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Information for incoming students from EMPA-Partner


The EMPA programme is an optional part complementing the Master's programme "Verwaltungswissenschaftliches Aufbaustudium" at DHV Speyer. It is open for students of our partner universities.

Profile of the Programme

The Master's course at the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer aims to provide future civil servants and young executives with an understanding of the duties and requirements of modern public administration.

For foreign students the multilevel-governance in the German Federal System and the special role of law in German administration can be of particular interest. A semester in Speyer will sharpen their knowledge of the differences and similarities in the structures, processes and cultural backgrounds of public administration in Europe and the European Union. It will also provide contact to students from developing and other foreign countries.

During the programme, the participants will acquire the necessary knowledge and capability to fulfil boundary-spanning functions (organisation, personnel, finances etc.) at different levels of administration (central, regional, local) and in different policy areas (economic policy, social policy and employment policy etc.).

In addition to the compulsory basic courses in administrative sciences and supplementary disciplinary knowledge, the student is free to choose two core areas from the following themes:

  • Public tasks, organization and proceedings
  • Public management
  • European and international affairs
  • Government and economy

Study programme and credit points

The list of courses offered changes slightly from semester to semester and will be published here.

Every incoming EMPA-student is offered personal advice in order to customise his/her study programme to their individual preferences.

Credit points are granted after the completion of the course including coursework and examination. Students can get up to 20 points per semester.

  • basic lectures: 2 credit points
  • seminar: 5 credit points
  • project related study group: 5 credit points
  • other courses: 0,5 credit points /hour/week

V - lecture, S - seminar, A - project related study group, C - colloquium, E- exercise

Teaching language

Most of the courses are taught in German language. However, in nearly all courses it is possible to write your final course work in English.

Academic calendar

summer term: 1st May - 31st July

winter term: 1st November - 31st January

Deadline for application

summer term: 1st March

winter term: 1st September

Application documents

recommendation letter by your home university

curriculum vitae

health insurance certificate

Cost of living

min. 800 € /month


The university offers accommodation for EMPA-students in the university guesthouses. Both are conveniently located on the campus and are equipped with a kitchen on each floor,dining facilities and a laundry. All bedrooms have a private bathroom.s

Guesthuose Freiherr vom Stein

  • Bed in Double room: 150 €
  • Single room: 300 €

Guesthouse Otto Mayer

  • Single room: 300 €

In the university's database you can find private rooms and apartments offered in the city of Speyer and the surroundings. The database's password will be sent after registration for studies.


Deutsche Universität für Verwaltungswissenschaften Speyer

Administrative Coordination:

Rechtsassessorin Claudia Hipp

Freiherr-vom-Stein-Straße 2
D-67346 Speyer
Tel.: +49 (0) 6232/654-347
E-Mail: hipp@uni-speyer.de


Claudia Hipp
Abteilung 1 - Referentin Qualitätssicherung und (Re-)Akkreditierung

Telefon: 06232 / 654-347
Telefax: 06232 / 654-446
E-Mail: hipp@uni-speyer.de