Bachelor in Physiotherapy

Course typeBachelor
Course sectorHealth Care
Course duration4 years
Starting dateSeptember 2017
DegreeBachelor of Science
Tuition fee (EU/EEA students) € 2,006
Tuition fee (NON-EU students)(specification) € 7,800

The International programme, fully taught in English, is accessible to foreign students from any country. The programme has a duration of four years and is identical to the four-year programme in Dutch except for the language and the personal student counselling. Graduates obtain the Dutch diploma and are presented with a Bachelor degree in physiotherapy.

Physiotherapy at SaxionWhat is your motivation to study Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a varied and interesting profession where you will work with your hands, your mind and your heart. You are expected to bring theory into practice with the right motivation to help people.

As a physiotherapist you will meet many types of patients and just as many different diseases, all needing their own type of therapy. Most physiotherapists are enterprising, sportive and energetic persons. They have wide interests and strong social skills. They like working with people and are not afraid of making contact with them. They are disciplined, systematic, and medical subjects appeal to them.

Why study Physiotherapy at Saxion?
Physiotherapy and Physiotherapy Education in the Netherlands are well known over the world.
Physiotherapy at Saxion has a very personal approach. There is a special International team of teachers to guide you through your study at Saxion and stay in Enschede. Besides their profession as a Physiotherapist they take time to teach and counsel you in everything you need to successfully finish your study.

Truly international

The department of Physiotherapy has a high standard for internationalisation for over 20 years. This shows amongst others in the presence of many foreign students, foreign projects, in which both Dutch as well as foreign students participate, but also through the way Saxion designed her education of Physiotherapy according to international measures. A striking example of our international presence is the fact that there are students from 17 different countries in one class. Besides that, there are large foreign networks and agreements with international partners where we see the exchange of both students and teachers. Internationalisation is also an important issue in research projects and clinical training. All of this contributes to an international development of the profession.

Important notice: the application deadline for this programme is 1 April 2017! Click here to view the application procedure.

The objectives of the study are to gain the knowledge and skills of Physiotherapy, and to reach a certain level of personal development. This allows you to practise as an independent professional, with a general versatility, after graduation. The course contains a mix of theory and practical education. You will learn the basics of the functioning of the human body (anatomy – neurologyinternal medicine), disorders caused by psychological problems which influence the daily activities of the patient and practical skills in order to treet the patient.

In order to develop your professional competences, the curriculum focuses on:

  1. Physiotherapy at SaxionThe Physiotherapist as a care provider:
    • screening, diagnosing, planning
    • therapeutic interventions
    • preventive intervention
  2. The Physiotherapist as a manager:
    • organising
    • enterprising
  3. The Physiotherapist as a developer of the profession:
    • research
    • innovation

Clinical education

The clinical education, which covers approximately one of the four years, can be done in one of several countries. The school has developed an extensive network of affiliated clinical sites in the Netherlands, Norway and Germany. We also offer the possibility to participate in very interesting projects in other continents like South Africa, Indonesia and India. Students are expected to go abroad for their clinical education, including their home country. To enable an adequate placement, students are expected to bring in at least one clinical education address.

Next to the generic Physiotherapy curriculum, Saxion has a specific focus on “Musculo Skeletal Physiotherapy” (manual and sports physiotherapy), “Rehabilitation for Patients with Chronic Diseases” and “Labour & Health”. Interesting projects and intensive collaboration with the professional field are based on these specialisms.

Minor Musculoskeletal

The minor deals with manual therapeutic and sports physiotherapeutic diagnostics and treatment.
plan. It  is an introduction in the manual therapy and in the sport physiotherapy. Next to these themes you will follow a research program.

In physiotherapy, a differentiation in professional areas in pursued. This minor supports the differentiation to musculoskeletal indications, to which the specialisations of manual therapist and sports physiotherapist can be linked.

More information

For more information, please download the brochure about the Physiotherapy programme.

You can now apply for the bachelor in physiotherapy, if you meet the general entry requirements and the additional requirements set for this programme. 

Additional requirements

Senior secondary school (biology and/or physics are recommended). In addition, you need a good understanding of English in reading, writing and speaking. For Norwegian students an average of 3.5 is recommended. For Irish students 450 points are required.

Application procedure

When you meet the general entry requirements as well as the additional requirements, please make sure you follow the steps outlined below. 

Note: valid registration and taking part in the selection procedure is only possible if both steps 1 and 2 have been completed successfully before 1 April 2017!

Step 1: Registration in Studielink
Register at Saxion via The best way to do so is to follow the ‘Apply now’ button on the site of the physiotherapy program.
Step 2: Provide Saxion with necessary information

Completed your registration in our programme called Saxion-Intake:

  • Upload your documents necessary to review your registration 
  • Upload your letter of motivation to study physiotherapy. This letter is also input for your interview. In case your motivation letter is not available, your interview cannot take place and you will no longer take part of the selection procedure. 

Motivation letter – Inspire and persuade

We invite you to tell us about your inspiration and experiences with respect to health care and your motivation to study physiotherapy at Saxion. Your motivation gives us a first impression of how well our physiotherapy program fits you. In your motivation you might want to answer the following questions:

  • What appeals most to you in the field of physiotherapy?
  • What is the origin of your interest in this field of health care?
  • What do you expect of the study program and your future career as a physiotherapist?
Step 3: Interview and assessment

An interview by telephone and/or Skype and an online assessment are part of the Saxion admission procedure.


The online assessment will be available as of 15 January 2017. You have to complete your assessment within one week after receiving the invitation for the assessment. Students who have applied between 1 October - 15 January 2017, have to complete their online assessment before 22 January 2017. Students who apply after 15 January have to complete the assessment within one week. 

The assessment consists of three parts: 

  1. Qualities and obtained skills
  2. Personality traits 
  3. View on the profession 

The invitation for the assessment will be sent to you by email. You can complete the assessment at home or in another quiet surrounding. You will need a computer with Google Chrome for the best performance. Please note that it is not possible to make the test on your phone or tablet. The test will take approximately up to 1.5 hours.

Personal interview 

Once you have completed step 1 and 2 and thus provided us with the necessary documents, including the motivation letter, you will receive an invitation for your interview by email. Your motivation letter is input for your interview. In case your motivation to study physiotherapy is not available, you cannot be invited for an interview and will therefore be excluded from the selection procedure.

Step 4: Pre-selection by Saxion; First come – First Served

We will review applications in order of registration. Candidates who have completed the selection procedure (1. Registration 2. Uploading documents and motivation letter 3. Interview 4. Assessment) will enter the selection in order first come – first served.
We will communicate the outcome of the selection as of 22 January 2017, after the first assessments have been completed. You will receive the outcome of your selection by email followed by the letter of admission and an invoice for payment.

We strive for a diverse study environment, including diversity in the classroom. For this reason we take into account a maximum number of students from a specific country in the selection.

The application will be closed in case the number of 64 applicants will be reached before 1 April 2017. From this point onward it will only be possible to be selected for the waiting list. We will communicate this via our website

Step 5: Confirmation of your selection

If you are selected to the program You have to confirm your selection by sending an email to before 1 June 2017.

If you do not confirm your study place, your application for this academic year will be withdrawn and your study place will be awarded to another candidate.

Physiotherapy at Saxion

After graduation the physiotherapist can work in several settings such as, rehabilitation centres, nursing homes, private practices, hospitals and work related health care institutes.

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