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   Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft HTW Chur
comprehensive profile   IED Istituto Europeo Di Design
comprehensive profile   ITECH Lyon, member of Institut Polytechnique de Lyon (IPL)
comprehensive profile   Breda University of Applied Sciences
comprehensive profile   Fachhochschule Münster
comprehensive profile   Munich Business School
comprehensive profile   Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln Akademie GmbH (IW Akademie) in Kooperation mit der Technischen Hochschule Köln (TH Köln)
comprehensive profile   ISARA - member of Lyon Polytechnic Institute
  HKU University of the Arts Utrecht
  The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
  Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau
  Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt Nürtingen-Geislingen
  Audencia Business School
  Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
  HNE Hochschule Eberswalde
  Hochschule Pforzheim
  Istituto Marangoni
  Hochschule für Musik und Theater (HMT) "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig
  CAMPUS 02 Fachhochschule der Wirtschaft
  Evangelische Hochschule Freiburg
  Hochschule Nordhausen
  Pädagogische Hochschule Weingarten
  Hochschule Albstadt-Sigmaringen
  BSP Business School Berlin
  Westfälische Hochschule
  Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg
  Hochschule Offenburg
  Hochschule Darmstadt
  Hochschule Aalen
  Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten
  Hochschule Trier
  PFH Private Hochschule Göttingen
  Fachhochschule Vorarlberg
  Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf
  accadis Hochschule Bad Homburg
  University of the Arts, The Hague
  Télécom SudParis
  École hôtelière de Lausanne
  Europäische Fachhochschule (EU|FH)
  Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst (HfMDK) Stuttgart
  Technische Hochschule Wildau
  Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Hochschule für Soziale Arbeit
  Europäische Fachhochschule Rhein/Erft GmbH Fachbereich Gesundheit
  RMIT University
  Zürcher Fachhochschule - Hochschule für Wirtschaft Zürich
  Touro College Berlin
  Hochschule für Telekommunikation Leipzig
  Akademie der Bildenden Künste (AkBK) Nürnberg
  The Hague University of Applied Sciences (De Haagse Hogeschool)
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