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   Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Hochschule für Life Sciences
comprehensive profile   City University of Hong Kong, Department of Information Systems
comprehensive profile   BiTS Hochschule
comprehensive profile   Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln Akademie GmbH (IW Akademie) in Kooperation mit der Fachhochschule Köln (FH Köln)
comprehensive profile   NHTV Breda
comprehensive profile   MCI Management Center Innsbruck
comprehensive profile   Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft HTW Chur
  Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften Würzburg-Schweinfurt
  ZHAW School of Management and Law
  Europäische Fachhochschule (EUFH)
  Hochschule Landshut
  Ecole cantonale dart du Valais, ECAV
  Fachhochschule Bielefeld
  TH Köln
  Hochschule Fresenius onlineplus
  IBS International Business School
  Hochschule Aschaffenburg
  Evangelische Hochschule Freiburg
  H:G Hochschule für Gesundheit & Sport, Technik & Kunst
  HKU University of the Arts Utrecht
  Hochschule Ulm
  Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen
  Berner Fachhochschule
  Hochschule Pforzheim
  Hochschule der Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe
  Hochschule für Technik Wirtschaft und Gestaltung (HTWG) Konstanz
  FH Potsdam
  Hochschule der Bundesagentur für Arbeit (HdBA)
  Télécom SudParis
  AIM - Austrian Institute of Management - Business School der University of Applied Sciences FH Burgenland
  Hochschule Stralsund
  International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS)
  FHDW Fachhochschule der Wirtschaft
  Hochschule für öffentliche Verwaltung Kehl
  Akademie der media
  Hochschule Bochum
  Fachhochschule Vorarlberg
  Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin
  Hochschule Wismar
  Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf
  Hochschule Harz - Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften
  EBC Hochschule
  Hochschule für angewandtes Management
  Pädagogische Hochschule Weingarten
  Steuer-Fachschule Dr. Endriss / Hochschule Aalen
  Turku University of Applied Sciences
  SRH Hochschule Hamm
  Griffith College Dublin
  Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd


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