Hertie School

Hertie School

The Hertie School is an independent graduate school in Berlin, Germany, that specialises in Public Policy and International Affairs, with highly regarded Masters programmes in each. If you have a background in Law, Economics, Political Science or International Relations and want to further your understanding and career in Berlin, a European political center, then read on…

Top reasons to study here

  • The mission of the Hertie School is to prepare students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society institutions.
  • The School seeks to imprint appropriate values in students throughout the curriculum, giving special attention to the ethical implications of leadership.
  • The School brings together students, faculty, and practitioners from Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East.

About

History

The Hertie School was formally founded as a private, non-profit institution in December 2003 by the Hertie Foundation, becoming the first professional school for public policy in Germany.

In February 2005, the it was granted official state recognition and given the authority by the Berlin Senate to award the academic title Master of Public Policy as an institution of higher learning.

Education

The Hertie School prepares students for leadership positions in government, business and civil society. The Hertie School is characterised by public debate and engagement which position it as an ambassador of good governance. Our motto is: "Understand today. Shape tomorrow.”

At the Hertie School, talented students representing various national and disciplinary backgrounds are united by the desire to make a difference and achieve a better future. The school offers an environment characterised by close interaction with the faculty, public debates and collaboration with the development of current policies. 

Research

The Hertie School’s interdisciplinary research examines real-world public policy issues. Our faculty members carry out cutting-edge research on topics like combatting corruption, the impact of social enterprise, or mitigating climate change. 

Together with postdoctoral researchers, research associates and doctoral students, we address questions that cut across disciplines and straddle regional and sectoral boundaries. 

By 2021, the Hertie School will have a Data Science Lab and five Centres of Competence that cover the following research topics:

  • Digital governance
  • Fundamental rights
  • International security
  • European affairs
  • Sustainability

Career

As a professional school, we support students and alumni in building thriving careers in the public, private and civil society sectors. Successful graduation from the Hertie School opens up a range of professional opportunities in Germany and elsewhere. As a graduate of the Hertie School, you are allowed to extend your residence permit for up to 18 months after completing your studies for the purpose of looking for employment.

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Services

Student services

The Hertie School offers students a friendly, close-knit atmosphere. Our staff and faculty assist students before and upon their arrival in Berlin, and support them throughout their studies. 

Housing services

Germany's capital is a hub for political and cultural events, and a crossroads for travel in Europe and beyond. Located in the city's “Mitte” neighbourhood, the Hertie School is just minutes away from the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate and other important political and historic landmarks. As the capital of Germany, Berlin is the epicentre for political decision-makers and policy debates. It's also a city where history is all around, a fascinating backdrop for studying public policy. Although Berlin is a relatively affordable city, there’s a high demand for housing and finding the right place can be time-consuming. So start early!

Library services

The Hertie School is an institution of higher learning committed to academic excellence. The library team sees it as its responsibility to equip students and faculty with the necessary tools for their academic research. We try to accomplish this goal by providing our library users with access to electronic resources from everywhere on campus. 

ICT services

The Hertie School provides wireless LAN in the whole building but you can also access the internet via the LAN ports at the study room tables.

Medical services

In Germany, every student studying at a state-recognised higher education institution is required by law to have health insurance. This concerns all full-time study programmes. Valid health insurance is a prerequisite for studying at the Hertie School and obtaining a residence permit. 

Student Life

Campus life

Germany's capital is a hub for political and cultural events, and a crossroads for travel in Europe and beyond. As the capital of Germany, Berlin is the epicentre for political decision-makers and policy debates. It's also a city where history is all around, a fascinating backdrop for studying public policy.

Located in the city's “Mitte” neighbourhood, the Hertie School is just minutes away from the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate and other important political and historic landmarks. 

Moreover, Berlin draws young people from around the world, bringing with them a diverse set of cultures, skills and activities.

Student clubs

The student association HSA represents and protects the interests of Hertie School students and carries out a number of specific tasks like club funding. In addition, each of the degree programmes has elected student representatives who serve as academic representatives and advocate on behalf of students in the Academic Senate and other school governance bodies. 

Accreditation

The Hertie School is officially recognised as a private university by the Berlin Senate Department for Education, Youth and Science (Senatsverwaltung für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur) in accordance with sec. 123 para. 1 of the Higher Education Act of the Federal State of Berlin [Berliner Hochschulgesetz – BerlHG]. Furthermore, the Hertie School of Governance fulfils standards equivalent to universities. 

Student Reviews

Academic Voyage
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I loved everything about university. Learning and studying has always been a passion of mine, so getting the opportunity to expand my knowledge was life changing. I enjoyed all the various political courses I was exposed to and the professors who supported and inspired me throughout my academic journey.

Not easy dude!
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

It was really hard due to my financial problem i had to do part time jobs like teaching and coaching kids so that's why my percentage sucks.

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