The Sri Lankan Students' Association at MIT

ආයුබෝවන්. வணக்கம். Welcome.

Welcome to the Sri Lankan Student Association at MIT. Although the promotion of Sri Lankan culture remains our primary objective, MIT SLSA also serves as a gathering point for fellow Sri Lankans at MIT and also in Boston. We will be updating this site regularly with upcoming activities and events, so stay tuned.

If you would like to get involved, please get in touch with us.

About Sri Lanka

Situated nearly half a globe away from MIT, Sri Lanka is a small island nation, which is often referred to as the "pearl of the Indian ocean". Also known by the historic names "Ceylon" and "Taprobane", this beautiful country is home to about 20 million people from various ethnic and religious backgrounds. With a documented history spanning over 2500 years, Sri Lanka has a rich Buddhist heritage which has been passed down over the generations. The geographic location of the island and its natural harbours made it an important centre of trade in the ancient Silk Route, and also during the times when the country was under the rule of the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British respectively.

Today, Sri Lanka is among the world's leading exporters of tea, cinnamon, rubber, spices and gems. Although the population is predominantly Sinhalese, the island is a multicultural hotpot together with the Tamils, Muslims, Burghers and Malays. This island nation is also well known for its cricket, a sport followed by Sri Lankans with unequalled passion. But an introduction to Sri Lanka isn't complete if one doesn't mention about its world heritage sites, golden beaches, pristine natural beauty, colourful festivals, wildlife and warm hospitality which attracts thousands of tourists throughout the year. Check out the links below for more information.

Tourist board of Sri Lanka
Google Maps