Study abroad

Academic exchanges

For students from our partner schools coming to Berlin

Apply through your home university and spend one semester at the Hertie School in Berlin. We invite you to broaden your current studies and perspective... and return to your home institution not only with credits to transfer back but with many good memories and long-lasting connections.

Exchange semester at a glance

  • Duration: Fall semester (1 August - 31 January); very few spots available for Spring semester
  • Attendance required: late August - mid-December
  • Language: English
  • Nomination deadline: 15 April
  • Workload: 6 ECTS-30 ECTS (as required by your home university)

Here are some clarifications on frequently asked questions:

How to apply?

Check with your Home University on the application process and applicable deadlines.

Once you have been nominated for the programme, we will ask you to complete our online application and upload the following documents:
• Letter of Motivation
• CV
• Transcript
• English language test results


Which are Hertie School's partner organisations?

You can find our partner organisations in the map on this page or listed below:


  • American University (Cairo, Egypt)


  • Fudan University - SIRPA (Shanghai, China)
  • KDI School of Public Policy and Management (Sejong, Korea)
  • National University of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew – LKYSPP (Singapore)
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Jerusalem, Israel) (suspended for academic year 2024/25)
  • Tsinghua University, School of Public Policy & Managment - SPPM (Beijing, China)
  • University of Tokyo – GraSPP (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Waseda University – GSAPS (Tokyo, Japan)


  • Australian National University, Crawford School of Public Policy – ANU (Canberra, Australia)


  • Central European University (Vienna, Austria)
  • European University Institute (Florence, Italy)
  • Graduate Institute Geneva – IHEID (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals - IBEI (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies SAIS - (Bologna, Italy)
  • Leiden University, Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs (Leiden, Netherlands)
  • LUISS Guido Carli, Business School (Rome, Italy)
  • National School of Political and Administrative Studies SNSPA (Bucharest, Romania)
  • National School of Political and Administrative Studies SNSPA (Bucharest, Romania)
  • Sabancı University (Istanbul, Turkey)
  • Sciences Po (Paris, France)
  • Sciences Po (Grenoble, France)
  • Uppsala University (Uppsala, Sweden)


  • Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica – CIDE (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Fundação Getulio Vargas, School of Business Administration – FGV (São Paulo, Brazil)
  • Universidad de Los Andes (Bogota, Colombia)


  • American University, School of Public Affairs – SPA (Washington, DC, USA)
  • Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy (Durham, NC, USA)
  • George Washington University, Elliott School – GWU (Washington, DC, USA)
  • Georgetown University, Walsh School of Foreign Service - SFS (Washington, DC, USA)
  • Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies - SAIS (Washington, DC, USA)
  • University of British Columbia – UBC (Vancouver, Canada)
  • University of California Los Angeles, Luskin School of Public Affairs – UCLA (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
  • University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy – USC (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
  • University of Texas at Austin, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs - LBJ (Austin, TX, USA)
  • University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs – UoT (Toronto, Canada)

Which courses can I take?

As an Exchange student you can choose electives (2nd year courses) within one of the graduate programmes on offer: Public Policy or International Affairs. Students who meet the prerequisites might also be able to take electives within the Master of Data Science. All programmes are full-time and taught in English. The Hertie School Course Directory offers an overview of current course offerings but students need to keep in mind that course offerings can vary from year to year.

The Course Catalogue for the Fall semester is usually published in late June and students register for courses in July. Detailed instructions will be provided to admitted candidates via email. Erasmus students who need to submit a Provisional Learning Agreement to their home university should use the course offerings from previous semesters as a general guide for the types of courses that will be offered. However, course enrolment will only be confirmed in mid-August. 



Fees & funding

Exchange students continue to pay tuition fees to their Home University. All students (incl. exchange students) are obliged to pay for public transportation and Studierendenwerk services.

Please check with your home university if you qualify for Erasmus funding or other grants. The Erasmus code of the Hertie School is D BERLIN25.


What student services will I have access to at Hertie?

As an exchange student, you will have access to all the same services and opportunities that regularly-enrolled Hertie students have. These include:

  • Career coaching with our Career Development Team
  • On-campus access to psychological counseling
  • All services provided by our Hertie School Library
  • Participation in any of the 25+ Hertie student clubs/associations, ranging from the Hertie School Hikers to the Hertie Women in Public Policy club
  • And more!

Study at the Hertie School in Berlin

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Watch the video to learn more about studying abroad at the Hertie School and student life in Berlin.

“From your first steps into the Hertie School, you will be amazed by the top facilities, the friendly staff, and the hum of activity on campus.”

Ionelia Hirju, MPP | Exchange from SNSPA)

“One thing I appreciated from the beginning was the variety of courses. I had a wide range to choose from, and the classes were very stimulating and interactive. My time at Hertie went beyond my expectations.”

Maria Antonela Dima, MPP | Exchange from SNSPA

“At Hertie, I developed a European perspective on the most pressing issues facing the public and non-governmental sectors. Thanks to the multicultural student body, I worked alongside colleagues from different parts of the world.”

Mariam Allam, MPP | Exchange from American University Cairo

“Through my experience studying at the Hertie School, I have found my niche and passion within International Public Affairs, and have taken a very nuanced array of courses that complement my core education through my home university at UCLA.”

Mason Parker, MPP | Exchange from UCLA