Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Year 1 and 2

European School of Physiotherapy

Our programme consists of three full years with a mix theory and practical courses, clinical internships and (research) projects. As can be seen in the overview on the chalkboard below, the first two years consist of two semesters each.

Year 1

The first year contains 80 credits in all lines of courses. Students must be able to complete all courses within one year including the summer period. The main aim of the first year is to give students a good impression of the programme and the profession, which is finalized in a clinical internship in the summer.

In each semester, we offer courses at school to provide the basic knowledge, skills and attitude for an international physiotherapist. A short list of courses and objectives of our first year:

  1. Anatomy – to know about all muscles and bones that are needed for movement
  2. Assessment – to test and assess musculoskeletal injuries of several joints
  3. Clinical Sessions – to get real clinical experience with a patient in our to integrate previously learned knowledge and skills
  4. Study and Career Planning – to understand the professional attitude towards study and future international career

Binding study advice

In the first academic year, you must attain 60 credits from the AUAS. 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.

Year 2

The second year contains another 80 credits in all lines of courses. The teaching and examination methods are similar to the first year, but already demand more initiative of the student. In the second year, students need to complete large research projects in groups and pass theoretical and practical courses that go much more in depth. Two internships in the second year allow the student to put the obtained theory and skills into practice in different settings.

The different semesters throughout the programme will include different categories of patient cases that are used in most of the courses of that specific semester. The full list of courses and descriptions is available in our study guide (available upon request via, but it’s important to note that the courses are more integrated as the cases get more complex towards the end of the second year. Didactically, we try to offer a good mix of teaching and examination methods, both face-to-face and online in order to serve the international student and create a rich (and blended) learning environment. The clinical internship blocks of 10 weeks each as colored blue in the overview. More details about the international internships can be found here.

Published by  Faculty of Health 9 September 2019