International | The International Academy of Osteopathy IAO


We are an international school with course locations in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark and Egypt. Our headquarters are situated at our campus in Ghent, Belgium.

Bologna Process

Bologna process IAO osteopathie

The MSc.Ost. (in co-operation with the University of Applied Sciences) is a full accredited master of 120 European credits.

47 European countries, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark (countries where the IAO® is active) have implemented the European Bologna Process. The main aim of this Bologna Process is to make all courses equivalent so that the different professions can be carried on in all European countries, regardless of the place of study. The International Academy of Osteopathy® works together with Buckinghamshire New University and the University of Applied Sciences. This means graduates obtain an official Bachelor and Master degrees that have a legal basis in an accreditation.

WHO - Benchmarks

The curriculum of the IAO confirms fully with the WHO – Benchmarks for Training in Osteopathy.


ECTS IAO osteopathie

ECTS stands for "European Credit Transfer System". Since the introduction of the bachelor-master structure in Europe, the study load has been expressed by the international ECTS system, making the value assignment of internationally acquired disciplines comparable. A full-time academic year corresponds to 60 ECTS credits. One credit equates to 25 to 30 study hours. A credit is presently also known by the old name of study point. The objectives of the ECTS system are:

    Transparency and comparability of courses.
    Recognition and appreciation of academic degrees and professional qualifications.
    Improvement of student mobility.
    Facilitating the cooperation between courses and institutes in Europe.

Further information can be found here.

CEN - Norm

CEN IAO osteopathie

The curriculum of the IAO® confirms fully with the CEN – European Standard on Osteopathic Healthcare Provision. This new standard sets a benchmark for high quality clinical practice, education, safety and ethics.

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Diploma supplement

The diploma supplement is a document that provides independent information to improve the international transparency and recognition of diplomas for academic and professional purposes. The diploma supplement describes the nature, level, context, content and status of the study that was successfully completed. Students of the International Academy of Osteopathy® (DO programme, Bachelor programme, Master programme) receive this diploma supplement in English.