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Admission to a Bachelor's degree programme

For admission a recognised Swiss maturity certificate (Maturität) or an equivalent foreign certificate is required, taught in German and English.

Language of instruction of the assessment year:

The assessment year with a specialization in economics (BWL, VWL, IA, Law and Economics) can be taken either entirely in English or in German. The assessment year with the legal specialization and the informatics assessment year can only be completed in German.


Depending on your upper secondary school leaving certificate different admission procedures apply.

Requirements

You can apply directly for matriculation at HSG if you have

  • a recognised Swiss or Liechtenstein maturity cerificate (Maturität, Matura) or
  • a Swiss Vocational Maturität (Berufsmaturität) with "Passerelle"
  • a Swiss Specialised Maturität (Fachmaturität) recognised throughout Switzerland with "Passerelle"

or will acquire one before the start of your chosen degree programme at the HSG.

You do not need to submit proof of language proficiency when you apply. It is your responsibility to ensure that your command of the language of instruction is sufficient to allow you to complete your studies successfully. Recommended level at the start of the study is at least C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Application

The degree programme starts in the autumn semester. The application is made online. The application fee is CHF 250.

Application period: 1 October - 30 April

To the Online-Application

Please have the following information and documents ready to upload:

  • Digital passport photo
  • Signed Enrollment Agreement
  • Passport or ID card and, if applicable, a Swiss (permanent) residence permit
  • Curriculum vitae – style template
  • Swiss or Lichtenstein maturity certificate (Maturität, Matura)
    If you do not have your maturity certificate at the time of application, you have to upload it as soon as you receive it (no later than the start of the course).
  • Certificate of your last school year (semester certificate)

Only one file can be uploaded per bullet point. You can use online tools such as online2pdf.com to create PDF files or to combine several pages into one PDF file. Make sure the files you send to us are legible so that we can process your application without delay.

Swiss citizens require their Swiss social insurance number (AHV number) for the application.

Wie geht es nach der Online-Anmeldung weiter?

The team at the Admissions Office checks your data and electronically submitted documents. Please log into your user account regularly to check the status of your application. If we need further information or documents, we will inform you directly via your account’s status overview page.

You will hear from us no later than four weeks following your completion of the online application. You will receive a confirmation that you are registered for your chosen programme at the HSG in your electronic mailbox (Compass Mailbox).

Please find the link to your mailbox in the Online-Application user account at the top right of your status overview page. You can access your mailbox using your Online-Application log-in data.

If you do not have your Swiss maturity certificate (Maturität) when you apply, you have to submit it later once you have received it, using the online application tool. After we have checked your maturty certificate, you will receive the Letter of Admission in your electronic mailbox (Compass Mailbox).

Please find the link to your mailbox in the Online-Application user account at the top right of your status overview page. You can access your mailbox using your Online-Application log-in data.

Mid-July your user account will be created. You will find the instructions for activating your account in your electronic mailbox (Compass mailbox). From this point on, you will receive all email information to your University of St.Gallen email address.

Mid-July we will upload the semester fee invoice to your electronic mailbox (Compass Mailbox). Within about two weeks after payment a confirmation of enrolment will be available in your electronic mailbox (Compass Mailbox).

We will send you detailed information on StartWeek and information on undergraduate studies in mid-August. You choose your courses for the first semester during StartWeek.

You hand in the original of your secondary school leaving certificate during StartWeek. Do not post any original documents to us!

After checking your certificate on site, we put a small sticker on the original certificate with your matriculation number. We then send you an email confirming unconditional admission.

Requirements

A foreign upper secondary school leaving certificate has to be essentially equivalent to the Swiss maturity certificate (such as a German Abitur or British A-level). Subjects, number of hours and school years will be considered during the assessment.

Before you apply, please refer to swissuniversities to find out about the recognised foreign upper secondary school-leaving certificates by country. Please also ensure that the respective admission regulations of the University of St.Gallen are met.

Here you find a summary of information on the recognition of the International Baccalaureate (IB)A-level examinations and French Baccalauréat.

You do not need to submit proof of language proficiency when you apply. It is your responsibility to ensure that your command of the language of instruction is sufficient to allow you to complete your studies successfully. Recommended level at the start of the study is at least C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

The number of places for foreign applicants at the University of St.Gallen (HSG) is limited by law. Since the number of applications exceeds the number of available places, international students with recognised foreign upper secondary school-leaving certificates can be admitted only through a selection procedure.

We will consider only the results you achieve during the selection procedure; your school grades (e.g. A-level grades) will not be taken into consideration.

You must complete the HSG selection procedure in the language that you specified as your language of instruction for the first year of your programme (Assessment Year).

Swiss citizens and citizens of Liechtenstein as well as applicants with a Swiss residence permit of type C are exempt from the selection procedure. If their prior education qualifications are recognised by HSG they can be admitted directly.

Application

The degree programme starts in the autumn semester. The application is made online. The application fee is CHF 250.

Application period: 1 October - 30 April

To the Online-Application

Please keep the following information and documents readily available to upload:

  • Digital passport photo
  • Signed Enrollment Agreement
  • Passport or ID card and, if applicable, a Swiss (permanent) residence permit
  • Curriculum vitae – style template 
  • Foreign upper secondary school-leaving certificate
    If you do not have your school leaving certificate at the time of application, you have to upload it as soon as you receive it (no later than the start of the course).
  • Certificates from the last three school years (combine the annual certificates and the last semester certificate into one file). In the case of IB, A-levels and AP's, submit your predicted grades.

If any of the documents are not issued in German, French, Italian or English, you must also submit a certified translation of the document in German or English. Please observe our guidelines "Certified documents and translations".

Only one file can be uploaded per bullet point. You can use online tools such as online2pdf.com to create PDF files or to combine several pages into one PDF file. Make sure the files you send to us are legible so that we can process your application without delay.
 
Swiss citizens require their Swiss social insurance number (AHV number) for the application. If you do not know your insurance number, please order a duplicate of your insurance certificate from the Swiss Central Compensation Office in good time.

What happens after you have applied online?

The team at the Admissions Office checks your data and electronically submitted documents. Please log into your user account regularly to check the status of your application. If we need further information or documents, we will inform you directly via your account’s status overview page. You will hear from us no later than four weeks following your completion of the online application.

You will find the link to your mailbox in your Online Application user account at the top right of the status overview page. Use your Online Application log-in credentials to access your mailbox.

After you have submitted your full application package and if your prior education qualification has been recognised by HSG, you will find a registration confirmation with details on the HSG selection procedure in your electronic mailbox (Compass mailbox).

There are two available dates for the selection procedure: calendar week 7 or calendar week 23.

You will find the link to your mailbox in your Online Application user account at the top right of the status overview page. Use your Online Application log-in credentials to access your mailbox.

The selection procedure consists of two stages, an on-line aptitude test and a video interview. Approximately 10 days prior to the computerised aptitude test, you will receive an e-mail from our test provider with detailed information. Based on your test results, you might receive an e-mail invitation to record a video interview.

The application status in your Online Application user account will be adjusted on Thursday after the on-line test. If you are invited for a video interview, the status of your application will be adjusted 14 days after the interview at the latest. Log into your Online Application user account to check the status of your application. 

A view days after the final decision, you will receive the Letter of Admission or the Letter of Rejection in your electronic mailbox (Compass Mailbox). You will find the link to your mailbox in your Online Application user account at the top right of the status overview page. Use your Online Application log-in credentials to access your mailbox.

If you do not have your upper secondary school leaving certificate at the time of application, submit it later once you have received it, using the online application tool. After checking your certificate, we upload your Letter of Admission in your electronic mailbox (Compass Mailbox).

Please find the link to your mailbox in the Online-Application user account at the top right of your status overview page. You can access your mailbox using your Online-Application log-in data.

Mid-July your user account will be created. You will find the instructions for activating your account in your electronic mailbox (Compass mailbox). From this point on, you will receive all email information to your University of St.Gallen email address.

Mid-July we will upload the semester fee invoice to your electronic mailbox (Compass Mailbox). Within about two weeks after payment a confirmation of enrolment will be available in your electronic mailbox (Compass Mailbox).

We will send you detailed information on StartWeek and information on undergraduate studies in mid-August. You choose your courses for the first semester during StartWeek.

Present the original copy of your upper secondary school leaving certificate to the Admissions Office during StartWeek. After checking your certificate on site, we put a small sticker on the original certificate with your matriculation number. We then send you an email confirming unconditional admission. Do not post any original documents to us!

The team at the Admissions Office checks your data and electronically submitted documents. Please log into your user account regularly to check the status of your application. If we need further information or documents, we will inform you directly via your account’s status overview page.

You will hear from us no later than four weeks following your completion of the online application. You will receive a confirmation that you are registered for your chosen programme at the HSG in your electronic mailbox (Compass Mailbox).

Please find the link to your mailbox in the Online-Application user account at the top right of your status overview page. You can access your mailbox using your Online-Application log-in data.

If you do not have your upper secondary school leaving certificate at the time of application, submit it later once you have received it, using the online application tool. After checking your certificate, we upload your Letter of Admission in your electronic mailbox (Compass Mailbox).

Please find the link to your mailbox in the Online-Application user account at the top right of your status overview page. You can access your mailbox using your Online-Application log-in data.

Mid-July your user account will be created. You will find the instructions for activating your account in your electronic mailbox (Compass mailbox). From this point on, you will receive all email information to your University of St.Gallen email address.

Mid-July we will upload the semester fee invoice to your electronic mailbox (Compass Mailbox). Within about two weeks after payment a confirmation of enrolment will be available in your electronic mailbox (Compass Mailbox).

We will send you detailed information on StartWeek and information on undergraduate studies in mid-August. You choose your courses for the first semester during StartWeek.

Present the original copy of your upper secondary school leaving certificate to the Admissions Office during StartWeek. After checking your certificate on site, we put a small sticker on the original certificate with your matriculation number. We then send you an email confirming unconditional admission. Do not post any original documents to us!

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Admissions and Crediting Office
University of St.Gallen
Dufourstrasse 50
CH-9000 St. Gallen
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+41 71 224 39 31
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At the office (05-003)
Tue.-Thu. 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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