IIHS welcomes all international students to be a part of the SMART Revolution! With state of the art learning facilities and a student centric learning environment at IIHS we urge you to ‘feel’ beautiful Sri Lanka famous for its nature, beaches, history and relaxing lifestyle.
As an International University Learning Center (IULC), IIHS offers international programs for local and regional students to provide access to quality education. With world recognized affiliations in Nursing, Medicine, Bio Medical Science, Physiotherapy, Education and Health Administration, we ensure that our students gain an international experience at the very heart of Sri Lanka.

To learn about our courses offered for international students, click on the links below.

Foundation in Biological Science

Foundation in English

Advanced Diploma in General Nursing

Advanced Diploma in Physiotherapy

Bachelors in Nursing Sciences (Hons.)

Masters in Nursing

Masters in Physiotherapy

As an international student, you may apply to IIHS directly or with the help of our overseas representatives. Intakes for the undergraduate programs are from September to January, whilst the post graduate program intakes take place in January and September.
Overseas Representative - Insert David Samuel details , MI College
Apply directly – Add IIHS e-application

Listed below are the entry requirements for international students for each program. Course entry requirements vary depending on the country where the exam was taken. Students are requested to submit the relevant certificates during the submission of applications.

Foundation in Biological Science - 5 passes at Ordinary Level

Advanced Diploma in General Nursing - 3 Simple Passes at Advanced Level. For students who do not meet the requirement are required to complete the 1 year Foundation in Biological Science.

Advanced Diploma in Physiotherapy - 3 Simple Passes at Advanced Level. For students who do not meet the requirement are required to complete the 1 year Foundation in Biological Science.

Bachelors in Nursing Science (Hons.) – 3 year Diploma in recognized institute. (Click here for information on recognized institutes in the region)

Masters in Nursing – Recognized Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (Click here for information on recognized institutes in the region)

Masters in Physiotherapy Recognized Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy (Click here for information on recognized institutes in the region)

When submitting documents for your course application, it is vital to attach requested supporting documents on time to avoid delay in the process of the application. All documents are required to be certified prior to submission and be translated into English.

The required certified copies are as below:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Passport
  • Ordinary Level certificate
  • Advanced Level Certificate (for Advanced Diploma programs)
  • Bachelor’s Degree Certificate (for post-graduate programs)

You can submit your application to IIHS in person, through email or through an IIHS Overseas Representative.

IIHS Overseas Representatives

You can apply to study at IIHS through one of our international representatives. These organizations are all accredited by IIHS and will assist you with advice, liaise with the Institute on your behalf, provide information about courses and help you through the entire application process.

The list of IIHS Overseas Representatives

  • India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, Myanmar, China - Mr. David Samuel –
  • Maldives – Mr. Kenneth …..

If you’re an international applicant who’d like to come to Sri Lanka, you must apply for a student visa or hold a valid visa to study in Sri Lanka.

How to apply for a visa

Once you’ve accepted an offer from IIHS and we’ve received your fees, we’ll send you an offer letter. You’ll need this letter to apply for your student visa as soon as you can.

To apply for a student visa, you need to:

  • have a an offer letter from IIHS
  • meet the visa application criteria for your country
  • undergo a medical examination with a medical practitioner approved by IIHS upon arrival to Sri Lanka

Have questions about entry requirements, courses, key dates or anything else? We can help talk through your course and career options.

IIHS – Global: Ms. Sachini Amarasooriya
Telephone: +94 766566761

Living in Sri Lanka can be an exciting adventure for international students and we at IIHS hope to add more value to your learning experience in Sri Lanka. Allow us to support you through each step of your time in Sri Lanka.

The IIHS International Student Office aims to ensure that you will be supported from the moment you apply to IIHS for your higher studies. The IIHS International Student Advisors will offer you advice on the following:

  • getting a new offer letter/visa
  • visa conditions relating to enrolment requirements
  • Leave of absence approval
  • Crisis management

They are also available to support under 18 students.

The IIHS International Student Advisor can provide support and advice in person, online or over the phone. You can book a private appointment or simply drop-in to the International Student Support Centre during contact hours for a 15 minute consultation.

In 2019, IIHS will commence the IIHS Shuttle Bus Service which will be provide a daily shuttle service to students travelling from Colombo to IIHS.

In addition, taxi services including Uber, PickMe is available whilst frequent public transport is available for students.

Student support unit of IIHS will help locate your lodging placements with affiliated accommodation providers.

Sri Lanka

Set in the Indian Ocean in South Asia, the tropical island nation of Sri Lanka has a history dating back to the birth of time.  It is a place where the original soul of Buddhism still flourishes and where nature’s beauty remains abundant and unspoilt.

Few places in the world can offer the traveller such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location.  Within a mere area of  65,610 kilometres lie 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,330 kilometres of coastline - much of it pristine beach - 15 national parks showcasing an abundance of wildlife, nearly 500,000 acres of lush tea estates, 250 acres of botanical gardens, 350 waterfalls, 25,000 water bodies, to a culture that extends back to over 2,500 years. 

This is an island of magical proportions, once known as Serendib, Taprobane, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, and Ceylon. Discover refreshingly Sri Lanka!

Official Name: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Government Type: Republic
Location: Latitude 5° 55. to 9° 50. north, Longitude 79° 42. to 81° 52., 650km north of the equator
Dimensions: 430km North to South, 225km East to West
Coastline: 1,340km
Area: 65,525km
Currency (code): Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
Independence: 4 February 1948
Administrative Capital: Sri Jayewardenepura
Commercial Capital: Colombo
Administrative Divisions: Typically tropical, with a northeast monsoon (December to March) bringing unsettled weather to the north and east, and a southwest monsoon (June to October) bringing bad weather to the south and west
Terrain: Mostly low, flat to rolling plain; mountains in south-central interior
Highest Mountain: Pidurutalagala, 2,524m
Highest Waterfall: Bambarakanda, 263m
National Flower The Blue Water Lily (Nymphaea stellata).
National Parks and Nature Reserves Area: 8,
Population: 21,128,773
Population Growth Rate: 1.3%
Population Density: 309 people per sq km
Life Expectancy at Birth 74 female, 64 male
Literacy Rate : Female 87.9 Male 92.5
Ethnic Groups: Sinhalese 73.8%, Sri Lankan Moors 7.2%, Indian Tamil 4.6%, Sri Lankan Tamil 3.9%, other 0.5%, unspecified 10% (2001 census)
Languages: Sinhala (official and national language) 74%, Tamil (national language) 18%, other 8% 
Note: English (a link language commonly) is used in government and spoken competently by about 10% of the population
Religion: Buddhist 69.1%, Muslim 7.6%, Hindu 7.1%, Christian 6.2%, unspecified 10% (2001 census)
Time Zone: Sri Lanka Standard Time is five and a half hours ahead of GMT. (Allowance should be made for summer-time changes in Europe.)
International Dialing: +94
Electricity: 230 . 240 volts, 50 cycles AC. If you travel with a laptop computer bring a stabilizer
Economy: Sri Lanka's most dynamic sectors are food processing, textiles and apparel, food and beverages, port construction, telecommunications, insurance and banking. In 2006, plantation crops made up only 15% of exports (90% in 1970), while textiles and garments accounted for more than 60%. About 800,000 Sri Lankans work abroad, 90% of them in the Middle East. They send home more than US$1 billion a year.
Labour Force 34.3% of the labour population is employed in agriculture, 25.3% in industry and 40.4% in services: 40.4% (30 June 2006 est.) The unemployment rate is 5.7% (2007 est.)
Agriculture & Products Rice, Sugarcane, Grains, Pulses, Oilseed, Spices, Tea, Rubber, Coconuts, milk, Eggs, Hides, Beef, Fish
Industries: Processing of rubber, tea, coconuts, tobacco and other agricultural commodities, telecommunications, insurance, banking; clothing, textiles, cement, petroleum refining.
Exports: Textiles and apparel; tea and spices; diamonds, emeralds, rubies; coconut products, rubber manufactures, fish
Imports: Main import commodities are textile fabrics, mineral products, petroleum, foodstuffs, machinery and transportation equipment: $10.61 billion f.o.b. (2007 est.). Percentage of main commodities from main import partners: India 19.6%, China 10.5%, Singapore 8.8%, Iran 5.7%, Malaysia 5.1%, Hong Kong 4.2%, Japan 4.1% (2006)
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Purchasing power parity: $81.29 billion (2007 est.). Official exchange rate: $30.01 billion (2007 est.) Real growth rate: 6.3% (2007 est.) Per capita: $4,100 (2007 est.) composition by sector: Agriculture: 16.5% Industry: 26.9%
Gross National Product (GNP): Sri Lanka is placed in 76th place in GNP figures of the world.s nations with $22.8 billion (2005)
Flag Description: Yellow with two panels; the smaller hoist-side panel has two equal vertical bands of green (hoist side) and orange; the other panel is a large dark red rectangle with a yellow lion holding a sword, and there is a yellow bo leaf in each corner; the yellow field appears as a border around the entire flag and extends between the two panels