The name 'Universities of Applied Sciences' (UAS) corresponds to higher educational institutions with profession-oriented study programmes. They have become really a broad-based knowledge centres in Holland, offering Applied Bachelor and Master degrees.
They are more practically oriented and prepare students directly for careers in several sectors: economics and business administration engineering and technology, commerce, finance, leisure, tourism, marketing, health care.
The country has more than 39 such of Universities of Applied Sciences. Graduates obtain the Bachelor degree after 4 years study and are fully qualified to practise their profession. See the ranking lists of Universities of Applied Sciences.
In addition, their diploma qualifies them for admission to several types of further study, including shortened university study programmes leading to Master's degree programmes.
Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences offer a lot of international oriented programmes which are conducted in English and German.
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