What are the different types of universities and what degree can you obtain there?


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Universities are the oldest institutions for higher education. They originate from the XII century. The first ones were established in Europe - University of Bologna (1088), University of Paris, University of Oxford, University of Modena. The name comes from Latin – "universita" and means community, cooperation (universitas magistrorum et scholarium – community of scholars and teachers). Many historians believe that these communities probably grew out from the catholic schools, where the classes were taught by nuns and monks.

From the XII century on, many more universities were founded in Europe and all over the world. University buildings became remarkable signs of European cities. Some of them are built as campuses and provide accommodations for students.

Teaching methods

Modern universities in Europe have diverse teaching methods. While German universities, for example, follow the Humboldtian model and place importance on seminars, communication freedom and scholar’s involvement in the teaching process, the French ones are stricter and more narrative.

Although, the most common teaching forms at the European universities are lectures, seminars, research, internships, exams and final thesis.


As nowadays there are several types of higher education institutions different than the traditional universities - Business School, University of Applied Sciences, College, University of Technology and etc., there are significant classification criteria that vary by country.

However, universities differentiate by their sponsorship and foundation – there are private, public and national universities. The private ones are not funded by government, but independently or by donations.

Their tuition fees are usually higher than the public and national ones. Public universities are sponsored by state or municipality, whereby the national (or state) one may also belong to this group – all depends on the country’s law. 


As a general rule, most of the universities offer undergraduate (Bachelor) and postgraduate studies (Master and Doctorate). There are also other types like Integrated Master (longer Bachelors study awarded with a Master degree). Most of the degree types in Europe are similar, but the degree titles also vary by country, though. 

Find the best university and learn more about the institution and what Masters programmes it offer:

comprehensive profile   University of Warwick - WMG
comprehensive profile   UPF Barcelona School of Management
comprehensive profile   Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
comprehensive profile   Barcelona Graduate School of Economics
comprehensive profile   Andrássy Universität Budapest (AUB)
comprehensive profile   Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University
comprehensive profile   PolyU Design
comprehensive profile   University of Birmingham
comprehensive profile   HECTOR School of Engineering & Management
comprehensive profile   Jönköping University
comprehensive profile   Newcastle University Business School
comprehensive profile   London School of Economics and Political Science - Department of Management
comprehensive profile   Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)
comprehensive profile   ESERP Business School
comprehensive profile   University of Antwerp
comprehensive profile   Universität Stuttgart
comprehensive profile   University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
comprehensive profile   London Metropolitan University
comprehensive profile   EAE Business School
comprehensive profile   Radboud University
comprehensive profile   Jacobs University Bremen
comprehensive profile   ETH - Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
  Ekonomická univerzita v Bratislave
  Montanuniversität Leoben
  Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt
  Universität zu Lübeck
  ICN Business School
  Universidade de Aveiro
  University of Macedonia
  Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU)
  Sacred Heart University
  University of Amsterdam Business School
  Università IULM
  Univerzita Tomáše Bati ve Zlíně
  German Research School for Simulation Sciences
  Szkoła Główna Handlowa
  Wageningen University and Research
  Royal Veterinary College
  Tilburg University
  TU Berlin
  Manchester Business School
  IE University
  Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen - Graduate Training Centre of Neuroscience
  University of Derby
  The University of Auckland
  University of Southampton
  Université de Limoges
  Leeds Beckett University
  DIU Dresden International University
  University of South Wales


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