A degree at a University of Applied Science will typically be four years in length and will normally involve a work experience or study abroad element. These universities will place greater emphasis on the practical application of the arts and sciences. Class sizes at a University of Applied Science tend to be smaller than those in Research Universities.
Examples of the kinds of courses offered at a UAS in the Netherlands include:
- Hotel Management
- Teacher Training
- Process & Food Technology
- International Game Design & Architecture
There are 41 Universities of Applied Science in the Netherlands. Some are very small, and may specialise in a particular field. A smaller UAS is less likely to offer courses in English; by contrast the larger Universities of Applied Science will offer a range of English taught courses.
There is almost no overlap between the type of courses offered by a research university and that offered by a university of applied science. This means that the decision between these two pathways is very much a binary one (and hopefully quite a straightforward one).
The only two courses that may be offered by both types of university are law and business related courses. The difference at a University of Applied Science is that students would be introduced to the more practical, work-based elements of business and law straight away.
Whilst the majority of degree courses at a University of Applied Science are four years, some have started to introduce three year courses. These fast track courses will often condense the first two years of a degree into one year. While some students will be attracted to the idea of graduating early, these fast track degrees are intensive and aren’t the best fit for everyone.
Is a university of applied science right for my students?
If there are students at your school who are interested in studying in the Netherlands, then they may wish to consider a University of Applied Science if they want to go straight into a practical, work-based approach to learning.
For the same reason, these universities might not be the best fit for students who are looking for an academic experience at university.
Examples of a University of Applied Science