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Technische Universität and Fachhochschule (TU vs FH) – See the differences!

When you are choosing the right place for your studies in Germany, you should have come across these two terms – Technische Universität (TU) and Fachhochschule (FH).
In this article, we will discuss in detail about the differences between TU vs FH.
And I’m quite sure that after going through the whole post, you will be able to take a well-informed decision on which place should you consider when you come to Germany for your studies!

TU vs FH
Study in Germany – TU vs. FH

The education system in Germany is a bit complex.


Because when it comes to studying in Germany, you’d be bombarded with choices! And the more choices one has, the more confused he or she can become!

You see, when it comes to your higher studies in Germany, students can choose different types of schools and colleges depending on their interests in Germany. 🇩🇪

And among them, the two most popular institutions you can come across are – Technische Universität (TU), and Fachhochschule (FH). In English, they are known as Technical University, and University of Applied Sciences.

So before you choose between the two, you need to have a clear idea about the two types of institutions as the difference isn’t clear in the first impression.


Because in both types of institutions have students attending lectures, practicals, exams, etc. and students can get a job with degrees from both.

But if you look deeper, there are many differences.

Now, let’s explore the differences between TU vs FH one by one gradually.

TUs primarily focus on research and theory whereas FHs focus on hands-on, practical education with lesser theory.

So if you’re into gaining more practical knowledge, FH might be your choice.

But few companies prefer hiring a student from a TU instead of an FH. And also, in some cases, you might see that a degree from a TU holds a slightly better “reputation” than that of FH, but this mindset isn’t omnipresent in Germany, because what matters, in the end, is your work and how much you know your subject.

Now let’s explore how students in Germany proceed with their graduation from TU and FH after their schooling!

In Germany, students who have completed their high school usually join TUs for bachelors and further education.

While people who have some work experience/ vocational training (Ausbildung) usually choose FH to gain further insight in their specific fields.

Also, if you want to apply for a Ph.D. after your masters then, you can do it in a TU. Also having a Masters degree from a TU will make it easier for you to secure a Ph.D. position anywhere in Germany.

So if you want to pursue a Ph.D. down the line in your career then doing your Masters from a TU will be a safe bet.

On the other hand, FHs mostly do not offer a Ph.D.

FHs are more focused on practical knowledge and things like hands-on experience, Internships are of great importance and carry credits at FHs.

FHs are also less flexible when it comes to choosing subjects, you need to stick to the classes offered, and you won’t get any options to choose.

TUs are a lot flexible here, with each student being able to choose subjects of their interest.

But one clear advantage FHs have over TUs are, the batch strength of FH is really low, 20 to 35. But for TUs a classroom might hold anywhere from 150 to 300 students. So the approachability towards the professors and supports like doubt clearance might be hampered in the TU.

And lastly, degrees from TUs usually have a better “status” in the job market.

So you can see that it totally depends on your individual choice and you cannot let someone else decide it for you.

And that’s why, at Bharat in Germany, we always focus on self-initiative to help and guide you towards a better choice, just the way Germans like it. 

Also, check out our free e-book on the Basic requirements of studying in Germany by clicking below!

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Hope this clears most of your doubts?

You can also check out the video I made on the same topic:

Also, if you are considering Germany as your next study destination then do check out my online course:  Complete course for studying in Germany.

I have already studied in a TU (TU Hamburg) and with the help of my online course, my team and I personally guide students and help their journey towards a new country easier, enjoyable, and hassle-free!

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