FAQs for applicants

On this page we collect and answer frequently asked questions by applicants interested in the programs of the HPI D-School. Here you can find the FAQ on IT studies at the Hasso Plattner Institute.


What is the Basic Track (and the Advanced Track) program?

What is the Global Design Thinking Workshop (GDTW)?

What language are we speaking at the HPI D-School?

What are the fees at the HPI D-School?

What are the necessary requirements for students at the D-School?

What personal requirements are expected of HPI D-School students?

How many students are accepted per semester?

How much time do I need to invest in the program?

What is a D-Camp?

What should I do with the T-Profile?

When should I participate if I'm enrolled as a student at HPI?

How can I register/apply for the Design Thinking-programs as HPI-Student?

How do I receive credits (ECTS) for my participation at the HPI D-School?

Can you help me to find a place to live?

How do I get a visa for Germany?

Can I apply for educational leave to participate in the Design Thinking programs at the HPI D-School?

How can I participate in the Advanced Track? 

Is participation possible despite personal restrictions?

If I am accepted, am I officially enrolled at the HPI D-School as a student?

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Photo by Fusion Medical Animation on Unsplash

FAQ on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the academic programs at the HPI School of Design Thinking

The Corona crisis has fundamentally changed the program schedule and the form of collaboration between students and staff at the HPI School of Design Thinking. We are in a continuous learning process and work hard every day to optimize the program and adapt it to the current circumstances. Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions about the effects of the Corona crisis on study and teaching.


Is it possible to participate in the program in times of COVID-19?

What other requirements are necessary for studying at the HPI School of Design Thinking under COVID-19?

How does the time required for the program change in times of Covid-19?

Where can I find current information on entry requirements to Germany under Covid-19?

Are the HPI School of Design Thinking and the HPI buildings accessible and what do I have to consider during a stay?

What happens if I experience symptoms of COVID-19 or have been verifiably infected with COVID-19?

Where can I find more information on the effects of the Corona crisis on studies and teaching at HPI and the University of Potsdam?


Elisabeth Höpner

HPI School of Design Thinking
Program Assistant

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

E-Mail to HPI D-School Office