Bachelor of Software Engineering Degree Program
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Open University of Sri Lanka

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We have tried to compile answers to common questions of those who are interested in the BSE program in this page. Please go through this document if you have any questions.

If you can’t find the information that you are looking for please contact: or contact the BSE Coordinator at We will get back to you as soon as possible.

The Guidebook gives a lot of information too.

Faculty of Engineering Technology STUDENT GUIDE BOOK 2020 – 2021


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

About the Program

1. What is the Bachelor of Software Engineering Honours (BSE) degree of the OUSL?"]

BSE is a UGC-approved degree program offered by the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL). It is the first software engineering degree programme offered in Sri Lanka. The programme is designed according to the ACM/IEEE, global standards for computing degree programs, and is delivered in close association with the Sri Lanka Association of Software Services Companies (SLASSCOM). SLASSCOM is an umbrella organisation with over 400 of the largest software development companies in Sri Lanka.

2. Where can I find more information about the BSE Degree Program?

3. Can anybody follow this degree?

Yes, if you have the entry qualifications which are:
Passes for any Three GCE A/L subjects (excluding General IT (GIT) and General English) in any number of sittings OR
Completed any Advanced Certificate Program offered by the OUSL   OR
C passes in any three subjects in Cambridge/Edexcel Advanced Level Examination OR
Any other equivalent or higher qualifications acceptable to the Senate
Pass the Selection Test

4. Do I need strong mathematical knowledge to follow the degree?

All the mathematical knowledge required for the degree program is included in the curriculum. In the first year, you will learn the basic mathematics that is required for the rest of the mathematics courses. However, we have also designed a bridging mathematics course for those who have studied arts or commerce subjects at the Advanced Level.

5. How many credits does a student have to take each year?

The OUSL has a flexible learning methodology. A student can decide the workload he/she wants to take at the beginning of each year. This allows for students who are employed to take a lesser number of credits per year over a longer period or a student who is free to take a full load of credits a year and finish in 4 years.

Please refer course details in the guide book

You have to complete 130 credits within 4 years and complete the degree in a minimum time

6. How much time does a student have to spend when following the program?

The BSE degree program consists of 130 SLQF credits. Each credit requires a learner to spend 50 notional hours. This includes face-to-face interactions, self-study time, lab classes, assignments and all other academic activities. Each course will be delivered for 15 weeks, thus students are expected to spend around 3 hours per week for each credit they take from the course.

7. Can a student do the BSE program while following another course of study at another institute?

A student following a course at another institute may register for the BSE program. However, such a student should keep in mind the workload of the program. In practice, it will be very hard to manage time to do more than one study program at a time.

8. Can a student do the BSE program while following another course of study at the OUSL?

Yes. But the total combined credits that can be offered in a year cannot exceed 38.

9. Is the BSE offered by the OUSL recognised?

Degrees offered by the OUSL are recognised by the UGC and professional bodies such as IESL. Like any other state sector university, OUSL also goes through rigorous review process every 5 years to ensure that its degree programs are of the highest standard. Students who graduated from OUSL are occupying the highest positions in the industry.

10. Can I take a year off and still continue my studies?

Yes. The flexibility offered by the OUSL allows you to take a year off. A Student can register to maintain only the studentship by paying a nominal fee without taking any courses within the year. Students are allowed 12 years to complete the BSE degree from the date of first registration

11. Do we need to come on weekdays to the university for lectures?

We conduct lectures in Day Schools (DS) to guide students on the respective course. Day Schools are scheduled on the weekdays & weekends. One Day School will be continued for two hours. There can be four or five Day Schools scheduled on weekdays & weekends per course based on the course requirement. We are conducting all the DSs through Zoom (Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing, Webinars, Screen Sharing – Zoom) due to the pandemic situation in the country currently

12. When will the course start?

The following is the tentative timeline:

25 September 2021 Application Deadline
04 October 2021 Selection Test via online

13. Can I exit the program without completing the degree and still get a certificate?

Yes. The flexible learning structure of the OUSL allows a student who satisfies the requirements to obtain a Higher National Diploma in Software Engineering and exit. Visit the Student Guide Book 2021/2022 for the list of requirements for the Higher National Diploma. Guide book

About Fees, Scholarships and other financial matters

14. How much will it cost to follow this program?

At the OUSL, course fees are calculated based on the number of credits. For the BSE Honours degree programme course fee is LKR. 3,000 per credit. To get the degree a student needs to pass a minimum of 130 credits. Each year course fees are increased by 10% to account for inflation, in addition, students should also pay the following registration fee and facilities fees.

Registration Fee:        LKR 600

Facilities fee:               LKR 1,500.00

Library Facility:          LKR 200

Request for Exemptions:  LKR    60/credit

EGAP:                         LKR 5500.00

15. Does a student have to pay all the fees at the beginning of the year?

The OUSL allows students to pay the course fee in four instalments, 30% of the course fee at the beginning of the academic year and second instalment (30%) and third instalment (20%) during the semesters and the balance before the final exam of the 2nd semester.  Other fees such as the facilities fees, registration fees have to be paid at the beginning of the academic year.

16. Is there any financial support to follow the program?

Besides, member companies of SLASSCOM are willing to provide the students who have the right aptitude and attitude internship opportunities and scholarships to follow the program. Visit the SLASSCOM Future Careers Bridge site and do the challenges given there. If a company becomes interested in your abilities and mindset, they will contact you.

Student Services

17. Does OUSL provide hostel facilities?

No. OUSL does not have hostel facilities. However, it provides temporary residential facilities (TRF) for those students who have to travel to Colombo, Kandy or Matara regional centres for scheduled academic activities such as Lab evaluations, CAT examinations, final examinations etc. The student has to obtain a TRF card by paying a fee of Rs. 1,500 which would allow the students to stay at the facility for 30 days. A student may use the TRF facility for 60 days in an academic year However, a student is allowed to stay only 6 consecutive days on any occasion.

18. How can I obtain a letter from the university to confirm the studentship?

You have to request the letter from Student Affairs/Student  Welfare division.

Exemptions for qualifications obtained elsewhere

19. Does OUSL provide exemptions for qualifications obtained elsewhere?

Yes, You can request exemptions for qualifications that you have obtained elsewhere. The student will need to provide all the required information and pay a small fee to process the request. Once a request has been received, a departmental committee will evaluate the contents of the certification the student has obtained from some other institute and decide whether an exemption can be granted and recommend the same to the Faculty Board and the Senate.

The student guidebook contains a list of qualifications already accepted by the OUSL for exemptions. These exemptions are automatically granted if the student produces the relevant certificate at the time of registration.

20. Currently, I'm working in a company as a Software Engineer/ Quality Assurance Engineer. I have 1 year of experience. Can I get an exemption for the Industrial Training Course (EEW5811 Industrial Training – Software)?

Refer the 2021/2022 activity diary.


Contacting us and other information

21. How can I contact respective course coordinators?

You can get the contact details from the activity diary. There are two types of activity diaries. One is a Date Wise Activity Diary and the other one is Course Wise Activity Diary. Respective course coordinator’s name, email address, and contact numbers are updated in the course-wise activity diary. You can download the latest activity diary from the CITES webpage.

22. There are many abbreviations used in all the documents. How can I know the meaning of those abbreviations?

You can get the contact details from the activity diary. There are two types of activity diaries. One is a Date Wise Activity Diary and the other one is Course Wise Activity Diary. Respective course coordinator’s name, email address, and contact numbers are updated in the course-wise activity diary. You can download the latest activity diary from the CITES webpage.

Selection Test

When will the selection test be held?

11 September 2021  Selection Test via online.

What type of questions will be there in the selection test?

There will be 20 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) on Logical Reasoning, Mathematical Reasoning and English Comprehension

Are there any past-papers?

No past papers are available. However for candidates to practice sitting the test, a mock site will be made available from 12 April 2021.

Does OUSL provide classes to sit for the Selection Test?

No. OUSL does not provide any classes to sit for the selection test. However, there are many practice questions available on the web.

If I fail the selection test, can I still follow the program?

No. All candidates must pass the selection test to be selected to follow the program.

How many candidates will be selected to follow the program based on the selection test?

All candidates who have the necessary qualifications (for e.g. 3 passes at A/Ls) will be admitted to the program.

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