International & EU Applicants

Our International Student Community

The European School of Osteopathy attracts students from around the world due to our international reputation for high quality osteopathic education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The breadth and quality of our osteopathic degree programme attracts students with a wide variety of qualifications and experience – almost half of our students are from outside the UK creating a cosmopolitan community.

Find out what our student think here.

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 by law. 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 who choose to study in the UK.

You can find many of our graduates practising overseas, where their clinical experience and osteopathic knowledge and skills are very much in demand. You can read more about life after graduation here.

Osteopathic legislation does vary from country to country, so if you are looking to practice outside of the UK you will need to check the specific regulations of the country you wish to practice in. You can find out more on the GOsC website.

For guidance on our entry requirements, please click here.

If you have any questions about joining the ESO, please contact Admissions or call the team on +44 (0)1622 671558 – we’re here to help.

You can check whether you need a visa on the UK Government website.

On 5 October 2020, the government introduced a Student route visa, replacing the previous Tier 4 visa. Students already on Tier 4 are not affected unless extending or applying for a new visa for a new course.

We are aware that the UK’s decision to leave the European Union has been a cause for concern for EU students; guidance on what this means for students can be found here.

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who were resident in the UK on or before 31 December 2020, were able to apply to the EU settlement scheme. Those coming to the UK on or after 01 January 2021 have needed a Student visa. Information about the UK’s new points-based immigration system can be found below and on the UK Government website.

If you have any questions please do contact Admissions who’ll be happy to help.

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The BCNO is licensed to sponsor migrant students under the UK Student Route. This means we are able to issue students holding an unconditional offer, with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (also known as a CAS Number). This is a unique reference number that migrant students will need in order to apply for a UK Student visa. Information about the UK’s new points-based immigration system can be found here.

Your partner and children (‘dependants’) may be able to apply to come to the UK or stay longer in the UK. Please visit the UK Government website for information.

International students (which includes EU, EEA and Swiss students) who hold a Tier 4/Student route visa and have successfully completed an undergraduate or higher degree are able to stay in the UK and work/look for work for two years after graduation, through the Graduate Immigration Route.

You can find more information about Graduate and Skilled Worker visas on the BCNO Group website.