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.

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comprehensive profile   Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln Akademie GmbH (IW Akademie) in Kooperation mit der Technischen Hochschule Köln (TH Köln)
comprehensive profile   Tio University of Applied Sciences
comprehensive profile   Munich Business School
comprehensive profile   Carl Remigius Medical School
comprehensive profile   HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
  Hochschule Osnabrück
  Jade Hochschule
  Hochschule für Musik und Theater (HfMT) Hamburg
  FH Campus Wien
  Deutsche Hochschule für Prävention und Gesundheitsmanagement
  IST-Hochschule für Management
  Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Pädagogische Hochschule
  FH Schmalkalden - Zentrum für Weiterbildung
  Hochschule für Musik (HfM) Detmold
  Hochschule für Musik und Theater (HMT) "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig
  École des mines d'Alès
  MEDIADESIGN Hochschule für Design und Informatik
  Touro College Berlin
  Berner Fachhochschule
  New College of the Humanities
  Hochschule Kaiserslautern
  Katholische Stiftungshochschule München
  AIM - Austrian Institute of Management - Business School der University of Applied Sciences FH Burgenland
  Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Hochschule für Life Sciences
  Fachhochschule Kufstein Tirol
  Hochschule Koblenz, RheinMoselCampus
  BI Norwegian Business School
  Interkantonale Hochschule für Heilpädagogik - HfH
  International Graduate Center
  Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe
  Sportbusiness Campus
  Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften München (HM)
  Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Musikhochschulen
  BSP Business and Law School - Hochschule für Management und Recht
  Steuer-Fachschule Dr. Endriss / Hochschule Aalen
  Hochschule der Bundesagentur für Arbeit (HdBA)
  Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Hochschule für Technik
  Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau
  NTB Interstaatliche Hochschule für Technik Buchs
  Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
  SRH Hochschule Heidelberg
  Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde (HNEE)
  Evangelische Hochschule (EH) Ludwigsburg
  Fachhochschule der Diakonie
  Graduate School Rhein-Neckar gGmbH
  Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst
  Hochschule Ulm
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