International Scholar was founded in 1999, and today is one of the pioneering overseas education & career guidance consultants in Sri Lanka, which now marks a glorious journey of over 21 years. In this journey, the company has established itself as a specialist in the offering, tailor-made solutions & services for Sri Lankan students to achieve their higher education dreams. During a period spanning over two decades, International Scholar has been able to provide their highly professional and ethical service to over 5000 students, arranging placements with multiple education providers. They represent over 100 International institutions in 10 countries and is the first Sri Lankan representative to promote Malaysia as a destination for Sri Lankan students seeking higher education opportunities overseas.
Australia is one of the largest and the most popular study destination among Sri Lankan students wishing to study overseas and is the largest market for International Scholar. Also, Australia has implemented a very challenging process to lodge visas and International Scholar has been successful in handling the challenges in this process.
There are other education institutes that are much sought after by Sri Lankan students in countries such as Canada and the UK, also having very stringent visa regimes, which International Scholar is very capable of handling successfully.
- The International Scholar team consists of professionals having over 10 years of experience who are well-versed in the fields of career guidance & student placements. They have a reputation for providing a very professional and highly ethical service to all stakeholders seeking their services. When a student approaches them for advice they make sure the student is provided with the correct & comprehensive information and counselled in a professional manner. Their mission is to ensure that students’ interests come before economic gain. Upon professional & comprehensive career guidance and information session, the students are given the option to pick an education provider who suits their circumstances the best. It is the policy of International Scholar not to influence the student’s choice. Once the student has made the decision a professional counsellor will undertake the challenge of ensuring the student is able to gain entry to the provider of their choice and is able to submit a successful visa application. The International Scholar team has a track record of very high success in their visa lodgments.
- International Scholar has also been a successful intermediator in providing scholarships to their students, ranging from 25% to full scholarships. The recent events such as a student receiving a full scholarship to RMIT Vietnam to follow a programme in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, a 50% scholarship to Study Master of Teaching in Australian Catholic University (ACU), two Ambassador scholarships from Universiti Technology Malaysia, Multiple scholarships ranging from 30% to 100% from Tokyo International University in every intake and miscellaneous scholarships depending on the academic performance can be stated as examples. One key aspect that makes International Scholar stand out from the rest is their free consulting which is part of their free service and is not limited to, but covers an entire process from initial counselling to the submission of a successful visa application and beyond. One of their key practices has been to organize the bi-annual Malaysia Educational Exhibition, which receives prominence as the most popular Malaysia focused education exhibition. This exhibition is organized in collaboration with their Malaysian Education Partner Winning Magnitude.
International Scholar, celebrated the occasion of reaching its milestone of passing 20 years of valuable service to the student community with the entry of legendary Sri Lankan Cricketer Kumar Sangakkara & Economist and successful Entrepreneur Dr. Dinuk Jayasuriya as members of the senior management, who will drive the future operations of the company in the new decade.
- International Scholar has now spread its activities to include placements in local private higher education institutes with the launch of Sri Lanka Scholar, a platform on local education options.
- International Scholar closely works with many leading private & international schools in Colombo as well as with leading private higher educational institutes such as SLIIT, NCHS, UTS, UCL, AIBS & many more.
The staff at International Scholar is composed of long-standing members, who are provided with continuous professional development opportunities locally and overseas, ensuring that the services provided by the team at International Scholar are of a very high professional standard.
- International Scholar has been undertaking many CSR projects in the past 20+ years, providing scholarships for deserving less privileged students in the Sri Lankan community. Among the former recipients of these scholarships are practising Engineers, Doctors and other professionals. The company has also undertaken projects in helping the Maharagama cancer hospital and Victoria Homes for the elderly in Rajagiriya.
- International Scholar is a valuable and ethical member of the corporate community of Sri Lanka.