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   NHTV Breda
comprehensive profile   Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft HTW Chur
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 Nordwestschweiz - Hochschule für Life Sciences
comprehensive profile   Rotterdam Business School
  HMKW Hochschule für Medien, Kommunikation und Wirtschaft
  Hochschule Nordhausen
  HKU University of the Arts Utrecht
  Deutsche Hochschule für Prävention und Gesundheitsmanagement
  University of Applied Sciences Europe
  Fachhochschule Erfurt
  Hochschule Wismar
  European Management School
  Professional School of Business & Technology - Hochschule Kempten
  Ecole cantonale dart du Valais, ECAV
  Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf
  BSP Business School Berlin
  Provadis Hochschule Frankfurt am Main
  OTH Regensburg
  FH Lübeck
  Steinbeis-Transferinstitut Public Management
  Wilhelm Löhe Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften
  ESB Business School der Hochschule Reutlingen
  OTH Amberg-Weiden
  Fliedner Fachhochschule Düsseldorf
  Aeres University of Applied Sciences
  SRH Hochschulen Berlin
  MSH Medical School Hamburg
  Weißensee-Kunsthochschule Berlin
  RMIT University
  Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin
  Akademie der media
  Mines ParisTech
  HNE Hochschule Eberswalde
  Evangelische Hochschule Hamburg
  Hochschule für Verwaltung und Finanzen Ludwigsburg
  FOM Hochschule für Oekonomie & Management
  MEDIADESIGN Hochschule für Design und Informatik
  Fachhochschule Vorarlberg
  Haute école spécialisée de Suisse occidentale, HES-SO
  emlyon business school
  Carl Remigius Medical School
  Hochschule der Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe
  Télécom ParisTech
  Hochschule für Wirtschaft, Technik und Kultur (HWTK)
  Pädagogische Hochschule Graubünden - PHGR
  Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
  FHWien der WKW




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