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   Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft HTW Chur
comprehensive profile   MCI Management Center Innsbruck
comprehensive profile   City University of Hong Kong, Department of Information Systems
comprehensive profile   Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln Akademie GmbH (IW Akademie) in Kooperation mit der Technischen Hochschule Köln (TH Köln)
comprehensive profile   NHTV Breda
  MEDIADESIGN Hochschule für Design und Informatik
  Hochschule Ulm
  Hochschule Bremerhaven
  Hanze University of Applied Sciences
  Hochschule Koblenz, RheinMoselCampus
  Hochschule Wismar
  Sciences Po
  Hochschule Augsburg
  Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf
  École des mines d'Alès
  Pädagogische Hochschule Thurgau
  Hochschule Koblenz, RheinAhrCampus
  Hochschule Landshut
  Mines ParisTech
  Netherlands Maritime University (STC-NMU)
  Interkantonale Hochschule für Heilpädagogik - HfH
  Hochschule für Bildende Künste (HFBK) Staedelschule Frankfurt am Main
  Ipag Business School
  Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
  Fachhochschule Erfurt
  FOM Hochschule für Oekonomie & Management
  Politechnika Wrocławska
  Akademie der Bildenden Künste (AkBK) Nürnberg
  Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt Nürtingen-Geislingen
  Kirchliche Pädagogische Hochschule Wien/Krems
  Katholische Hochschule Freiburg
  Hochschule RheinMain
  Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin
  Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart (HFT)
  German Graduate School of Management and Law (GGS)
  Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften München (HM)
  Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
  Fachhochschule Bielefeld
  Hochschule Ruhr West
  Hochschule Mainz
  Hochschule Mannheim
  MSB Medical School Berlin
  Hamburger Fern-Hochschule - HFH
  Hochschule Osnabrück
  IMC Fachhochschule Krems
  Hochschule Albstadt-Sigmaringen
  Zürcher Fachhochschule - Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich
  Fliedner Fachhochschule Düsseldorf
  Fachhochschule Kärnten


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