Bachelor in Physiotherapy

Course typeBachelor
Course sectorHealth Care
Course duration4 years
Starting dateSeptember 2016
DegreeBachelor of Science
Tuition fee (EU/EEA students) € 1984
Tuition fee (NON-EU students)(specification) € 7800

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.

What 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.

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. 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 2016! Follow the link 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. The 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 Physiotherapy Prospectus 2015/2016.



Apart from the general entry requirements, there are no specific requirements for the physiotherapy programme at the School of Health.

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.

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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