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Physiotherapy degrees abroad

Studying physiotherapy means learning about the rehabilitation of people through therapeutic exercise and movement. The subject covers all ages and ranges from sports injuries to people recovering from illnesses.

A physiotherapist creates individual treatment plans specific to a patient, requiring a lot of practical experience and scientific knowledge.

Physiotherapy’s subject matter doesn’t vary much between countries, but the benefit of studying it abroad may be access to a higher standard of teaching and research. Some countries do not class it as a profession in its own right, which would affect how you study it.

Physiotherapy is available to study as a bachelor’s, master’s or PhD. In all cases, you may have the opportunity to work with other healthcare or medical students in interdisciplinary study.

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Physiotherapy program structure

Physiotherapy programs at bachelor’s level will require a mixture of theoretical and practical learning over three to four years of study. You may also be required to run research studies to learn from and be assessed on. There will be written exams and presentations to form part of your grades too.

At master’s level a program can take a similar structure to a bachelor’s just over a shorter period of time and more focused on specialist knowledge and research.

A physiotherapy doctorate or PhD will be tailored for your own interests or specialization. It may require extensive research and practical experience, or a large thesis to produced at the end of your three or four years.

The structure of a physiotherapy bachelor’s will be divided into modules or electives with an amount of credits linked to them. You will have to complete a certain amount of credits before moving on to the next year of a program. Common modules surround the following topics:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Cardiorespiratory studies
  • Physical activity and exercise
  • Research skills
  • Professional development
  • Dissertation / project

Why study physiotherapy abroad

Studying physiotherapy in a country that is renowned for their healthcare standards means you are likely to have a high standard of teaching in physiotherapy.

Where to study physiotherapy abroad

There’s plenty to think about when you’re deciding where you should study physiotherapy abroad. Here’s some of the things that are worth considering to help you make your decision:

  • Where you want to work

    If you want to work as a physiotherapist in a specific country after graduation, then you need to ensure that a physiotherapy program aligns to that country’s system.

  • Where you want to live

    Whether you would like to be in a large city or small campus should be taken into consideration when deciding on a location. If you’d like to pick up a new language during your time studying abroad then this will also narrow down where to live.

Here’s how you can choose where to study abroad.

Best countries to study physiotherapy

The best countries for physiotherapy are the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and parts of western Europe. Due to the quality of healthcare in these countries, physiotherapy is taught to a high standard using the latest research methods.

Best universities to study physiotherapy

In order to find the best university to study physiotherapy, you should consider the which university would be right for you. As well as rankings think about things like:

  • Practical experience included in the program including placements or work experience
  • What the university offers outside the classroom for you, e.g. does it have student organization for you interests
  • The members of staff in the department

    their backgrounds, specializations, professional experience

See all universities offering physiotherapy programs

Physiotherapy study abroad programs

Although degrees focusing on physiotherapy are available worldwide there are some key differences between the most popular countries for studying abroad:

  • USA and Canada

    Physiotherapy studies often come under the title physical therapy. Degrees in physical therapy specifically are not available until master’s level, and it is recommended to have a bachelor’s degree linked to physiotherapy.

  • UK

    Physiotherapy is available as a three to four year undergraduate bachelor’s as well as at master’s and doctorate / PhD level.

  • Australia and New Zealand

    To become a physiotherapist in NZ, you need to complete a four year bachelor’s program from one of three universities, including a health science year foundation program. In Australia you will also require a four year degree. If you want to specialize in a certain branch of physiotherapy you can then take a postgraduate course in that area.

Physiotherapy undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in physiotherapy

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    Allied Health: Pre-Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy - BS Graceland University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January
    Show program overview about Allied Health: Pre-Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy
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    Biology: Pre-Physical Therapy - BA/BSc Stockton University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,605 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,605 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Biology: Pre-Physical Therapy - BA/BSc Murray State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,742 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,742 USD

    Start date
    August, January
    Show program overview about Biology: Pre-Physical Therapy
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    Biomedical Sciences: Pre-Physical Therapy - BSc Auburn University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    33,202 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,202 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
    Show program overview about Biomedical Sciences - Pre-Physical Therapy
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    Physiotherapy - BSc (Hons) Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,269 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,595 GBP

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Associate in physiotherapy

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    Physical Therapist Assistant - AASc College of Southern Nevada, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,048 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,048 USD

    Start date
    June, August, January
    Show program overview about Physical Therapist Assistant
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    Physical Therapist Assistant - AASc Lake Washington Institute of Technology, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,485 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,485 USD

    Start date
    July, September, January, April
    Show program overview about Physical Therapist Assistant, AAS
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    Physical Therapy - ASOT Lane Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 USD

    Start date
    September, January, March
    Show program overview about Physical Therapy
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    Physical Therapy Assistant - ASc Lake Land College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,900 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,900 USD

    Start date
    June, August, January
    Show program overview about Physical Therapy Assistant
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    Physical Therapy Assistant - AASc Radford University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    39,622 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 39,622 USD

    Start date
    January, May
    Show program overview about Physical Therapy Assistant

Diploma in physiotherapy

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    Interdisciplinary Therapy Assistant - Dip NorQuest College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,059 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,811 CAD

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Interdisciplinary Therapy Assistant
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    Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,821 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,413 CAD

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant
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    Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant - Dip Conestoga College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,056 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,733 CAD

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant
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    Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant - UGDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,371 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,803 CAD

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant
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    Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant - Dip Holland College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,182 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,829 CAD

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant

Physiotherapy graduate programs

Master's in physiotherapy

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    Business Administration and Physical Therapy - Dual DPT/MBA University of Nebraska Omaha, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate/Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,281 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,281 USD

    Start date
    May, August, January
    Show program overview about Business Administration, MBA and UNMC Doctor of Physical Therapy
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    Health Sciences: Technologies and Innovation in Healthcare and Physiotherapy - Integrated BHSc (Hons)/MHSc University of Ottawa, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    31,906 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 43,334 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences - Technologies and Innovation in Healthcare Option and Master of Health Sciences Physiotherapy
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    Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences: Physical Therapy (Combined) - MSc University of Alberta, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,401 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,410 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
    Show program overview about Master of Science (Physical Therapy) / Doctor of Philosophy (Rehabilitation Sciences) Combined Program (Physical Therapy)
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    Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy - MSPT Queen's University, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,166 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,166 CAD

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy
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    Physiotherapy - MSc Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,200 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,750 GBP

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration)

Doctorate in physiotherapy

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    Business Administration and Physical Therapy - Dual DPT/MBA University of Nebraska Omaha, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate/Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,281 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,281 USD

    Start date
    May, August, January
    Show program overview about Business Administration, MBA and UNMC Doctor of Physical Therapy
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    Exercise Science + Physical Therapy (3+3) - Integrated BS/DPT Simmons University (in partnership with Kaplan International), USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,208 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,208 USD

    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Exercise Science + Physical Therapy (3+3)
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    Physical Therapy - DPT California State University, Sacramento, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,800 USD

    Start date
    January, August
    Show program overview about Physical Therapy
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    Physical Therapy - PhD Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,669 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,669 USD

    Start date
    August, January, May
    Show program overview about Physical Therapy
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    Physical Therapy - DPT Mercy University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    35,392 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,392 USD

    Start date
    September, January
    Show program overview about Physical Therapy

Entry requirements to study physiotherapy abroad

To be accepted onto an international physiotherapy program, you’ll need to meet the university’s entry requirements. A university may ask for the following information depending on which level you are studying at:

  • The results of your secondary education (GPA / A-Levels / IB) and any subjects you focused on in particular
  • A personal statement outlining why you want to study physiotherapy
  • English language proficiency score (TOEFL / IELTS)
  • Relevant academic references
  • CV
  • University transcripts if relevant
  • Financial information to show you can support yourself abroad

As some universities charge for submitting an application, always check the entry requirements carefully. Find out more on how to study abroad.

Future physiotherapy careers

Physiotherapy is often used as a vocational course, leading to a job as a physiotherapist in one of the following areas:

  • Women’s health
  • Elderly care
  • Pediatrics
  • Sports and exercise
  • Occupational health
  • Stroke services

Knowing which type of physiotherapy role is of interest to you will help you pick the right program to study abroad.