Frequently asked questions When can MIA students take part in an exchange programme? Exchange semesters are possible in the second or third term, although the second term is recommended. It is not possible to go abroad on an exchange during the first term. Can I start the MIA in the Spring Semester? No, you can take up studies in the MIA programme only in the Autumn term (except applicants with a bachelor's degree of the University of St.Gallen, who can be admitted on the basis of the transitional provisions until Autumn 2017). Is it possible to work while attending the MIA programme? If you work part-time during your studies, it is possible to extend the MIA Programme to 8 semesters maximum. Is it possible to enter the MIA programme directly with a licentiate in economics and law, for instance from the University of Zurich? To be admitted to the Master's programme in International Affairs and Governance, students must hold a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Business Administration, Social Science or Law and be able to provide evidence of at least 30 ECTS in Economics or Business Administration, Law, Political Science, Administrative Sciences or International Affairs. You are also eligible for admission to the MIA programme if you hold a consecutive Master's degree in a subject other than «International Affairs». Please see the admission criteria on our website. Do I need to know German to apply? No knowledge of German is required in order to apply for the MIA programme. However, students who do not provide any evidence of German at the beginning of their studies at the HSG are obliged to learn some German before graduation. Do applicants for the MIA programme need to demonstrate proficiency in English before beginning studies? External and internal applicants have to provide proof of Level I English proficiency when applying. Alternatively, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (C1), a TOEFL (written 600, computer 250, Internet 100) or IELTS (minimum score: 7.0, academic version) can be accepted. This is to ensure that all MIA students are proficient in English at the start of their studies. Which activities and organisations are suitable for the recognition of practice credits? «Qualified activities in areas related to politics, economics and law» are required, in particular, internships with governmental, international governmental and nongovernmental organisations, positions with political agencies and other public institutions. In the past, MIA students have successfully completed internships, for instance, at a political foundation in Brussels, at the Foreign Office in Berlin, at NGOs in Thailand and India and at the State Chancellery of the Canton of St.Gallen. Can I study in the MIA programme, participate in an exchange semester and also participate in a double-degree programme, for instance with Sciences Po? This combination is not possible, as you must earn at least 60 credits at the University of St.Gallen.