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A Message from the Director to our Prospective Students

Our Director, Prof. Dr. Achim Kemmerling, wrote a personal letter to all prospective students addressing their current questions and uncertainties in times of the pandemic, and revealing our plans for the upcoming winter semester. Read the letter here:

Achim Kemmerling
Prof. Dr. Achim Kemmerling

Dear incoming students of 2020,

Welcome to the Brandt School! We know that this year is very challenging for everyone and especially for new students who will come to Germany and study with us. But we will do everything possible to guarantee you a great experience and a fruitful learning environment.

At the time of writing, the number of COVID-19 infections in Germany has decreased significantly over the last weeks. Consequently, German authorities have gradually lifted the lockdown restrictions on everyday life in the country. Although German universities are still subject to strict hygienic standards, we are confident that from autumn onwards, the Brandt School can offer on-site teaching again, even if there will be still some restrictions in place. While we do not know for sure as of now, we think that smaller classes will meet on-site, while we might resort to hybrid formats for some bigger classes.

However, we do know that you as incoming students face additional obstacles and hurdles in the next months. For instance, VISA applications may take longer and quarantine requirements might apply to certain countries. We recommend everyone to monitor closely the situation with the respective embassies. We at the Brandt School will do everything in our power to ensure that new students can start their program on time, even if this implies online contents for the first couple of weeks. We will make sure that everyone who wants to study with us will study with us.

The new program is scheduled to start on November 2, and we will have our orientation week for new students two weeks earlier, starting on October 19. Thus, we highly recommend that you arrive in early October so you have enough time to adjust to your new hometown and to cope with potential additional bureaucratic procedures in the light of the global pandemic. Of course, your Brandt School community – staff and senior students alike – will be around to guide you during that time.

Although we are still facing many uncertainties, I can assure you that we are well prepared to start your MPP program this fall. We have used the current crisis from the very beginning to experiment with new forms of engagement, outreach and teaching. Just follow our social media profiles on Facebook and Twitter to get an idea what this means in practice. Obviously, we will all be relieved once the pandemic will be over. Still, for the time and circumstances being as they are, we do our best to ensure an inspiring learning environment. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you in October.

In the meantime, we will e-mail you any updates regarding the details of the admission and enrolment process. Please do not hesitate to get back to our Admissions Team with any questions you might have.

Kind regards,

Achim Kemmerling