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Our university from A to Z

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Students at Bachelor's and Master's level can choose from a range of additional qualification programmes to acquire interdisciplinary skills.

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For questions regarding admission regulations, crediting and application procedure, please contact the Admissions and Crediting Office.

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The Appeals Commission is the university's internal legal authority. It decides on appeals against rulings by university bodies that have been issued on the basis of study or examination regulations.

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The Audimax is located in the library building 09 on the A-Campus (Rosenberg). Mainly courses in the Assessment Year and at the bachelor's level are held in the Audimax.

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The aula is located in building 02 on the A-Campus (Rosenberg). In addition to rehearsals by associations such as the HSG Orchestra or the university choir, lectures are also regularly held in the aula.

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To obtain a Bachelor's degree, all students must write a Bachelor's thesis. The thesis is designed to demonstrate the student's ability to work scientifically by independently addressing a scientific question.

Block courses are courses that last several days and often take place during the lecture-free period.

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The places for courses are allocated according to interest and demand (so called Bidding process). Comparable to an auction, students have to bid for the courses they want by placing points on the desired courses.

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The SHSG Campus App brings all the information you need for your studies directly to your smartphone.

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The canteen (Sapelli) offers a wide selection of freshly prepared meals every day.

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The Career & Corporate Services (CSC) team is the place to go for all your career and networking needs. With a wide range of workshops and advice offerings, CSC helps students with their personal career planning.

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Under certain conditions, a chosen study programme can be changed once, whereby different conditions apply for each level.

The coaching programme is an offering for students in the Assessment Year. As part of the coaching programme, students are supported by an experienced coach.

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Students use Compass to manage their most important administrative matters, including semester enrolment and course selection (bidding). They also receive documents relevant to their studies, such as grade notifications or the semester invoice, in their Compass mailbox.

Compass

The Special Needs Office supports students with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses. Its aim and task is to enable all students to have equal opportunities in examinations.

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The compulsory subjects are those that all students in a degree programme must complete.

The Contextual Studies make up 25% of the curriculum at HSG. As ‘studium integrale’, they locate the Core Studies in diverse intellectual and cultural contexts.

Students can choose from a wide range of courses in the core electives and elective areas. This means that they can set their own individual priorities when planning their studies.

All the courses offered are listed in the course catalogue. You will also find the course fact sheets there, with the most important information on the course and exam content.

Course catalogue

The curriculum corresponds to the study plan of the respective degree programme and is divided into the core and contextual studies. 

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The Dean's Advisory Office (DAO) is the point of contact for students in the Assessment Year, bachelor's and master's programmes, when it comes to administrative matters relating to their studies.

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Decrees generally refer to official orders, decisions or measures taken by the University of St.Gallen. Decrees can be legally binding and have an impact on certain areas or situations. Examples of this are the notification of grades issued after the exams.

With a double degree, master's students can benefit from unique study combinations and the opportunity to deepen their studies in different cultural contexts.

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ECTS is the European Credit Transfer System for the recognition of academic achievements. All study units (lectures, exercises, term papers, semester exams, etc.) are credited with credit points. One ECTS point corresponds to a workload of approximately 30 hours.

The Equal Opportunities team provides information and raises awareness on all issues relating to equal opportunities, including education, work, academic careers, university management positions and the balance between study, work and family/private life.

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The Examination Regulations of the University of St.Gallen are a legal document that sets out the rules and procedures for the conduct of examinations and the assessment of student performance. Students are obliged to comply with the Examination Regulations, and failure to do so may affect their progress through their studies.

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Students can choose from a wide range of programmes for an exchange semester at one of our partner universities.

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The term ‘exmatriculation’ is used to describe the removal of a student from the list of enrolled persons (matriculation register). As a rule, exmatriculation occurs when a student has completed their studies in the proper manner.

Extracurricular credits are study credits that can be earned outside of the regular curriculum. These include, for example, campus credits, practical credits or military credits.

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On Graduation Day, students are presented with their Bachelor of HSG or Master of HSG degree in a formal ceremony. The Graduation Day takes place twice a year.

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HSG Alumni is the alumni organisation of the University of St.Gallen. With around 33,000 members, it is one of the largest alumni associations in Europe.

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The student ID (HSGcard) can be used to borrow books from the library and for printing and photocopying. The HSGcard also serves as an access card to the sports hall.

The HSG shop is located in the library building. The standard range includes textiles, office and leisure articles as well as delicatessen products.

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The Language Centre is open to all students and staff, offering further education courses and workshops to improve language skills, conversation courses and a self-study centre.

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The lecture-free period refers to the weeks in summer (June to September) and winter (January to February) when no lectures take place.

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The HSG Library provides a wide range of literature and databases, both onsite and digitally.

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To obtain the Master's degree, all students write a Master's thesis. The thesis is designed to demonstrate the student's ability to work scientifically by independently addressing a scientific question.

When a student is enrolled, he or she is registered at the university and added to the list of enrolled students (matriculation register).

A student's matriculation number is a unique identification number assigned to a person when they enrol at a college or university. Each matriculation number is individual and is usually assigned permanently.

The mentoring programme supports students at bachelor, master and doctoral level in their personal and professional development. Volunteers mentor students on an individual basis over a two-year period.

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The military liaison office is open to students with questions relating to military, civil defence or civilian service.

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The Student Mobility Office advises and supports students on all matters relating to exchange semesters and international study programmes.

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The Ombuds Office aims to promote trust between university members and to solve conflicts in an informal way.

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The Equal Opportunities Office is the point of contact for questions relating to personal integrity, diversity, gender equality, family and care obligations, sexual orientation, social background and age, as well as racism and xenophobia.

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Plagiarism is the use of the content, ideas or thoughts of others without proper citation or permission to use these sources. It is a violation of intellectual property and will be considered for disciplinary action by the Disciplinary Commission of the University of St.Gallen.

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We offer students as well as employees psychological counselling and professional support in personal, study-related and job-related stressful situations or crises.

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The PhD Office is the point of contact for those interested in studying in a PhD programme and for PhD students at the University of St.Gallen.

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Rematriculation takes place when students initially withdraw from their studies and then re-enrol at a later date.

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Students who have completed their first degree can enrol for a second degree at the same level.

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Each semester is interrupted by a two-week semester break, during which block courses are offered.

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As an official sub-organisation, the Student Union of the University of St.Gallen (SHSG) represents the interests of the students.

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SQUARE is the innovative think and experimental space at the University of St.Gallen that enables new ways of teaching and learning. 

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StudentWeb is a password-protected information portal for students. In addition to news about the university and the services offered by the HSG, you will also find helpful information about exams, theses, exchange programmes and much more.

StudentWeb

There are many ways to finance your studies: employment, cantonal grants, private loans or simply family support. The Advice Center for Study Funding will be happy to inform you about the various options.

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StudyNet, also known as Canvas, represents as a learning platform the virtual classroom environment and supports innovative digital teaching formats.

StudyNet

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theCO, theSTAGE and theHUB are the three main projects developed and operated by the Infrastructure Initiative of the Student Union (SHSG).

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Tuition fees are fees charged by universities or other educational institutions to cover the costs of teaching, the use of facilities and other related costs. They are paid by students at the University of St.Gallen per semester.

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A wide range of sports is available to all HSG members through the university sports programme. In addition to daily sports lessons, the Unisport team also organises numerous tournaments and events.

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The Whistleblowing Office can be contacted if there is a suspicion of illegal activity or dishonest behaviour.

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The HSG Writing Lab supports students and lecturers in developing their writing skills and offers writing advice and various workshops on academic writing.

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