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University of Applied Science

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History

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. 

Degrees

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   Munich Business School
comprehensive profile   Fachhochschule Münster
comprehensive profile   Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln Akademie GmbH (IW Akademie) in Kooperation mit der Technischen Hochschule Köln (TH Köln)
comprehensive profile   Fachhochschule Graubünden (FHGR)
comprehensive profile   HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
comprehensive profile   Breda University of Applied Sciences
  Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin
  École hôtelière de Lausanne
  SRH Hochschulen Berlin
  EBZ Business School - University of Applied Sciences
  Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel
  Fachhochschule Kufstein Tirol
  Fachhochschule Dortmund
  Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
  RMIT University
  Evangelische Hochschule Tabor
  Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart (HFT)
  ISS International Business School of Service Management
  Hochschule für Musik und Theater (HMT) München
  Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover
  Hochschule Fulda, University of Applied Sciences
  Mines ParisTech
  Netherlands Maritime University (STC-NMU)
  Hanze University of Applied Sciences
  Pädagogische Hochschule des Kantons St.Gallen - PHSG
  Touro College Berlin
  ZHAW School of Management and Law
  Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Hochschule für Wirtschaft
  Hamburg Media School
  Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst (HfMDK) Stuttgart
  Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen (HAN)
  Hochschule Karlsruhe - Technik und Wirtschaft
  Blekinge Institute of Technology
  Fachhochschule Wedel
  Hochschule Luzern
  Fachhochschule Bielefeld
  EBC Hochschule
  Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences
  Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Musikhochschulen
  Cologne Business School
  Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar
  Hochschule für Kunst (HFK) Bremen
  Hochschule Rhein-Waal
  Evangelische Hochschule Dresden - EHS
  Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
  Hochschule Fresenius
  Jade Hochschule
  Euro-FH - Europäische Fernhochschule Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  AMD Akademie Mode & Design
  Haute Ecole Pedagogique, BEJUNE
  ...
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