Speyer - city of administration

The city of Speyer (Rhineland-Palatinate), located on the banks of the famous Rhine River, was founded more than 2,000 years ago as “Noviomagus”. Moreover, archaeological findings indicate permanent settlements have existed in the area of present-day Speyer for over 5,000 years. This long history of city life is closely tied to Roman and European history: Celts, Roman soldiers and the Salian emperors, who built the Romanesque cathedral, came as travelers or conquerors and shaped the townscape. From 1495 until 1806 Speyer hosted one of the most important courts of its time, the so called “Reichskammergericht”. In 1816 Speyer became the capital of the district of the Palatinate and has been a lively city as well as an important centre of regional administration ever since. World famous is the Cathedral of Speyer which is UNESCO World Heritage. Besides this rich history Speyer belongs to the Metropolitan Region “Rhein-Neckar” with the traditional classical university town Heidelberg and Mannheim that combines big industrial agglomerations with specialized universities like the University of Mannheim (with focus on social sciences and economics and the Academy of Pop Music). Finally, the Palatinate wine region - which is also often called the “German Tuscany” - provides a broad selection of fine white wines and wonderful wine villages.

Speyer University

 « A warm and personalized welcome in a small university with a family atmosphere »

EMPA exchange student from Université de Genève to Speyer University
Winter term 2018/19

The University was founded in 1947 by the French occupation authorities as a state academy for administrative sciences. In 1950, a law passed by the government of Rhineland-Palatinate reaffirmed its legal status as an institution of public law. As a result of a special agreement in 1952, the national and the state (Länder) governments assumed joint responsibility for the University. After German reunification, also the ‘new’ states (Länder) acceded to this agreement.

In December 1997, the University adopted its current name of the “German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer”.

The work of the university covers three broad activities in the field of administrative sciences, law and public policy: Postgraduate education, in-service training and research.

University website: http://www.uni-speyer.de

EMPA Programme

The EMPA programme at the University of Speyer was introduced in 1991 as an optional component complementing the master's programme "Verwaltungswissenschaftliches Aufbaustudium", a programme that has existed since 1976.

Students who successfully complete this programme in Speyer and the exchange semester abroad (at an EMPA partner university) are awarded a special EMPA certificate, signed and stamped by the hosting and home institutions. This certificate is awarded in addition to the diploma of the home university.

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 or French.

Source: Klaus Landry

Source: Klaus Landry

Source: Klaus Landry

Source: Klaus Landry

Building upon our experience with the old master’s programme “Verwaltungswissenschaftliches Aufbaustudium”, the University of Speyer introduced two new Master’s Programmes “Public Administration” and “Public Economy”. Both programmes aim to train students to be experts and specialists capable of serving as senior civil servants in Public Administration, Public Economy and related private sectors. A new Master of Laws (LL.M.) “Staat und Verwaltung in Europa” was introduced in 2014. 

The Master Programme “Public Administration” corresponds with its elective module structure perfectly to the programs in Public Administration/Management or Public Policy of the EMPA partner institutions. The main elective modules are:

Governance and Administration, Management and Organization, Europeanization and Internationalizing Public Administration and “General or extracurricular studies” (“Studium Generale”).

The master’s programmes include interdisciplinary perspectives derived directly from our research in numerous relevant disciplines, including sociology, law, political sciences, and economics. Further information can be found on the programmes’ websites:



The entire course catalogue can be found here: http://www.uni-speyer.de/de/studium/vorlesungsverzeichnis.php

The Master Programmes “Public Administration” and “Public Economy” have been re-accredited by the international accreditation agency “FIBAA” (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation) in fall 2016.

The system of multilevel-governance in the Federal Republic of Germany and the special role that law plays in German administration can be of particular interest to foreign students. A semester in Speyer will sharpen participants’ knowledge of the differences and similarities in the structures, processes and cultural backgrounds of public administration in European states and the European Union.


  • Speyer can host up to 10 students per semester. Since most courses are taught in German, a good command of the German language (at least B2 European Reference Frame) is necessary for winter term and recommendable for summer term. In summer term there is a 6-week-program about “Public Policy” in English. There are always several interdisciplinary courses taught in English or French.

  • Academic calendar:

    • winter term: 1st of November - 31st of January        

    • summer term: 1st of May - 31st of July                             

  • Application for EMPA exchange: it is best to try to apply before mid-February for summer term or mid-September for winter term, but we always try to make your stay possible, even if you decide later.

  • Practical information can be found here:  


Contact persons:
Claudia Hipp

Kirstin Grunenberg


Deutsche Universität für Verwaltungswissenschaften Speyer
2 Freiherr-Vom-Stein-Straße
Speyer, 67346