Hertie School

City: Berlin
Language of instruction: English
  • Founded in 2003 as one of the first postgraduate professional schools for public policy in Germany
  • Member of the international Global Public Policy Network
  • Mission is to encourage students to produce excellent governance and policy-making, and prepare students for positions in civil society institutions, businesses, and government
  • Organizes panels, symposia, and discussions for classes to engage with policy-makers, NGOs, and businesses
  • Allows students to engage with contemporary issues and current events inside and outside the classroom
  • 400 students, over 50% international students
  • Located in Berlin, right next to the houses of Parliament and federal ministries
  • Berlin is the capital and largest city in Germany, with over 3.6 million people

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Partner university's areas of study


Notes on Language of Instruction

  • English is the primary language of instruction and students do not need to prove German proficiency


Terms offered

Term 1

Who can go?

  • Students in the Masters of Public Policy and Global Affairs program are eligible to attend

Term dates

  • Fall term: late August to mid December
  • Spring term: early February to mid May


  • MPPGA Students are only eligible for term 1 exchange
  • Summer programs may be considered with the approval of the Graduate Director
Courses + Transfer Credits


Course equivalency formula

  • ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g. application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

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Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 9 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

  • DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service, offers generous scholarships to students applying for an exchange or research program at a German university
    • Students must apply  by January 31, and may apply for the funding before their acceptance to the exchange program is final, with a letter from Go Global
    • See the DAAD website for more information

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ for Federal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.

Types of accommodation available


Housing notes

  • Berlin is a relatively affordable city, but has a high demand for housing
  • The Student Affairs & Study Abroad team provides advice and guidance on finding appropriate housing in Berlin
  • It is best to start looking as soon you decide to study at the Hertie School as Berlin is a very popular city for students which can make finding student accommodation challenging
  • Since Hertie does not offer on-campus accomodation, it is recommended to explore more information here
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