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First-cycle programmes


7.Higher education

7.2 First-cycle programmes

Last update: 27 November 2023

First cycle programmes are:

  • university bachelor’s degree 
  • university of applied sciences (UAS) bachelor’s degree.

Bachelor’s degree programmes are available at universities and at universities of applied sciences (UAS). University and UAS bachelor’s degrees are at the same level but the contents differ due to the different nature of the two sectors. The mission of universities is to conduct scientific research and offer education based on research. In many fields, a university bachelor’s degree is considered to be a stage for a master’s degree. UASs aim to train professionals with emphasis on labour market needs.