What to expect in your first semester at UTS Sri Lanka
With Orientation commencing at UTS College Sri Lanka on 30 June, and a new semester beginning on 5 July, prospective students and their families may be wondering what kind of experiences that first semester might hold. How does UTS College Sri Lanka lay a strong foundation for academic success? How does it help students feel at home?
There is a significant body of research investigating what helps first-year students succeed in their transition from high-school to higher education. Researchers[i] have found that students who thrive in their first year at university have developed a sense of belonging, made friends with peers, have been engaged intellectually, and have had sufficient support to help reduce the stress of study.
A nurturing environment
From their first semester, it’s important that students feel they are in the right place. That’s why UTS College Sri Lanka has created a nurturing environment, designed to help students thrive from day one of their courses. Lecturers are highly qualified and friendly and there is a robust framework of support services in place. For a more personalised learning experience, classes are kept small, with no more than 20 students in a class.
This reflects a deep commitment to helping students achieve their academic and career goals, and a strong belief that any student with the potential to succeed at university should have every opportunity to get there. UTS College Sri Lanka prepares students here in Colombo for success at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia’s top-ranking young university.
World-class university standards
Programs at UTS College Sri Lanka are designed in collaboration with UTS, so students benefit from the same world-class university standards, with the security of knowing they’re on a pathway to complete their studies at UTS.
Courses include English language programs (developing a university-ready level of academic English), UTS Foundation Studies (suitable for students with O-Levels looking to gain the skills for further academic study), and degree pathways (diploma programs for students who have attained their A-levels) in Engineering, IT, and Business. Written in partnership with UTS, the diploma pathways come with a guaranteed* place at UTS in Sydney after students complete the equivalent of first year in Colombo. Students who successfully complete UTS Foundation Studies can gain entrance to many UTS undergraduate degrees, including Health Sciences, Creative Intelligence and Innovation, Nursing, Business, IT, and Engineering.
UTS College Sri Lanka students are introduced to the UTS teaching style from their first semester. It’s a model that’s fresh, vibrant and collaborative, giving them a wealth of opportunities to make friends and build a strong social network. This is especially important for students who intend to complete their degrees in Sydney as their fellow students will be there to support them.
Recommended by students
Nuvin Chamathka Perera, who is a graduate of the Diploma of Information Technology at UTS College Sri Lanka and currently studying a bachelor of Computing Science (Hons) online at UTS says, “I chose IT because it’s the future. I want to eventually run my own company specialising in cybersecurity and data science as they are currently in high demand in the IT sector.” He is enthusiastic about his experience at UTS College. “To anyone considering coming to UTS College, I’d say they provide quality education. They care about students and help them build their skills. They also provide a gateway to study in Australia.”[ii]
Well-prepared for study success
Ms Alison Hiscox, Principal of UTS College Sri Lanka, says, “We offer a unique and supportive pathway for students in Sri Lanka who wish to study abroad at UTS. It gives them the opportunity to spend an extra year at home in Colombo developing their academic knowledge and skills. Their experience here ensures they will be confident and well-prepared for study success when they commence their second year at university.”
Students whose plans may have been affected by current international travel restrictions have no need to delay their studies. They can commence their courses very soon, right here in Colombo – with the security of knowing they’re on a pathway to complete their studies at UTS when travel reopens. To find out more about courses available at UTS College Sri Lanka, and how to enrol visit https://utscollege.edu.lk/experience or call 0774 775 774.
UTS is a dynamic and innovative university, ranked as Australia’s top young university, and 133rd in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2021, reflecting its strength in employability, research, teaching, and internationalisation.
UTS College Sri Lanka prepares students for entry to all UTS undergraduate courses through the UTS Foundation Studies Program and offers a Diploma of Business, a Diploma of Engineering and a Diploma of IT. When students complete their first year at UTS College Sri Lanka, they are ready to complete their UTS degree in Sydney.
[i] https//theconversation.com/student-success-why-first year-at-uni-is-a-make-or-break-experience-21465
* Subject to no more than two subject failures and depending on the course chosen.