Holistic course architecture In the context of the Bologna reform, we have introduced a course model focused on personal as well as academic development. Integrative approach An integrative view of economics, business administration, law, social science and the humanities characterises the HSG’s profile and provides students with a holistic education at the highest academic level. In business administration, our St.Gallen Management Model (SGMM) is intended to enable students to understand the diverse aspects of today’s management challenges in an overall context. Sustainability With our unique course structure, we encourage critical thinking and the treatment of social and ecological challenges. Our students should be aware of their role and learn to sustainably assume responsibility for society. Course architecture 3x3 We have a unique three-level and three-pillar model which forms the foundation for your studies at our university: the Assessment, Bachelor's and Master's Levels. Each of the three levels is based on the three academic pillars of the HSG model: Contact Studies, Independent Studies and Contextual Studies. This model recognises the demand in society and in the business world for intellectually versatile graduates able to demonstrate adeptness in their intercultural dealings. The aim is to promote the students' personal development in the full spirit of humanistic education. 3 levels Studies at our university begin at the Assessment Year. Over the course of two terms, students are introduced to the requirements and objectives of the University of St.Gallen and acquire initial scientific skills. At the same time, they have the chance to decide whether the HSG requirements and objectives suit their own interests. All students must complete the same curriculum during the first year in order to satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor's Level. After completing the "set menu" of the Assessment Year, we offer "à la carte" studies at the Bachelor’s Level – a wide choice of course options with individual focuses and many freedoms. The Assessment and Bachelor’s Levels make up the Bachelor's programme at the University of St.Gallen. Degree: Bachelor of Arts HSG. At the advanced Master's Level, we offer thirteen Master's programmes that give students a clear academic profile and prepare them for challenging tasks in business or science. Our university offers doctoral studies for students who have successfully completed the Master’s Level. Freshers beginning at the Assessment Year gather on the University of St.Gallen campus for the orientation week before the beginning of the semester. Each Freshers' Week has a "leitmotif" or theme with which students engage throughout the week. A case study provides the basis for this theme. On Kick-off Day, we welcome our new students at Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D. level. The Kick-off Day always takes place in the week before the start of the spring and autumn semester. At this central introductory event for students in higher semesters we introduce the administrative processes at our university. 3 pillars Contact Studies are at the heart of a course of study at our university. They comprise classic forms of instruction such as lectures, seminars and exercises. Contact Studies make up 50% of course work, with a third of lectures and seminars chosen as electives according to the students’ interests. Whether as compulsory or core elective courses, this part of the programme establishes "contact" with the three core subjects of business administration, economics and law. The main objectives are to gain an understanding of fundamental issues, to drive motivation for the advanced core studies and to apply the knowledge students have learned. Independent Studies not only include individual preparation and follow-up to lectures and seminars; they also form a separate area of studies within the core subjects themselves. Studies in this area have been designed to incorporate a variety of methods. These include virtual events on the university’s intranet, well-prepared notes with exercises and close cooperation with tutors. In addition, reading courses give students opportunities for discussion with the faculty in small groups, all of which allow students to learn to deepen their understanding and revisit challenging questions with the help of the faculty. Our Contextual Studies pillar consists of courses that cover subjects such as Cultural Awareness, Critical Thinking and Leadership Skills. Students practice critical thinking and develop these particular skills to prepare them for the future challenges they will face in their jobs – which professional training alone often cannot do. Contextual Studies consist of 3 pillars: Leadership Skills, Critical Thinking and Cultural Awareness. Leadership Skills require the knowledge and application of multidisciplinary learning and working methods. They aim to exercise a problem- and solution-oriented approach to tasks and socially competent, strategic and well-planned action in studies. Critical Thinking consists in the ability to penetrate the social and cultural integration and significance of economic, legal and political processes. Courses in subjects like history, philosophy, business ethics, psychology and sociology introduce students to their respective thought models and modes of understanding. Cultural Awareness enhances students' understanding of their own and foreign cultures. This includes the examination of norms and values, lifeworlds and ideas of order, institutions and history. Our courses cover the teaching of foreign languages as well as seminars in the humanities and social sciences that provide, and stimulate reflection on, access to those various languages.