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   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   OTH Amberg-Weiden / ARBER-Seminare
comprehensive profile   Carl Remigius Medical School
comprehensive profile   Munich Business School
comprehensive profile   Tio University of Applied Sciences
  Audencia Business School
  Brand University of Applied Sciences
  BBA- Akademie der Immobilienwirtschaft e.V. Berlin
  NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences
  Pädagogische Hochschule Weingarten
  École des Mines de Nantes
  Ipag Business School
  Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Hochschule für Life Sciences
  Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Hochschule für Wirtschaft
  Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin
  Hochschule Ansbach
  Hochschule Koblenz, RheinAhrCampus
  Euro-FH - Europäische Fernhochschule Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  Berlin International University of Applied Sciences
  École hôtelière de Lausanne
  Katholische Hochschule Nordrhein-Westfalen
  Quadriga Hochschule Berlin
  Hochschule der Bundesagentur für Arbeit (HdBA)
  Breda University of Applied Sciences
  Hochschule Karlsruhe - Technik und Wirtschaft
  Hochschule für Musik (HfM) Detmold
  NORDAKADEMIE Graduate School
  Brussels Business Institute Hotel School
  Hochschule Coburg
  Hochschule Bremen
  Hochschule Landshut
  Weißensee-Kunsthochschule Berlin
  Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf
  BSP Business and Law School - Hochschule für Management und Recht
  Hochschule für Kunst (HFK) Bremen
  Haute école spécialisée de Suisse occidentale, HES-SO
  AKAD University – AKAD Hochschule Stuttgart
  Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin
  European Management School
  SRH Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Medien Calw
  AMD Akademie Mode & Design
  Fachhochschule Burgenland
  Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst (HfMDK) Stuttgart
  Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft Ludwigshafen
  Hochschule Augsburg
  Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg (HAW Hamburg)
  Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel
  Baltic College
  VICTORIA | Internationale Hochschule


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