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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   MCI Management Center Innsbruck
comprehensive profile   Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft HTW Chur
comprehensive profile   Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln Akademie GmbH (IW Akademie) in Kooperation mit der Technischen Hochschule Köln (TH Köln)
comprehensive profile   Rotterdam Business School
comprehensive profile   Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Hochschule für Life Sciences
comprehensive profile   NHTV Breda
  Hochschule Landshut
  Hochschule RheinMain
  Fachhochschule Kufstein Tirol
  Mines ParisTech
  Hochschule für Musik und Theater (HfMT) Hamburg
  Hochschule Neu-Ulm
  Hochschule Harz - Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften
  Sciences Po
  Hochschule für Kunst (HFK) Bremen
  Hochschule für Musik und Theater (HMT) Rostock
  Technische Hochschule Wildau
  Hochschule der Bundesagentur für Arbeit (HdBA)
  Europäsiche Fachhochschule EUFH med Rostock
  RMIT University
  IED Istituto Europeo Di Design
  Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt - THI
  Hochschule Rosenheim
  Deutsche Hochschule für Prävention und Gesundheitsmanagement
  BSP Business School Berlin
  HKU University of the Arts Utrecht
  Hochschule Aschaffenburg
  Katholische Hochschule Freiburg
  MSB Medical School Berlin
  École des Mines de Nantes
  Hochschule Koblenz, RheinMoselCampus
  Hochschule Ludwigshafen am Rhein
  accadis Hochschule Bad Homburg
  Evangelische Hochschule Freiburg
  Fachhochschule Burgenland
  Fachhochschule Oberösterreich
  Uniwersytet Przyrodniczy we Wrocławiu
  Steuerlehrgänge Dr. Bannas
  Audencia Business School
  Hochschule Darmstadt
  Politechnika Wrocławska
  AKAD University – AKAD Hochschule Stuttgart
  Haute école pédagogique du Valais - HEPVS
  Inholland University of Applied Sciences
  Hochschule Bremen
  Westfälische Hochschule
  DIPLOMA Hochschule
  École hôtelière de Lausanne
  Graduate School Rhein-Neckar
  MSH Medical School Hamburg
  ...

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