Info and FAQs
We understand that you may have questions about how the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the measures taken to limit its spread worldwide will affect the admissions process at the Hertie School. We know that you may face different challenges: postponements of English proficiency exams, delays in obtaining official copies of your transcripts, travel restrictions and more. Please be assured that we strive to be flexible and accommodating during these difficult times. The admissions team are working remotely and are fully operational – we remain committed to serving you.
If you would like to speak with one of our admissions officers regarding your concerns, please kindly get in touch with Kassandra Valles (valles[at]hertie-school[dot]org), Anita Gutiérrez (gutierrez[at]hertie-school[dot]org) or Lorena Ramos (ramos[at]hertie-school[dot]org).
We have compiled a few relevant questions and answers for you below.
With the health and safety of our community in mind, the Hertie School administration is operating via remote work. Faculty and staff are ensuring that teaching and examinations carry on via online learning methods. The admissions team are continuing to receive, process and evaluate applications and are committed to being as flexible and understanding as possible in these uncertain times. We are here to answer any questions or concerns that you might have. We welcome and look forward to your application.
Please don’t worry. We will accept and review your application even if you are not able to obtain the most current copy of your transcripts and other academic documents due to office and campus closures. Please provide the most updated transcript available to you and note this in your application by explaining the circumstances under “General comments concerning your application” in the “Further information” section of the online application form. You may also submit unofficial copies of your documents. If you are admitted, you will be asked to provide your complete and official documents before the start of the fall semester.
The final deadline to apply to the MPP and MIA programmes remains 1 May 2020. For the Executive MPA, candidates interested in financial aid and focus scholarships should apply by 1 June 2020. The final deadline to apply to the Executive MPA programme is 15 August 2020.
We are aware that many test centres are postponing examination dates and that this may cause delays for our prospective students. The admissions team has therefore decided to extend the deadline to submit English test results to 15 July 2020. Please reach out to us as soon as possible if you encounter further issues obtaining your test results in time.
At the moment, there may be delays in visa processing due to effects of the coronavirus. The Hertie School is in constant contact with the German Federal Foreign Office to monitor the situation. Additionally, we encourage you to continue checking the websites of your local German consulate for the most up-to-date information on visa processing. Please do get in touch with us if you are facing difficulties applying for a visa.
Currently, the start date for the 2020/2021 academic year remains unchanged: Orientation Week for all first-year students is scheduled from 31 August to 4 September, and the first day of classes in the new academic year is 7 September.
It is still too early to determine if and how the coronavirus might affect the upcoming academic year. If there are any changes, however, we will notify you immediately. In turn, should you encounter any challenges closer to the summer, please let us know, and we will work with you on solutions to accommodate your situation at the beginning of the 2020-2021 academic year.
We know that this is an extremely unsettling and uncertain time for everyone. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We will keep updating this page with new information, so please check in regularly. Please take care of yourself and continue to be in touch with us!
The admissions team are now hosting several online events in order to give prospective students the opportunity to ask questions directly and virtually via webinars, coffee chats and office hours. Please also check out our new admissions blog for regular updates from the admissions team.
For general enquiries about the application process and requirements, please get in touch via grad-admissions[at]hertie-school[dot]org.
If you would like to speak with one of our admissions officers regarding your concerns, please kindly get in touch with Kassandra Valles (valles[at]hertie-school[dot]org), Anita Gutiérrez (gutierrez[at]hertie-school[dot]org) or Lorena Ramos (ramos[at]hertie-school[dot]org). We would be happy to schedule a personal call with you.