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   FH Münster
comprehensive profile   Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln Akademie GmbH (IW Akademie) in Kooperation mit der Technischen Hochschule Köln (TH Köln)
comprehensive profile   HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
comprehensive profile   Munich Business School
comprehensive profile   Fachhochschule Graubünden (FHGR)
  European Management School
  École des mines d'Alès
  FHWien der WKW
  H:G Hochschule für Gesundheit & Sport, Technik & Kunst
  Hochschule für Verwaltung und Finanzen Ludwigsburg
  IED Istituto Europeo Di Design
  oncampus GmbH
  accadis Hochschule Bad Homburg
  Berner Fachhochschule
  Deutsche Hochschule für Prävention und Gesundheitsmanagement
  OTH Regensburg
  Technische Hochschule Brandenburg
  Aeres University of Applied Sciences
  Pädagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg
  Evangelische Hochschule Nürnberg
  University of Europe for Applied Sciences
  Hochschule Niederrhein
  Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen (HAN)
  Technische Hochschule Aschaffenburg
  HTW Dresden
  Toneelacademie Maastricht
  Fachhochschule Kufstein Tirol
  ZHAW, Standort Life Sciences und Facility Management, IFM - Institut für Facility Management
  École hôtelière de Lausanne
  Hochschule Reutlingen
  Turku University of Applied Sciences
  Télécom ParisTech
  Hochschule Osnabrück
  Hochschule Koblenz, RheinAhrCampus | MBA-Programm
  Hochschule Schmalkalden
  FH Kiel
  Mines Douai
  Hochschule für angewandtes Management
  Hochschule Fulda, University of Applied Sciences
  AMD Akademie Mode & Design
  Imperial College London
  Professional School of Business & Technology - Hochschule Kempten
  EBC Hochschule
  DIPLOMA Hochschule
  Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
  École des Mines de Nantes
  Hochschule Harz - Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften
  NORDAKADEMIE Graduate School
  Ferdinand Porsche FernFH
  ZEBS - Zurich Elite Business School

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