Why ESP?

European School of Physiotherapy

An important aspect of our philosophy is the personal attention we give to our students. As an ESP student, you will have a personal study advisor supervising your academic work and personal development throughout your study period.

The ESP’s instruction method is based on – and inspired by – the Confluent Learning Philosophy. This means that:

  • Students work together in an open and caring atmosphere;
  • Teachers act as lecturers, coaches, clinical supervisors and professional guides;
  • There is little distance between teaching staff and students: ESP as an extended family for the student;
  • We offer a wide range of teaching methods: lectures, practical classes, self-directed study, project work, special projects, e-learning, laboratory work, clinical sessions, discussion groups and internships;
  • Students will meet patients from the start until the end of the programme;
  • We guarantee a coherent, up to date and flexible curriculum.


As soon as you start your studies in Amsterdam, you will be assigned a mentor from the school. The mentor helps students with their student career planning, discusses personal issues, challenges, helps them to set goals and informs them about their results. He or she is the communicator between the individual student and the school and represents them in school meetings where their results and grades are discussed.

Teaching staff

The ESP programme draws on the wide range of expertise in the European School of Physiotherapy. The staff involved in the programme cover every field in the profession. You will be taught by medical specialists, psychologists, human movement scientists, exercise physiologists and physiotherapists. Besides being lecturers, they are also practitioners who have a wealth of experience and insight to share with you.

Our school has a longstanding tradition of contributing to international projects. Consequently, our lecturers have extensive experience gained from working in many parts of the world and they know what the practice of physiotherapy is about. They are familiar with the cultures of many countries: from Africa to Asia and from Europe to the Americas.

Special projects

Besides many social events and projects such as common snow week, introduction week, meet and greets, guest lectures, we also follow the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences’ ambition in the concept of “Urban Vitality”. In certain weeks, especially planned for this purpose, ESP students of all generations do community work in the city of Amsterdam, with either elderly people or other people in need of help. Also, voluntary work in developing countries or assisting a local sports club is part of special projects that ESP students are part of, alongside their intense set of courses they follow at ESP.

What makes ESP unique?

The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences recognises the European School of Physiotherapy as an official honours programme. This special status represents the high quality of the programme, faculty, staff and, most importantly, students.

The Dutch and Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO) recognises the European School of Physiotherapy as an official small and intensive education. This special status represents the high quality and intensity of the programme and small-scale organisation. The extended family principle is one of ESP’s unique selling points.

As stated above, ESP is a small scale programme, which allows close contact between students, faculty and staff. As our students come from all over the world, we want to welcome them into the ESP family. It is our vision that this will create the best learning environment for our students to excel. This starts before the first day at ESP and extends until long after graduation. Alumni are still involved in our programme, which is a key indicator that you are not just an ESP student, but a family member.

Any student with an international mind-set may apply and enrol, permitting a heterogeneous group of students. Your class mates come from countries all over the world. Their diverse backgrounds and cultures make up a colourful and dynamic group of people. And generally, it is quite natural to build lifelong friendships and contacts, while becoming a 'global citizen' yourself.

Studying at the European School of Physiotherapy means living in Amsterdam, one of Europe's liveliest capitals. The city is not only a melting pot of cultures but also the hub of cultural activities and sporting events. Amsterdam is an international city where English is the second language of many people and you will soon feel at home there. It is also an excellent starting point from which to explore the rest of Europe.

Published by  Faculty of Health 17 September 2020