Welcome to the International College of Oriental Medicine

We are a world-renowned Acupuncture college in East Grinstead, West Sussex, founded by Dr Van Buren in 1972. With its roots standing firmly in the classical tradition, ICOM educates and inspires its Acupuncture students to be committed seekers of an ever-deepening understanding.

Covid-19 Safety Guidelines

The short video below explains the safety procedures for appointments at our Acupuncture clinic in East Grinstead. We are now using the NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app. QR codes for checking into the building are available at the entrance and exit doors. If you’re not already using it, you can download the app here.

You can find out more information and book an appointment at our new clinic website at icomclinic.org

Why Study at ICOM?

ICOM is internationally renowned for its philosophical and practical application of the Stems and Branches theory which is included in our Acupuncture training alongside Five Elements theory and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The Stems and Branches theory allows Acupuncture students to go into much greater depth and breadth than that given by conventional Acupuncture approaches. Teaching Stems and Branches theory is unique to ICOM.

A Living Acupuncture Tradition of Teaching & Clinical Excellence

Are you considering a career in acupuncture? We offer a Licenciate in Acupuncture by the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board which will give you access to the register of the British Acupuncture Council.

Course Introduction Days

The best way to find out more about ICOM is to attend one of our Introduction Days. We are currently providing these online via Zoom. At these online events you can listen to a talk by the College Principal, Director of Studies and Director of Clinic. You will also watch a video of a classical acupuncture treatment, and take a virtual tour of the college. The next online Introduction Day will be held on 5 September 2021 (10am-1pm). More information here.


You can apply for our Acupuncture training course all year round and we do not charge an application fee. There is no application deadline, but there may be a discount available for early applications. You can visit our admissions page to find out more about entry requirements, eligibility and the application process. Find out about our fees and ways to pay here.

All the tutors have shown extraordinary support and guidance throughout my three years here. Their level of expertise and knowledge, particularly in the Classics of Chinese Medicine has provided me with the most solid foundations with which to begin this fascinating new career.  Students from other colleges frequently comment on how they wish they could have covered everything that we cover at ICOM.

I simply feel a sense of privilege and pride to have studied at ICOM.

Alison Dalziel

2019 Graduate

Over our three years here, ICOM has provided us with a wealth of information and an education of the highest level within our chosen field of acupuncture – always challenging but always with the goal of facilitating the development of the greatest of practitioners.  The seed has very much been planted.  I am very grateful to all at ICOM for their support at the beginning of this wonderful journey.

I truly wish I could do it all over again.

Ben Carrigan

2019 Graduate


You can download here the electronic version of our 2021 prospectus.

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