Driven by the current economic crisis, high unemployment and political instability, increasing numbers of Sri Lankan students have been going abroad for higher education since early this year. According to leading student migration consultancy agencies in Sri Lanka, the outflow is expected to rise further.

Colombo-based Campus Direct, a leading career guidance, counselling and student services centre for overseas higher education, places students at leading universities in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Singapore and Malaysia.

Amrith Weerasekera, director of PR and communications, told University World News the company had seen an increase in the number of students wanting to study in foreign countries.

According to Campus Direct data, most students apply for the United Kingdom, followed by Australia and Canada.

“The UK is an attractive study destination. Masters degrees are one year [in duration] and are cost efficient. The UK is giving a two-year post-study work visa. The total process for the UK is easier; that is why large numbers of students are going there,” Weerasekera said.

“An increase in the number of students migrating to other countries is also seen these days,” he added, noting he expects the number of students going abroad to increase in the coming days and weeks as the new academic year approaches.

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