Stories from a German Physiotherapystudent


It’s been quiet on our blog so we recruited a fresh voice! This will be especially interesting for our German readers (Deutsche Version auf Seite 2)
Carolin is an ambitious and eager German physiotherapist and currently getting her Bachelor’s degree at a Dutch University! If you’ve seen our episode on the challenges of physiotherapy in Germany, you will understand why she is making the transition. But enough talking, let’s hear it Caro!




Dear readers,

my name is Carolin, I’m 24 years old, living and working in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
I’m a Physiotherapist since the end of august 2015.

The reasons why I’m writing a blog are various.
I want to show you the sunny sides of my job and even the darker sides.
It’s a bad paid job in Germany. But for me, it’s not just a job, it’s a mission!

In my first English article I want shed some light on what I’m doing at the moment.
I am currently studying extra-occupationally in a “Pre-Bachelor Programm” at THIM, near Utrecht.

This blog is going to be divided in some parts.
1. The road to University
a. Step 1: apprenticeship
b. Step 2: The round to University
2. Manual Therapy, Bobath & University

The road to University by apprenticeship
After my A-levels and a long term internship I began the apprenticeship for Physiotherapy at a private school near Frankfurt in the beginning of September 2012.
I decided to do the apprenticeship because everybody I asked was against the University. Studying in Germany wouldn’t be good enough and I wouldn’t learn enough practical skills to be a good Physio.
Maybe I was to young, maybe I was to naïve. But I never thought of studying abroad.
Without my father’s financial support, I wouldn’t have been able to manage that.

The road to University
Even during my apprenticeship I was sure that I wanted to study Physiotherapy.
Working abroad was an idea I had a long time before.
Via Facebook and lot of self-research I decided to study at Thim van der Laan.
The main reason why I chose THIM was that I talked to lot of happy colleagues who studied there as well.

If you are a German student, you are going to start with the Pre-bachelor program and your lessons are in Germany at schools for Physiotherapy.
You can choose the city but it has to be a school that cooperates with THIM.
The second year will be at THIM in Nieuwegein.
Which University you choose is only your choice.
It depends on the financial aspects, as well the surroundings (family situation, how and where you live, etc.) and even which University’s philosophy you prefer.

Manual Therapy, University and a full time job
I’m working as a Physiotherapist since November 2015 and began working in Frankfurt in a practice in March 2016.
I’m getting all possibilities I need to evolve into a great Physio.

In September 2016 I began to study, since the end of November I’m joining the courses for Manual Therapy and for the Bobath concept.
Yes, it’s a lot of stuff and quite often I’m asking myself how I’m managing it.
Don’t forget, I have a full time job!
THIM estimates a workload of 20 hours per week, without any vocational studies during the second year.

I’ll see how I will manage all of that in the next year..
Had my boss never asked me to do the Bobath course, I would’ve never done it quite honestly.

In no way would I recommend someone to follow this same way!!
It’s hard, you have no time for friends or family. But I try to take my time, so I have to plan in advance, sometimes two or three weeks ahead.

Without my friend’s support I wouldn’t be where I am now.
Thanks a lot!

I hope you got an insight into my life as a Physiotherapist and physiostudent.
If there are any questions, don’t be afraid to ask.

Getting feedback is important. So I’d really like you to write a comment or send me a message.

INSTGRAM: @physiocaro 
TWITTER: @physiocaro121


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