Enrolment Services Enrolment Services assist international students with immigration formalities and with problems during their early days at the University of St.Gallen (HSG). Admission officers Beat, Jennifer, Helga and Florian are looking forward to assisting all our international students. If you need support during your visa application procedure do not hesitate to contact us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you encounter problems during your early days in St.Gallen you are welcome to drop into the Admissions Office. To ensure that your move to St.Gallen and your start at the University of St.Gallen works out smoothly we would like to provide you with the following information: Admission confirmation After you have registered and electronically submitted all the necessary application documents on time, your application file will be checked thoroughly. In case of admission we will send you the official admission letter by email. Please print the enclosed official admission letter and use it for your visa or residence permit application. Semester fee invoice If you haven't received the invoice for the tuition fee for the first semester already with your official admission letter (required for visa application) you will receive this invoice in July/December. Once you have paid the fee (deadline: August 15/ January 15), you are officially enrolled. Course registration Course registration starts around middle of August/ middle of January. You have to register for your courses online by a special “bidding process”. Further information on the bidding process is available in the brochure Student Guide and on the ServicePortal as soon as the bidding window is open or on the StudentWeb. Course registration is possible as soon as the bidding window is open under the condition that you have paid the semester invoice. You will receive detailed information on the bidding process with a welcome letter from the president of the HSG in July/January. VISA information Most people from countries outside the EU/EFTA require a valid visa to enter Switzerland. The entry requirements corresponding to your nationality can be found on the website of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (see link in the right-hand column). As it can take several months for a visa to be issued, it is important that you apply for a visa at the Swiss representation in your home country as soon as you receive our admission letter. Amongst other documents you might have to submit a bank statement from a Swiss bank, or a bank with at least one branch in Switzerland, to confirm that sufficient financial means are available for the purpose of your stay in Switzerland (currently CHF 24,000 annually). A frozen account is not required as the money shall be used to cover your living expenses. The migration office in St.Gallen might also ask for a statement confirming that the applicant intends to leave Switzerland after completing the study programme. Supplementary work Depending on your degree supplementary work may be required. All the supplementary work will be listed in your admission letter. International Master's students without any German language knowledge have to provide proof of German at Level A1 (CEF) as part of their supplementary work. You can prove this language level by attending and passing the German Beginners (A1) course offered by the University of St.Gallen. The course is devided into two parts: an intensive part prior to semester start and the regular course during the semester. Please note that the intensive part of this course is only offered in the autumn semester. The Quick link offered in the right-hand column leads to further information on the German Beginners (A1) course. Housing Please note that the University of St.Gallen does not offer any dormitories. Generally HSG students rent either a small flat or a room in a shared flat. If you need assistance in finding anything suitable, the Housing Office may help you to find a room. Please note that this service is not free of charge. Work permit regulation in Switzerland In the right-hand column you can download an overview about the work permit regulation in Switzerland. If you have additional questions regarding this issue please contact our Career Services Center. Arriving in St.Gallen Within 14 days of arrival in St.Gallen you have to register at the "Einwohneramt" (Residents Office) in the City Hall (glass building next to the main train station). It is compulsory to take out health insurance policy including accident coverage unless you are able to provide evidence that you have already an equivalent insurance coverage abroad and that this coverage extends to Switzerland. You can take out a health insurance policy after your arrival in Switzerland. There are several insurance companies you can choose from. Semester start The semester starts with a Fresher's Week for new students in the Assessment Year and Kick-off Days for all new students in the Master's and Ph.D. Programmes. For further valuable information we recommend you to check out our brochure Arrival Guide.