Below you will find an explanation of the most important terms used in everyday study life.

Interdisciplinary competencies that go beyond the actual study content are becoming increasingly important. At the University of St.Gallen, students can acquire various additional qualifications at the Bachelor's and Master's level.

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Admissions and Credit Office advises students on the crediting of external coursework and evidence, a change of major and second degree, or for application to specialized master's programs.

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The Appeals Commission of the University of St. Gallen is the university's internal appeal authority. It decides on appeals against decisions made by university bodies based on study or examination regulations.

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The Audimax is located in Library Building 09 on the University campus. Primarily courses at assessment or bachelor level are held there.

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The auditorium is located in building 02 on the university campus. In addition to rehearsals of clubs such as the HSG orchestra or the university choir, lectures are also held regularly in the auditorium.

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The writing of the bachelor's thesis enables an individual, scientific in-depth study of a topic and can be started as soon as enrollment in the bachelor's program exists. Each bachelor's thesis is supervised by a referee. These are drawn from the active faculty of the University of St.Gallen.

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Course and exam assignments are made at all levels of study through bidding in Compass. Through bidding, those students to whom the course is worth the most receive a place. The basis for course attendance, and therefore exam admission and credit, is allocation through bidding.

Since bidding is a central element of teaching at the HSG, we offer comprehensive information on this subject, including explanatory videos, on StudentWeb.

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Block courses refer to courses that are organized analogously to a seminar lasting several days. Students attend full-day events that often take place during the lecture-free period.

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The SHSG Campus App brings all relevant information for studying directly to the smartphone. It combines the most important functions of the platforms Compass, StudentWeb and the Facebook group "Sharing is Caring" through the embedded university login.

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The Career & Corporate Services (CSC) team is the point of contact for students at the University of St.Gallen (HSG) for all career-related questions. For companies, the CSC is the sparring partner when it comes to employer positioning and recruiting at the HSG. It offers various platforms to bring companies and students together. With its broad range of workshops and consulting services, they also support HSG students in their own personal career planning.

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Under certain conditions, an originally chosen program of study can be changed once, with different requirements for a change per level.

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The Coaching Program of the University of St.Gallen is an optional additional offer for students in the assessment year. As part of the coaching program, students are supported by an experienced personal coach. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in selected, first-class seminars in which personal development is specifically promoted.

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Students use Compass to manage their most important administrative matters, including semester registration, course selection (bidding) and exam registration. In addition, documents relevant to studies, such as grade decisions or the semester invoice, are sent directly via the Compass mailbox if the electronic disposition has been approved.

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The compulsory area comprises the courses that must be taken by all students in a study program. It consists of core subjects that belong to the fundamentals of a study program.

Students can choose from numerous courses within the compulsory elective area as well as the elective area. This makes it possible to set an individual focus in the planning of studies within the framework of the subjects offered.

Contextual studies take up 25% of the study time. As "Studium integrale", it places the specialized studies in intellectual as well as cultural contexts and introduces students to "the house of science".

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At you will find an overview of all available courses per semester. In addition, the course notes with the most important information about the course, the examination contents and examination literature can be found there.

On the curriculum you will find an overview of the courses and ECTS credits that are relevant for a degree. The curriculum distinguishes between compulsory and compulsory elective areas as well as contextual studies. In addition, there is the bachelor's or master's thesis.

The Dean's Advisory Office is the point of contact for bachelor's and master's students when it comes to administrative concerns related to their studies such as semester registration, course selection, bidding, exams, etc.

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The University of St.Gallen is a pioneer in the field of double degrees. It offers ambitious students seeking a challenging academic experience the opportunity of a double degree. Double degree students can benefit from unique study combinations and the opportunity for in-depth study in different cultural contexts. At the end of the double degree program, which usually lasts 2.5 years, students receive two full Master's degrees, an HSG MA degree and a second Master's degree from the partner university.

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

With enrollment, a student is enrolled at the University and is included in the list of enrolled persons (matriculation). For matriculation, students at the assessment level must present their Matura and Reife certificates. Students starting the Master's program present their Bachelor's degree documents and, if applicable, their confirmation of exmatriculation.

The Equal Opportunity team provides information and raises awareness on all topics involving the equal distribution of opportunities. This includes studies, work, academic careers, appointments to university management positions and the compatibility of studies, 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. Among other things, it specifies which examinations must be taken, how these examinations are evaluated, the deadlines and dates for registering for examinations, and the conditions that must be met for admission to an examination. Compliance with the examination regulations is binding for students and can have an impact on their course of study.

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St.Gallen is located in the heart of Europe, which predestines the University of St.Gallen (HSG) already geographically to travel in all directions. And indeed, the opportunities for a semester abroad or in another Swiss canton at the HSG are close at hand. The university enables its students to study abroad for one semester at one of our more than 200 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). Once someone is exmatriculated, he or she is no longer considered a student. As a rule, exmatriculation occurs when a student has duly completed his or her studies with the last examination.

Extracurricular credits are course credits that can be earned outside of the regular curriculum. These include such things as campus credits, practice credits, and military credits

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The HSG Graduation Days take place twice a year at the University of St.Gallen (HSG). On Graduation Day, the graduates are awarded their Bachelor HSG or Master HSG degree in a festive ceremony with the personal presentation of the diploma by the Rectorate. The graduates are thus officially admitted to the HSG Alumni Community, the alumni association of the HSG.

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HSG-Alumni is the alumni organization of the University of St.Gallen. With around 33,000 members, it is one of the most important alumni associations in Europe. Various networking events, online sessions and other benefits are offered.

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The student ID card (HSGcard) can be used to borrow books from the library, for printing and copying. The card also shows whether the authorization to use the weight room of our gymnasium, theCO or the GastroPass.

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The HSG Shop is located in the library building. It is the exclusive provider of university merchandise and supplies students, alumni and internal units alike. The standard assortment includes textiles, office and leisure articles, and delicatessen. Internal units are also offered individualized custom products.

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The Language Center is available to all students, staff and faculty of the University. In doing so, we advise on matters concerning the languages taught at the University of St.Gallen. We also offer continuing education courses and workshops to enhance language skills, conversation courses and a self-study center.

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The lecture-free period refers to the weeks before the central examinations, during which no lectures take place.

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The HSG library provides a wide range of literature and data on site and digitally. In addition, the library team advises in the area of Open Science and provide assistance in the preparation of scientific papers.

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To obtain the master's degree, all students write a master's thesis. The thesis demonstrates the competence of scientific work by independently addressing a scientific question.

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The matriculation number is a unique identification number assigned to an individual when he or she enrolls in a college or university. Each matriculation number is individual and is usually assigned permanently. It serves as an important identifier to track student progress and other relevant data. Students are often required to provide their matriculation number when taking exams.

The canteen in the A-building is managed by Gastro Migros and offers a wide selection of freshly prepared meals every day. The menu plan is published on the website for the next two weeks. It is not to be confused with the B-cafeteria, which is located in the library building.

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The mentoring program of the University of St.Gallen supports students in their Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. in their personal and professional development. Volunteer mentors accompany students individually over a period of two years. The exchange of knowledge, opinions, and perspectives supports students in dealing with current challenges, reflecting on individual experiences, and targeted career orientation.

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The Military Liaison Office is open to students for questions related to military, civil defense or civilian service. It is the point of contact for all students and doctoral students enrolled at the university in matters relating to military, civil defense or civilian service and represents their interests vis-à-vis military authorities, as well as the university.

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The Student Mobility Office (SMO) of the University of St.Gallen advises and supports students in all matters concerning their semester abroad, exchange semester or international study programs. In addition to outgoing students, the Student Mobility Office is also the service point for incoming guest students.

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Notifications generally refer to official orders, decisions or actions taken by the University of St.Gallen. Rulings can be legally binding and have an impact on specific areas or situations. Examples include notifications of grades issued after the exams.

The aim of the ombudsman's office is to resolve conflicts and difficult situations informally. The discussions are confidential. Together with the ombudsperson, ways are sought to work through and clarify problems, to find an amicable settlement or to initiate goal-oriented measures before the conflict escalates.

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The PC tutors are the direct contacts for students with IT questions. During the semester, they offer direct assistance at selected service times on the university premises, via teams or by e-mail. In addition, the StudentWeb contains a wealth of information and instructions on the various portals and programs that can be used for studying.

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The Equal Opportunity Office is the point of contact for equal opportunity issues related to the following topics: Personal integrity, diversity, gender equality, family and care commitments, sexual orientation, social origin and age, and racism and xenophobia.

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The PhD Office is the point of contact for those interested in doctoral studies and doctoral students at the University of St.Gallen and is happy to answer questions about doctoral studies at the HSG.

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Plagiarism refers to the use of another person's content, ideas, or thoughts without proper acknowledgement of the source or without permission to use those sources. It is an intellectual property violation, and disciplinary action will be considered by the University of St.Gallen Disciplinary Committee.

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The Psychological Counseling Center offers professional support, counseling and guidance to students, doctoral students and employees of the Academia and Services in situations of professional, study-related or private stress or crisis.

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The university chaplains are present full-time in the areas of pastoral care, spirituality and teaching at the university. With their services, they are available to university members, alumni and persons close to the university - this also applies and in particular to chaplaincies (e.g. baptisms, weddings). In addition, the chaplains play an important bridging role between the academy and the church and represent the university's concerns in numerous non-university committees and organizations.

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Re-enrollment occurs when students initially exmatriculate after successfully completing their studies and do not re-enroll or re-apply until a later date.

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Students who have completed their first degree may pursue a second degree at the same level.

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The semester break refers to the weeks of intermission between each semester.

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Semester fees are charges levied by universities or other educational institutions to cover the cost of tuition, use of facilities, and other related expenses. They are paid by students at the University of St.Gallen per semester.

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As an official partial body, the Student Body of the University of St.Gallen (SHSG) represents the interests of the students. It is an attractive venue for student engagement and acts as a driver of innovative ideas. It focuses on the needs of today's students and anticipates future opportunities for extracurricular engagement. Thus, sustainability is a core value that significantly shapes SHSG's actions.

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The University of St.Gallen's Office of Disability Compensation advises and supports students, doctoral students, and employees with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses. The goal and task is to enable all students to have equal opportunities in examinations

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SQUARE, based at the University of St. Gallen, is curated by a team of staff, students and volunteers. The team reports to the university administration, and the executive director reports to the rectorate. The venue, program and community are funded by private donations, contributions from the HSG Foundation, the University and income from external partners.

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StudentWeb is a password-protected information portal for students. There you can find important notices about the study program, all information about exams and written papers, exchange and much more.

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There are many forms of student financing: gainful employment, cantonal scholarships, private loans or simply family support. The Student Financing Office will be happy to inform you about the various options for financing your studies - in person, by telephone or even by e-mail.

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Our StudyNet is more than just a platform with learning content, slides and other lecture materials. It represents the entire virtual classroom environment and supports innovative digital teaching formats. You can participate in lectures and courses that take place online via Zoom.

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A study regulation is a legal regulation that specifies the requirements and conditions for studying at a particular university. It describes the structure of the study program, graduation requirements, types of examinations, how grades are awarded, and other specific rules and regulations required for successful completion of the program.

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The Infrastructure Initiative is the latest independent initiative under the umbrella of the student body of the University of St.Gallen (HSG). It was founded in 2020 and has since been the central body for the development of student infrastructure on and around the campus of the University of St.Gallen.

theCO, theSTAGE and theHUB are the three main projects developed and operated by the infrastructure initiative.

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Unisport St.Gallen organizes numerous tournaments and events in addition to the daily sports lessons. Furthermore, Unisport participates in national and international championships.

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The independent Whistleblowing Office can be contacted in the event of suspicion of unlawful acts or unfair conduct. Employees of the HSG and its institutes and research units, students and external partners can use the Whistleblowing Office to report suspected or actual violations.

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The HSG Writing Lab supports students, doctoral students and lecturers in developing their writing skills and offers open and individual writing consultations as well as various workshops on academic writing.

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