WHAT IS IT AND WHO IS IT AIMED AT?
This degree course is designed to teach students about the different aspects of physiotherapy (assessment, diagnosis, treatment design and implementation) while working in English to develop cross-cutting competences in academic excellence and integrating new technologies applied to physiotherapy.
One of the strengths of this degree is that it is taught completely in English. In fact, it is the only university physiotherapy course in Catalonia that is delivered 100% in English, a vital advantage in the healthcare sector, given that most academic articles are written in this language. For this reason we believe that it is essential for our future professionals to master English, as this will also open up opportunities for them abroad.
The course benefits from the synergy between the University School of Health and Sport (EUSES-UdG) and the School of New Interactive Technologies (ENTI-UB), the two universities that provide the degree together, to integrate the latest technologies into the field of physiotherapy.
Furthermore, the training is continuously adapted to meet the needs of the sector, resulting in multidisciplinary training in the areas of geriatrics, cardio-respiratory rehabilitation, paediatrics, neurology, traumatology and sports injuries.
The Degree in International Physiotherapy is delivered jointly by the University School of Health and Sport (EUSES-UdG) and the School of New Interactive Technologies (ENTI-UB). The classes are held at the Bellvitge Health Campus, one of the leading clinical research centres in Catalonia.
Barcelona is an ideal city to study in thanks to the multitude of opportunities it offers, a pleasant climate and lively international community. For these reasons, our studies are a meeting point for many physiotherapy students from all over the world.
The presence of new technologies is growing rapidly in all areas of healthcare, as well as in physiotherapy. That is why the Degree in International Physiotherapy is pioneering a focus on adapting technological tools to develop innovative treatments that improve diagnostic efficiency and patients’ therapeutic results.
Students on this degree course will be able to design and develop interactive software tools and mobile applications to complement their physiotherapy work, encompassing all areas of action, including assessment, diagnosis and treatment.
The synergy provided by the School of New Interactive Technologies (ENTI-UB), the University of Videogames and Serious Games, allows us to carry out collaboration projects which help prepare our students for the digital future.
EUSES - ENTI
The Degree in International Physiotherapy is delivered jointly by the University School of Health and Sport (EUSES-UdG) and the School of New Interactive Technologies (ENTI-UB), two leading universities in their respective fields with a long academic history.
The symbiosis between EUSES and ENTI is a natural and logical union: it is a sum of the two branches of knowledge, new technologies and physiotherapy, which offers students added value in the development of technological tools applied to the healthcare sector.
Both universities believe in the ‘learning by doing’ methodology, in which students work on practical exercises, learning from their mistakes while always closely supervised by their teachers. As one might expect, the Degree in International Physiotherapy leverages the extensive experience of ENTI-UB and EUSES-UdG to apply this innovative methodology.
EUSES - ENTI graduates will be international professionals, with in-depth knowledge of physiotherapy and new technologies – something not currently offered by any other university’s physiotherapy course. We are training a new type of professional, who will bring enhanced quality to patient care and be able to create new technological resources and tools to benefit their professional work.
The UB-UdG Inter-university Degree in Physiotherapy consists of 240 ECTS credits, divided into four courses of 60 ECTS credits each. Our degree course is based on practical learning grounded in solid theoretical studies, while always maintaining a continuous link between academic development and the professional world.
The Physiotherapy course is based on a duality between theory and hands-on practice. The theory lectures allow the future physiotherapist to obtain tools for evaluation, therapy and treatment design. The aim of the hands-on lessons is put the theoretical principles into practice in a technical way as well as reproducing real-life situations at a professional level, so as to familiarise the students with the therapeutic and contextual aspects they will encounter when they enter the employment market. Moreover, the degree includes a significant number of clinical placement hours, undertaken in different health and social care structures in order to equip students with an optimal level of professional experience. There is also individual support, created by organising placement groups with a manageable number of students for academic monitoring, in order to guarantee the highest quality. This is in addition to scheduling tutorials and seminar groups to monitor and improve the performance of each student throughout the year.
The Degree is divided into two semesters per year. Each module includes a specific number of credits to be successfully passed by each individual student—there is no requirement to pass a validation or final overall examination at the end of each academic year, unlike some European educational systems.
In terms of the procedures for accessing the university, and any enquiries about this (as well as information about university pre-enrolment), the Generalitat de Catalunya deals with all the relevant procedures on their website.
In parallel, those students coming from most European educational systems have to complete a number of administrative procedures in order to obtain a document acting as an acceptable credential with a two-year validity that makes them eligible to apply for access to the university. This process is applicable both to students holding the European Baccalaureate, the Diploma for International Baccalaureate, or Baccalaureate studies from education systems of the European Union’s member states or other states holding an international agreement which applies by a regime of reciprocity. This is established in Order EDU/1161/2010, from May 4th, 2014 (BOE—Spanish Official Bulletin—No. 111, May 7th, 2010, Pages 40429 – 40441) and in Royal Decree 412/2014 (June 6th,2014), which establishes the basic regulations for entry procedures for official university studies (published in BOE No. 138, June 7th, 2014, Pages 43307 – 43323).
Students who have studied higher education at European universities—including those studies that a student has not completed—are eligible to validate modules. This is a mutually beneficial system, since it allows the institution to recognise skills the student had previously gained, and constitutes an advantage for students who have previously undertaken courses, since it allows them to opt for validation processes that will speed up both the timeframe and the development of their studies.
As in every state university institution, students of the Inter-University Degree in Physiotherapy may be eligible for the scholarships granted by the Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte (the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport); moreover, they can apply and potentially obtain scholarships promoted and offered by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia). In the case of those students coming from abroad and/or from different educational systems, it is advisable to contact the appropriate educational organisations to obtain information about scholarships or any related funding.