Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) are a special feature of the German Higher Education system.
In Germany, UAS and research universities have equal academic status within the university system. Both of them award Bachelor's and Master's degrees. In cooperation with research universities, UAS also award PhDs.
Research universities mainly teach theoretical knowledge and emphasize basic research. The UAS have a practice-oriented approach and focus on applied research. This means, the focus is more on practical job requirements than on theory. The range of subjects at a UAS comprises specialist fields such as engineering, technology and business.
A special feature of education at a UAS is that it always includes practical phases where students complete work placements, longer project phases or entire practical semesters, often in the industry.
More than 70 percent of the German engineers are UAS graduates and in high demand on the labour market. Also with international students, UASs are very popular due the excellent job perspectives after graduation.