Content of the programme

The programme has a duration of four years. Approximately half of the study time will be allo-cated to self-study, either at home or at school. The other half of the study time will be allocated to (working) lectures and practical lessons. During the lectures the theory will be covered. During the practical lessons, you will practice physiotherapy skills, such as Massage Therapy and Movement Therapy - with, and on - one another. During the medical practical sessions, you will learn about the structure and workings of your own body. All of the subjects covered will be interrelated. Your manner of dealing with people will also be important, as you will learn to practice a profession in which dealing with people will be a key aspect of your role.

  • Course description

    The first year

    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.

    How many hours per week will you be busy with your studies?

    • 20 hours of lessons
    • 4 hours of project work
    • 16 hours of self-study

    How is the course programme divided?

    • Theory 40%
    • Self-study 20%
    • Practice 40%

    One Academic Year is made up of 4 Periods, each with a duration of 10 weeks.

    The second year

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

    The third & fourth years

    During the third and fourth years, you will become increasingly independent in relation to your work. You will follow a Minor and you will choose one of the three focus programmes: Healthcare, Self-management or Interprofessional collaboration. In both the third and fourth years, the extensive internships will be scheduled. Please find our movies about the focus programmes below.

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    Interprofessional collaboration

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  • Why study at Fontys

    There is a good balance between practical and theoretical study, with a strong emphasis on practical work. We offer excellent studying facilities and the classes you study in are small, which provides a supportive and motivating learning environment.

    Work together

    We work with real patients so you can interview, assess and practice on them. The students work well together, helping each other with practical aspects of the course and various assignments.

    Sport activities

    The University has excellent facilities for sport activities. The sport centre opposite the Fontys building offers a wide variety of sports so everyone can find an activity and membership is affordable.

    Dynamic student town

    Eindhoven is a nice student town, which combines its dynamic character with a safe and cosy atmosphere. These elements and the easy going southern character of the people help you to feel at home in this town what makes studying a lot more attractive.

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  • Didactic Methods

    The Fontys way of studying

    We believe that it is important that not only our education should be of high quality, but that all of the associated conditions and facilities for studying with us are also good. Therefore, we also invest in matters such as the quality of the teaching and examination schedules, the provision of prompt feedback in relation to testing and assignments, the optimal registration of study progress, good information facilities and the accessibility of our teaching staff.

    Within the Course Department and the Institute, you will encounter an open and informal atmosphere, which should allow you to find your way quite easily and you should also find it easy to make contact with your fellow students and your Tutors.

  • Study coach


    Primarily during the first year, you will receive a great deal of study supervision from a tutor. This advisor will be your main point of contact for the first two years. He or she will monitor your performance and will provide you with relevant advice and/or recommendations. Together with your advisor, you will determine how you intend to work on the competencies (i.e. knowledge, attitude and skills) that are associated with your intended future profession.

    • In addition to the group meetings, weekly consultation hours will be scheduled during which, if required, you will be able to have an individual discussion with your SCA. In this manner, it is possible for students to secure additional supervision if required.

    Primary contact point

    Your tutor should be your primary contact point. If you experience any difficulties and/or problems, you should contact your tutor. Your tutor will assist you in making choices and he/she will be able to provide you with advice regarding a wide range of matters. Your tutor will also be able to refer you to the other authorities associated with Fontys to ensure that you receive an optimal level of assistance.

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  • Internship

    First orientation

    The first year of studies for the course programme, Physiotherapy, is primarily about familiarising yourself with the subject. The internship during this year will then also primarily serve as an orientation for your intended future profession and also as an opportunity for self-reflection.

    Thereafter more extensive

    Thereafter, the internship periods will become more extensive. You will gain your practical experience in a range of different settings, such as at an independent practice, at a general hospital and/or at another institute (such as a nursing home, a rehabilitation centre, or a psychiatric hospital). Moreover, you will have the opportunity to participate in an internship abroad.


    During your internships, you will be provided with supervision from both the Course Department and the Internship Organisation. By way of diverse activities, you will be able to maintain direct contact with the Course Department. In relation to the assessment of your internship, we will consider your level of subject knowledge and skills, as well as your manner of dealing with patients and colleagues.

    Going abroad

    During the course programme, Physiotherapy, it is possible to participate in internships abroad. Fontys has excellent contacts at a large number of practical institutions both within The Netherlands and abroad, through which we will be able to assist you in finding a suitable internship and/or working placement.

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  • How to prepare

    Physiotherapy is a tough course programme and one in which you will need to study very hard. Subjects such as Anatomy, Orthopaedics, Neurology and Physiology all demand extensive knowledge. In addition, you will need to successfully complete your Propaedeutic Phase (i.e. 60 ECTS) in just one year. As such, the workload will be very high.

    To be eligible to follow the course programme, there are no specific profile requirements, but knowledge of the subjects, Biology, English and Mathematics would be recommended in all cases.

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