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.
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:
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.