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Admission to a second Bachelor's degree

You may apply for a second Bachelor's degree only if you already hold one Bachelor's degree from an accredited university.

If admitted to one of the majors Business Administration, Economics, International Affairs, Law or Law and Economics the Assessment Year (first year of the Bachelor's degree programme) will be credited towards your degree requirements and you can begin your programme in the third semester.

Direct entry into the Computer Science major is not possible. You must apply for the Assessment Year (Informatik).

The Bachelor's programmes in Economic Sciences are taught in German and English, while the Bachelor's programmes in Law are taught in German only.

Depending on your qualifications different admission procedures apply.

Requirements

You may apply for the second Bachelor's degree if you hold or will have obtained one of the following degrees from a recognised Swiss university before the start date of your programme at HSG:

  • Bachelor's degree in a different subject awarded by a Swiss university
  • Bachelor's degree in a different subject awarded by a Swiss university of applied sciences

You can find a list of accredited Swiss universities on swissuniversities.

If you have any questions on recognised degrees or degrees in similar subjects please do not hesitate to contact the team at the Admissions and Crediting Office who will be happy to help you.

You do not need to submit proof of language proficiency when you apply. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have sufficient language skills for successful study.

We recommend that you have already reached the level of at least C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in the languages of instruction English and German before you start your studies.

Language requirements and and accounting

All students must take two language courses (foreign languages) to successfully complete their Bachelor’s degree programme. Crediting of internationally recognised language certificates is possible as proof of language proficiency without ECTS credits.

All students must provide evidence of sufficient accounting knowledge to successfully complete their Bachelor's degree programme. If you have already acquired sufficient knowledge of accounting during your studies, the evidence can be credited during the admission process. If this evidence is missing at the time of admission, the accountancy examination has to be taken at the University of St.Gallen.

Application

The degree programme can start either in the spring or the autumn semester. Entry in spring semester is only possible for those not subject to a selection process (HSG admission test). The application is made online. The application fee is CHF 250.

Autumn semester application period: 1 October - 30 April
Spring semester application period: 1 September – 30 November

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
  • Higher education entrance qualification (Swiss maturity certificate or foreign upper secondary school leaving certificate)
  • Degree documents, if available. Otherwise current official transcripts from each university attended (including exchange programmes and transcripts from unfinished degree programmes). The current transcript must show at least 120 ECTS credit points for courses taken so that we can process your application.

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 need their Swiss social insurance number (AHV number) for the application. If you do not know your national 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 Admissions and Crediting Office checks your personal data and your electronically submitted documents. You will hear from us no later than six weeks following your completion of the online application.

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. Additionally, you will be requested by email to log into your user account.

You will receive the Letter of Admission or the Letter of Rejection 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 SWITCH edu-ID log-in data.

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

Mid-August respectively mid-January we will upload information on the course selection process (Bidding) and the compulsory introductory Kick-off Days in your Compass Mailbox. You find all the information you need to get started at HSG here.

Your admission is conditional until you submit all the necessary documents. You may post a certified copy of your degree certificate to us by no later than the start of the programme (calendar week 38, calendar week 8). Do not post any original documents to us!

If you do not have your degree certificate by the time the degree programme starts, you have to submit confirmation by the end of calendar week 38 /calendar week 8 that you graduated from your university. The confirmation of graduation must clearly show that you have all of the course work required for graduation. The confirmation must also indicate when your university is going to issue your final degree certificate. Please note that you must also submit confirmation that you are no longer registered as a student there.

As soon as you have presented all the necessary documents, your admission is unconditional. We will send you a confirmation email.

Requirements

If you hold or will have obtained one of the following degrees from a recognised university before your chosen degree programme starts, you can apply for a second Bachelor's degree programme:

  • University Bachelor's degree in a different subject
  • Bachelor's degree in a different subject awarded by a recognised university of applied sciences.

Your degree programme will be recognised if the following criteria are fulfilled:

  • Your final degree certificate was awarded by a university which is officially recognised in the country where you attended the course.
  • You have completed all course work at a recognised or accredited university.
  • You have completed at least half of the course work onsite at the university awarding the degree.

Detailed information on the recognition of universities, university degrees and country-specific provisions.

If you have any questions on recognition or disciplinary similarity please do not hesitate to contact the staff at the Admissions and Crediting Office, who will be happy to help you.

You do not need to submit proof of language proficiency when you apply. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have sufficient language skills for successful study.

We recommend that you have already reached the level of at least C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in the languages of instruction English and German before you start your studies.

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 (i.e. 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 can start either in the spring or the autumn semester. Entry in spring semester is only possible for those not subject to a selection process (HSG admission test). The application is made online. The application fee is CHF 250.

Autumn semester application period: 1 October - 30 April
Spring semester application period: 1 September – 30 November

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
  • Higher education entrance qualification (Swiss maturity exam, foreign upper secondary school leaving certificate)
  • Degree documents, if available. Otherwise current official transcripts from each university attended (including exchange programmes and transcripts from unfinished degree programmes). The current transcript must show at least 120 ECTS credit points for courses taken so that we can process your application. In the case of double degree programmes or "joint degrees", transcripts from each attended university including explanatory notes on the course programme must be submitted.

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 need their Swiss social insurance number (AHV number) for the application. If you do not know your national 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.

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 Compass Mailbox. Within about two weeks after payment a confirmation of enrolment will be available in your electronic mailbox (Compass Mailbox).

Mid-August we will upload information on the course selection process (Bidding) and the compulsory introductory Kick-off Days in your Compass Mailbox. You find all the information you need to get started at HSG here.

Your admission is conditional until you submit all the necessary documents.

Send a certified copy of your degree certificate and final academic transcript to the Admissions- and Crediting Office of the University of St.Gallen by no later than the start of the programme (calendar week 38). A copy is considered to be officially certified if the content of the copy is identical to the original documents and if the home university or an official body confirms this with stamp and signature.
Do not send any original documents in the post!

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".

As soon as you have submitted all the necessary documents, your admission is unconditional. We will send you a confirmation email. Should you not be able to submit the necessary degree documents before the degree programme starts (calendar week 38), we will not be able to admit you.

The Admissions and Crediting Office checks your personal data and your electronically submitted documents. You will hear from us no later than six weeks following your completion of the online application.

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. Additionally, you will be requested by email to log into your user account.

You will receive the Letter of Admission or the Letter of Rejection 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 SWITCH edu-ID log-in data.

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

Mid-August respectively mid-January we will upload information on the course selection process (Bidding) and the compulsory introductory Kick-off Days in your Compass Mailbox. You find all the information you need to get started at HSG here.

Your admission is conditional until you submit all the necessary documents.

Send a certified copy of your degree certificate and final academic transcript to the Admissions- and Crediting Office of the University of St.Gallen by no later than the start of the programme (calendar week 38, calendar week 8). A copy is considered to be officially certified if the content of the copy is identical to the original documents and if the home university or an official body confirms this with stamp and signature. Do not send any original documents in the post!

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".

As soon as you have submitted all the necessary documents, your admission is unconditional. We will send you a confirmation email. Should you not be able to submit the necessary degree documents before the degree programme starts (calendar week 38, calendar week 8), we will not be able to admit you.

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University of St.Gallen
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