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   Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln Akademie GmbH (IW Akademie) in Kooperation mit der Technischen Hochschule Köln (TH Köln)
comprehensive profile   Breda University of Applied Sciences
comprehensive profile   Munich Business School
comprehensive profile   IED Istituto Europeo Di Design
comprehensive profile   ISARA - member of Lyon Polytechnic Institute
comprehensive profile   ITECH Lyon, member of Institut Polytechnique de Lyon (IPL)
comprehensive profile   Fachhochschule Münster
comprehensive profile   Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft HTW Chur
  Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz
  Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart (HFT)
  FHWien der WKW
  City University of Hong Kong, Department of Information Systems
  Hochschule Emden/Leer
  Hochschule Furtwangen
  Hochschule Fresenius
  Hochschule für Musik und Theater (HfMT) Hamburg
  Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
  Ostfalia Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften
  design akademie berlin, SRH Hochschule für Kommunikation und Design
  Hochschule Bremerhaven
  Brand Academy - Hochschule für Design und Kommunikation
  FH Potsdam
  HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration
  Hamburg Media School
  Evangelische Hochschule Hamburg
  Fachhochschule Kufstein Tirol
  Télécom Lille1
  Fachhochschule Wedel
  Novancia Business School Paris
  Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin
  Wilhelm Löhe Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften
  Technische Hochschule Georg Agricola
  Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt - THI
  Weißensee-Kunsthochschule Berlin
  FH Campus Wien
  SRH Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Medien Calw
  Hochschule Hof
  Hochschule für Bildende Künste (HFBK) Staedelschule Frankfurt am Main
  Griffith College Dublin
  Fachhochschule der Diakonie
  Uniwersytet Przyrodniczy we Wrocławiu
  Hochschule Ulm
  Hochschule für Kunst (HFK) Alfter
  Hochschule Darmstadt
  Evangelische Hochschule Freiburg
  Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin
  Hochschule für Kunst (HFK) Bremen
  Hochschule Nordhausen
  Hochschule Luzern
  Steuerlehrgänge Dr. Bannas

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