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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comprehensive profile   HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
comprehensive profile   Carl Remigius Medical School
comprehensive profile   Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln Akademie GmbH (IW Akademie) in Kooperation mit der Technischen Hochschule Köln (TH Köln)
comprehensive profile   Munich Business School
comprehensive profile   Fachhochschule Graubünden (FHGR)
comprehensive profile   OTH Amberg-Weiden / ARBER-Seminare
  BBA- Akademie der Immobilienwirtschaft e.V. Berlin
  Hochschule Mannheim
  zfh – Zentrum für Fernstudien im Hochschulverbund
  Fachhochschule Wedel
  Zürcher Fachhochschule - Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich
  École des Mines de Nantes
  FH Südwestfalen
  Hochschule Koblenz, RheinAhrCampus
  Lauder Business School
  Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin
  Technische Hochschule Deggendorf
  Hochschule Heilbronn
  AMD Akademie Mode & Design
  Pädagogische Hochschule Graubünden - PHGR
  Hochschule Albstadt-Sigmaringen
  Katholische Hochschule Berlin
  FH Kaiserslautern
  Hochschule für öffentliche Verwaltung Kehl
  Hochschule Weserbergland (HSW)
  Graduate Campus Hochschule Aalen
  Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences
  FH Campus Wien
  Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau
  FOM Hochschule für Oekonomie & Management
  Uniwersytet Przyrodniczy we Wrocławiu
  Fachhochschule des BFI Wien
  Sportbusiness Campus
  Weißensee-Kunsthochschule Berlin
  Haute école spécialisée de Suisse occidentale, HES-SO
  Hamburger Akademie für Marketing und Kommunikation
  Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft Ludwigshafen
  Katholische Hochschule Nordrhein-Westfalen
  Blekinge Institute of Technology
  Fliedner Fachhochschule Düsseldorf
  Europäische Fachhochschule Rhein/Erft GmbH Hochschulbereich Gesundheit und Soziales
  Hochschule Koblenz, RheinMoselCampus
  Hochschule Fulda, University of Applied Sciences
  NBS Northern Business School
  New College of the Humanities
  Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Hochschule für Life Sciences
  Haute Ecole Pedagogique, BEJUNE
  Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg (HAW Hamburg)
  Télécom Ecole de Management
  AKAD University – AKAD Hochschule Stuttgart
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