Incoming Guest Students Incoming Guest Students Grüezi and welcome to the University of St.Gallen (HSG)! We are happy you are interested in spending time in St.Gallen as a guest student. In order to help you organise your studies and adjust to living in a new country please use the three tabs below to navigate through the various topics. Incoming Programmes for Guest students Study at the University of St.Gallen Living in St.Gallen For many students an exchange semester at another university is one of the most formative experiences of their university years. We strive to enable as many students as possible to benefit from an exchange and offer a variety of options for shaping the course of your studies. Take advantage of this opportunity to enhance your academic and personal development. You will find an overview of available exchange programmes below. Click on the "+" sign to find further details. Exchange programmes Partner university exchange on Bachelor's and Master's level As a Bachelor or Master student from one of our partner universities, you have the opportunity to spend one or two exchange semesters per degree level at the University of St.Gallen. Detailed information on partner university exchange is available here. ISP-MBA International Study Programme The ISP is designed exclusively for MBA students from our partner universities. This 10-week programme provides you a unique opportunity to gain profound and lasting insight into the European business world. Detailed information on the ISP is available here. CEMS MIM The CEMS MIM programme in St.Gallen is open to students enrolled in the CEMS programme at their home university. Detailed information on CEMS MIM is available here. THEMIS If you are a THEMIS Master student studying law and/or business law at a THEMIS partner university network, you have the opportunity to spend a guest semester in St.Gallen and deepen your knowledge and skills in business law. Detailed information on THEMIS is available here. Swiss Mobility If you already study at a Swiss university but want to study at another Swiss university, the Swiss Mobility programme enables you to spend an exchange semester at the University of St.Gallen on both undergraduate and graduate level. Detailed information on Swiss Mobility is available here. Freemover You may spend a guest semester at the University of St.Gallen as a Freemover, if you are enrolled at a university that is neither a HSG partner university nor a university of applied sciences. Detailed information on the Freemover programme is available here. ESKAS - Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships The Swiss government awards various scholarships to international postgraduate students and researchers. Detailed information on ESKAS is available here. GSERM - Global School in Empirical Research Methods The Global School in Empirical Research Methods welcomes Ph.D. students and postdocs from partner and non-partner institutions for a three-week integrated programme teaching methodology. More information on GSERM is available here. Studying at a different university in a new country will probably mean that things work differently than what you are used to. We want you to feel prepared upon your arrival for your guest stay in St.Gallen and have put together all the information you need before, during and after you guest stay at HSG. You will find an overview of all matters related to your academic studies at the University of St.Gallen below. Click on the "+" sign to find further details. Before your guest stay at HSG Orientation programme Orientation programme To ensure an easy introduction into your exchange semester in St.Gallen, we offer an orientation programme for guest students. You have the option to participate in an intensive German language course, free of charge, which begins one and a half weeks before the semester. We also organise a two-day orientation programme prior to the start of the semester. This programme provides you with information regarding the registration process at HSG, the city of St.Gallen and you will receive the welcome package with additional useful information. All guest students are required to take part in the orientation programme. Details can be found in the orientation programme to download on the right. Do you want to represent your home university at HSG? Your home country and your home university are exciting, breathtakingly beautiful and the place to be? Take the chance and tell HSG students who might want to spend a semester abroad why an exchange semester at your home university would be an unforgettable experience and what makes your home country so special! In the autumn semester, guest students from abroad have the opportunity to represent their home university during our International Day . Bring promotional material such as brochures, posters etc. along with you or ask your home university to mail it to you. SAVE THE DATE - INTERNATIONAL DAy 26 September2019 11.45a.m. - 1.30p.m. Fair in building 01, foyer Course information, registration and workload Course information The definite course list for the upcoming semester will be available on the online timetable about one month before the semester begins. If you would like to inform yourself in advance about the courses offered, we recommend that you refer to the course information of the respective semester of the previous year, as not all courses are offered each semester. For further information, follow the links, choose your level of study and select either "BA-" or "MA- without Major/Programme". Course system At HSG, the course numbers correspond to the respective semester and level of study. Please check the table below to become familiar with the semester and level of study specific course numbers. The number before the comma indicates the level of study and either Autumn or Spring semester whereas the numbers behind the comma indicate the course number. By doing so, students know what level the course is they are looking at and in which semester the course takes place. Autumn semester Spring semester Course number Course number Level Remarks 1,000 - 1,999 2,000 - 2,999 Assessment First year of Bachelor education - Not open to guest students - Except language courses which are open to guest students 3,000 - 3,999 5,000 - 5,999 4,000 - 4,999 6,000 - 6,999 Bachelor Bachelor courses open to all guest students - Business teacher education courses not open to guest students 7,000 - 7,999 9,000 - 9,999 8,000 - 8,999 Master Master courses open to all Master guest students - Master courses open to Bachelor guest students in exceptional cases only - CEMS courses open only to CEMS students - SIM courses not open to Bachelor guest students - Business journalism courses not open to guest students - Business teacher education courses not open to guest students - MBA programmes not open to guest students 10,000 -10,999 10,000 - 10,999 Ph.D. Not open to guest students Course registration - Bidding At HSG, all students follow a course registration procedure (bidding) in order to enrol in their courses. Students have a certain number of virtual points which they can use in an auction-like procedure to bid for their courses. The bidding procedure starts approximately two weeks prior to the beginning of the lecture period. Detailed information is available in the fact sheet “Bidding fact sheet guest students”. Guest students will be informed about the bidding procedure one month before the lecture period starts by e-mail. We highly recommend that you read the bidding fact sheet carefully in order to understand and follow the procedure once it begins. Workload As a guest student, it is compulsory for you during your exchange semester(s) at HSG, to pass at least courses worth of 16 ECTS per semester. The maximum workload must not exceed 40 ECTS per semester. 1 ECTS corresponds to 30 course-related working hours (in and out of class). An average full term workload at HSG corresponds to 24-30 ECTS. We highly recommend that you choose courses based on your current level of study at your home university. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the unpredictability of the bidding, you need to be flexible in your course choices as a guest student at HSG. According to our experience, guest students coming to St.Gallen during their last semester are not that flexible anymore. Therefore, we do not recommend you to come to St.Gallen for a guest semester during your last semester at your home university. Scholarships Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP) Students from our European partner universities are eligible to apply for the Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP). This scholarship programme enables Switzerland to participate indirectly in the Erasmus-Programme of the European Union and thus contributes to academic exchange. Requirements to apply for the scholarship - Matriculation as a Bachelor or Master student at a European partner university - Nomination by your home university in due time - SEMP application completed on time in the Mobility-Online portal Further information on the SEMP application procedure will be sent after you complete your registration for the exchange programme in the Mobility-Online portal. Payment policy for SEMP grants For one semester at HSG, eligible students will receive the SEMP grant for five months, for two semesters they will receive the SEMP grant for ten months. The minimum support period is three months; the maximum support period is twelve months. SEMP Grants 2018/2019 Country of home university Grant amount per month DK, FI, IE, NO, SE, UK CHF 380 AT, BE, CZ, DE, ES, FR, HR, HU, IT, NL, PL, PT, TR CHF 440 SEMP/Special Needs Students with special needs (disability or chronic illness) who have applied for the SEMP scholarship by the deadline can apply for additional SEMP special needs funds. For detailed information please send an e-mail to: email@example.com. Freemovers Freemovers are not eligible for SEMP scholarships. Contact For further information regarding SEMP requirements and procedures, please contact Helen Obrist from Student Mobility. Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship Programme Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships provide students and researchers of all fields of study holding a Master's or Ph.D. degree from a university the opportunity to continue their studies or research at a public or state-accredited university in Switzerland. Applications for Swiss government scholarships must be submitted at least one year prior to the beginning of the stay as a guest student. More information can be found here and Helen Obrist from Student Mobility is happy to assist you with further questions. During your guest stay at HSG Examinations Examination At HSG there are two different types of examination periods. Central examinations take place after the end of the lecture period and decentral exams take place within or latest by the end of the lecture period. In case you have been registered for a course where the official exam as stated in the course description is a central exam, you are permitted to take a guest examinations taking place in the decentral exam period. Semester Lecture period Decentral exams Central exams Autumn semester September-December September-December (before Christmas) January-February Spring semester February-May February-May June-July Read the course and exam fact sheet for guest students (to download) for further information and note that ECTS credits are only awarded for successfully passed exams and that failed exams can neither be repeated nor improved through additional assignments. Students enroled for two exchange semesters In your first exchange semester at HSG, you are required to take exam sittings as stated in the course description. This may include central exams. Please see the course description in the course catalogue (the course links) for information on the examination type. Applying for a HSG degree studies? If you would like to begin a degree study at HSG after you have returned to your home university and finished your course of study there, please note that examinations can only be accredited to your studies at HSG if they are taken at official HSG examination sittings. However, we cannot guarantee the crediting of these examinations. The application for a full course of study at the HSG is reviewed again by the Admission and Crediting Office. Grading system Satisfactory results are awarded grades from 6.0 to 4.0 while results graded 3.5 to 1.0 are insufficient. The grading scale in detail: 6.0 excellent 5.5 very good 5.0 good 4.5 satisfactory 4.0 marginal 3.5 unsatisfactory 3.0 poor 2.5 poor to very poor 2.0 very poor 1.5 very poor to useless 1.0 useless After your guest stay at HSG Transcripts Notification of Grades About seven weeks after the end of your exchange term, we will publish a digital version of your grades on Compass. You will be notified each time by e-mail to your @student.unisg.ch account. Therefore, please check your e-mails regularly, even after your departure. The electronic notification of grades is legally binding. If you wish to appeal the grades, you have to do so within 14 days after the publication of grades on Compass. Transcripts After the end of the appeal deadline, your transcript will be issued and two hard copies will be sent directly to your home university. The transcript will consist of all courses, provided that you have not appealed your grade(s) and all grades reached Student Mobility. We will not issue partial transcripts. If you are a Freemover, Student Mobility will send you the hard copies to your home address. The electronic notification of grades and the hard copy transcript will contain course number, course title, HSG grade and ECTS credits. Chronological timeline Semester Electronic Notification of Grades in Compass of decentral exams Hard copy transcripts are sent to the home university if only decentral exams were taken Electronic Notification of Grades in Compass of central exams Hard copy transcripts are sent to the home university if central exams were taken Autumn semester beginning of Februaryend of February beginning of March end of March Spring semester middle of July beginning of August middle of August beginning of September Living in a new city and a new country will probably mean that things work differently than what you are used to. We want you to feel prepared upon your arrival for your guest stay in St.Gallen and have put together all the information you need regarding housing, visa and insurance. You will find an overview regarding all matter related to housing, visa and insurance below. Click on the "+" sign to find further details. Housing Housing application The University of St.Gallen offers its guest students the opportunity to apply for housing. The housing office is happy to help you to find housing, handle administrative issues, handing over and maintenance of your housing. Application process If you want to apply for housing through the University, you must complete the housing application in your Mobility-Online account by the deadline and include a copy of the bank transfer confirmation for the non-refundable application fee of CHF 250.-. Housing application deadline Autumn semester: 15 May Spring semester: 30 September Student accommodations Student Accommodation Blumenaustrasse 28, 9000 St.Gallen Description Map Blumenaustrasse 32, 9000 St.Gallen Description Map Brühlbleichestrasse 11, 9000 St.Gallen Description Map Holzstrasse 11, 9010 St.Gallen Description Map Langgasse 49, 9000 St.Gallen Description Map Paradiesstrasse 11, 9000 St.Gallen Description Map Rosenbergstrasse 6, 9000 St.Gallen Description Map Rosenbergstrasse 55, 9000 St.Gallen Description Map Rosenbergstrasse 74, 9000 St.Gallen Description Map Ruhsitzstrasse 22, 9000 St.Gallen Description Map Stückelbergstrasse 5, 9000 St.Gallen Description Map Wassergasse 47, 9000 St.Gallen Description Map Searching for accommodation on your own If you prefer to look for housing independently, you are free to seek for accommodation yourself. Please note that most rental flats in Switzerland are not furnished. In addition, the University of St.Gallen cannot assist you when negotiating with landlords if you look for a flat independently. We recommend that you do not pay any fees or rent in advance to any unknown person until you have seen the apartment first hand. Please see the websites of Benevol St.Gallen and the Student Union Marketplace for further information. Visa Length of your academic guest stay - more than 90 days If you remain in Switzerland for more than 90 days, you will need to obtain a residence permit. Depending on your nationality, your residence permit may require a student visa. Once you have completed the online enrolment procedure at HSG and we have approved your enrolment for your guest stay, we will send you an acceptance letter electronically. With the acceptance letter, you can apply for a visa at your nearest Swiss embassy or consulate in your country of residency. After receiving your acceptance letter, you should apply for a visa as soon as possible. Residence permit/visa = work permit? A student visa does not entitle you to work. Canton officials must approve an application for a working permit handed in by your employer. Due to current regulations, students without EU/EFTA nationality are highly unlikely to receive a work permit. Length of your academic guest stay - less than 90 days If you remain in Switzerland for less than 90 days, you may enter the country as a tourist. You are responsible for verifying if a tourist visa is required for your nationality. You are not allowed to work with a tourist visa. Bringing your family to St.Gallen You may bring your family, children etc. to St.Gallen but HSG is not able to assist you with applying for the necessary visas, approval procedures etc. . Information about HSG childcare options can be found under advisory services. If your school-age children travel with you to St.Gallen, you will need to make contact with schools in the area yourself. Insurance Do I need health insurance? Regardless of the length of your stay in Switzerland, we highly recommend that you have sufficient health insurance coverage. If you stay in Switzerland for more than 90 days, you must provide proof of valid health insurance at the local residence office where you are living. More information about health insurance can be found in the "Application Guide" and the "Arrival Guide" for guests student, both available to download. Examples of Swiss health insurance providers If you would like to obtain health insurance in Switzerland, you may do so. To compare various insurance providers, we recommend the Comparis website. We have also listed a few examples for affordable health insurance providers below. However, please note that you are fully responsible for researching the details of the different insurers and policies yourself. Swiss health insurance providers Swisscare Insurance Services (CH) AG Phone +41 58 523 00 40 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Groupe Mutuel (in St.Gallen, Poststrasse 12) Phone +41 848 803 111 E-mail email@example.com Other Insurances Besides health insurance, we also recommend that you have a casualty insurance and eventually, a vehicle insurance if you intend to drive a car during your guest stay. You can find detailed information in the "Arrival Guide" to download. Grüezi and welcome to the University of St.Gallen (HSG)! We are happy you are interested in spending time in St.Gallen as a guest student. In order to help you organise your studies and adjust to living in a new country please use the three tabs below to navigate through the various topics.