Study load

European School of Physiotherapy

This programme offers students a minimum of 24 contact hours per week during the first year of their studies. One contact hour is equivalent to one teaching hour of 50 minutes. Each academic year includes 48 weeks of lessons or internships.

The ESP programme is a very demanding programme. You need to be highly motivated, tenacious, disciplined and capable of dealing with stress. If so, you stand a good chance of becoming a successful physiotherapist.

Contact time

The contact time within the degree programme comprises lectures/tutorials, practicals, patient visits and online collaboration and activities. The number of contact hours per week in the first year is 24. Contact hours are considered equivalent to 50-minute teaching hours.


In addition to your contact hours, you are expected to spend around 29 hours working (either alone or with fellow students) on projects and research, assignments, or preparing for classes/exams via self-study.

Binding study advice

In the first academic year, you must attain 80 credits. If you attain fewer than 50 credits, the AUAS will issue a negative binding study advice (BSA). This means you will not be able to continue with the programme. One credit equals 28 hours study time. For more information about the BSA criteria, refer to Binding study advice .

Published by  Faculty of Health 6 October 2020