International & EU Applicants

The European School of Osteopathy’s reputation attracts students from around the world

with a wide variety of qualifications and experience – approximately 50% of our students are not from the UK creating a truly cosmopolitan atmosphere.


We are aware that the current situation with the UK’s potential withdrawal from the EU is a cause for concern for EU students.  However, this should not deter you from studying in the UK.  Each year thousands of students from outside of the EU come to the UK to study and it remains one of the leading destinations for international students, second only to the USA.  UK universities are among the best in the world, and consistently perform well in world rankings.  Whether or not the UK leaves the EU, this will remain unchanged and the ESO will continue to welcome students from all over the world.

Whilst the enrollment process for EU and UK citizens in currently aligned, we appreciate the UK’s potential withdrawal from the European Union (Brexit) raises new questions for EU applicants; we hope the additional information below provides some clarification in this respect.

International (non-EU) students

In some cases non-EU students may need at VISA to study in the UK.  Please refer to the section below for guidance on the enrolment process.

If you have any questions about joining the ESO please feel free to contact our Admissions team on 01622 671558 or email – we’re here to help.

The UK is one of the few countries in the world where osteopathy has gained statutory recognition; this means the profession is regulated and that the title Osteopath is protected.  UK schools that provide a recognised osteopathic degree course are regularly inspected by the governing body of the profession – the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).  This ensures very high teaching standards are met and provides quality assurance for students choosing to study in the UK.

An osteopathic degree gained in the UK is also highly regarded on a global scale; UK registered osteopaths, who have qualified from a UK school, are eligible to practice in New Zealand; There is also a reciprocal arrangement in place between New Zealand and Australia – 2 years in New Zealand provides the recognition needed to practice in Australia; A UK qualification is informally recognised in Commonwealth countries that do not have statutory regulation and some of our graduates have chosen to practice in South-East Asia; The qualification is also informally recognised in the Gulf States, as an area formerly of very strong British influence.

Osteopathic legislation does vary from country to country, so if you are looking to practice outside of the UK you will need to look at the specific requirements of the country you wish to practice in. This has always been the case and the ESO does not anticipate any change to this, regardless of whether the UK leaves the EU.

Student Visas

The ESO holds a Tier 4 Sponsor Licence, enabling us to issue International (non-EU) students with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) – a unique reference number needed in order to obtain a UK entry visa under the Tier 4 (General) Points Based System (PBS).

Application process for International (non-EU) applicants

The application and registration process for International applicants differs to that of UK/EU and there are additional legal requirements and conditions to adhere to once in the UK.  To help explain the process we have put together an International Student Guide.  Please be aware, this is a guide only and must be used in conjunction with the Home Office’s Tier 4 Policy Guidance and all other web pages it makes reference to.


Fees and Funding

The UK Government has confirmed that tuition fee arrangements for EU students will remain unchanged for those enrolling for 2019 entry and that funding will continue to be available for the full duration of the course.  This commitment has not, as yet, been made for EU students applying for 2020/2021 so joining in 2019, rather than deferring, does provide some certainty in terms of fees and funding.

You may wish to look at the following statement from the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)–Advice/EU-EEA–Swiss-Students/Brexit-what-does-it-mean-for-students-and-their-family#layer-6577

From the UK government:

Please visit the Fees & Funding section of this website for more information.

Applying to the ESO

Our EU Student Guide provides useful information about studying in the UK – to find out what qualifications you’ll need to enrol please visit the Entry Requirements page.