Tuesday afternoon, 4 pm. Loud music echoing through the halls of the European School of Physiotherapy. You hear people shouting and motivating each other. The closer you get, the more you can smell the odor of hardworking and sweaty students and lecturers. You turn around the corner and there it is: C0.33 aka. the Skills LAB.!

Under the supervision of Jan-Jaap Voigt, who dedicately initiated the whole idea, a group of staff members and students used the summer period 2015 to unpack box after box, putting together squad racks, bench press benches, piling up weights and laying down the gym flooring.

And then, at the beginning of the semester, in August 2015 the ESP was able to open the ESPecially Skills Lab, which gives students and lecturer not only an excellent opportunity to work their own weights, but also to enhance their skills in constructing and instructing new exercises.We have asked a couple of students and lecturers: “What makes the Skills Lab so special?”




“It is the perfect opportunity for me to give my TRX courses here in school.”
– David Klaber (2nd year)

“We used it in preparation for our practical interventions exam”
– Abigael Read and Eliran Deutsch (1st year)

“The Skills LAB broadens the possibilities we as lecturers have to teach our students. We can use the new space to experiment with new equipment and students enhance their skills with all the exercise materials.”
– Francesca Bosello (lecturer)

“The ESP is such an intensive program that I do not have time to join a gym. For this reason the skills lab is perfect to keep me fit besides all the work!”
– Daniel Shapiro (2nd year)

The skills lab is the perfect opportunity to blow off some steam after a long day at school. 

Bastian Stocker


Introduction Week

The official start of semester 1 is one of our best-kept traditions: the ESP introduction week! After a long application process it’s finally time to meet everyone in person, right here in Amsterdam! Last year’s intro week was a great success. Check out our post and make sure to not miss out on yours!

Enjoy your summer?

Once you have been selected for ESP, you may want to take a nice summer of rest on the beach as three busy years are ahead of you. Well, while that does sound like a great idea, we think it’s better to already prepare for ESP to get a kick-start. For this reason, we are offering a free online summer course for all ESP students of class 2021 that have been selected! The online course has a small part about ESP, to get to know us and our methods, but is mainly focussing on the first Anatomy course of semester 1. This brilliant summer course is run by our Anatomy lecturer – and former ESP student – Bastian Stocker. If you want to find out more about the other courses of semester 1, check the course descriptions in our catalog

Get selected!

If you are serious about your ESP application you are probably wondering a couple of things:

  • What should I study?
  • How can I prepare?

Well, the selection day is not meant to test or examine prior knowledge. Although a relevant prior education might help, it’s mainly about your overall cognitive level, examined by a multiple choice exam, and your motivation and study related attitude as examined during two interviews with ESP lecturers. The 5 most FAQs are answered in our post below

Get started!

The selection day exam consists of three different paragraphs of text, one related to Anatomy, one related by Biomechanics/Mathematics and another one related to Physiology. As said before, the test is not about prior knowledge as you are expected to answer multiple choice questions based on the text provided. If you need to brush up some basic knowledge from high school, fee free. To give you a true sneak peak into the content of the selection day exam, the summer course and Anatomy 1, Bastian has created a special video tutorial just for you!