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.
Our motto is Understand today. Shape tomorrow. We attract a highly talented student body from diverse national and disciplinary backgrounds—united by a desire to make a difference and to bring about a better future. We offer them a study environment characterised by close interaction with faculty, lively public debates and engagement with current policy developments. In addition, our students have access to the School’s global network that includes the London School of Economics and Political Science, Sciences Po in Paris, Columbia University in New York and many other excellent public policy schools worldwide.
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, they address questions that cut across disciplines and straddle regional and sectoral boundaries.
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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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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My story at Hertie can be told in three short chapters. During my first year I had a recap of my studies from my BA, but with a much more practical approach. Learning how to be precise in arguing my cases really helped me during my professional year that I spent in Brussels in between my first and second year at Hertie. Having worked for a year in lobbying office then...
My experience at Hertie was very unique to my overall academic experience. The school hosts brilliant minds, from professors to students, and I learned as much from debates and in-class discussions as I did from assigned readings. It was also a place where I found kindness to its population, and to others in society. The environment I found is one where any mind can...
I had a great experience at the Hertie School. The staff is extremely dedicated and helpful. We students felt like a small family of friends and peers. Despite studying hard, part of the experience involved exploring Berlin and learning to see the world from a different angle. I would highly recommend anyone to pursue education at the Hertie School.