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The Assessment Year

The Assessment Year introduces you to various disciplines and familiarises you with the aims and expectations of the University of St.Gallen and forms the basis for your further studies.

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About the Assessment Year
The degree course starts with the Assessment Year. The objective is to introduce you to academic subjects, as well as requirements and objectives, in order to help you to find out whether our requirements and areas of focus fit well with your interests. All students complete the same curriculum in the first year. In Autumn Semester 2013, the Assessment Year introduced two separate tracks (German/English) in order to improve teacher/student ratio. There is an option between studying in German (German track) or in English (English track).

During your first two semesters at the HSG, you will develop your study skills and work strategies, as well as the basic academic skills required for you to succeed in your studies. At the same time, the first year of studies helps to reconcile the requirements of the university with the expectations of the students.

Course curriculum
The Assessment Year course can be completed in a specialisation in Economics or Law. However, when enrolling for your studies, students of the German track decide whether they want to pursue an economic major (majors in Business Administration, Economics, International Affairs and Law and Economics) or the major in Law in their Bachelor studies. Students of the English track are registered for the economic specialisation areas. The course consists of core studies and contextual studies. Core studies is divided up into contact studies and independent studies.

Contact studies curriculum focuses on the three core subjects:  

  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • and Law and other relevant areas

Contextual studies curriculum consists of the following areas of competence:

  • Leadership Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Cultural Awareness

The sub-areas of contextual studies during the Assessment Year include the following:

  • The area of Leadership Skills includes exercises in “Introduction to academic writing” as well as “Integrative Project”.
  • As part of the Critical Thinking area you can choose from a broad range of courses in history, sociology, philosophy and psychology.
  • In the area of Cultural Awareness you can choose from a range of foreign language courses offered at various levels.

You will be required to complete different types of exams over the course of the academic year. Next to the traditional comprehensive written examinations, there are also seminar and course papers, group work and oral examinations that need to be submitted.
Students who do not pass the Assessment Year may only repeat it once, in its entirety. All examination parts need to be taken again. Crediting is not possible, with the exception of the accountancy examination.

Admission to the individual majors
If you have completed the Assessment Year with a specialisation in Economics, you can begin with the majors in Business Administration, Economics, International Affairs or Law and Economics. 

Further information

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Kim Feurer
Guisanstrasse 11
9010 St. Gallen
Phone: +41 71 224 21 86

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