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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Questions about starting the Assessment Year

Application and enrolment

You are allowed to apply to more than one university, but you cannot enrol at more than one Swiss university and can only start your studies at one Swiss university.

You will receive your semester invoice in your Compass mailbox around mid-July (start autumn semester).

The semester invoice will be sent out in mid-July. Once payment has been received, the confirmation of enrolment will be sent to your Compass mailbox.

If you are interested in studying at the University of St. Gallen, you must start your studies from the beginning. It is not possible to credit achievements from a study programme you have not completed. However, if you have already obtained a Bachelor's degree, you can register for a second degree programme at Bachelor's level (crediting of the Assessment Year, no further credits possible). You are welcome to send us your Bachelor's degree including achievements by e-mail for a preliminary clarification at admissionsunisg.ch and we will be happy to check whether you can skip the Assessment Year.

Most of our Bachelor's degree programmes can be completed in German or English. However, students must obtain a minimum number of credits in both languages of study (German and English). We recommend that you read the factsheet and the study plan on the homepage of the respective Bachelor's programme.

It is not possible to start your studies in September if you are serving in the military at that time.

Please contact our Military Liaison Office. You will find all the information and the details of the Military Liaison Office on the following homepage.

Move and visa

If you live in a country outside the EU or EFTA, you need a valid visa to enter Switzerland. Please note that it may take several months before a visa is issued. Therefore, apply for your visa at the Swiss representation in your country as early as possible.

You can find more information on the procedure here.

 

As soon as you have paid the semester fees and we have received them, you will find your confirmation of enrolment in Compass mailbox.

On the following homepage you will find all the information that may be relevant for you before or after your move.

The University of St. Gallen does not provide student rooms/apartments. You can find further information regarding accommodation on the following homepage.

StartWeek

A welcome email with information on the further administrative steps will be sent to your private email address in mid-June. You will receive detailed information about the start of your studies and StartWeek by post (StartWeek Welcome Letter) from the StartWeek team around mid-August. If you live overseas, you will receive the information electronically.

You must take the original school leaving certificate with you at the beginning of the StartWeek and present it to the Admissions and Credit Office. You will be informed in a separate letter when exactly you have to present the school leaving certificate.

Contact the StartWeek by email at startwoche@unisg.ch.

No, the entire Start Week programme is compulsory for new students.

Participation in the Start Week for repeaters is voluntary. You must register by email to assessment@unisg.ch by Friday in calendar week 34 at the latest.

You have the option of completing the shortened StartWeek for military service members and will be granted free days. To do so, send us your marching orders by email at startwoche@unisg.ch.

Study planning

Course and examination allocation is carried out at all study levels via the so-called Bidding system in Compass. Through Bidding, students who bid the most for a course are allocated a place. The basis for course attendance and thus also for exam admission and credit transfer is the allocation through Bidding.

Bidding will be presented to you in detail during the Start Week. You can find more information on StudentWeb.

During the Start Week, you will choose your courses via the so-called Bidding. As soon as the allocations have been made by the system, you will receive a corresponding notification in your Compass mailbox. You can then download your definitive timetable via Compass and export it to your calendar.

The Assessment Year is considered full-time study, so we do not recommend doing more than 15 hours of part-time work per week. Only after the course allocation will you see when the courses take place and when you could do your part-time work.

As soon as we have received your semester fees, you will find your confirmation of enrolment in your Compass mailbox.

All dates and deadlines for your academic year will be made available to you in Compass at the beginning of the semester. We advise you not to plan a holiday before the start of your studies.

Questions about starting your Master's degree

Application and Enrolment

Invoices are sent around around mid-July for the autumn semester and mid-December for the spring semester.

If you would like to receive the invoice earlier, please contact us at masterunisg.ch.

As soon as you have paid the semester invoice, you will receive the confirmation of enrolment in your Compass mailbox. It is not possible to send the confirmation of enrolment before the semester invoice has been paid in full.

A list of recognised language certificates (incl. minimum level of the respective language) can be found here in Appendix 13. Further information on foreign language study achievements at Master's level can be found here.

Please send applications for crediting by email to admissionsunisg.ch. If crediting is possible, the original or a certified copy of the language diploma can be requested.

A change of study programme is possible at the earliest after the first semester via a change application in Compass. Please note the deadlines listed in Compass. Depending on the study programme, a new application may also be necessary.

No, it is not possible to start the Master's degree with a semester of leave. If you would like to start your internship, you would have to deregister from the HSG (informal email to admissionsunisg.ch) and reapply for the next year.

It is not possible to postpone the start of your studies. If you are unable to start the Master's programme in the coming autumn semester, you would have to deregister by sending an informal email to admissionsunisg.ch and reapply for the next year.

To deregister, simply send an informal email to admissionsunisg.ch.

Move and visa

If you live in a country outside the EU or EFTA, you need a valid visa to enter Switzerland. Please note that it may take several months before a visa is issued. Therefore, apply for your visa at the Swiss representation in your country as early as possible.

You can find more information on the procedure here.

As soon as you have paid the semester fees and we have received them, you will find your confirmation of enrolment in Compass mailbox.

On the following homepage you will find all the information that may be relevant for you before or after your move.

The University of St. Gallen does not provide student rooms/apartments. You can find further information regarding accommodation on the following homepage.

Starting your studies

The email address is generated together with your HSG user account. You will need to change the initially set password for activation. You will receive the password in your Compass mailbox at the beginning of July (start in the autumn semester) or in mid-January (start in the spring semester) together with corresponding instructions. You can find more information on the HSG's digital platforms and tools here.

You will receive the invitation to the Kick-off Days in your Compass mailbox by mid-August (start in the autumn semester) or by mid-January (start in the spring semester).

Yes, the target group of the Kick-off Days are new students at Bachelor (second degree), Master and PhD level. If you have completed your Bachelor's degree at the University of St.Gallen, you do not have to attend the Kick-off Days.

Participants of the integration week will receive their HSGcard in calendar week 36. Other Master's and Bachelor's students will receive their HSGcard during the Kick-off Days (according to the information in the invitation). PhD students receive their HSGcard from their employer.

Study planning

Course and examination allocation takes place at all study levels via the so-called Bidding system in Compass. Through Bidding, the students who bid the most for a course are allocated a place. At the Master's level, Bidding begins before the semester starts.

Detailed information can be found on  StudentWeb.

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Yes, you must pass the courses within the first two semesters. The language courses and the accounting exam are an exception to this rule; you can also take these later.

The accounting course is automatically assigned to you and therefore you do not have to bid for it. The course prepares you for the accounting exam; however, attendance is not compulsory. You can find more information about the accounting course here.

You must always bid for language courses at the HSG. No positive grade is required. The performance is entered with a grade, but without credits. The grades do not count towards the Master's degree, but are listed in the transcript of grades. Further information on foreign language study achievements at Master's level can be found here.

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