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   Tio University of Applied Sciences
comprehensive profile   Munich Business School
comprehensive profile   OTH Amberg-Weiden / ARBER-Seminare
comprehensive profile   HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
comprehensive profile   Fachhochschule Graubünden (FHGR)
comprehensive profile   Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln Akademie GmbH (IW Akademie) in Kooperation mit der Technischen Hochschule Köln (TH Köln)
comprehensive profile   Carl Remigius Medical School
  Hochschule für Kunst (HFK) Alfter
  Hochschule Harz - Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften
  NBS Northern Business School
  IU - Internationale Hochschule
  Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart / Weiterbildungszentrum
  Hochschule Ansbach
  FHWien der WKW
  Technische Hochschule Deggendorf
  RMIT University
  MSB Medical School Berlin - Hochschule für Gesundheit und Medizin
  Jade Hochschule
  Vysoká škola báňská-Technická univerzita Ostrava
  Fachhochschule St. Pölten
  Pädagogische Hochschule Graubünden - PHGR
  Pädagogische Hochschule Weingarten
  Hochschule für Kunst (HFK) Bremen
  Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe
  BSP Business School Berlin
  Télécom Lille1
  ZHAW, Standort Life Sciences und Facility Management, IFM - Institut für Facility Management
  Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften München (HM)
  Pädagogische Hochschule Zentralschweiz - PHZ
  Professional School of Business & Technology - Hochschule Kempten
  Rotterdam Business School
  bbw Hochschule
  Télécom ParisTech
  Hochschule Mittweida
  AMD Akademie Mode & Design
  Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten
  European College of Business and Management
  Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Hochschule für Angewandte Psychologie
  MSH Medical School Hamburg
  Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule (PTH) Vallendar
  Zürcher Fachhochschule - Hochschule für Wirtschaft Zürich
  Europäische Fachhochschule Rhein/Erft GmbH Hochschulbereich Gesundheit und Soziales
  Fachhochschule Gesundheitsberufe OÖ
  The Hague University of Applied Sciences (De Haagse Hogeschool)
  Hochschule Wismar
  Saxion University of Applied Sciences
  Fachhochschule Bingen
  OTH Amberg-Weiden
  Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Hochschule für Technik
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