Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

Living in Sri Lanka

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Dec 02, 2021

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Sri Lanka. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What are the schools in Sri Lanka like?

"I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND LEEDS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, AS IT PROMOTES EDUCATION BALANCED WITH GOOD EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES. IT HAS A GREAT REPUTATION FOR STUDENT DISCIPLINE IN THE SCHOOL TOO," said another parent with children at Leeds International School in Panadura.

"This school seems to give all students some sense of local culture and the society, compared to many international schools in the country. We have done a good survey of all schools in this area before we get our ones enrolled. We were not very impressed with many other schools as they send students mad with unnecessarily heavy work load. They seem to have the understanding that more work will enable to make better products, which is a myth. But I know some local parents appreciate that approach, which is sad from the child's perspective," commented one expat when asked about Leeds International School in Panadura.

"OSC is getting smaller. Some of our friends have enrolled their children in other international schools, while others have left the country over security issues. It's a very fluid situation. Kidnappings by police, or people imitating the police, are on the increase, along with bombings and attacks in Colombo. It is sad to see the civil war destroying the country," explained one expat in Colombo, Sri Lanka with kids at Overseas School of Colombo.

"Look round all the iternational schools in Colombo-we did and decided that OSC was by far the best," wrote an expat living in Colombo with children attending OSC.

"The headmaster of the school is quite charming, at least on the surface. The school appears to be in decline. Some of the classes seem to have lost half their students in recent years. One should also consider the security situation in Sri Lanka before bringing children. Check with your High Com or Embassey. This year the airport was bombed and closed to all international travel for a time. Conditions are getting worse, so do your research before arriving," said one commented one expat when asked about The Overseas School of Colombo in Colombo.

"This is a very special school. The Principal is FANTASTIC. She runs a very tight ship but is also fair and ready to listen to parents and she really listens. The faclty is incredible they are ALL excellent teachers and my child feels completely safe and respected. My wife and I feel the same way. It is a remarkable place to learn," mentioned one expat living in Negombo, Sri Lanka.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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