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Application for the Design Thinking Basic Track

Applications for the Design Thinking Basic Track program in the summer semester 2021 will open at the end of November 2020. Interested students and recent graduates from all disciplines can apply online for the summer semester 2020/21 until early February 2020/21.

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To apply, please register on our online application platform. Please upload all necessary documents including your CV, your confirmation of enrollment and your personal T-Profile.

Infosheet: How to apply for the virtual Basic Track

Information for winter semester 2020/21 applicants

Applicants who pass the first round of selection will receive an invitation to one of our virtual D-Camp workshops. The D-Camp workshops will take place between 31 August and 3 September 2020. Within this period we offer 4 workshop blocks on 2 consecutive event days (4 hours per day). You can find the details below. After the D-Camp workshop, applicants will receive a final admissions decision.

Please note that the Basic Track program in the winter semester 2020/21 will take place in a virtual format with live inputs, live team collaboration and live coaching using different digital tools. For more information regarding our programs during the Covid-19 pandemic, please check our FAQ.

Important dates for applicants of the winter semester 2020/21:

14 August 2020: Application deadline

Mid-August 2020: First round of selection

Virtual D-Camp workshops take place:

Block 1: 31.08./01.09.2020 from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm CEST
Block 2: 31.08./01.09.2020 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm CEST
Block 3: 02./03.09.2020 from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm CEST
Block 4: 02./03.09.2020 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm CEST

Mid-September 2020: Final admission decision        

All students in the Basic Track contribute a participation fee of 750 Euros, which helps the organization to offset the expenses of the program. For current HPI students, PhD candidates, and employees of HPI, the participation in the Basic Track program is free of charge.

The Design Thinking Basic Track is an official certificate study program of the University of Potsdam.

Unfortunately, participation in the Basic Track program is not acknowledged as official educational leave by the state of Brandenburg.

Key data about the Basic Track program:

  • Students can start their studies in either the summer or the winter semester
  • The program follows the structure of the academic year
  • All students begin with the Basic Track program
  • Interested students may continue to the optional Advanced Track to further consolidate and enrich their knowledge and skills
  • Participation in the Advanced Track is possible either directly after completion of the Basic Track or up to three semesters later
  • Both Basic Track and Advanced Track require two full days of attendance per week at the Griebnitzsee campus in Potsdam
  • Students work in small, multidisciplinary, international teams
  • Students work closely with, and take advantage of mentorship from, our large team of experienced coaches
  • Projects are carried out in cooperation with partners from business, politics and society
  • Upon completion, alumni receive a D-School certificate of attendance
  • Students and alumni enjoy the benefits of the international D-School network

You can find answers to frequently asked questions on our FAQ page.

What kind of applicants are we looking for?

We are looking for creative thinkers, so-called “T-shaped people.” These are people who are prepared to see the world and its inhabitants from new and different perspectives. Selected applicants get the unique opportunity to enter into an intensive exchange with engaged people from different cultures, universities, and areas of specialization. Through the open, motivated and experimentally creative collaboration of five to six students per team, students develop innovative solutions for real problems from business and society along with our organizational partners. We accept a maximum of 80 students in the Basic Track each semester.


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Elisabeth Höpner

HPI School of Design Thinking
Assistant to the Programs

Tel.: +49 -331-5509-507
Fax: +49 -331-5509-589

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