Sri Lanka

University of Ruhuna

About University of Ruhuna:
The University of Ruhuna is located in the Mecca of the Southern Province of Sri Lanka, founded in 1978. UoR is comprised of eight schools in Agriculture, Engineering, Fisheries and Marine Sciences & Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences, Management and Finance, Medicine, Science, and Graduate Studies.

Locaton: Matara, Sri Lanka


Academics Available:
Accounting, Biochemistry, Bioogical/Biomedical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Economics, Engineering, English, Environmental Studies, Humanities, Management, Marine Biology, Molecular Biology, Oceanography, Physics. 

Dates to Remember: 


 Application Due

 Study Abroad Dates

 Fall Semester

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 Spring Semester

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* Please remember HPU Study Abroad Application Deadline is Mid-March for Fall and Mid-October for Spring. 

Admission Requirements:

  • Must have attended HPU for one semester
  • Must intend to graduate from HPU
  • Must have at least a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must be fluent in English

Application Procedure:

  • Complete the Student Exchange Program data sheet.
  • Schedule and attend a formal interview with Melissa Matsubara
  • Be prepared to discuss your motives for studying abroad and your degree plan.
  • Select an exchange partner university that has courses which can be used for your intended HPU degree.
  • Fill out the exchange university’s admissions application
  • Obtain recommendation letters to be turned in with your application. (This depends on the individual university’s application requirements)
  • Passport photos (Amount and size depend upon each university)
  • Sign a Course Request Approval (CRA) to verify your foreign coursework and HPU equivalents.

Health Insurance: Health Insurance is mandatory for all study abroad students.  HPU recommends health insurance from Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) for students study abroad. There is more information medical coverage and rates of CISI health insurance at

Housing Accommodations:  Ruhuna provides two housing options: a residence hall or an opportunity to room with a host famil. For more information regarding housing options at Ruhuna and other information:

Currency:  The current exchange rate can be calculated online at

Visa Information:  Student exchange participants may get student visa information through the Consulate General of Sri Lanka, 3250 Wilshire Blvd. #2180, Los Angeles, CA 90010 phone: (213) 387-0210

U.S. Passport information is available at 522-8283 (recording) and online at The Honolulu Passport Agency is located in the Prince Kuhio Federal Building, 200 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 1-330, Honolulu, HI 96850.

HPU Study Abroad and International Exchange Programs
Hawaii Pacific University
1164 Bishop Street, Suite 200, Honolulu, HI, 96813
Tel: 1-808-544-9326, Fax: 1-808-544-9355

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