Special Needs

If you have a disability or a chronic illness, you face particular challenges in the course of your studies. Many things must be organised, reflected on and requested for you to be able to study as successfully as possible.

The University of St.Gallen aims to enable you to have equal opportunities with regard to your studies. We’ll gladly establish together with you what your particular requirements are.

We support you in respect of all issues which are relevant to your studies, and together with you, we champion a University without barriers. No matter whether you require compensation for disadvantages, information or advice regarding infrastructure – we’ll be glad to be of assistance!

Should you need specific support for your studies, please note that prior to submitting a request for study relevant support, a meeting with Special Needs will be required.  

Please note: a request for access arrangements is contingent on a meeting with the Special Needs Advice Center. In order to be able to provide you with the best possible support, it is indispensable that you contact us early on. Subsequently (for instance, after examinations), adaptations are hardly possible at all.

All information is treated confidentially and is subject to data protection and the obligation of secrecy.
In consultation with the Human Resources Management of the University of St.Gallen, we’ll also be glad to advise you regarding the issue of working with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses.

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The myAbility Talent® Programm is specifically designed to kick start the career of students and recent graduates with disabilities or chronic diseases*.

*physical disabilities (e.g. mobility impairment, impaired vision or hearing,…), chronic diseases (e.g. chronic bowel disease, cancer, chronic pain,…), mental illnesses (e.g. depression, anxiety) or neurodiversity (e.g. autism, ADHD)


In cooperation with the Career & Corporate Services, Special Needs offers a Career Workshop twice a year. This workshop supports you in the question of how best to draw attention to yourself on the job market and whether it is better to mention your disability or illness or not. Details and current dates can be found in the column on the right.


The swissuniability website is a joint project of the Swiss Study and Disability Network, which is being professionalised with funding from swiss universities within the framework of project-linked contributions. The University of St.Gallen is a cooperation partner.

Legal basis

The right to equal opportunity conditions for students with disabilities /chronic illnesses is legally enshrined in a variety of places.

The foundation is the Federal Constitution, which prohibits any discrimination on the grounds of physical, mental or psychological disabilities (Federal Constitution, Art. 8(2)). The measures required to eliminate disadvantages of people with disabilities are implemented in the Federal Act on the Elimination of Discrimination against People with Disabilities (Art. 2).

Furthermore, Switzerland ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on 15 April 2014. It entered into force in May 2014. With its accession to the Convention, Switzerland commits itself to removing any obstacles with which people with disabilities are confronted, to protect people with disabilities against discrimination and to promote their inclusion and equality in society.

Based on these cornerstones, it is the University of St.Gallen’s goal and mission to enable all students with a disability and/or a chronic illness to pursue their studies without any barriers and with as much success as possible.

Special Needs Advice

Regardless of whether you merely require information, would like comprehensive advice or would like to apply for access arrangements, we recommend that you should contact us at an early stage.

Unfortunately, many students with a disability and/or chronic illness still have a great deal of respect for the reactions of their environment. You can contact us discreetly, free of charge, confidentially and absolutely without any risks as a matter of course.

This is what you can expect from us:

  • advice about all issues relevant to your studies in connection with a disability and/or an illness,
  • support of your application for access arrangements if you are unable to cope with work and examinations in the default format,
  • support in connection with adaptations to rooms and aids,
  • support in the provision of individual services according to requirements (such as mobility on the campus, escorts in special situations, emergency numbers, etc.),
  • close cooperation within the University, as well as with extramural contacts.

Our services are aimed at managers, faculty, students and employees of the University of St.Gallen in connection with issues concerning equal opportunities, compatibility, physical and mental impairment, and chronic illnesses.

Access arrangements

Students with a disability and/or chronic illness can request access arrangements.

Access arrangements consist of specific measures aimed at compensating for existing difficulties that are relevant to studies and/or examinations. These are invariably formal adaptations. The content and the fundamental demands made by studies and examinations remain unchanged.

Access arrangements are agreed between the University of St.Gallen and individual students as a matter of principle.

Please note that prior to submitting a request for access arrangements, a meeting with the Special Needs Advice Center will be required.

A request for access arrangements can be submitted for the following examinations:

  • admission test,
  • examinations of the Integration Week,
  • central examinations,
  • decentral examinations,
  • accounting examination.

Additionally, you can request an extension of the Assessment Year.

Should you need specific support for your studies, please note that prior to submitting a request for study relevant support, a meeting with Special Needs will be required. 

Information and details concerning request deadlines and the evidence to be submitted (medical certificate, psycholocical test assessment, etc.) can be found in the context area under Downloads.

Requests have to be submitted electronically to the Examination Management through the StudentWeb. Please obtain the necessary information about evidence required early on and comply with the individual submission deadlines. Requests that are submitted outside the relevant time windows will not be accepted.


Barrier-free University

Disabilities often arise from unsuitable environmental conditions. We will gladly make an effort together with you to create the best possible conditions in all respects.

We are already in a position to offer the following:


  • Disabled parking spaces
  • Induction loops
  • Relaxation room


  • Advice for individual barrier-free IT solutions

University teaching

  • Cooperation with teachers according to requirements

Degree course organisation

  • Room planning (timetable) depending on individual mobility options
  • Support in borrowing books from the Library possible at all times


Organisation & cooperation

All concerns regarding the issue of studying with a disability and/or a chronic illness converge in the Special Needs Advice Center.

Depending on the question, we examine solution variants with the following persons of the “Special Needs Task Force” (with your consent):

  • the Vice-Director Studies & Teaching;
  • the Head of the Service Center Processes, Planning, Examination;
  • the Head of the Service Center Student Administration;
  • the Head of Study Regulations;
  • the HSG’s independent medical examiner.

We participate in various networks and cultivate a regular exchange with intramural and extramural experts.


We will be pleased to be at your service for information provided by telephone, a personal meeting or comprehensive consultation.

If you would like information by telephone, a personal meeting and comprehensive advice, please do not hesitate to contact the Special Needs Advice Center.

After you have submitted your request for access arrangements, you will be informed about the decision in writing and will be sent a corresponding notification.

The implementation of access arrangements in examination situations will be carried out by the Service Center Examinations & Planning.

The implementation of access arrangements with regard to degree course organisation will be effected through Dean's Advisory Office. You can find the contact data in the context area.

All the measures converge in the Special Needs Advice Center. The Advice Center also coordinates round tables for the implementation of necessary adaptations. All information is treated in confidence and is subject to data protection and the obligation of secrecy.


University of St.Gallen
Special Needs Advice Center
Rosenbergstr. 51
CH-9000 St.Gallen


Regula Dietsche
+41 71 224 31 22


Monika Hessemer
+41 71 224 27 48

Service Center Processes, Examinations & Planning
Anja Thunemann
+41 71 224 27 42


Dean's Advisory Office
Bernadette Einsmann
+41 71 224 34 79

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