University of applied sciences
University of applied sciences - what is its profile and why to study there?

University of Applied Science

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Universities of Applied Sciences are institutions of higher education, widely spread in Europe. They are also called Vocational Universities, Professional Universities, Institutes of Technology, Polytechnic Schools, etc. This type of educational institution doesn't originate from the Middle Ages like the University, they appeared a couple of centuries after.

University of Applied Sciences is a collective term that brings together specific types of higher education institutions in different countries. Examples are Fachhochschule (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), Hogeschool (The Netherlands), Haute École (France) and Scuola Universitaria Professionale (Italy). As Europe strives for comparability in the higher education and international exchange through students, the establishment of equivalent terms for educational institutions and degrees is important.

Furthermore, higher education institution in the Middle Ages were called university, only if certain subjects like philosophy, medicine or theology were taught there. Therefore, many modern schools with a more professional orientation in fields like technology, business or arts, that don’t provide those courses must be nominated with a different institutional title than “university”.

Study at a University of Applied Science

If you are more practically oriented person with no interests in theory and research, you should consider obtaining your degree at an university of applied science. Most of them offer Bachelor and Master programmes and sometimes a Doctorate. Although in many cases, you are not allowed to sign up for a PhD or a Doctorate with a Master’s degree issued by a university of applied science. 


Similar to the Universities, those of Applied Sciences also award their graduates with Bachelors and Masters, whereby the difference is the common Professional degree – either Bachelor or Master (or sometimes even Doctor). Your professional diploma might be an advantage for finding a job in certain fields like production, construction or technology. The degree title is dependable on the higher educational landscape in the relevant country and the institution itself. For this reason we highly recommend you to get acquainted with the different study possibilities in the country or university of desire, and to make your educational plans in advance.

Find your University of Applied Sciences and learn more about its location and Masters programmes:

comprehensive profile   Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln Akademie GmbH (IW Akademie) in Kooperation mit der Technischen Hochschule Köln (TH Köln)
comprehensive profile   NHTV Breda
comprehensive profile   BiTS Hochschule
comprehensive profile   Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft HTW Chur
comprehensive profile   MCI Management Center Innsbruck
comprehensive profile   City University of Hong Kong, Department of Information Systems
  Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Musikhochschulen
  Akademie der media
  FH Westküste
  Hochschule Darmstadt
  Baltic College
  SRH Hochschule Berlin
  Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf
  Hochschule Rhein-Waal
  Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd
  Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm
  Provadis Hochschule Frankfurt am Main
  Hochschule Anhalt
  Hochschule Koblenz, RheinAhrCampus
  Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines Saint-Etienne
  Theologische Hochschule Chur
  Hochschule Offenburg
  Fliedner Fachhochschule Düsseldorf
  Hochschule Hof
  Sciences Po
  Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Hochschule für Architektur, Bau und Geomatik
  SRH Fernhochschule - The Mobile University
  bbw Hochschule
  Fachhochschule Erfurt
  FH Kaiserslautern
  Hochschule Augsburg
  Jade Hochschule
  IMC Fachhochschule Krems
  FH Kiel
  Fachhochschule Wedel
  Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule (PTH) Vallendar
  Evangelische FH Darmstadt
  Ipag Business School
  MEDIADESIGN Hochschule für Design und Informatik
  Hochschule für Wirtschaft, Technik und Kultur (HWTK)
  Hochschule Bremen
  International Psychoanalytic University Berlin
  Wilhelm Büchner Hochschule Private Fernhochschule Darmstadt
  Hochschule RheinMain
  Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin
  Hochschule für Musik und Theater (HfMT) Hamburg
  Freie Hochschule Stuttgart
  Hochschule Aschaffenburg
  Internationale Hochschule Bad Honnef Bonn


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