Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands offer higher professional education. These universities are characterized by their practical orientation. An internship forms an integral part of the curriculum. This is not always the case with traditional research universities. Students at universities of applied sciences are being prepared for careers in a range of sectors; from finance to health care management.
The degrees awarded by Universities of Applied Sciences
differ from the ones awarded by Research Universities. The first difference is that bachelor degree programs take 4 years to complete at Universities of Applied Sciences. At Research Universities they take 3 years.
Another difference concerns the status of the diploma. If, for example, you complete a bachelor program on Leisure Management at a University of Applied Sciences, your degree will be a Bachelor in Leisure Management. Only research universities offer Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc.) degrees. The same is true for master degrees. At a University of Applied Sciences, you will receive a master in Leisure Management, whereas at a Research University you would be awarded with a MSc in Leisure Management.
Degree programs from universities of applied sciences are
accredited by the Netherlands Government
and are generally accepted and acknowledged worldwide. Most international universities will allow holders of a Bachelor diploma from a University of Applied Sciences into their master programs.
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Bachelor Degree Programs offered by Universities of Applied Sciences
Read more about Master Degree Programs offered by Universities of Applied Sciences
Read more about university courses in our Course guide