Exchange programme | Orthopaedics
The Orthopaedics Exchange Programme at campus Geel is part of the STAR-Track Programme
Push the boundaries of performance!
- Are you fascinated by technology and the human body?
- Get the knowledge and skills to make a difference to people’s lives.
- Apply the latest technologies to boost athletic performance, accelerate injury recovery and help people cope with disability.
- Develop a solid theoretical grounding in human anatomy and pathology while learning both traditional and contemporary techniques.
- Design, develop and install technological aids including advanced footwear.
- Apply state-of-the-art technologies and innovative materials to push the boundaries of the industry.
- Attend practical and clinical workshops in our state of the art orthopaedic laboratories, or experience research in our research facility.
- Explore the cutting edge of orthopaedic technology during company visits.
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Experience High Impact learning in the STAR-Track. Develop your interdisciplinary and intercultural competences and grow into globally aware citizens and future-proof professionals.
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Autumn semester: Join the STAR-Track international multidisciplinary semester!
Spring semester: Intensive practical training course. You spend up to 30 hours a week in our well-equipped workshops, practicing techniques under the guidance of our experienced teachers that are specialists in different fields. Part of this is practice and preparation at home, through exercises that help you work out correct decisions for patients. You have the possibility to join us to Youth Academy on OTWorld Leipzig in even years, or to join our International Days in odd years.
New: you can add theory courses from the English BSc to your exchange package. Here, you will be part of an international group of P&O students with various backgrounds. Check the courses to see which ones! The theory classes can all be taken online for the most part, but may require your physical presence some moments. For students looking for a complete online exchange, please check this with the international coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org before you apply.
The academic year in a nutshell
Below you can find an overview of the courses ( under reservation of changes), with the number of credits per phase. Credits express how many hours you need on average to process the subject matter (incl. lessons). Count about 25 to 30 hours for 1 study credit.
- We have explained the most important courses in a blue tooltip.
- Would you like to know the detailed content of each subject? Check the programme guide.
Courses marked with a * are offered fully online. This means you don't have to physically come to Belgium to take these courses.
We are working towards a completely specialised curriculum, with few but large courses to improve integration of knowledge and stimulate immediate practical application of what you’ve learnt. Some courses are best taken together (especially ortholab and the ‘orthopaedic technological design’ class of the corresponding semester and phase) to ensure the integration. Please consult the international coordinator for advice.
Code ECTS Autumn Spring PROFESSIONAL SKILLS Anatomy i 9 x Biomechanics* i 9 x Ortholab 1* i 3 x Orthopaedic technological design 1* i 3 x Scientific skills* i 3 x Orthopaedic cases* i 3 x Ortholab 2 i 9 x Orthopaedic technological design 2* i 5 x Pathology and development* i 4 x Communication in orthopaedic care* i 3 x Ortholab orthotics 2 i 5 x Code ECTS Autumn Spring Ortholab prosthetics 2 i 5 x Ortholab shoe technology 2 i 7 x FUTURE PROOF SKILLS Coaching Z14436 5 x Engineering for Society Z15946 3 x Ethics Z15593 5 x Intercultural communication Z14469 5 x Project Case Z15589 5 x Startup Bootcamp: Climate Launchpad Z15947 3 x Survival Dutch i Z13456 3 x Survival Dutch i Z13455 3 x Code ECTS Autumn Spring PROFESSIONAL SKILLS Anatomy i 9 x Biomechanics* i 9 x Ortholab 1* i 3 x Orthopaedic technological design 1* i 3 x Scientific skills* i 3 x Orthopaedic cases* i 3 x Ortholab 2 i 9 x Orthopaedic technological design 2* i 5 x Pathology and development* i 4 x Communication in orthopaedic care* i 3 x Ortholab orthotics 2 i 5 x Ortholab prosthetics 2 i 5 x Ortholab shoe technology 2 i 7 x FUTURE PROOF SKILLS Coaching Z14436 5 x Engineering for Society Z15946 3 x Ethics Z15593 5 x Intercultural communication Z14469 5 x Project Case Z15589 5 x Startup Bootcamp: Climate Launchpad Z15947 3 x Survival Dutch i Z13456 3 x Survival Dutch i Z13455 3 x
For all three of the ‘ortholab 2’ courses (practicals of orthotics, prosthetics, shoe technology) you need to have a solid base in design and manufacturing of these devices. You need to have already mastered both conventional and digital measurement and correction techniques. Please consult with the international coordinator to select the courses that fit you best.
For all practical courses the evaluation is done during classes, based on the finished products of the exercises. The exact evaluation and points of interest in each exercise can be found in the syllabi or are explained by the lecturer in the first lesson. For theory, the normal exam periods are in January and in June. However, for exchange students exams can be taken online after having returned home. The arrangement for each separate course can be found in the explanation of that course or with the international coordinator.
Yes, we care
During your exchange you can count on a whole support team to truly make you feel at home at Thomas More. The International Support Team, the International Office, your 'buddy', Student Services (STUVO), all of our lecturers and many more will personally guide you to ensure that you blend in from the beginning and prosper so that we help you to deploy and nurture your talents. You will never feel alone.
Are you passionate about people and interested in different disciplines and cultures? Do you aim high and have what it takes to make a difference? Are you ready to shape the future? Do you have an open mind? Do opportunities and challenges trigger you to do more?
Become a STAR @ Thomas More
STAR-track is a multi-disciplinary exchange semester in English. Team up with students with a different cultural and study background. A STAR semester consists of a total of 30ECTS which combines 15ECTS professional skills in your field of expertise (business) with 15 ECTS future proof skills of your choice.
More information in our webpage.
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- Application deadline
- 15 May (to start in September - STAR-Track Programme)
- 31st of October (to start in February)
In orthopaedics it is difficult to find options for continued academic development. Existing Master-trainings are not specific for P&O professionals, and some in related fields do not allow us for multiple reasons. Therefore, Thomas More Orthopaedics decided to take part in a European project to solve these problems. The project started in January of 2021, and new information will arrive continuously. Responsible for this project in Thomas More is Els Moris, you can find the latest updates with her.