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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Fall, January Term, Spring
  • Restrictions: GW applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2024 03/15/2024 03/20/2024 09/02/2024 12/13/2024
Program Description:


The Hertie School is a small, private university located in Berlin. The university is known for the following academic fields: economics, international relations, law, political science, and public policy. All courses are offered in English, with English being the working language of the university.

Curriculum: Hertie established a Master of International Affairs. Course offerings can be found via the online Hertie School of Governance course catalog, with this university being a great choice for those looking to study in Germany in a university styled after the United States higher education system.

Transfer of Credits: All exchange students from the Elliott School are required to be enrolled at Hertie School of Governance as full-time students. Students must earn the equivalent of a B grade or higher in a given course to be eligible for transfer credit. Students may earn up to 10 transfer credits from this partner for the Elliott School M.A. program.
  • Grade B at Hertie School of Governance = Grade B at GW
  • 2 ECTS credits at Hertie School of Governance = 1 credit at GW

Academic Calendar: The fall semester runs from the beginning of September until the end of January. The spring semester is from early February until the end of August.

Language of Instruction: All courses at Hertie School of Governance are taught in English. Students do not need to provide proof of English proficiency in order to study at the Hertie School of Governance.

Housing: Students must arrange their own accommodations in Berlin. Hertie School of Governance is happy to assist students in finding housing.

Tuition and Fees: Elliott School graduate tuition and fees are payable directly to GW and are based on 10 credit hours.

Important Application Information
Students must meet with their study abroad advisor prior to the study abroad deadline for their applications to be considered. 
 
The Office of Graduate Student Services will review all applications received for each exchange program and will nominate students for available exchange positions based on the quality of the application materials submitted. Students who are nominated must complete applications with exchange partners as directed to be accepted and enrolled in the program. Due to the limited exchange spots available, the Office of Graduate Student Services strongly encourages students to apply to a backup program in the event they are not selected for nomination.