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Dear students interested in participating in an exchange, on this website you will find information regarding the THEMIS programme. Please consider this to be a general summary of the information available. The information here is provided for students interested in studying at the University of St.Gallen (HSG) as degree students and also interested in the exchange opportunities at HSG. Detailed Information is available in StudentWeb and you have access to StudentWeb as soon as you are immatriculated at HSG.



  • The exchange programme is a voluntary option offered by the University of St.Gallen (HSG). Applicants are not guaranteed an exchange place.
  • The application process takes place once a year.
  • An exchange at a THEMIS partner university is possible from the 2nd semester of the Master's level (only in Autumn semester).
  • In Master programmes a minimum of 60 ECTS must be acquired at the HSG.

Application deadline

Application period for an exchange in Autumn semester 2025   

15 October 2024 - 31 October 2024, 16.00 (St.Gallen - CH)

General application prerequisites

• Enrolled in a HSG Bachelor or Master programme at the time of application.
• Minimum 4.50 grade average of passed Bachelor or Master studies relevant for the admission to the HSG Master degree studies. The average will be rounded to two decimal points.


Requirements for beginning the exchange semester

• Enrolled in a HSG Master programme.

In the application you may enter up to three THEMIS universities of your choice and in the order of your preference. When making your exchange university selections, consider the language of instruction, the local language, available fields of study, semester dates, travel advisories, etc. Detailed information with semester dates, fact sheets and experience reports are available in StudentWeb. Please do not contact Student Mobility Services before you have not checked the detailed information in StudentWeb. You will be granted access to it after having been immatriculated at HSG.



The THEMIS programme is for MIL, MLaw and MLE HSG students only. Graduate level law students from the HSG will be able to go on exchange in autumn term at one of the partner universities within the network, attend a specialised 3-days THEMIS seminar in spring term and participate in an international internship (organised by the students her/himself). Students who are selected to participate in the THEMIS programme will obtain not only their local law degree but also the International THEMIS Certificate.

Exchange period

Autumn semester: Begin of exchange between 1 July and 31 December is considered as absence in autumn semester


Application... the 1st semester of the Master‘s level for exchange in the 3rd (autumn semester) the 2nd semester of the Master‘s level (when degree studies commenced in spring semester) for exchange in the 4th semester (autumn semester)


Please find further information in the download section of this page.

For the Student Mobility Services exchange application, one of the following English language certifications (not older than 2 years) must be submitted:

• TOEFL iBT (=internet-based test) min. 100 points

• TOEFL iBT Home Edition min. 100 points

• TOEFL iBT MyBest scores and/or iBT Home Edition MyBest scores min. 100 points


Please note: TOEFL Essentials is not accepted.

• IELTS (Academic Test) min. grade 7
• Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) min. grade B 
• Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) min. grade C 
• Recognised tertiary degree certificate fully completed in English. English as the language of
 instruction must be declared on the diploma or confirmed in writing by the degree granting
• Proof of English as school language* according to HSG implementation provisions Academic Programmes regarding languages (Art. 69)
*School language = the language in which the majority of the school education and, if applicable, tertiary education took place.

BE CAREFUL: The language of instruction of the HSG degree programme is not considered as proof of English proficiency.


All of the above listed English language tests and degree certifications may not be older than two years by the date of the exchange application deadline.

A minimum of 24 transferable and THEMIS accredited ECTS course credits must be completed with a positive grade at the host university, otherwise no credits from the exchange term will be transferred towards the HSG degree.

A maximum of 30 ECTS course credits (Master thesis excluded) can be credited to the HSG degree per exchange semester at Master’s level.

Tuition fees must be paid at the HSG during the semester abroad. HSG students are not required to pay basic tuition fees at the host university but will be responsible for all other costs related to their semester abroad. 

Students spending an exchange semester at one of our European partner universities through the THEMIS exchange programme are eligible to apply for a SEMP scholarship. The application procedures will be available in the Mobility-Online portal after allocation of the exchange university. SEMP programme regulations may be subject to change by the Swiss Federal Council.

You can find further scholarship opportunities here:

Loans and scholarships

“Overall, it was a wonderful, exciting, fun and also challenging semester and I will always remember it very fondly. I am beyond grateful for the experiences and friendships that I made. THEMIS provides a great opportunity to study abroad (...)”
Lea Amort
“It was an experience that I will never forget, which for the most part was only possible for me thanks to the THEMIS-Program, of which HSG is part of.”
David Giachino
“Insgesamt waren die Kurse an der Bocconi sehr interessant und lehrreich, zumal einem ganz im Zeichen des THEMIS-Programms ein internationaler und rechtsvergleichender Blick auf diverse Rechtsgebiete gewährt wurde.”
Timo Walt


Study Abroad Flyer (EN)

THEMIS FactSheet Outgoings 24/25 (EN)

THEMIS Brochure (EN)

Exchange periods master programmes (EN)

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Magdalena Piller

Programme Manager THEMIS / Events / Content Management

Student Mobility Services
Tellstrasse 2
9000 St Gallen