We value an inclusivity where nobody is left behind. We strive to make international education accessible to regional students. We seek to make all training programmes affordable to communities most in need.
We’re an organization inspired to develop people in healthcare careers. We fuse compassion and a commitment to sustainability and innovation in to everything we do. Drawing inspiration and best practices from partners around the world, we’re driven to improve the quality of lives of professionals by developing their personalities, professionalism and humanity.
IIHS seeks to change the world for the better through innovation to benefit society, the economy and future generations. Our vision is to be the leading destination for healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship in South Asia. While our long history of community service and initiatives such as the Bio Inquirer and E-Incubator have taken us a long way down this path, we continue to address local challenges and break new ground. Our transition to a ‘multiversity’ represents the latest in a history of innovation. We broke new ground in June 2021, and will build a brand-new campus facility that will allow us to expand our offering to local students, attract international students, partner with industry and academic collaborators to venture into new research and commercial areas. For more information about the new IIHS Multiversity and to register your interest in receiving regular updates, please visit.
IIHS stands ready to help all new students adjust to life in our new learning environment. We work hard to ensure comprehensive support for students from their first point of contact with the college through to graduation. IIHS program coordinators are the first point of contact for students enrolled at IIHS. In addition, IIHS employs student support officers dedicated to assisting our students transition in and out of the IIHS course and prosper while they are here. International research tells us international and regional students encounter difficulties with acculturalization, and sometimes social and cultural isolation. We take these universal problems very seriously and have invested in innovative programs to counter these vulnerabilities. IIHS leads the Sri Lankan sector in ensuring students have access to the help they need to manage personal and academic programs they may encounter.
All IIHS students are expected fulfil the sometimes-challenging requirements of their chosen course. And course, we encourage students to immerse themselves in the extra-curricular activities and our diverse campus life. Not surprisingly, very quickly student life can become busy. For some, the day to day mechanics of studying, listening, learning effectively can become overwhelming. IIHS provides many avenues of assistance. There’s extra-curricular support in areas such as academic writing, note taking and time management. Course and academic familiarization are aided by IIHS’s longstanding mentoring services, such as peer-assisted study sessions. These sessions are designed to help you understand course materials, and best prepare for modules, and gain from the insights of outstanding students that have gone before you. Program coordinator are always available to address academic and/or welfare concerns. IIHS encourages its students to use our support services in a proactive way to maximize their success and welfare in these important years.
Our General Program Coordinators are Listed Below:
For many in Sri Lanka, English Proficiency testing is a vital step in your journey to becoming a recognized professional. It’s obviously important and beneficial for students wishing to migrate to a university in an English-speaking country but also has myriad other professional advantages.
IIHS is now a highly credentialled provider of standardized language support. Our approach to English language development is to introduce English learning modules throughout our courses and to provide specialized ILETS practice classes in a student’s final year.
Student safety and welfare is IIHS’s first and overwhelming priority. Our team strives to create a safe space for our staff and students. A key part of this is our robust emergency and accident procedures, where we work with local partners and authorities to deliver a safe and healthy environment. But as a healthcare educator we take the health of our students especially seriously. We have our own facility, Impulse Healthcare on site at our Welisara Campus. Impulse Healthcare has in house medical staff including certified doctors and nurses. Please call: 071 335 3114
Of course, in case of life-threatening instances, students should not hesitate to contact the state emergency numbers. These are:
Financial challenges can affect us all at different points in our lives. Students can meet with an IIHS financial officer and or request a meeting with relevant staff members to make their study experience is financially viable. IIHS provides its students means of financial aid through Scholarships, Student Loan Services (agreements made with banks allow such services), Easy Payment Schemes and Work-Study Program.
IIHS provides a financial advice facility for our students. Financial advisers present during orientation week and are available for individual consultations.
As an international student wishing to study at IIHS you must apply for visa to stay in Sri Lanka for the duration of your studies. GHC Global, a partner company of IIHS, are resourced to assist with what can often seem a complex and daunting process. Before arriving in Sri Lanka, international students are assisted in the preparation of documents with individualized support. On applying, international students will be informed as to how they connect in with GHC.
IIHS provides a shuttle service for students traveling to and from Colombo city. International students are provided airport pickup facility. Again, the logistics and arrangements are communicated with international students prior to arrival in Sri Lanka.
Welisara is situated 25 km north of the Colombo city Centre, between the city and Sri Lanka’s main international airport. Colombo is the commercial capital and largest city of Sri Lanka by population. With a population of 5.5 million, it’s also the financial center of the island and a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life, colonial buildings and monuments. Due to its large harbour and its strategic position along the East–West sea trade routes, Colombo was known to ancient traders 2,000 years ago. It was made the capital of the island when Sri Lanka was ceded to the British Empire in 1815, and its status as capital was retained when the nation became independent in 1948. Welisara is conveniently located close to main roads leading in and out of Colombo and the airport. IIHS primary campus is located in this convenient location allowing convenient access by bus, car, shuttle and three-wheeler, as well allowing access to excellent facilities such as Hospitals, Banks, ATMs and Restaurants. Our new site is at No; 312/15, 312/19 St Joseph’s Road, Kerawalapitiya, Hendala, Wattala.
IIHS can recommend and assist students source accommodation in Welisara’s neighboring suburbs. There are excellent options within walking distance of the campus or just one “hop” from a bus. Living in and around the campus is a recipe for meeting people from around the world and making lifelong friends. Students have a choice of full board, partially catered, and self-catered accommodation to suit their budgets. There is also a range of gender-specific options including male only, female only, and mixed male and female accommodation.
These apartments are conveniently located in Mahabage, approximately 3 kilometers from campus. They offer independent-style living for undergraduates, postgraduates, couples, and families with children, with costs at approximately USD $280 per month. When renting, students usually sign a six- or 12-month lease and pay rent in advance plus a security deposit called a bond.
Features of Prime Residencies apartments include;
Each room has is furnished with a bed, bedside table, wardrobe and an air conditioner. and there’s a sofa in the living room. The kitchen and dining area is equipped with a built-in oven, microwave, fridge, dining table and a ceiling fan. Students supply their own cutlery and pots and pans for cooking. Residents can also enjoy watching TV in the lounge area furnished with a comfortable, large sofa.
Shared Houses or Hostels
There are several privately owned rental houses and hostels in the suburbs surrounding IIHS. Costs vary according to the number of bedrooms, the condition and location. You can rent a furnished or unfurnished property. Keep in mind additional expenses such as electricity, gas, telephone and Wi-Fi. Costs vary but usually range from USD 50- USD 200 per student per month in a shared house.
Homestay (Full Board and Room-Only)
Homestay options include full board and single room-only accommodation. Full board usually includes a furnished room, use of facilities in the private home of a family or single person, plus breakfast and dinner. Single room-only homestays include a furnished room, and gas and electricity expenses in the rent. In these circumstances, students are responsible for buying their own food, cooking, cleaning, laundry and telephone costs. Costs vary but usually range from USD 50- USD 200 per student per month.
If you haven’t confirmed your accommodation before you arrive, we recommend you allow three to four weeks before classes begin to look for private housing, settle in, and attend orientation sessions. IIHS’s International Student Housing Assistance team can help you look for temporary or private accommodation. Their details are provided to new students before enrolment.
Our support team ensure that each student has appropriate insurances. International Students with an existing insurance plan are required to provide details to IIHS whilst students who wish to apply for medical insurance locally may seek advice and guidance from Student Support System Officer. Future IIHS students are welcome to seek advice here.
At IIHS, students don’t deal with the inevitable challenges and stressors of high-level study alone. Moving to a different city or country can be exciting but also unsettling. Our students are able to request a meeting with a counsellor at any time. Our counsellors provide someone to bounce ideas off, share any challenges, and provide advice and good counsel. Counsellors can make referrals for third party assistance from qualified medical professionals if required.
IIHS is home to many cultures and traditions. To encourage international students to experience Sri Lankan culture and conversely, for local students to experience and understand other cultures, we celebrate diversity with a variety of cross-cultural events, projects and celebrations. They include Intercultural education programs: Maldivian community, social events and activities on- and off- campus events to connect students socially, Student clubs and associations are encouraged to pursue international or cultural affiliations on campus, and a representative from each cultural group is represented on the executive committees of student bodies.
IIHS is committed to finding the best pathways for our graduates. We offer career development service through our student support counsellors. Notably, our leadership team is in constant dialogue with international partners to develop employment opportunities with foreign employers with world class standing (such as the UK’s National Health Service). Such pathway opportunities to the UK and continental Europe in particular regularly develop, so make sure you stay in touch with our career service. Our colleague at Greencare Health (GHC) can also offer practical assistance in taking up these opportunities. They can offer specific advice matching destination, career, majors undertaken, skillset and personal preferences.
GHC helps you place the first step in finding resources and job opportunities internationally. Working alongside GHC would give students early access to the field and/ or industry that you have majored in. Students are placed in an un-stressful environment due to the efficiency and advice given by GHC and often, are able to find work and settle down whilst following the pathway programs. Students seeking the support of GHC Global may directly contact them and or may request support from an officer in the Student Support Service unit.
For students who wish to settle down locally, opportunities to be placed in leading private hospitals in Sri Lanka are presented to you. Due to the partnership that IIHS holds with private sector hospitals, students who wish to settle down in Sri Lanka may request assistance through the Student Support System and request a meeting with an officer. Upon discussion of your preference and current situation, IIHS would help place you in a recognized working environment.
Of course, accessibility to facilities and programs is essential for students with disability. IIHS strives to ensure our differently abled students and staff feel confident in negotiating our campus and programs. We provide disability access ramps for the required areas within the premises to minimize the difficulties faced by the students who need extra attention. Further, IIHS is equipped with a special elevator transporting system for assisting differently abled students. We take our responsibilities very seriously; if our students do not feel they have appropriate opportunities, we welcome students to speak with us, rase your concerns so we improve access.
Getting off to a great start is critical to success. IIHS provides an inclusive orientation program to open doors for new students and showcase the best we have to offer. Whether you’re coming to our college as a freshman, transfer student or international student, there’s an engaging program to assist you with the transition to life at IIHS. Every orientation session consists of:
Specializing in offering advice to student who wish to pursue study and career offshore, GHC Global Education is one of the best reputed career and further study advisers on the island. GHC provide personalized guidance to IIHS student by applying a systematic analysis of suitable education options. Foreign university entrance requirements, Visa procedures and English language testing information and requirements are also specialist areas. GHC can also assist in finding part-time employment; and affordable accommodation. Flight, taxi and airport pickup in foreign counties can also be arranged. for an affordable cost. Being a reputed agency, GHC work thoroughly to provide maximum services for their customers by arranging flight reservation and airport pickup by coordinating with the travel agents.
IIHS provides a wide array of career-related resources and services to meet the needs of all students and alumni. Students are highly encouraged to be a part of the working community to gain valuable work experience. IIHS direct the students to Internship Program where provides access into the field or industry in which students are majoring. In addition, IIHS allows students to work part-time as executive assistants in Marketing, Human Resource and Academic to provide an overall idea on how the organization runs. This will ultimately overcome the lack of sufficient work experience that can be compensated by participation in an internship.
IIHS is committed to providing a valuable experience by offering students the opportunity for rapid personal and professional growth through both sharpen and expand their environmental professional skills during the period of 4-6 months of free time until the university intakes.
IIHS provides comprehensive support for students from their first point of contact with the college through to graduation.
As usual, we continue to innovate in the digital space. We’re very proud we pioneered a Learner Management System to Nursing Training Schools in rural Sri Lanka consistent with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). While well-established in the Western World, Learner Management Systems in rural parts of Asia have remained largely unknown. Ours is an innovative platform utilised to support the learning requirements of students in nursing training schools in Sri Lanka while combatting geographical, administrative and professional barriers to education. Our motivation is social equity and also nation and capacity building in regional Sri Lanka.
But the project has also resulted promotes substantial reduction in the use of paper-based education. The program better enables the health, wellbeing and life balance of trai nee rural nurses as the evolve into better accredited professionals who will in turn, will deliver quality healthcare services to their respective communities. Similarly, IIHS’ E-INCUBATOR aims to deliver undergraduate and continuous professional programs for nurses by utilizing innovative digital technologies appropriate for low resource settings. These programs are recognized by highly reputable international education providers and are consistent with the Mission of the Commonwealth Centre for Digital Health (CCDH). Our platforms are hosted on the award winning IIHS Learner Management System (LMS), accessible from anywhere in the world.
IIHS is dedicated to social responsibility, encompassing a broad range of interactions with our community at home or abroad. This is spelled out in IIHS values and is explicit in practices. Local responsibility lies at the core in IIHS operating tradition and it is the foundation of the institute’s success.
IIHS is determined to play an active social role, to be open about the social impact and to work towards a sustainable future. Tangible evidence is the success of our programs to upskill rural youth in Sri Lanka enabling them to pursue careers in the healthcare sector. Over 250 students from rural areas have been awarded full scholarships for nursing qualifications and have been placed in leading hospitals in Colombo. Central to this has been IIHS’s commitment to the concept of balancing work, study and family, where it has encouraged students from different walks of life to accomplish their goals successfully.
IIHS is committed to enhance the level of social responsibility in order to improve the welfare of Sri Lankan citizens. Hence, the institute has taken an initiative to convert unskilled labour to skilled labour in the export industry of Sri Lanka. According to Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment, nearly 500,000 Sri Lankan women are employed as domestic workers (unskilled labour) in the Middle East. This is 40% from the working population which brings majority of foreign income to the country. IIHS is determined to empower these female employees to upgrade themselves to skilled employees in the health service.
Healthcare sector is dynamic like never before due to technological revolution, changes in the epidemiological and demographic patterns and multiple socio-economic and environmental elements.
IIHS recognises that these rapid changes have led to demands which cannot be fulfilled by the existing systems and resources and also recognises the need of a new approach to counter these challenges in order to sustain respective healthcare systems.
IIHS’s BIOINQUIRER is an initiative to develop a collective effort to bring together a collection of best practices which are evidence-based reflections of the professionals all around the world. It provides a global platform for healthcare professionals to enhance knowledge, skills and competency through research, workshops, conferences and community engagement, and regulates ethics in research.
BIOINQUIRER was established by the Academic Department of IIHS, under the guidance and supervision of Dr. Nihal De Silva (MBBS, MD, ACOG, MPH), Dean, IIHS. One of the key activities under BIOINQUIRER platform is processing ethical clearance required during the research process. For this purpose, BIOINQUIRER comprises of an Ethics Review Committee (ERC) in order to promote research ethics among undergraduate and postgraduate students, academics and the wider community of researchers. Use of best available evidence into health practice improves the quality of healthcare. All healthcare professionals should apply research evidence in their practice to ensure patents receive the highest level of care.
BIOINQUIRER annual research forum encourages students to engage in research. Further, community-based research helps to identify the existing issues from the ground level. Finding solutions and applying relevant steps to overcome pre-identified issues are important aspects of community projects. BIOINQUIRER research forum facilitates students to engage and develop their skills.