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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Find your University of Applied Sciences and learn more about its location and Masters programmes:

comprehensive profile   VICTORIA | Internationale Hochschule Berlin
comprehensive profile   Hochschule für Gesundheit
comprehensive profile   HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
comprehensive profile   Carl Remigius Medical School
comprehensive profile   Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln Akademie GmbH (IW Akademie) in Kooperation mit der Technischen Hochschule Köln (TH Köln)
comprehensive profile   Tio Business School
comprehensive profile   Munich Business School
comprehensive profile   VHL University of Applied Sciences
comprehensive profile   Fachhochschule Graubünden (FHGR)
  Hochschule Neu-Ulm
  University of the Arts, The Hague
  bbw Hochschule
  Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe
  Turku University of Applied Sciences
  DIPLOMA Hochschule
  Hochschule für Kunst (HFK) Bremen
  Hochschule Hof
  Fontys University of Applied Sciences
  Hochschule für angewandtes Management
  Fachhochschule Aachen
  Hemmer Law School
  Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin
  Hochschule für Forstwirtschaft Rottenburg
  Hochschule Reutlingen
  hochschule 21
  HKU University of the Arts Utrecht
  Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin
  Technische Hochschule Georg Agricola
  IED Istituto Europeo Di Design
  Katholische Hochschule Freiburg
  wetsus academy
  Fachhochschule Wiener Neustadt Campus Wieselburg
  Brussels Business Institute Hotel School
  Hochschule Osnabrück
  FH Schmalkalden - Zentrum für Weiterbildung
  Saxion University of Applied Sciences
  Lake Constance Business School
  Hochschule Düsseldorf
  Hochschule für Telekommunikation Leipzig
  Baltic College
  Katholische Hochschule Mainz
  École hôtelière de Lausanne
  Hochschule Fulda, University of Applied Sciences
  Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Hochschule für Wirtschaft
  FOM Hochschule für Oekonomie & Management
  Hochschule Ruhr West
  Imperial College London
  London School of Business and Finance
  Fachhochschule Kärnten

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