About the European School of Osteopathy, Kent

The European School of Osteopathy (ESO) is recognised within the worldwide osteopathic community as a centre of osteopathic excellence.

The School was first established in Paris in 1951, relocating to the UK in 1965, where its early relationship with the BCNO began. It has a reputation for innovation and inclusiveness, which has influenced osteopathic education around the world. Alongside the UK-based degree programmes, the ESO’s International faculty delivers postgraduate diploma courses in Russia, Denmark and Greece and provides specialist seminars for partner schools across Europe.

If you would like to know more about the ESO’s history and how it continues to influence osteopathic education internationally, please click here.

Studying in Kent

Our Kent campus provides a vibrant and supportive learning environment, with a location that offers the best of both worlds; students enjoy a lower cost of living in Kent, with stunning countryside on their doorstep plus easy access to miles of beautiful coastline and outdoor activities – all within an hour’s train ride of London and with easy access to mainland Europe.

Maidstone is the large county town of Kent, located approximately 35 miles from London. It offers a huge green open space at the centre of town, with a thirty acre lake and mature trees and parkland. There is a busy shopping centre, independent shops, health clubs and swimming pools, a cinema complex and bowling alley, plus a choice of pubs, clubs, cafes and bars – all located in the centre of town. 

Students of all ages,  nationalities and backgrounds choose to study with the ESO. This cultural and social mix helps enhance our students’ personal development and enriches their overall experience. It also leads to international friendships that can last a lifetime. The ESO has an active Student Association, which arranges social events throughout the year. Regular activities include climbing, surf and film clubs, yoga classes and dance lessons. Boxley House itself offers plenty of space in which to relax between lectures, with dedicated student rooms and a subsidised canteen that offers freshly prepared meals and snacks.

The journey to becoming an osteopath is challenging and we pride ourselves on providing a friendly and supportive atmosphere; our pastoral team is also on hand to offer additional support where needed. With around 230 students and a close-knit community, students never feel like an anonymous face in the crowd.

What our students say

Some of our students and alumni explain why they chose the ESO and tell us about their experience of student life. You can watch more student and alumni videos on the ESO’s YouTube channel.

Teaching facilities

We have two sites in Kent. The main academic site at Boxley House offers 5 classrooms for practical and theory lectures, a well-resourced library, common rooms and on-site catering. Boxley is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, at the foot of North Kent Downs; free parking and cycle storage is available on-site or students may choose to walk or take the bus from the town centre.

The established teaching clinic is located in Maidstone itself. Students have access to a broad range of patients, gaining hands-on experience within a professional clinic environment. There are 21 treatment rooms plus ultrasound facilities. Specialist clinics are offered for Headache, Women’s Health, Maternity & Children and Sports Osteopathy. The clinic also provides dedicated spaces for private study, tutor group discussion and an additional large classroom.

You can find more information about our teaching facilities on the ESO’s dedicated website. To arrange a personal tour, please feel free to contact the ESO Admissions team via our Open Days page.