University of applied sciences
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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   NHTV Breda
comprehensive profile   Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Hochschule für Life Sciences
comprehensive profile   City University of Hong Kong, Department of Information Systems
comprehensive profile   BiTS Hochschule
comprehensive profile   Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln Akademie GmbH (IW Akademie) in Kooperation mit der Fachhochschule Köln (FH Köln)
comprehensive profile   Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft HTW Chur
comprehensive profile   MCI Management Center Innsbruck
  Katholische Hochschule Nordrhein-Westfalen
  Fachhochschule des Mittelstands (FHM)
  EBC Hochschule
  Technische Hochschule Deggendorf
  Hochschule Pforzheim
  Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen
  Fachhochschule Bingen
  Mines Douai
  Cologne Business School
  Brand Academy - Hochschule für Design und Kommunikation
  Netherlands Maritime University (STC-NMU)
  Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften Kempten
  Télécom Bretagne
  Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten
  Kalaidos Fachhochschule
  Theologische Hochschule Chur
  Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
  Mines ParisTech
  Fachhochschule Oberösterreich
  Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm
  Zentralstelle für Fernstudien an Fachhochschulen - ZFH
  Pädagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg
  FHDW Fachhochschule für die Wirtschaft Hannover
  FH Westküste
  Hochschule Furtwangen
  Akademie der Bildenden Künste (AkBK) Nürnberg
  Hochschule Aalen
  Brussels Business Institute Hotel School
  Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
  Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule (PTH) Vallendar
  Hochschule für Forstwirtschaft Rottenburg
  Hochschule Koblenz, RheinAhrCampus | MBA-Programm
  Hamburg Media School
  FH Kiel
  Hochschule für Medien Kommunikation und Wirtschaft (HMKW)
  IMC Fachhochschule Krems
  Hochschule für öffentliche Verwaltung Kehl
  Campus M21
  Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst
  Freie Hochschule Stuttgart
  Hochschule Düsseldorf
  Fliedner Fachhochschule Düsseldorf


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