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Wondering what it’s like to study at the Hertie School and live in Berlin? Find out more from our student ambassadors.

So you’re lost in your thoughts trying to imagine what it’s like to study at the Hertie School or live in Berlin? It’s only normal to wonder what student life is like – why not ask a current student directly?

Whether you’re considering applying to the Hertie School or you already hit the “submit application” button, you can now connect with our student ambassadors who might be studying the programme you’re interested in, have similar professional interests or who just like you were deciding to make the move to Berlin. Don’t hesitate, connect today! Our student ambassadors are waiting to share their Hertie School journey with you. Check out their profiles below and click here to chat.

MIA student Aditi

Meet Aditi
My name is Aditi and I’m a second year student studying International Affairs. I’ve been living in this beautiful city of Berlin for the last 2 years, but I’m originally from Mumbai, India. I’m open to talking to new people, please feel free to contact me if you want to know more about being a student at Hertie or life in Berlin!

MPP student Juan

Meet Juan
I am an economist with a master’s in Economics and a specialisation in social assessments projects. My interests lean towards the design and implementation of public policies, emphasising improvements in the social protection system. I’ve worked for Human Capital Consulting Group, the centre for development projects at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, and the Colombian National Planning Department.

MIA student Anne

Meet Anne
Hi, I’m Anne, I’m the representative of the MIA Class of 2021 and I lead the International Relations Club. I specialised in Multilateral Diplomacy and Security and before studying at the Hertie School, I completed a Bachelor of International Business Psychology at Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, Shanghai University and Pace University. During my degree, I worked at KONU, a boutique leadership consultancy, where I advised international organisations on executive development.

MPP student Francesco

Meet Francesco
Pursuing a specialisation in policy analysis. Passionate about anti-corruption policies. Writing articles online. Torn between becoming a journalist or a civil servant :) In my free time and in a COVID-free world, I like running, swimming, reading and hiking. I am here to answer all your questions about student life in Berlin and to provide you with tricks to navigate the sometimes intense Hertie School workload!

MPP student Caroline

Meet Caroline
Hi! I'm Caroline, I'm from Brazil, and currently in my first year studying in the MPP programme. I have a background working with public policy in education and health, both in government and in NGOs. I know that deciding your next steps and pursuing an MPP is a big decision. Get in touch if you want to talk about this and life in Berlin!

MPP student TJ

Meet Thomas
Hey, I'm TJ! I was born and did my undergraduate in Toronto and Halifax, Canada. My interests are all things regarding digital policy, from governance to industry, from crypto to privacy rights. I started my master's at the Hertie School in 2020 (uhh-ohh). Despite the global state of affairs, it has been an incredible experience, which I hope I can share with you. Ask away!

MPP student Marina

Meet Marina
Hello! I'm currently an MPP student with a concentration in Policy Analysis. I'm a holder of the Scholarships for Brazilian Public Servants, supported by Repú – so feel free to ask me more about it! Before coming to the Hertie School, I was a policy advisor in the Human Rights Office of the City of São Paulo for three years, working mainly with policies for immigrants. Before that, I worked for two years in the third sector with international human rights advocacy. I hold a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of São Paulo.

Meet Florian
Hi, my name is Florian and I'm from Berlin. Currently I study the Master of International Affairs and I work as a student assistant at the Chair of International Relations in Potsdam. I have a strong interest in theories of international relations, international organisations and international development. Among other things, I have worked for the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) in Kenya, the Commission of Inquiry at the Bundestag and the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). I am happy to share my experience about the school and living in Berlin with you.

MPP student Elena

Meet Elena
I am an International Relations and Corporate Communication graduate from Spain. I decided to pursue the Hertie School MPP to develop stronger quantitative and analytical skills following my experience in different think tanks, in the EU Commission and in the private sector as a Public Affairs advisor. I am certain that in today’s world, public policy requires the kind of cross-sector knowledge and skills the Hertie School provides to perform political, economic and data analysis.

MPP student Jasmine

Meet Jasmine
Hi there! I’m Jasmine from Ghana. I am a second year MPP student. I’m mainly interested in topics related to health and education policy. I also recently took a course on Artificial Intelligence in Government, which has also sparked my interest in that subject. Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions about my experience as a student. I look forward to chatting with you!

MPP student Ria

Meet Ria
I am an economics graduate with a postgraduate diploma in securities markets. After working as a research analyst for over two years at a financial service provider in India, I enrolled at the Hertie School to pursue an MPP.  My interests lie in development economics and understanding the models and issues that underpin policy interventions.

MIA student Grace

Meet Grace
Hi! My name is Grace and I am originally from Kansas City, Missouri. I completed my undergraduate studies in Washington, DC and worked in the DMV area before coming to Berlin. I am currently in my first year of the MIA programme at the Hertie School and am interested in foreign policy, global governance, and the international political economy. Fun stuff: I like to read, stream TV shows, go on city adventures, meet new people, and eat good food (I wish I could cook good food too but am still working on that). Outside of COVID times you can find me checking out a new coffee shop/bar/restaurant, exploring a museum, joining a (very casual) sports league, or – if I have the funds ­– booking a flight to a new destination :)


The student profiles above have been edited for brevity.

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