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   MCI Management Center Innsbruck
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   City University of Hong Kong, Department of Information Systems
comprehensive profile   NHTV Breda
  Rotterdam Business School
  EBC Hochschule
  Euro-FH - Europäische Fernhochschule Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  Hochschule für Technik Wirtschaft und Gestaltung (HTWG) Konstanz
  BSP Business School Berlin
  Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf
  European University Business School
  Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst (HfMDK) Stuttgart
  Hochschule Hannover
  Baltic College
  SRH Fernhochschule - The Mobile University
  IBS International Business School
  Hochschule Bremerhaven
  FH Südwestfalen
  Pädagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg
  Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften München (HM)
  Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf
  Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
  PFH Private Hochschule Göttingen
  Hochschule Koblenz, RheinAhrCampus | MBA-Programm
  Interkantonale Hochschule für Heilpädagogik - HfH
  Hochschule Worms
  Hochschule für Telekommunikation Leipzig
  Europäsiche Fachhochschule EUFH med Rostock
  Steuerlehrgänge Dr. Bannas
  Hochschule für Wirtschaft, Technik und Kultur (HWTK)
  Hochschule Niederrhein
  Hochschule für Kunst (HFK) Alfter
  Technische Hochschule Brandenburg
  Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle
  Hochschule Stralsund
  ZHAW School of Management and Law
  Rheinische Fachhochschule Köln
  Fachhochschule Wedel
  Télécom Bretagne
  Griffith College Dublin
  Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Hochschule für Life Sciences
  Hochschule Anhalt
  Katholische Hochschule Nordrhein-Westfalen
  Haute école spécialisée de Suisse occidentale, HES-SO
  Hochschule Bochum
  Hochschule für angewandtes Management
  Berner Fachhochschule
  Katholische Hochschule Freiburg


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