The University of London was founded by Royal Charter in November 1836 and is the third oldest university in England. The University of London International Programmes (as it is now known) was established in 1858 to provide access to UK degrees anywhere around the world. This makes the University of London the world’s oldest provider of degrees by distance and flexible learning.
In conjunction with the London School of Economics, the University of London International Programmes offers a range of undergraduate degrees and Graduate Diplomas.
Many of these are taught at teaching centres around the world. Approved teaching centres in Sri Lanka include the Royal Institute of Colombo (RIC), which is currently rated as an Affiliate Centre – the highest status afforded by the University of London.
The academic community of the University of London pursues and achieves excellence in a wide range of research activities and scholarship.
The majority of academic staff are actively engaged in research, so students are taught by experienced and motivated researchers who are eminent in their field.
Many of our Colleges and Institutes have achieved the highest rankings in the Research Assessment Exercise and are consistently in the top research rankings of UK Universities.
Many of the teaching centres that support our courses offer bespoke careers services that arerelevant to the local environment and sometimes involve partnerships with local employers. TheRoyal Institute of Colombo, for example, has a Careers Guidance Unit.
A range of services are offered by local teaching centres, including student support, events, housingservices, and extra-curricular activities. It is advisable to search for local centres on the University ofLondon International Programmes’ Directory and investigate their services.
The University of London has a wide range of accommodation options and most students find that we have an accommodation solution to suit their needs.
A number of Colleges have their own Halls but some of the smaller more specialised Colleges and Institutes do not, so the University also has Intercollegiate Halls to which students from ALL Colleges may apply. Virtual Tours of the Intercollegiate Halls are also available to view.
Registered students gain access to the University of London online library, which holds thousands of journal articles to consult free of charge. This is accessed via the Student Portal, and a helpdesk is provided to assist students in finding what they need. Students may also receive access to Senate House Library and (for social science degrees) the LSE library in London.
Students with the International Programmes in Sri Lanka can receive additional tuition from local centres, including RIC Colombo, which also provide many of the benefits of campus life.
RIC offers a range of extracurricular activities, including sports, a Green Club (to promote environmental awareness and sustainability) and a Gavel Club (to develop presentation skills).
The University has high-quality facilities for most sports and currently manages over 4,000 students regularly involved in intercollegiate sports leagues across London.
If you are more of a spectator than a competitor you have the opportunity of visiting some of the most iconic sporting arenas in the world while in London. These include Wembley Stadium, Wimbledon and Lord’s Cricket Ground as well as high profile Premier League football team stadia.
Alternatively, the Energy base gym, based in Malet Street is open to students and members of the public. Facilities include a 60-station gymnasium with cardio theatre, a 33 metre swimming pool and two studios. Up to 50 fitness classes are offered per week.
Students Unions are the focal point of many student activities, including sports and societies, as well as providing students with representation needed internally within the university and externally. Many Student Unions can provide help and advice on a range of issues and have a multitude of facilities and resources available.