Physiotherapy

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

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 study 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 sporting activities – these are all things that you may do every day without thinking about it. 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 you may be able to prevent any further complaints from occurring 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 you study in are small, which provides a supportive and motivating learning environment.
  • We work with real patients so you can interview, assess, and 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?

The programme has a duration of four years. 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 (practical) 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 workings 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 and during the course of your studies.

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

Physiotherapy

Students about this programme

 

What does a 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.

Primarily during the first year, you’ll receive a great deal of study supervision. You’ll learn how to work independently, plan your study schedule, and take responsibility. 

The first year will be dedicated to laying the foundations for the remainder of your course programme. Both theory (including subjects such as Anatomy and Physiology) as well as practical skills will be covered. The internship during this year serves as an orientation for your intended future profession and also as an opportunity for self-reflection. 

Each first-year student will have a tutor. This advisor will be your main point of contact for the first two years. They will monitor your performance and will provide you with relevant advice and/or 
recommendations. Together, you’ll determine how you aim to work on the competencies (e.g. knowledge, attitude, and skills) that are associated with your intended future profession. 

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. 

 

 

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 >

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 can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test results:

  • Candidates with a Dutch mbo-4, havo- or vwo-diploma
  • EEA/EU candidates with diplomas from certain countries are exempted from the language test. Find the list of diplomas and countries here
  • Applicants whose previous education was English-taught, and taken in a country in which English is an official language
  • Applicants whose mother tongue is English.

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. 

Admission test 

If you don’t have the required entrance level, you can take an admission test. The test will take place in May/June. The admission test will be conducted in the form of a Differential Aptitude Test (DAT). 

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

Some applicants may be exempted from submitting language proficiency test results:
  • Applicants who have a diploma of secondary education in a country listed in the diploma list drawn up on behalf of the associates of institutions of higher education, as published on the website of the code of conduct.
  • Applicants who have followed two years of their previous education in English

We reserve the right to require language proficiency testing for all categories of applicants.
The language requirements do not apply for applicants with a diploma of Dutch secondary education.

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 can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test results:

  • Candidates with a Dutch mbo-4, havo- or vwo-diploma
  • EEA/EU candidates with diplomas from certain countries are exempted from the language test. Find the list of diplomas and countries here
  • Applicants whose previous education was English-taught, and taken in a country in which English is an official language
  • Applicants whose mother tongue is English.

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. 

Admission test 

If you don’t have the required entrance level, you can take an admission test. The test will take place in May/June. The admission test will be conducted in the form of a Differential Aptitude Test (DAT). 

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

Some applicants may be exempted from submitting language proficiency test results:
  • Applicants who have a diploma of secondary education in a country listed in the diploma list drawn up on behalf of the associates of institutions of higher education, as published on the website of the code of conduct.
  • Applicants who have followed two years of their previous education in English

We reserve the right to require language proficiency testing for all categories of applicants. The language requirements do not apply for applicants with a diploma of Dutch secondary education.

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. 

Admission test 

If you don’t have the required entrance level, you can take an admission test. The test will take place in May/June. The admission test will be conducted in the form of a Differential Aptitude Test (DAT). 

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

Some applicants may be exempted from submitting language proficiency test results:
  • Applicants who have a diploma of secondary education in a country listed in the diploma list drawn up on behalf of the associates of institutions of higher education, as published on the website of the code of conduct.
  • Applicants who have followed two years of their previous education in English

We reserve the right to require language proficiency testing for all categories of applicants. The language requirements do not apply for applicants with a diploma of Dutch secondary education.

Costs

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For the 2021-2022 academic year, you can count on a one-time discount on tuition fees from the ‘Nationaal Programma Onderwijs’. Do you want to know what this means for you personally? Check the tuition fees indicator to see how high your tuition fees are for academic year 2021-2022.

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

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. 

    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. 

    It is possible to apply for accommodation. All the necessary information can be found here.
    Please read all the information carefully before you apply.

    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.

    Application deadlines

    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.

    September intake
    15 May 2022

    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 (February 2022 or September 2022).
    • Add your previous education and answer the supplementary questions.

    Do you have a question?

    physiotherapyandmirt@fontys.nl
    Educational institution Fontys Hogescholen
    Location of educational institution Eindhoven
    Programme B Physiotherapy English Stream

    Request for Enrolment (RFE)

    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 before 15 May 2022. 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

    Second, we want to receive the following documents within 4 weeks after the application through Studielink (and before 15 June 2022):
    1. A copy of your passport
    2. 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) *
    3. Proof of English language proficiency. For more information see
    'Requirements'. **

    * In case you have not graduated yet, please inform us when you will receive your diploma.
    ** In case you do not have this proof yet, please inform us when you expect to obtain it.

    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

     

    More about Physiotherapy (English)

    We are very sorry to inform you that due to the Covid-19 restriction in the Netherlands, Fontys unfortunately has had to cancel all 'Meet us on campus' activitiesin November. This Friday evening, the government will announce additional measures for education, events and meetings in large groups. Fontys takes its social responsibility seriously and follows government measures.

    Of course, we want to help you as much as possible in making the right study choice. Want to know when the next open days? will be? Click on the button below.

    This year, you can combine visiting our Open Day with attending a Practice study day.

    We would like to offer you the opportunity to visit Fontys Physiotherapy for a Practice study day on Friday the 26th of November 2021, Friday the 4th of February 2022 of March and Friday the 18th of March 2022, one day prior to our Open Day (which will take place on the Saturday after the Practice study day).

    Our Practice study day is prepared and lead by our students. In this way we hope to give our potential future students a nice first glimpse of our fantastic educational program. During the Open Day, other visitors, such as family and/or friends are also welcome. Both days will have a different approach, giving you the opportunity to gain a broad view of our course, the school and what it means to live abroad.

    Our practice day starts at 12 o’clock with a nice lunch, followed by a short lecture about our educational program. Our students will then present an anatomy lecture, after which you will start with a more hands on approach. We will end this part of the day with a quiz. Of course, we will also offer you a grand tour around the building, with a short stop at our cafeteria to help keep you hydrated. The practice study day will end at approx. 16:30 pm.

    If you would like to get a more in depth experience of our course, please do sign up for our practice day!

    Eindhoven
    04 feb 2022 12:00 - 16:30
    17 spots available
    Eindhoven
    18 mrt 2022 12:00 - 16:30
    25 spots available

    In the factsheet you will find the most important programme information at a glance.

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