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   Rotterdam Business School
comprehensive profile   NHTV Breda
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   MCI Management Center Innsbruck
  Hochschule Pforzheim
  Fachhochschule Münster
  Fachhochschule des Mittelstands (FHM)
  HKU University of the Arts Utrecht
  Hochschule für Technik Wirtschaft und Gestaltung (HTWG) Konstanz
  Hochschule für Wirtschaft, Technik und Kultur (HWTK)
  Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin
  City University of Hong Kong, Department of Information Systems
  Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
  NTB Interstaatliche Hochschule für Technik Buchs
  FH Schmalkalden - Zentrum für Weiterbildung
  Ferdinand Porsche FernFH
  Cologne Business School
  Freie Hochschule Stuttgart
  Provadis Hochschule Frankfurt am Main
  HTW Dresden
  Evangelische FH Darmstadt
  Hochschule Emden/Leer
  H:G Hochschule für Gesundheit & Sport, Technik & Kunst
  Hochschule für Agewandte Sprachen - Fachhochschule des SDI München
  Hemmer Law School
  University of Applied Sciences Europe
  Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart / Weiterbildungszentrum
  Blekinge Institute of Technology
  Hochschule Mittweida
  Zürcher Fachhochschule - Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
  The Hague University of Applied Sciences (De Haagse Hogeschool)
  Hotelschool The Hague
  Hochschule für Musik (HfM) Detmold
  Technische Hochschule Deggendorf
  Westfälische Hochschule
  Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt Nürtingen-Geislingen
  FH Salzburg
  Evangelische Hochschule Freiburg
  Kalaidos Fachhochschule
  Sciences Po
  Fachhochschule Bingen
  Hochschule der Bundesagentur für Arbeit (HdBA)
  European College of Business and Management
  Télécom Lille1
  SRH Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Medien Calw
  Technische Hochschule Brandenburg
  Hochschule RheinMain
  Hochschule Ruhr West


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