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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   Fachhochschule Münster
comprehensive profile   Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln Akademie GmbH (IW Akademie) in Kooperation mit der Technischen Hochschule Köln (TH Köln)
comprehensive profile   Breda University of Applied Sciences
comprehensive profile   Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft HTW Chur
comprehensive profile   Rotterdam Business School
comprehensive profile   ITECH Lyon, member of Institut Polytechnique de Lyon (IPL)
comprehensive profile   ISARA - member of Lyon Polytechnic Institute
comprehensive profile   IED Istituto Europeo Di Design
  Hochschule Aschaffenburg
  Hotelschool The Hague
  Hochschule der Bundesagentur für Arbeit (HdBA)
  Steinbeis-Transferinstitut Public Management
  MEDIADESIGN Hochschule für Design und Informatik
  H:G Hochschule für Gesundheit & Sport, Technik & Kunst
  Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen
  Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
  Euro-FH - Europäische Fernhochschule Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  Theologische Hochschule Friedensau
  Netherlands Maritime University (STC-NMU)
  Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm
  École des Mines de Nancy
  Hochschule Mainz
  Hochschule Bochum
  accadis Hochschule Bad Homburg
  Imperial College London
  Hochschule Aalen
  Katholische Stiftungshochschule München
  Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
  design akademie berlin, SRH Hochschule für Kommunikation und Design
  Hochschule Coburg
  HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil
  Katholische Hochschule Berlin
  Sportbusiness Campus
  Hochschule für Musik (HfM) Karlsruhe
  Fachhochschule Flensburg
  Allensbach Hochschule
  Wilhelm Büchner Hochschule Private Fernhochschule Darmstadt
  Rheinische Fachhochschule Köln
  Fachhochschule Vorarlberg
  Hochschule Ansbach
  Zürcher Fachhochschule - Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich
  AIM - Austrian Institute of Management - Business School der University of Applied Sciences FH Burgenland
  HKU University of the Arts Utrecht
  Fachhochschule Kufstein Tirol
  Ferdinand Porsche FernFH
  Theologische Hochschule Chur
  Karel de Grote University-College
  Hochschule Neu-Ulm
  Brand Academy - Hochschule für Design und Kommunikation
  London School of Business and Finance
  ...

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