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   MCI Management Center Innsbruck
comprehensive profile   City University of Hong Kong, Department of Information Systems
comprehensive profile   Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Hochschule für Life Sciences
comprehensive profile   Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft HTW Chur
  Hochschule Mainz
  German Graduate School of Management and Law (GGS)
  Rheinische Fachhochschule Köln
  OTH Amberg-Weiden
  SRH Hochschule Heidelberg
  Hochschule für Kunst (HFK) Alfter
  Fachhochschule Oberösterreich
  FHDW Fachhochschule der Wirtschaft
  Evangelische Hochschule Hamburg
  Istituto Marangoni
  FH Potsdam
  Hochschule Ludwigshafen am Rhein
  New College of the Humanities
  BI Norwegian Business School
  Hochschule der Bundesagentur für Arbeit (HdBA)
  Haute école pédagogique du Valais - HEPVS
  SRH Hochschule der populären Künste (hdpk)
  Cologne Business School
  Evangelische Hochschule Freiburg
  Hemmer Law School
  Pädagogische Hochschule Bern
  Euro-FH - Europäische Fernhochschule Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  Fachhochschule Aachen
  Hochschule Hof
  Hochschule Ruhr West
  Fachhochschule Burgenland
  Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg (HAW Hamburg)
  Lake Constance Business School
  Haute Ecole Pedagogique, BEJUNE
  IMC Fachhochschule Krems
  Fachhochschule Wedel
  University of Applied Sciences Europe
  Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Hochschule für Angewandte Psychologie
  Munich Business School
  Hochschule Hannover
  Hochschule Albstadt-Sigmaringen
  Hochschule Wismar
  Hochschule RheinMain
  Fachhochschule Bingen
  SRH Hochschule Berlin
  Fontys University of Applied Sciences
  Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
  Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst (HfMDK) Stuttgart


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