Semester structure and important dates

Start of the semester

  • Autumn semester: calendar week 38 (introductory days in week 37)
  • Spring semester: calendar week 08 (introductory days in week 7)

Study days

  • Full-time study: four days a week (either Monday to Thursday or Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday)
  • Part-time study or practice-oriented study: two to three days a week (either Monday/Tuesday, Wednesday/Thursday or Thursday/Friday)

Students are expected to be present at the FHS St.Gallen on the days of study chosen by them.

Lecture-free period

The lecture-free time is used for self-study, writing seminar and bachelor theses, the processing of practical projects, practical modules as well as for exam preparation.

Practical modules

The practical modules start in calendar week 33 and 05 and last 18 to 20 weeks full-time (correspondingly longer in part-time). Students studying as a practising social worker also complete their practical modules in the form of two qualifying practical phases – usually at the approved employment percentage.


The exams usually take place in calendar week 02 and 03 as well as in calendar week 24 und 25.

Compulsory attendance

Attendance is compulsory in some modules and lectures.