Studying Physiotherapy in English in Europe

Will my international physiotherapy degree be recognised?

This is a highly important consideration when choosing to study physiotherapy abroad. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information that we give you in this respect and so would advise you to check with UK requirements particularly if you are planning to work here after graduation.

Does it make sense to study physiotherapy abroad?

There are a number of very good universities offering physiotherapy abroad. As it is an increasingly competitive subject at British universities, many students are now looking at study options overseas.

Within the European Union the quality of physiotherapy degrees is very high and universities in Australia, for example, also have an excellent reputation in this area.

What grades do I need to get in?

Each university has its own entrance requirements. A strong emphasis is usually placed on student motivation and exam results alone will not be the only determinant of whether you will be offered a place. Some physiotherapy degrees will happily accept students with BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas but others will require A levels.

What else should I bear in mind?

There may be a requirement to learn the local language if you are to be working with patients.

While physiotherapy degrees abroad are not expensive by the standard of other health science qualifications, there is no funding available for British students who go abroad. You will have to pay the cost of your education yourself and post-Brexit this will probably be higher than it was.

Location Number of Courses Approx. Fees (EU) Approx Fees (UK and other)
Central Europe 13 €2,000-€8,000 €2,000-€8,000
Netherlands 4 €2,000-€3,000 €7,800-€9,000
Finland 1 0 €9,500
Italy 1 €5,200 €5,200
Spain 1 €12,500 €12,500
Luxembourg 1 €9,000 €9,000

Where should I look for physiotherapy degrees abroad?

In Europe there are currently 21 degrees in physiotherapy taught entirely in English (not including UK and Ireland). Most are in central and Eastern Europe. Four of these are in The Netherlands including Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen.These are highly attractive to students from all around Europe and as a result, places are extremely limited.Three of the Physiotherapy programmes are governed by Numerus Fixus which means that the deadline is 15th January with offers being announced on 15th April. In recent years the number of Irish students alone applying to these courses has exceeded the number of available places.

There is one option in Spain and one in Italy. There is also one option in Finland at SAMK University of Applied Sciences.

Australian universities are generally perceived as excellent in the field of physiotherapy.

Some thoughts from physiotheraphy students at overseas universities...

Lucy Carveth-Johnson

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A Star Future provides information and guidance to British students looking to pursue their undergraduate studies abroad.

Through our presentations in schools and our websites we aim to ensure that British-educated students are well informed about their choices.