Campus - 12.09.2023 - 11:23 

New to HSG? 12 tips for your studies

Are you one of the approximately 2,500 students at Bachelor’s and Master’s level who are starting out at the University of St.Gallen (HSG)? We have compiled 12 tips for the start of your degree course and your ongoing time at HSG.
  • A good network is helpful not only at work but at university too. One way to get to know experienced students, who can help you with questions about your degree course and campus life for example, is in one of the more than 140 student associations. In terms of subject, they cover almost everything from business to sustainability to sports. You can also get involved with the Student Union. In addition, services that you perform for the benefit of the entire University can earn you campus credits.
  • HSG’s social media channels are also ideal for networking: on LinkedIn, X (Twitter), Facebook, YouTube and Instagram the University regularly publishes news about campus life, startups originating at HSG, research and teaching.
  • There are also media produced by students that report on current and background issues on campus: Prisma magazine is published twice a semester and also has an online platform. In the HSG Student Podcast, student reporters talk to interesting people associated with HSG.
  • At the beginning especially, it is not always easy to find your way around the campus, which is why you should use the MazeMap: this will not only help you find the right building but also see which room is where within the building. The MazeMap is integrated into the SHSG app, but you can also use it as a separate app for iOS and Android. 
  • Are you hoping to gain experience internationally during your degree course? HSG offers exchange options after your assessment year with around 215 partner universities worldwide. But please note: the number of study places at the various universities is limited and they are very popular. Among other things, the selection process takes into account your overall grade point average from your degree course and evidence of linguistic proficiency in English; plus, you will need to submit a letter of motivation together with a CV.
  • Download the SHSG app, where you’ll find news and information about club events, as well as a service area where you can view the cafeteria menu, for example, or the sports programme at a specific location. In addition, the app has a study place finder and a room booking tool and provides information about important dates relating to your degree course.
  • Need to polish up your small talk in Spanish, Chinese or Swiss German? The HSG Language Center offers free conversation courses in 12 languages. Participants are taught by students speaking their native tongue. The Language Center is also where you can prepare for the TOEFL test, which is required as evidence of linguistic proficiency in English if you are applying for an exchange.
  • To work up a sweat, head to UniSport. In addition to strength and fitness equipment and an artificial turf field, it offers courses in dozens of sports – from A for Aikido to Z for Zumba. Please note: find out whether you need to book in advance before attending a course.
  • Do you need help? At HSG there are various free support services such as the Counselling and Psychological Services, the Diversity & Inclusion team, interfaith chaplains, an HSG-independent whistleblowing office, and an ombudsman office.

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