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.

Find your University of Applied Sciences and learn more about its location and Masters programmes:

comprehensive profile   Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft HTW Chur
comprehensive profile   Rotterdam Business School
comprehensive profile   NHTV Breda
comprehensive profile   MCI Management Center Innsbruck
comprehensive profile   Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln Akademie GmbH (IW Akademie) in Kooperation mit der Technischen Hochschule Köln (TH Köln)
comprehensive profile   Fachhochschule Münster
  Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin
  Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel
  Imperial College London
  Hochschule für Forstwirtschaft Rottenburg
  Hanze University of Applied Sciences
  Hochschule Darmstadt
  Theologische Hochschule Chur
  Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
  IB-Hochschule Berlin
  Hochschule Ruhr West
  Haute école pédagogique du Valais - HEPVS
  Hochschule für Musik (HfM) Trossingen
  Télécom Bretagne
  Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Pädagogische Hochschule
  Pädagogische Hochschule Bern
  ArtEZ Institute of the Arts
  Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe
  SRH Hochschule für Logistik und Wirtschaft in Hamm
  Hochschule Bremerhaven
  Karlshochschule International University
  Europäische Fachhochschule (EU|FH)
  HNE Hochschule Eberswalde
  École hôtelière de Lausanne
  SRH Hochschule Heidelberg
  École des Mines de Nantes
  Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau
  ZHAW School of Management and Law
  Hochschule Anhalt
  Wilhelm Büchner Hochschule Private Fernhochschule Darmstadt
  Griffith College Dublin
  Turku University of Applied Sciences
  Hochschule Pforzheim
  Evangelische Hochschule Nürnberg
  Fachhochschule Wiener Neustadt
  IUBH - Internationale Hochschule
  Technische Hochschule Wildau
  Deutsche Hochschule für Prävention und Gesundheitsmanagement
  Fachhochschule des Mittelstands (FHM)
  ESC Clermont
  Fachhochschule Erfurt
  Netherlands Maritime University (STC-NMU)
  Vysoká škola báňská-Technická univerzita Ostrava
  FH Westküste
  Hamburger Akademie für Marketing und Kommunikation


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