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   MCI Management Center Innsbruck
comprehensive profile   NHTV Breda
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   Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft HTW Chur
comprehensive profile   Rotterdam Business School
  SRH Hochschulen Berlin
  Hochschule Merseburg
  Hochschule Wismar
  FH Kiel
  Blekinge Institute of Technology
  ArtEZ Institute of the Arts
  Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule (PTH) Vallendar
  Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin
  FH Salzburg
  Télécom Lille1
  Fachhochschule Kufstein Tirol
  Freie Hochschule Stuttgart
  Graduate School Rhein-Neckar
  Brand Academy - Hochschule für Design und Kommunikation
  Evangelische Hochschule (EH) Ludwigsburg
  Hochschule Heilbronn
  FH Südwestfalen
  ISS International Business School of Service Management
  Hochschule Ansbach
  Wilhelm Büchner Hochschule Private Fernhochschule Darmstadt
  EBC Hochschule
  TH Köln
  Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart / Weiterbildungszentrum
  Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle
  Akademie der Bildenden Künste (AkBK) Nürnberg
  Hochschule Macromedia
  Turku University of Applied Sciences
  HSD Hochschule Döpfer GmbH
  Europäische Fachhochschule (EU|FH)
  Quadriga Hochschule Berlin
  Hochschule Düsseldorf
  ZEBS - Zurich Elite Business School
  Hochschule Worms
  Hochschule Rosenheim
  Munich Business School
  SRH Fernhochschule - The Mobile University
  IMC Fachhochschule Krems
  IED Istituto Europeo Di Design
  Katholische Hochschule Nordrhein-Westfalen
  Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin
  Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt - THI
  Ferdinand Porsche FernFH
  ESC Clermont
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