First steps for incoming students
You’ve been accepted to the Hertie School. Now what?
- You will be sent an email with your study agreement. Read it carefully, sign it and mail it back asap.
- As soon as we receive your signed study agreement and tuition deposit, your spot in the programme is confirmed.
- As a next step we will provide MPP and MIA students with a log-in to work through the pre-orientation package on Moodle.
- Executive MPA students and doctoral students receive more information from their respective programme teams.
Depending on your country of citizenship, you will require different legal documents to live and study in Germany - some students will require a visa to enter the country; others will need to apply for a residence permit upon arrival; and everyone, including German nationals, must complete their city registration within two weeks of finding an apartment in Berlin.
Carefully read through the "Living in Berlin" section on Moodle for step-by-step guidance on these important bureaucratic processes.
Although Berlin is a relatively affordable city, housing is in high demand. Finding the right place can be time-consuming so be sure to start your search early! We’ve put together some resources on Moodle to help with your apartment hunt.
Learning German is a great way to settle into Berlin and especially useful to those wishing to work in Germany. Incoming students will have the chance to attend a beginner-level intensive German language course at the Hertie School prior to Orientation Week. During their studies, students can use our resources on Moodle to find an appropriate German language school in the city to continue their German studies independently.
Besides the German language, there are language schools in Berlin that teach every language imaginable. For further information please consult our Language School directory on Moodle.
The Hertie School also offers a Language Tandem Programme for which enrolled students and staff members can sign up for on the school's professional networking website Hertie Connect.
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 (MPP, MIA, 1-year Executive MPA and Doctoral Programmes). Valid health insurance is a prerequisite for studying at the Hertie School and obtaining a residence permit. We’ve put together all the info you need on Moodle.
After being accepted to study at Hertie, you will receive an email from our Grad Admissions Team asking for the following check-in documents:
- certified copy of your Bachelor's degree/diploma
- certified copy of your final undergraduate transcript
The documents must be submitted by 31 August 2019 and will be stored in your student file.
Orientation Week will take place 26 - 31 August 2019 and is mandatory for all incoming first-year MPP & MIA students. This week is intended to ensure that every incoming student receives all of the administrative, academic, and bureaucratic information needed to successfully begin their studies at Hertie and settle into Berlin. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in many planned social activities in order to get to know each other and the rest of the school community.
During Orientation Week, there will also be a small check-in where you will be asked to hand in your proof of health insurance*
If you have a question about the check-in process or Orientation Week, feel free to contact us.