Physiotherapy

  • 4 year
  • English
  • Bachelor
  • Full-time
Eindhoven

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Are you interested in helping people to move without pain? Do you have good decision-making skills and are you solution-oriented? In the Physiotherapy Programme at Fontys, you’ll learn all about all the aspects you’ll encounter as a physiotherapist.

About the programme

Walking, lifting things, participating in sports – these are all things that you may do every day without giving it a thought. Usually, you’ll only visit a physiotherapist if you have suffered an injury, if you’re troubled by a hernia, or if you’re experiencing pain while walking. A physiotherapist helps people to move without pain and investigates how they may be able to prevent any additional complaints in the future.

Why study Physiotherapy at Fontys?

  • We offer a good balance between practical and theoretical study with a strong emphasis on practical work.
  • The classes are small, which provides a supportive and motivating learning environment.
  • We work with real patients so you can interview and assess them, as well as practice on them.
  • The university has excellent facilities for sport activities. The sports centre opposite the Fontys building offers a wide variety of activities.
 

What are you going to learn?

This is a four-year programme. Approximately half of the study time will involve self-study, either at home or at school. The other half of the study time will be dedicated to lectures and practical lessons. The lectures will cover the theory. During the practical classes, you’ll develop physiotherapy skills, such as massage therapy and movement therapy. The medical practical sessions will teach you about the structure and functioning of your own body. Even if you have a perfect command of the theory, your social skills will be just as important for the effective practice of your profession. This is why we devote a great deal of attention to practical training during the course of your studies.

What does a typical study week look like? 
  • You’ll attend classes for 20 hours a week, alongside 4 hours of project work and approximately 16 hours of self-study.
  • The course programme is divided into 40% theory, 40% practical work and 20% independent learning.
  • One academic year is made up of 4 periods, each lasting 10 weeks.
 

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What does your week look like?

Primarily during the first year, you will receive a great deal of study supervision. You will learn how to work independently, to plan your study schedule and to take responsibility. During the first year, you will lay the foundations for the remainder of your course programme. Both theory, including subjects such as Anatomy and Physiology, as well as Skills will be covered.

 

 

Courses

The programme has a duration of four years.

In the first year, your study weeks are divided as follows:

  • 20 hours of lessons (approx. 40% practical lessons)
  • 4 hours project work
  • 16 hours self-study

In the first year you will learn how your body functions by studying subjects such anatomy, physiology and neurology. Furthermore, you will learn about physiotherapeutic treatments: how you deal with people and how you implement this when you're treating. During the practical lessons, you practice these skills on real patients and on your fellow students.


Study advice

At the latest at the end of the first year (propaedeutic phase), all the first-year students receive study advice: a decision about the continuation of their studies. Students who do not achieve the required number of study points may get a dismissal notification from the university. This dismissal is binding. In the second year, during the practical lessons, you apply the knowledge you acquired. Halfway the second year, you chose a speciality theme; that means that starting from the third year, you approach your studies in a more specific way. The speciality themes are:

  • Enabling People with Technology
  • Value Based Healthcare
  • Empowering Healthy Behaviour

Internship

First year internship is mainly about orientation on the future profession and self-reflection.

You gain your practical experience by working in various institutions, such as in independent clinics, in a general hospital or in other institutions (such as a nursing home, a rehabilitation centre or psychiatric hospital).


Going abroad

The physiotherapy programme also enables you to do your internship abroad. Fontys has excellent contact with a large number of clinics/institutions in the Netherlands and abroad and can help you find a suitable internship or workplace. And that is to your benefit, because nowadays employers consider it increasingly important to see international experience on your CV.

Starting from the third year, you start working within your speciality theme, which you have selected halfway your second year.

You do an internship of 10 weeks and choose a minor, for example, a speciality minor within the speciality theme you have selected. That way you focus on a single speciality in healthcare and you become a specialist in that area. This enables you to develop into a healthcare professional in the future and you also build a wide network in the field.


The speciality minors are:
  • Exploring Health Behaviour
  • MADE for Allied Healthcare (Measurement, Analysis, Design & Exploration for Allied Healthcare)
  • Healthcare on the Move: time for a new outlook! (NEW MINOR)
  • Thinking Differently, Doing Differently; practical care innovation with practice (NEW MINOR)

Of course, you can also choose to do your minor at another university, abroad or in another study programme of Fontys. You can also do your internship abroad.

In the fourth year you do an internship of 20 weeks. Furthermore, this year is focused on graduating. You choose a final thesis within the speciality theme that you selected. After successfully completing your studies, you are ready to start working as a professional in your professional field.

Most graduates find a job within one year.

During the second year, you’ll need to incorporate more independence into your studies. However, you’ll be provided with advice 
and recommendations when it comes to making your choices. You’ll also choose one of the three focus programmes and a Minor, which you’ll follow in the third year.

During the third and fourth year, you’ll become increasingly independent in relation to your work. You’ll follow a Minor and choose one of the three focus programmes: Healthcare, Self-Management, or Interprofessional Collaboration. You’ll also engage in an extensive internship during these final years. 

It is possible to do internships abroad. Fontys has excellent partnerships with a large number of practical institutions both within the Netherlands and abroad, so we can assist you in finding a suitable internship and/or work 
placement. 

Year 1 and 2:
Short internship as an introduction to physiotherapy and part of the module “personal and professional development”.

Year 3:
Track A: First semester a 10 week internship combined with the 10 week module “specialisms within physiotherapy”. Second semester minor.
Track B: First semester minor. Second semester a 10 week internship combined with the 10 week module “specialisms within physiotherapy”.

Year 4:
Graduation phase, combination of graduation internship and research project.

 

Language requirements

For the English taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency required is explained in the table below:

TEST Bachelor's students
IELTS 6.0 (academic level)
TOEFL paper 550
TOEFL computer 213
TOEFL internet 79/80
TOEIC* 670
Cambridge ESOL FCE-C (from 169)

* only if the units 'Speaking and Writing' and 'Listening and Reading' have been passed succesfully.

The level of English proficiency must always meet the entry requirements for the chosen Fontys course. Fontys always reserves the right to require a language proficiency test for all categories of applicants.

Exemptions

Some applicants may be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test results:

  • Applicants with a Dutch MBO-diploma level 4/ HAVO diploma / VWO diploma
  • Applicants who have passed one of the secondary education exams (including English as part of the curriculum) as mentioned in the diploma list on the website of the code of conduct
  • Applicants whose prior education was English-taught and who obtained a diploma in one of the following countries: Saint Martin, United Kingdom, United States of America, Australia, New-Zealand, Ireland and Canada (English speaking part only).
  • Applicants with an International Baccalaureate Diploma.
  • Applicants with a British General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) and General Certificate of Education (GCE).

All other applicants need to submit a proof of English proficiency by means of one of the mentioned certificates.

The level of English proficiency must always meet the entry requirements for the chosen Fontys course. Fontys always reserves the right to require a language proficiency test for all categories of applicants.


Entry requirements

Physiotherapy is an intensive study programme. Subjects such as Anatomy, Orthopaedics, Neurology, and Physiology all demand extensive knowledge. To be eligible to follow the course programme, there are no specific profile requirements, but knowledge of the subjects Biology, English, and Mathematics are recommended in all cases. 
 
As a prospective student for the Physiotherapy English Stream programme, you must have obtained a diploma of secondary general education or secondary vocational education equivalent to Dutch standards. The diploma and list of grades of your previous education will be evaluated to determine if you are admissible. 

In case of disability/handicap 

If you have a physical or psychological disability/handicap (e.g. dyslexia or a chronic disease) which may affect your study performance or professional physiotherapy activities, please do not hesitate to contact the programme.

Language requirements

For the English taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency required is explained in the table below:

TEST Bachelor's students
IELTS 6.0 (academic level)
TOEFL paper 550
TOEFL computer 213
TOEFL internet 79/80
TOEIC* 670
Cambridge ESOL FCE-C (from 169)

* only if the units 'Speaking and Writing' and 'Listening and Reading' have been passed succesfully.

The level of English proficiency must always meet the entry requirements for the chosen Fontys course. Fontys always reserves the right to require a language proficiency test for all categories of applicants.

Exemptions

Some applicants may be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test results:

  • Applicants with a Dutch MBO-diploma level 4/ HAVO diploma / VWO diploma
  • Applicants who have passed one of the secondary education exams (including English as part of the curriculum) as mentioned in the diploma list on the website of the code of conduct
  • Applicants whose prior education was English-taught and who obtained a diploma in one of the following countries: Saint Martin, United Kingdom, United States of America, Australia, New-Zealand, Ireland and Canada (English speaking part only).
  • Applicants with an International Baccalaureate Diploma.
  • Applicants with a British General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) and General Certificate of Education (GCE).

All other applicants need to submit a proof of English proficiency by means of one of the mentioned certificates.

The level of English proficiency must always meet the entry requirements for the chosen Fontys course. Fontys always reserves the right to require a language proficiency test for all categories of applicants.

Visa

As a non-EU/EEA student, the Netherlands will require an Entry Visa* (MVV) and a Residence Permit. Fontys will apply on behalf of its students for these documents. We recommend you start the process early, i.e. approximately three months before you plan to enter the Netherlands.

*except nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, the USA and Vatican City State.

Entry requirements

Physiotherapy is an intensive study programme. Subjects such as Anatomy, Orthopaedics, Neurology, and Physiology all demand extensive knowledge. To be eligible to follow the course programme, there are no specific profile requirements, but knowledge of the subjects Biology, English, and Mathematics are recommended in all cases.  As a prospective student for the Physiotherapy English Stream programme, you must have obtained a diploma of secondary general education or secondary vocational education equivalent to Dutch standards. The diploma and list of grades of your previous education will be evaluated to determine if you are admissible. 

In case of disability/handicap 

If you have a physical or psychological disability/handicap (e.g. dyslexia or a chronic disease) which may affect your study performance or professional physiotherapy activities, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Meike van Sambeek

Language requirements for Dutch students

For the English taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency required. As an applicant with a Dutch MBO-4, HAVO- or VWO-diploma you can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test.


Entry requirements

Physiotherapy is an intensive study programme. Subjects such as Anatomy, Orthopaedics, Neurology, and Physiology all demand extensive knowledge. To be eligible to follow the course programme, there are no specific profile requirements, but knowledge of the subjects Biology, English, and Mathematics are recommended in all cases.  As a prospective student for the Physiotherapy English Stream programme, you must have obtained a diploma of secondary general education or secondary vocational education equivalent to Dutch standards. The diploma and list of grades of your previous education will be evaluated to determine if you are admissible.

In case of disability/handicap 

If you have a physical or psychological disability/handicap (e.g. dyslexia or a chronic disease) which may affect your study performance or professional physiotherapy activities, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Meike van Sambeek

Costs

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Statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees

A distinction is made between statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees. Only if you satisfy all statutory requirements regarding your nationality and if you have not yet been awarded a degree, will you be eligible for statutory tuition fees. Via the tuition fees indicator, you can secure an indication of the type of tuition fees that will be applicable in your situation. To do so, please make use of the indicator above.

Distinctions are made between the following types of Institutional Tuition Fees:

  • Low institutional tuition fees
  • High institutional tuition fees


Different types of tuition fees and Exemption Regulations

These different types of tuition fees and the Exemption Regulations are fully detailed in the

    The amount to be paid may vary in accordance with the following situations:

    • If you have enrolled in more than one course programme (at Fontys and/or elsewhere), it is possible that you may only be obliged to pay one set of statutory tuition fees.
    • If you believe that you may be eligible to pay only the statutory tuition fees on the basis of information that may be unknown to us, please report this to your Course Department.
    • If it later transpires that you do not meet the requirements for statutory tuition fees, you will be obliged to pay the (higher) institutional tuition fees and if this is the case, you will be notified accordingly.

    Fontys currently offers several scholarships for Non-Eu / Non-EEA students. You might also be eligible for other scholarships not provided by Fontys. These can be found on Grantfinder.nl

    Paying in instalments

    Collection will take place in a maximum of ten equal instalments on or around the 26th of the month. Depending upon the processing time required after your enrolment, the direct debit may need to be moved to the following month. If so, the amount outstanding will then be divided and added to the remaining instalments to be executed until and including the June instalment.

    If paying the full sum in a single payment

    If you commence your studies on 1 September, the direct debit pertaining to your Tuition Fees will be executed on or around 25 September. If you commence your studies after 1 September, the direct debit will be executed on or around the 26th of the month in which you commence your studies.

    Non EU students

    Incoming Non EU students will receive a payment letter from their study department which must be paid before the deadline. In the following academic years payment can be done by direct debit.

    Non-Sepa

    If you have a Bank account number, of which the bank is not situated in one of the SEPA countries, and you are a national of a country outside the EEA without an address in The Netherlands, then you will receive a paymentletter from Fontys via your course department.

    The Dutch currency unit is the Euro (i.e. abbreviated to ‘EUR’ or ‘€’).

    The average living expenses per month for a foreign student living and studying in Holland are between EUR 900 and EUR 1,100 per month. These living expenses cover rent, insurance, food, public transportation, books, clothing and other general costs. 

    Dutch Immigration Service (IND) requires non-EEA students to proof they have access to € 11,200 per year (€ 5.600 per semester)

    Costs within the first months upon arrival will be higher than all other months due to a housing deposit, intro week and books. Study books are usually bought at the start of the semester and therefore it is wise to reserve and have direct access to an amount at the start of the semester which can cover the price of all study books and the living expenses for the first two months. 

    Before starting your study at Fontys, you must find suitable housing. Unfortunately, it is not easy for international students to find accommodation in the Netherlands due to the housing crisis. Start your accommodation search early. Please be aware that finding a place to live is your own responsibility. However, we are happy to assist in any way we can.

     

    Career opportunities

    After the successful completion of your studies, you’ll find that there are many opportunities available for pursuing a career as a physiotherapist. You may choose to work at a hospital, nursing home, rehabilitation centre, a school for disabled children, or at a physiotherapy practice. You may want to start your own practice. The profession of physiotherapy is under development within the preventive sector. You could work for a company, at a fitness centre, or for a sporting association.

     

    "You work with real patients so you can interview, assess, and practice on them!

    Student Lia Smagin about the programme >

    How to apply

    All applications for our programmes have to be conducted via www.studielink.nl. Studielink is an online portal that allows applicants to apply and maintain their registration whenever they want to.

    The application process may differ for EU and Non-EU students, please read below what applies to you.

    Application deadlines

    September intake
    If you apply for accommodation through Fontys* 15 June
    If you arrange accommodation yourself 1 August

    * Unfortunately Fontys can only guarantee housing for a limited number of students.Therefore, we strongly recommend that you keep on trying to find a room yourself. Keep us informed if you have found your own accommodation. Please be aware that finding a place to live is your own responsibility.

    Application deadlines

    September intake
    International students who need to apply for a residence permit 1 June
    International students holding a valid residence permit 1 August

    Unfortunately Fontys can only guarantee housing for a limited number of students.Therefore, we strongly recommend that you keep on trying to find a room yourself. Keep us informed if you have found your own accommodation. Please be aware that finding a place to live is your own responsibility.

    Online application - Studielink

    All applications for our courses have to be conducted via www.studielink.nl. Studielink is an online portal that allows applicants to apply and maintain their registration whenever they want to.

    Start your online application

    • Log in to Studielink: www.studielink.nl.
    • Submit your personal details (please ensure that you enter your names as stated on your passport and/or identity card), ensuring that all details are entered correctly, i.e. capital letters where required.
    • Add 'New Enrolment Application': mind you choose the correct intake (September 2022).
    • Add your previous education and answer the supplementary questions.
    Educational institution Fontys Hogescholen
    Location of educational institution Eindhoven
    Programme B Physiotherapy English Stream

    Go to Studielink, log in and select ‘New Enrolment Application’. Select the option for the Academic Year in which you wish to follow your chosen course programme and then follow the steps to select the course programme of your choice. Enter the details of your prior education and answer the supplementary questions.


    Application procedure step 1

    The application procedure consists of two steps.First, you have to apply for the Physiotherapy English Stream programme through Studielink. The full name of the programme in Studielink is B Physiotherapy English Stream. You must choose 1 September 2022 as start date of the programme.

    Application procedure step 2

    Secondly, within 4 weeks of registering via Studielink, (before 1 June 2022 for Non-EU students and 1 August 2022 for EU-students) we wish to receive the following documents:
    1. A copy of your valid passport (pdf files only) to physiotherapyandmirt@fontys.nl
    2. Proof of English language proficiency (pdf files only) to physiotherapyandmirt@fontys.nl

    For more information see 'Requirements'.
    In case you do not have this proof yet, please inform us when you expect to obtain it.

    Application procedure step 3

    Thirdly, within 4 weeks of registering via Studielink, (before 1 June 2022 for Non-EU students and 1 August 2022 for EU-students) we wish to receive the following documents:
    Original certified copies of your diploma and list of grades (including sworn translations of these documents, if they are not in English, German or French) by regular mail/hard copies only to this address:

    Please send your documents to

    Fontys University of Applied Sciences - Physiotherapy ES programme
    To the attention of FPH
    P.O. Box 347
    5600 AH Eindhoven
    The Netherlands

    In case you have not graduated yet, please inform us when you will receive your diploma and send us your certified grade lists with grades which you received up until now (pdf files only) to physiotherapyandmirt@fontys.nl.

     

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