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   Fachhochschule Graubünden (FHGR)
comprehensive profile   HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
comprehensive profile   FH Münster
comprehensive profile   IED Istituto Europeo Di Design
comprehensive profile   Munich Business School
comprehensive profile   Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln Akademie GmbH (IW Akademie) in Kooperation mit der Technischen Hochschule Köln (TH Köln)
  Fachhochschule Wiener Neustadt
  Hochschule Koblenz, RheinAhrCampus
  Pädagogische Hochschule Zentralschweiz - PHZ
  Brand Academy - Hochschule für Design und Kommunikation
  European Management School
  IUBH - Internationale Hochschule
  Toneelacademie Maastricht
  Evangelische Hochschule Nürnberg
  Ipag Business School
  Fachhochschule Bielefeld
  Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Hochschule für Architektur, Bau und Geomatik
  ZHAW, Standort Life Sciences und Facility Management, IFM - Institut für Facility Management
  Katholische Hochschule Freiburg
  Hochschule Fresenius
  FH Südwestfalen
  Hochschule Hof
  Pädagogische Hochschule des Kantons St.Gallen - PHSG
  Zürcher Fachhochschule - Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich
  Hautes Études d'Ingénieur
  Evangelische Hochschule Tabor
  Evangelische FH Darmstadt
  Hochschule für Forstwirtschaft Rottenburg
  Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin
  MEDIADESIGN Hochschule für Design und Informatik
  Westfälische Hochschule
  Hochschule Koblenz, RheinMoselCampus
  Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf
  ESB Business School der Hochschule Reutlingen
  Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
  Ecole cantonale dart du Valais, ECAV
  Europäische Fachhochschule Rhein/Erft GmbH Fachbereich Gesundheit
  Steinbeis-Transferinstitut Public Management
  Professional School of Business & Technology - Hochschule Kempten
  Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Pädagogische Hochschule
  Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines Saint-Etienne
  Hochschule Aalen
  Politechnika Wrocławska
  Inholland University of Applied Sciences
  Hochschule Fresenius onlineplus
  Akademie der media
  Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule (PTH) Vallendar
  CBS International Business School
  Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst


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