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   ITECH Lyon, member of Institut Polytechnique de Lyon (IPL)
comprehensive profile   ISARA - member of Lyon Polytechnic Institute
comprehensive profile   Rotterdam Business School
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   Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft HTW Chur
comprehensive profile   IED Istituto Europeo Di Design
comprehensive profile   Fachhochschule Münster
  Fachhochschule des Mittelstands (FHM)
  Novancia Business School Paris
  Vysoká škola báňská-Technická univerzita Ostrava
  Rheinische Fachhochschule Köln
  Hanze University of Applied Sciences
  Hochschule Ulm
  Hochschule Rosenheim
  France Business School
  Karlshochschule International University
  design akademie berlin, SRH Hochschule für Kommunikation und Design
  Hochschule Stralsund
  Hochschule Niederrhein
  Hochschule für Musik und Theater (HMT) München
  Evangelische Hochschule Freiburg
  Blekinge Institute of Technology
  Hamburger Akademie für Marketing und Kommunikation
  HTW Dresden
  Akademie der Bildenden Künste (AkBK) Nürnberg
  Hochschule Wismar
  Evangelische Hochschule Tabor
  Fachhochschule Bingen
  Katholische Hochschule Berlin
  accadis Hochschule Bad Homburg
  AKAD University – AKAD Hochschule Stuttgart
  HKU University of the Arts Utrecht
  Fachhochschule des BFI Wien
  MSH Medical School Hamburg
  Hochschule Osnabrück
  SRH Hochschule für Logistik und Wirtschaft in Hamm
  Hochschule Coburg
  Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Musikhochschulen
  Imperial College London
  EBC Hochschule
  University of Applied Sciences Europe
  Steuer-Fachschule Dr. Endriss / Hochschule Aalen
  Hochschule Merseburg
  Berner Fachhochschule
  International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS)
  Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule (PTH) Vallendar
  EBZ Business School - University of Applied Sciences
  Pädagogische Hochschule des Kantons St.Gallen - PHSG




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