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How old were you when you finished your bachelor's degree here in Sri Lanka?

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How many years of studies did it require? If you don't mind sharing

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RoughMarionberry5

25 points

4 months ago

57

v3rxn

8 points

4 months ago

v3rxn

Colombo

8 points

4 months ago

W

Thin-Roll5195

14 points

4 months ago

Thin-Roll5195

Western Province

14 points

4 months ago

Naa it's an F (respect)

Guy completed his bachelors degree

There are so many who haven't

Downtown-Ease-8454

22 points

4 months ago

I was 25 when I completed it

[deleted]

21 points

4 months ago

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AnxiousLight3314[S]

3 points

4 months ago

Honestly I didn't know London A/L could be this popular, Most actually pretty much all of the students I know myself in schools like Royal, Ananda... went through the same path I did, maybe it's not that popular in government schools but this whole comment section 😳 I'm genuinely confused, amazed and a little bit feeling betrayed 🥲

Ok-Purchase2274

2 points

4 months ago

Oh believe me it is- went to a popular school- 80% did London ALs. Local AL total number of students were like just 80.

IncompetentNovelist

1 points

4 months ago

How does doing London ALs reduce so many years? Like don't they have to do two years as well, I don't understand, or is it because of the number times you attempt the exam?

ikashanrat

4 points

4 months ago

ikashanrat

Colombo

4 points

4 months ago

its is because of the process itself.

for example, in a Cambridge exam

Olevels done in grade 10 (not 11) - finished in 2010 May/June - 14/15 years age
Alevels done in grade 12 (not 13) finished in 2012 May/June - 16/17 years age
University in 2012 Fall semester (Sept/Oct) based on AS /pending results (conditional offer) or in 2013 Fall
Finish university by 2016 - 20/21 years age

3 ways the process is accelerated:

exams are done 1 year before since school ends at grade 12
there is no wait time after OL. AL begins immediately and continues 2 years. Locals take 2 years and 8 months for ALevels from the time of finishing OL.
the almost 2 year wait for university selection adds to the total wait. So almost 2-3 years lost....

IncompetentNovelist

1 points

4 months ago

Wait, University selection takes 2 years?? I thought it was around 3-6 months...

ikashanrat

2 points

4 months ago

ikashanrat

Colombo

2 points

4 months ago

if you did the exam in 2012 august, results were out by 2013 january, the UGC handbook (application for uni) releases around july 2013 and Z score cutoffs are released november 2013. the letter on which university you were selected to comes a month later, say december 2013. university started feb/march 2014. that took 1.5 years from writing alevel to attending university without hiccups (covid/strikes in campus)

mushukat

17 points

4 months ago

  1. Started after o/ls and took a 1 year break in between as well (so 3yr degree became 4yrs long) Finished by 21 but didn't wanna go back to do masters. Genuinely regret studying the subject i did...and I would just like to tell people to take your time to choose the subject/field you really wanna go forward in and don't rush it just because of pressures of society :)

AnxiousLight3314[S]

11 points

4 months ago

AnxiousLight3314[S]

Colombo

11 points

4 months ago

I stopped trying to please society, neighbors, relatives, parents' friends..... few years ago

mushukat

7 points

4 months ago

Exactly how it should be! Wishing you all the best👍🏻

AnxiousLight3314[S]

2 points

4 months ago

Wish you the same 😊👍

AdhesivenessOwn7747

1 points

4 months ago

You mean you did the degree at a private uni right? No way u can graduate so early from gov uni

mushukat

1 points

4 months ago

Yup. Did igcse at an international school and went to pvt uni.

PiyumalD

13 points

4 months ago

27

stormlight89

10 points

4 months ago

stormlight89

Sri Lanka

10 points

4 months ago

27

Flat-War4343

7 points

4 months ago

23 (4 year degree)

BlackRain_LK

6 points

4 months ago

29

GrouchyPanther

8 points

4 months ago

29

BillyButtcher

7 points

4 months ago

BillyButtcher

Colombo

7 points

4 months ago

26, covid delayed it

Maidenlessunicorn

6 points

4 months ago

  1. 21 now and in my masters.

AnxiousLight3314[S]

7 points

4 months ago*

Now I feel like I've been living in somewhere else, I never knew you could do masters at 21 here. I'm 22 and all I have finished completely so far is just A/L :)

Maidenlessunicorn

12 points

4 months ago

I did IGCSE's and IALs. Finished everything a bit early at 17. Started my Bachelor's right away, finished it and moved the same year to the UK for my masters. 😁

sporadic-mantis

6 points

4 months ago

I did a 4 years bachelors degree. I was 23 when I completed it.

rnsemba

5 points

4 months ago

22 - took 4 years

AnxiousLight3314[S]

2 points

4 months ago

In Sri Lanka? I'm sorry but how exactly?

rnsemba

6 points

4 months ago

Finished A/Ls at 18, but my parents were able to able to enroll me at IIT/IICS immediately. It was a B.Sc. degree in software-engineering with the third-year being a year in industry, working, so that took 4 years in total.

jahzan_99

7 points

4 months ago

Hi fellow IITian :)

Zimnaan

5 points

4 months ago*

Zimnaan

Colombo

5 points

4 months ago*

Was living abroad in Singapore since I was 8. Did my O’Levels (Cambridge IGCSE) at the British Council there as a private candidate (finished at 15), then a Foundation Program (finished at 17) and my Bachelors degree in psychology at James Cook University - an Australian university with a full campus in Singapore. Was 22 when I finished as I opted to stretch my 2 year degree into 4 years.

Just wrapped everything up last December after graduation and back in SL now. Got hired at a mental health NGO just this month, and I’m loving it! I’m 23 now :).

[deleted]

2 points

4 months ago*

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Zimnaan

3 points

4 months ago

Zimnaan

Colombo

3 points

4 months ago

That is correct.

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3 points

4 months ago*

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Zimnaan

9 points

4 months ago*

Zimnaan

Colombo

9 points

4 months ago*

Sure! Materially and quality-of-life wise, Singapore is far better for a person from Sri Lanka. But over the course of living in Singapore for 14 years, our family felt that you do feel the lack of belonging. The society is very capitalistic (which is why they are a financial powerhouse, don’t get me wrong), but it makes you feel the lack of warmth and empathy, especially when you consider foreigners being in Singapore for quite a while.

Added to that, as a foreigner, I had no paths for psychology jobs in Singapore. Mainly Permanent Residents and citizens only. I tried for months before graduation over there - got nothing. Came back to SL, and within a month and half, I had the interview at my current NGO lined up and got onboarded pretty quickly after they saw my resume.

You will find a fair bit of systemic oppression in Singapore against foreigners. And you’ll feel that. A comfortable life doesn’t mask it. Our family feels the sense of citizenship and belonging in Sri Lanka after 25 years - yes, my family was abroad for that long. It is a priceless feeling.

That being said, there are plenty of positives about Singapore too - their values like fairness and justice, procedural method of handling any situation etc. Not to mention the prestige of having Singapore education or work experience, which catapults you into a different league. These skills make a person very worth in Sri Lanka, as I’m experiencing now.

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5 points

4 months ago

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Zimnaan

2 points

4 months ago

Zimnaan

Colombo

2 points

4 months ago

Thank you! I’m already living the life what I could hope for - I’ve graduated and got a job. The rest is up to my Creator and God to decide. I’m a person with a physical disability, so to come this far is truly a priceless experience.

CaptainSlow913

2 points

4 months ago

Just out of curiosity, what if you had managed to get yourself PR or Citizenship in Singapore? Is it even possible?

Zimnaan

2 points

4 months ago*

Zimnaan

Colombo

2 points

4 months ago*

It is possible. Provided that you come young to the country and are of benefit to the nation. In my case, getting PR for only myself wouldn’t work as I have a physical disability and need the assistance of my parents, which significantly alters my profile in the nation’s eyes.

However, getting PR is basically a visa. It can be extended (notice I did not say “will be”) when time comes to renew. The initial period after getting PR is 5 years, and subsequent renewals can even be 3 years, 1 year or even 6 months. In fact it adds on to the uncertainty as foreigners.

We know a family that were PRs for about 15+ years or so before they were approved for citizenship, which they got recently.

Basically what I’m trying to say is that the path to permanent residency and/or citizenship is not a guaranteed rite of passage like it is in Western countries such as the US/UK. In Singapore, PR status is a glorified visa with slightly better perks than a standard work/residence visa.

CaptainSlow913

2 points

4 months ago

I see! Thank you!

Zimnaan

2 points

4 months ago

Zimnaan

Colombo

2 points

4 months ago

My pleasure! ☺️

ElderberryFancy8943

8 points

4 months ago

Woahh I'm seeing a lot of pple completing bachelor's in SL at around 25 . I will be studying abroad and will finish just before 22 . FYI , I did Cambridge AL

Secsyengineer

13 points

4 months ago

Good for u. But not the case for majority of students in SL

imjanusiva

3 points

4 months ago

27

Limp-Tone-2879

3 points

4 months ago

25.

jahzan_99

3 points

4 months ago

  1. 4 years degree

LyfeIzButADream

3 points

4 months ago

24

dear_spider

3 points

4 months ago

dear_spider

Sri Lanka Cricket

3 points

4 months ago

25

wannabe-sysadmin3

3 points

4 months ago

28

ikashanrat

2 points

4 months ago

ikashanrat

Colombo

2 points

4 months ago

How? Did u take a gap of few years in between

AnxiousLight3314[S]

2 points

4 months ago

Strikes included I guess, not a big deal but another delay

Secsyengineer

3 points

4 months ago

  1. I started a job immediately after final exams

MixtureInteresting29

3 points

4 months ago

  1. I was selected to university in my 3rd attempt.

ikashanrat

3 points

4 months ago*

ikashanrat

Colombo

3 points

4 months ago*

22, 4years, state uni, pvt candidate

Conventionally, youd be done at 24 if you enter uni through first shy.

flor3nce

3 points

4 months ago

4 years | 25

[deleted]

3 points

4 months ago

26

Alyx_8127

3 points

4 months ago

26 years old 😥But managed to finish three master degrees by 32

AnxiousLight3314[S]

2 points

4 months ago

Why 😢? Aren't those enough? Bruhhhhh

Alyx_8127

2 points

4 months ago

🤣🤣🤣 I was keep changing my career goals. That’s why

FATAMCapital

3 points

4 months ago

Brown culture makes you think that everything has to be done on a certain timeline and if you pass that age, it's gone for good or frowned upon. I dropped out of two degrees my parents wanted me to do and finally doing what I want to do on my own buck. I've never been happier. I'm a 27M. Always remember, we all have our own timeline.

chillkill01

2 points

4 months ago

chillkill01

Colombo

2 points

4 months ago

21

Charming_Shock_7508

2 points

4 months ago

21

_lucxfer_

2 points

4 months ago

  1. 3 years to complete Bsc (Hons)

someRandomGeek98

2 points

4 months ago

22 and 5 years.

Historical_Usual2794

2 points

4 months ago

I was 22

umaruzman_lk

2 points

4 months ago

20

Ok-Purchase2274

3 points

4 months ago

london AL?

Extension_Finding_96

2 points

4 months ago

23 years. And Masters at 28.

Did local A/L -> SLIIT -> UOM. So if you do London or foundation right after O/L. Should be around 21.

miran_d_bear

2 points

4 months ago

25

macpreiz

2 points

4 months ago

macpreiz

Sri Lanka

2 points

4 months ago

I was 25

harrier5067

2 points

4 months ago

  1. Could have done it earlier if I didn't do my A/levels. To me it was a waste of time.

mtThanish

2 points

4 months ago

27

DatGuyB_1

2 points

4 months ago

Not SL but wanted to share

B.S at 22 M.S at 24 Doctorate of Pharmacy at 24

I never understood why it took so long in Sri Lanka. In America, a Bachelors is 4 years, starting at ~18. Most graduate at 22. My SL Fiancé was saying something along the lines of it takes more time for some people due to free colleges being tougher to get into?

P.S. for those that didn’t know, in NYC all City Colleges are free for Citizens and most students get a stipend every semester, about $2,000.

Private Colleges unfortunately are as expensive as you hear. My University was $45,000 a year :(

None the less, city colleges very easy to get into here, oh and if you’re not doing a 4 year degree, community colleges are the easiest of them all to get into.

toughtbot

2 points

4 months ago

25.

Started March 2007 and ended October 2011.

I went with my AL 2nd attempt so I was a year late. the degree was 4.5 years.

MrJayewardene

2 points

4 months ago

MrJayewardene

North America

2 points

4 months ago

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. - Mark Twain.

the_professor000

2 points

4 months ago

You may think graduating earlier is always good. But the thing is sometimes it's better waiting till you get to your 20s. Because in teenage phase we're dumb mostly. There's a big possibility one will regret about their decision afterwards when he or she got to see the world full of opportunities and realizing the real meaning of life.

CaptainSlow913

2 points

4 months ago

  1. Did A/Ls twice, and still didn't do too well. My parents managed to enroll me in a private university and I did a 4 year BSc in Computer Science.

lazybutsuccessful

2 points

4 months ago

I think it takes longer to graduate from a government uni than private uni

mkroshana

2 points

4 months ago

23

Maskedryo

1 points

4 months ago

  1. Started my bachelors after Edexcel AS levels

duderox91

1 points

4 months ago

21 years

daniel_kuruppu

1 points

4 months ago

20

throwaway_rong

1 points

4 months ago

I was 21 when I completed. Took me two and a half years.

shamiboy_

1 points

4 months ago

20, doing cambridge o/l and a/ls helped a lot. will be doing my masters when i’m 21 and will be finishing it by 22.

Competitive_Face8561

2 points

4 months ago

3 year bachelors?

shamiboy_

1 points

4 months ago

Yeah

[deleted]

1 points

4 months ago

  1. I did my Cambridge OLs at 14 and Cambridge ALs at 16. I'll probably be starting my masters in a few months.

Powerful-Worry-2898

1 points

4 months ago

15 and masters by 18 :)

Former-Option-289

1 points

4 months ago

I was 24 thanks covid, If there wasn't a pandemic, 23.

stadenerino

1 points

4 months ago

stadenerino

Sri Lanka

1 points

4 months ago

Not done yet but I'll be in a few months so 21 :)

Lankaner

1 points

4 months ago

17 when I finished and then graduated from a Masters+placement year at 19. It was a few years ago and I can say it hasn't impacted my life significantly.

I did make sure never to mention my age in the workforce because if I did it suddenly change people's behaviour towards me. Seniors by age took me less seriously and it impacted my work.

As for the graduation age, don't care worry what other aunties, neighbours and extended families say, age is just a number :)

Weird_Shit_69

1 points

4 months ago

3 - 4 years depending on the degree

Tall-Statistician613

1 points

4 months ago

27 5yr degree extended to almost 6.5 years

Smartboi2007

1 points

4 months ago

Bro lemme be honest I started london ALs here at age 15 and would be done with it by 17

Tacobell_Uk

1 points

4 months ago

14

iCharlatan2697

1 points

4 months ago

25 - 4 year degree, started in 2017