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   Munich Business School
comprehensive profile   Breda University of Applied Sciences
comprehensive profile   Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln Akademie GmbH (IW Akademie) in Kooperation mit der Technischen Hochschule Köln (TH Köln)
comprehensive profile   ITECH Lyon, member of Institut Polytechnique de Lyon (IPL)
comprehensive profile   IED Istituto Europeo Di Design
comprehensive profile   Fachhochschule Münster
comprehensive profile   ISARA - member of Lyon Polytechnic Institute
comprehensive profile   Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft HTW Chur
  College of Europe
  FHS St. Gallen Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
  Politechnika Wrocławska
  Technische Hochschule Brandenburg
  Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz
  Ferdinand Porsche FernFH
  Hochschule für Bildende Künste (HFBK) Staedelschule Frankfurt am Main
  International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS)
  CAMPUS 02 Fachhochschule der Wirtschaft
  Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle
  Brand Academy - Hochschule für Design und Kommunikation
  BSP Business School Berlin
  NTB Interstaatliche Hochschule für Technik Buchs
  AKAD University – AKAD Hochschule Stuttgart
  AIM - Austrian Institute of Management - Business School der University of Applied Sciences FH Burgenland
  ZHAW School of Management and Law
  HTWK Leipzig
  Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe
  Hochschule Ansbach
  BI Norwegian Business School
  Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften München (HM)
  HMKW Hochschule für Medien, Kommunikation und Wirtschaft
  Technische Hochschule Deggendorf
  Provadis Hochschule Frankfurt am Main
  Toneelacademie Maastricht
  Hochschule Coburg
  Fachhochschule Gesundheitsberufe OÖ
  Hochschule Schmalkalden
  Rheinische Fachhochschule Köln
  SRH Hochschule Heidelberg
  NORDAKADEMIE Graduate School
  London School of Business and Finance
  Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel
  Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover
  SRH Hochschule der populären Künste (hdpk)
  EBC Hochschule
  Pädagogische Hochschule Thurgau
  Theologische Hochschule Chur
  NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences
  Pädagogische Hochschule Bern
  Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft Ludwigshafen
  Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Hochschule für Life Sciences
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