Structure of Higher Education System
There are public and private state-recognized institutions of higher education categorized as: 1. universities (Universitäten) and equivalent higher education institutions (Technische Hochschulen/Technische Universitäten, Pädagogische Hochschulen); 2. colleges of art and music (Kunsthochschulen and Musikhochschulen); 3. Fachhochschulen (universities of applied sciences) and Verwaltungsfachhochschulen.
Stages of studies
University level first stage
Degrees at Bachelor’s level qualify graduates to apply for Master’s degrees. They are awarded in 3, 3 1/2, or 4 years’ full time study or 180, 210 or 240 ECTS credits.
University level second stage
Degrees at Master’s level are of several types: practice-oriented, research-oriented, artistic profile, and teaching career profile. They lasts between 1 and 2 years’ study or 60, 90, or 120 ECTS credits. All degrees quality graduates to apply for a Doctorate.