I'm a prospective student looking to apply for an electrical engineering course (in English) at Karlsrhuhe, Rhine-Waal and Ravensburg-Weingarten universities of applied sciences.

After doing a little research, I couldn't find any of these unis in international rankings. Acually I couldn't find any applied sciences unis at all. Will this be a problem as I intend to do MBA or M.Eng in the US/UK?

German law says that universities and universities of applied sciences bachelor degrees are equal, but are the latter recognized internationally and are these BSC degrees considered degrees outside Germany?

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    For the US, there is no standard notion of 'recognized in the US' for foreign degrees. Each university makes its own decisions. Feb 4, 2022 at 18:28
  • You'd best ask the MBA or M.Eng programs you are interested in about their opinions. I am pretty sure that at least in the US, Australia, and New Zealand each degree type, even within a university, will be assessed separately by a university admissions office. If you need a visa, there might be a second assessment with that visa. In most places German degrees are viewed favorably. Feb 4, 2022 at 18:32
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    While I have heard of a Fachhochschule, I'd guess most academics have not. Feb 4, 2022 at 18:34
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    @AnonymousPhysicist - well, I've heard of them, but could not give a succinct summary of how they differ from various other German institutions. But to a European, perhaps the difference between the University of California and California State systems might be equally opaque...
    – Jon Custer
    Feb 4, 2022 at 19:13
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    As an example, UCLA for a professional master's degree in engineering (1 yr), explicitly says that "Holders of the Vordiplom, Zwischenprüfung, Bachelor/Bakkalaureus, or a diploma from a fachhochschule are not considered for graduate admission."
    – mkennedy
    Feb 4, 2022 at 20:43

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We use scoring tables for scholarships. The problem in Australia is that you will not receive extra 'prestigious university' points when applying for a PhD scholarship. [obvs I am at a university that thinks of itself as prestigious, even if I object to this!] But if you get high marks and good references, those will certainly count. Do not know about Masters level admissions in US/UK, I suspect the UK will not care.

There are many professors who got first degrees or non-degrees from technical universities, colleges, polytechnics, etc.

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