Program Overview

  • 3 years

    Duration

  • 1,229 CHF/Semester

    Tuition Fees

  • April

    Application Deadline

  • Full Time

    Pace

  • On-Campus

    Delivery Mode

  • German

    Language

Duration of the year is

Key Facts

Autumn Semester

  • Application Deadline

    April 30,2021

  • Credit 180 ECTS/6 semesters

Admission Requirements

Admission with Swiss educational qualifications

  • Swiss maturity certificate (Maturität, Matura)
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that your command of the language of instruction is sufficient to allow you to complete your studies successfully

Documents to be submitted electronically:

  • Digital passport photo
  • Signed ”General Conditions and Code of Conduct”
  • Passport or ID card and, if applicable, a Swiss (permanent) residence permit
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Swiss or Lichtenstein maturity certificate (Maturität, Matura). If you do not have your maturity certificate at the time of application, you have to upload it as soon as you receive it (no later than the start of the course)
  • Certificate of your last school year (semester certificate)

What happens after you have applied online?

  • You will hear from us no later than four weeks following your completion of the online application. You will receive a confirmation that you are registered for your chosen program at the HSG in your electronic mailbox (Compass Mailbox).
  • If you do not have your Swiss maturity certificate (Maturität) when you apply, you have to submit it later once you have received it, using the online application tool. After we have checked your maturity certificate, you will receive the Letter of Admission in your electronic mailbox (Compass Mailbox).
  • Mid-July we will upload the semester fee invoice to your electronic mailbox (Compass Mailbox).
  • You hand in the original copy of your secondary school leaving certificate at the Admissions Office during StartWeek.
  • After checking your certificate on-site, we put a small sticker on the original certificate with your matriculation number. The admission team then sends you an email confirming unconditional admission.

Admission with foreign educational qualifications

  • A foreign upper secondary school leaving certificate has to be essentially equivalent to the Swiss maturity certificate (such as a German Abitur or British A-level). Subjects, a number of hours, and school years will be considered during the assessment
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that your command of the language of instruction is sufficient to allow you to complete your studies successfully
  • As the number of applications is higher than the number of places available, foreign student applicants with a recognized foreign upper secondary school-leaving certificate are admitted via the admission test of the University of ST. Gallen

Documents to be submitted electronically:

  • Digital passport photo
  • Signed ”General Conditions and Code of Conduct”
  • Passport or ID card and, if applicable, a Swiss (permanent) residence permit
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Foreign upper secondary school-leaving certificate. If you do not have your school leaving certificate at the time of application, you have to upload it as soon as you receive it (no later than the start of the course).
  • Certificates from the last three school years (combine the annual certificates and the last semester certificate into one file). In the case of IB, A-levels, and AP’s, submit your predicted grades.

What happens after you have applied online?

  • You will hear from us no later than four weeks following your completion of the online application. You will receive a confirmation that you are registered for your chosen program at the HSG in your electronic mailbox (Compass Mailbox).
  • If you have submitted your application in full and have a recognized foreign upper secondary school leaving certificate, you will receive a confirmation letter with information on how to register for the admission test in your electronic mailbox (Compass Mailbox).
  • The admission test will take place on Wednesdays of calendar weeks 7 and 28.
    If you submit your complete application by January 15, you can register for the admission test in February. All other applicants will be able to take the test only in July. The admission test can be taken once per study year. You may repeat the test the following year at the earliest.
  • The test results will be available in your electronic mailbox (Compass Mailbox) by Friday after the test.
  • If you do not have your upper secondary school leaving certificate at the time of application, submit it later once you have received it. After checking your certificate, we upload your Letter of Admission to your electronic mailbox (Compass Mailbox).
  • Mid-July we will upload the semester fee invoice to your electronic mailbox (Compass Mailbox).
  • Present the original copy of your upper secondary school leaving certificate to the Admissions Office during StartWeek. After checking your certificate on-site, we put a small sticker on the original certificate with your matriculation number. We then send you an email confirming unconditional admission.

For further information, check the University of St. Gallen admission page.

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

  • National Students

    1,229 CHF/Semester

  • International Students

    3,129 CHF/Semester

Living costs for St.Gallen

  • Living Costs

Funding

Living costs at Bachelor’s and Master’s Level

According to the last representative survey conducted by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (FSO) in 2017, you should have a monthly budget of approximately CHF 2’200 -2’600 or CHF 13’000 – 15’100 per semester (reference group: undergraduates or students at the Master’s Level not living with their parents).

Scholarships

Provided the requirements are met, as a Swiss citizen you have a legal right to cantonal scholarships. The cantonal scholarship offices are therefore always the first place to contact for Swiss citizens. Please find out about all relevant deadlines ahead of time, as no scholarships will be granted retroactively.

For further information regarding grants and scholarships, click here.

Getting a Student Visa

Since Switzerland is a part of the Schengen zone, a Schengen visa will win you the right to go to the country, but if you want to stay there as a student, you must take a few more steps. The procedures are different for EU/EFTA and non-EU/EFTA students.

After getting the acceptance letter, follows the process of setting an appointment with the Swiss embassy or consulate in your country. The procedure takes time, so make sure to set the appointment six months prior to your studying. The processing time for the short stay visas is around 10-15 days, and for long stay visas, eight to ten weeks.

For each document required, you have to provide the original along with three copies. The papers should be in English or in one of Switzerland’s national languages (German, French, Italian, or Romansh). If they are not in one of these languages, you will need a certified translation of those documents. 

Switzerland Student Visa Requirements

  • The completed and signed application forms for a long stay visa (D type) in one of the languages mentioned above. 
  • Passport – valid three months beyond the planned stay.
  • Four passport-size biometric photographs.
  • Letter of acceptance (certificate of enrollment) issued by a Swiss university.
  • Paid visa application fee. 
  • Proof of payment of the registration and tuition fees (for the first year of your studies).
  • Proof of sufficient financial coverage: copies of bank statements or a letter from the bank provided by you or your supervisor. Funds are supposed to cover living costs in Switzerland for the duration of schooling (21,000 CHF or 19,200 EUR at the beginning of each year of your studies).
  • Scholarship/Loan proof (if available) from an institution that proves that the scholarship or loan will cover all expenses for the study.
  • CV.
  • Letter of motivation, which should also include your professional plans for the future.

Submitting the Switzerland student visa application

After filling the application and completing all required documents, you should submit them in person at the Swiss embassy/consulate at the designated time of your appointment. Along with submitting your documents, you are required to pay the Swiss student visa application fee. 

After receiving your Swiss Student Visa

You may enter Switzerland after you receive a student visa. Within the first two weeks of arrival, you have to register at the local Residents Registration Office of your canton as well as visit the cantonal migration office in order to obtain a residence permit form.

B permit (a biometric card) is the type of residence permit for student stay. Prior to that, you will receive an attestation that allows you to open a Swiss bank account. It will take up to 8 weeks for your B permit to be processed. 

Student Visa Validity

The student visa or the B permit obtained in Switzerland initially is valid for one year. After one year, you have the option to extend it. However, updated proof of income is required in order for your student visa to be extended.

Protip

If you’re a student who wants to study in Switzerland but are not quite sure what are the steps of the student visa application process,  you are advised to read the following resources on Everything You Need To Know about getting a visa for Switzerland.

Work Permit

Find out all you need to know about work permit regulations for working part-time (during studies) and full-time (after graduation) in Switzerland.

Work while studying in Switzerland

For many international students in Switzerland, working while studying is an ideal option. Still, that is not recommended by some universities since it can distract and affect your academic work. With job boards and other advisory services, other schools facilitate job searches to help students. During the school year, students’ working hours are limited, and there are a few requirements they need to fulfill.

How many hours are international students allowed to work per week?

International students can work up to 15 hours a week in part-time jobs. But during semester holidays students can work full-time.

 

When are students allowed to start working?

Students from outside the EU/EFTA countries may start working only 6 months after starting their degree program.

Is there a work permit required for students working part-time?

Citizens from EU-27/EFTA states do not require authorization for short-term employment up to three months or 90 days per the calendar year. For an extended time, they will have to earn a residence permit. Third-country nationals are obliged to submit numerous documents to prove their eligibility for a work permit in Switzerland.

What job can I get as a student in Switzerland?

During your years as a student, there are many part-time jobs that you can do. For most students, employment in retail, restaurants, and others are sought-after options. However, a lack of language skills (in German, French, or Italian) can limit your employment chances. 

Work after graduation in Switzerland

Upon your graduation, you have the right to look for a permanent job in Switzerland. Prior to that, a residency permit that allows you to search for a job should be obtained. The permit is only valid for 6 months, and it cannot be extended.

What requirements do students need to fulfill in order to receive a residency work permit?

In order to receive the residency work permit, you have to provide proof that you:

  • Have graduated. 
  • Are financially able to support your say.
  • Have secured housing.

Are students allowed to work during this 6 months period?

During this six month period, graduates can work up to 15 hours a week. These rules do not apply for EU/EFTA nationals as they benefit from the freedom of movement under bilateral agreements.

How difficult is for international students to find a permanent job after graduation in Switzerland?

A non-EU/EFTA can get a job in Switzerland only if there are no qualified individuals from within the Swiss labour market or from an EU/EFTA state that apply for the position. Employers are required to show that they made “big efforts” to find qualified applicants from EU/EFTA countries or nationals who already have a permit to work. Furthermore, employers must show why those with priority to get the job were not suitable candidates for the position.

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