tours will attract prominent print and electronic media to Sri Lanka to produce and generate articles on the destination and its tourism products. The traditional promotional activities such as participating for travel fairs, conducting roadshows and outdoor promotions will also be carried out in each country. However this will be focused and implemented based on the need analysis. For year 2016 SLTPB will participate at 46 travel fairs and road shows in 20 key countries in order to develop the product brand and generate sales by B2B agent interactions.

While there is an uncertainty of Sri Lankan Airlines continuing to operate in Europe and several other destinations of choice, Sri Lanka Tourism hope to enter into strategic partnerships with new and existing Airlines connecting the regions capitalizing on the “Open Sky” policy of the government of Sri Lanka. It is planned to develop strategic partnerships with all existing key airlines and work with new airlines like Austrian Air and Malindu Air and Air China who will have new operations to Sri Lanka. The tourism strategy has allocated budgets for working with airlines and strategic partnerships along with attracting charter flights.

Positioning Sri Lanka as a venue for international and domestic events will be a key component of the 2016 marketing strategy. Sri Lanka Tourism hope to stage internationally acclaimed tourism related events in Sri Lanka during next year such as Arugam Bay Pro- Surf, Kiteathelon, Adventure Tourism events etc. In the meantime more than 25 cultural /religious events and arts and entertainment events that has direct impact for tourism development will be conducted by Sri Lanka Tourism. The activities will be strengthened by increased monetary contribution in year 2016. On the other hand, steps will be taken to improve the quality of tourism products by investing on the infrastructure developments. Tourism information centers will be strengthened for better serving the travelers. Local media Campaigns, New product developments, niche segments development, working with provincial councils for domestic tourism development are part of the strategy formulated for year 2016.

During the year 2016 Sri Lanka will host the largest ever French travel agent’s congress SNAV, by attracting 600 travel agents from France to the country. The congress will provide huge exposure for the destination in Europe, especially in French speaking countries. Sri Lanka Tourism hope to promote the country as a destination for MICE travel and leisure travelers by proving its capacity to host events of this capacity. Sri Lanka has also won the host country status for PATA 2017 which provide similar exposure to the destination. The bidding process will continue to attract more congresses, incentive travelers and events with the objective of making Sri Lanka the MICE hub of Asia. The government of Sri Lanka has provided special concessions to MICE travel development which is an encouraging factor to invest in this sector. The new tourism strategic marketing plan of 2016 will focus on the long term result oriented approach to develop tourism industry in Sri Lanka than serving short term goals. Supported by the strong presence of the newly appointed Tourism Advisory Committee, Hon. Prime Minister, Board of Directors ,Chairman, Hon. Tourism Minister & Deputy Minister and the Ministry Secretary, it is aimed at laying the foundation for a far sighted tourism development strategy based on the industry inputs garnered from decades of experience, analyzing research findings and country’s competitive position while being attuned to constant challenges faced by socio-political and cultural environment in the world tourism landscape. The Budget Proposal of 2016 has introduced a comprehensive policy framework for tourism development. Under the guidance of Hon. Prime Minister several key initiatives have been proposed such as setting up an Aquaculture park in Batticaloa, promote sale of gem and jewellery, encourage MICE tourism by establishing necessary infrastructure, encourage spending by tourists, transform and upgrade tourist attraction sites and local tourism zones, encourage theme parks and removal of tax for water sport equipments yachts etc & introduce hovercrafts and other water based sports for tourists, tax holidays for investors and removal of TDL are key areas proposed. With the view of improving operational efficiency and to facilitate investment a new organization will be formed under the name “Agency for Development”. Tourism branding plan, training and development for tourism youth, registration of tourist hotels based on quality standards etc of the Budget Proposal 2016, will heavily contribute to sustainable tourism development strategy for Sri Lanka. As such Sri Lanka Tourism is confident that the new strategic direction will move the country forward making it the most sought after travel destination in Asia while all stakeholders of the industry reap its benefits. It is very clear that within the next few years to come, tourism industry will become a sustainable sector in the Sri Lankan economy being the top GDP contributor within next few years. Sri Lanka will adopt a concerted and coordinated approach linking private and public sector and all stakeholders, to assess policies that govern future industry development and provide knowledge to guide successful and sustainable Travel & Tourism strategy for the country.