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MPA-MPP Exchange Program in Germany

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MPA-MPP Exchange Program in Germany

Located in Berlin, the Hertie School of Governance has hosted world leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Exchange with the Hertie School of Governance

American University’s School of Public Affairs offers an international exchange program for MPA and MPP students with the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany. Launched in 2012, the program gives AU students the opportunity to study public administration and policy at the Hertie School’s campus in Berlin for one semester. While studying abroad at one of Europe’s top schools of public affairs, students benefit from being exposed to alternative perspectives on policy-making, especially in the areas of global governance, environmental policy, social policy, and public management. As AU Professor Robert Durant puts it, “It’s hard to overestimate the educational value of an experience abroad and getting outside the echo-chamber of U.S. public policy and administration.”

About the Hertie School

Located in Berlin, the Hertie School of Governance is a member of the Global Public Policy network, a consortium of schools of public affairs and public administration that includes Columbia University, the London School of Economics, Sciences Po Paris, and the National University of Singapore, among others. 

Though the Hertie School has a small population of only about 200 students, its student body is very diverse, with over half of its students originating from outside of Germany.

AU students participating in the exchange program enroll directly in courses at the Hertie School’s campus in Berlin. All courses are taught in English. The Hertie School offers courses in the following fields: Global & European Governance; Political Economy; Welfare & Sustainability; Regulation & Innovation; Democracy & Ethics; and Tools of Public Management & Policy Analysis.

Student Experience

Josh Lowell, MPP, Berlin Exchange Program

Josh Lowell, MPP: "I had the privilege of attending the Hertie School . I hoped that spending time abroad would expose me to international perspectives on hot button policy issues, and would further my career prospects. The Hertie School exceeded all my expectations. The curriculum was eye opening, and classes were taught by seasoned professors from diverse backgrounds. My classmates were diverse in both experience and nationality, and many of them became some of the closest friends I have ever had."

Requirements and How to Apply

The exchange program is designed for students in the fall semester of their second year in either the MPA or MPP program. Students take nine credit hours, the same number they would earn from a full-time course load at AU. Interested students should save space for nine concentration/elective credit hours since Hertie School courses cannot, normally, be applied towards MPA or MPP core courses. Because this is a formally established exchange program, courses count as AU residency credit and do not require a separate credit approval process.

Students must apply for admission during the spring semester of the year they wish to participate, and three to six AU students will be selected by Hertie School administrators for the exchange program. Selected students pay AU tuition plus any fees required by the Hertie School. Application materials include a current resume, a letter of motivation, an unofficial copy of their AU transcript, and English test results, if applicable. Students interested in the program should contact Janet Nagler, Academic Advisor, at for more information about the program and the application process. Deadline to apply for Fall Semester 2017 is April 15th.