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. Next session is on 23 January 2022. 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.

There is much to absorb and comprehend throughout this course. It’s a hard path, but a rewarding time I will always look back on with great fondness, because it gave me confidence and a great love of learning.

I am proud to be part of the ICOM alumni and grateful to the faculty for their unwavering support in helping me to develop personally and grow professionally into a capable Acupuncture practitioner.

Sue Donald

2020 Graduate

From my first day ICOM felt like home – everyone was so welcoming, supportive and dedicated to helping us to develop – not only as practitioners, but as people too. The teachers are incredible with their deep knowledge, experience and most importantly, passion.

It’s amazing to be pursuing such a rewarding profession, but it’s even better doing it alongside the strong community here. I really feel privileged to be continuing the long line of incredible practitioners that the college has produced.

Josh Barrow

Current Student

The best way to find out about our Acupuncture training course is to come along to one of our virtual Course Introduction sessions and chat to some of our students. More information and forthcoming dates can be found here.


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

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