Hello my name is Jakob Hanzal I am 23 years old and I am from Vienna, Austria. I am currently in my second year of Physiotherapy on the English Stream at Fontys.
I chose this course because I wanted to be taught in English and study in an international environment whilst experiencing a new culture. I am thoroughly enjoying the course so far, there is a good balance between practical and theoretical study, with a strong emphasis on practical work, a learning experience I find particularly useful as it is an integral part of physiotherapy. The University has excellent studying facilities and the classes we study in are small, which provides a supportive and motivating learning environment. Teachers make an effort to get real patients into classes so we can interview,assess and practice on them. The students work well together, helping each other with practical aspects of the course and various assignments. Also, the opportunity to study with students from around the world provides different perspectives and approaches on the subject and returning to my home country for clinical placements has demonstrated to me how valuable this insight and knowledge is.
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.
Relocating to Eindhoven was a lot easier than I anticipated – English is widely spoken in this student friendly city and the staff and students have been helpful and supportive in ensuring a smooth transfer. In my opinion it is worth trying to learn some Dutch as not only do the Dutch appreciate your efforts, it will create new opportunities such as local internships and generally integrating better into the community.
Studying in the heart of Europe, also means you can travel to European destinations, cities like Paris, London and Barcelona are in easy reach.
All in all both the course and the social aspects make this a great place to begin your career as a Physiotherapist.