What are real-life student consulting projects?

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Our curriculum, which is unique in Switzerland, is structured in such a way that students are taught practice-based theory in classroom lessons for around 80% of their degree programme. For the other 20%, they directly apply what they have learned in the business world in so-called real-life student consulting projects.

Real-life student consulting projects are extensive, paid assignments that students of Business Administration and Business Information Technology work on for businesses and institutions. The assignments are completed in teams in close cooperation with the client and under the supervision of an FHS lecturer. On some of the programmes, the teams work in international markets and collaborate with international students. However, the main aim is always the same: to apply the practice-based theory learned in the lectures directly in the real business world within the context of real-life student consulting projects, adapting it to the organisation in question and helping it to develop and evolve. In terms of its design and logic, this combined theory and practice model is unique in the Swiss higher education landscape.

Objectives 

  • for students to consolidate the learning content in an interdisciplinary way and on a broad methodological basis 
  • to support businesses and public institutions with valuable, substantial and practically-oriented solutions 
  • to combine the teaching and research of the FHS St.Gallen with businesses and public institutions for the purpose of knowledge transfer 
  • to enrich the labour market with practice-oriented, successful future leaders.

The real-life student consulting projects must be:

  • scientifically sound
  • methodologically substantiated
  • implementable directly in practice
  • created together with the client in a collaborative and motivated manner

The basics of real-life student consulting projects

Assignment of real-life student consulting projects

The WTT-FHS is responsible for the acquisition of all real-life student consulting projects in the Business School. It is therefore the main point of contact for anyone interested in real-life student consulting projects.

The WTT-FHS meets the interested parties at their premises and with no obligation, to discuss and assess the project options. The WTT-FHS then works together with them to develop structured plans for the assignment which meet all of the requirements and include aspects such as clearly defined project objectives. Once both sides are in agreement, mutually binding contracts are concluded for the joint implementation of the project.

Submission deadlines and project durations

All real-life student consulting project programmes are an integral part of the FHS Bachelor’s programme curriculum and are launched each semester at all of the different levels. The following submission deadlines and implementation dates are therefore fixed.

Real-life student consulting projectsMeeting, Project­ targets­
Agreement with WTT-FHS
Realization
German speaking area
until JuneSeptember - January
until NovemberFebruary - June
until DecemberMarch - November
until NovemberFebruary - June
International market - Market Research and/or Management Design
until November
Until June
February - June
until SeptemberJanuary - April
until NovemberFebruary - August

Overview of real-life student consulting project programmes and costs

The real-life student consulting project programmes are available to all businesses and institutions in Switzerland and abroad, regardless of their size or which sector they operate in. The only conditions are:

  • The assignment must be based on real needs
  • the implementation phase must be actively supported by the client, and be organised and supervised by the WTT-FHS.

Benefit from outstanding value while also contributing towards the practice-oriented training of successful future leaders.

Praxisprojekt-Angebot WTT-FHS
ProgramSize of the teamRealizationWorkloadSemesterCosts
Company Analysis
4-6 studentsSeptember - Januaryapprox. 800 hours
50 hours coach
3. FTCHF 800 + expenses approx. CHF 500
Market Research
4-6 studentsJanuary - Juneapprox. 800 hours
50 hours coach
4. FTCHF 8'500 + expenses approx. CHF 1'500
4-6 studentsFebruary - Decemberapprox. 1000 hours
50 hours coach
4. & 5. EOCHF 8'500 + expenses approx. CHF 1'500
Management Design
4-6 studentsJanuary - Juneapprox. 800 hours
50 hours coach
6. FT
8. EO
CHF 8'500 + expenses approx. CHF 1'500
International Market Research and Management Design
4-6 students
approx. 3 FHS,
3 Exchange
February - June &
September - January
approx. 800 hours
80 hours coach
5./6. FTCHF 7'500 + expenses approx. CHF 1'500
6 students
3 USA,
3 FHS
September - Januaryapprox. 1000 hours
120 hours coach
6. FT
8. EO
approx. CHF 20'000 + expenses according budget
6 students
3 China,
3 FHS
March - Augustapprox. 1000 hours
120 hours coach
6. FT
8. EO
CHF 25'000 + expenses according budget
Bachelor Thesis
1 studentapprox. 270 hours
22 hours supervisor
6. FT
8. EO
CHF 800 + expenses approx. CHF 200

How are the projects conducted?

The projects are conducted in the same way as in-house projects or ones with external consultants. The only difference is: Lecturers support the student teams and accompany them with regular coaching. The organisation and execution of a project is set out in the contractually-binding «Real-life student consulting projects handbook». Confidentiality is ensured through technological security measures as well in the contractual agreement. The teams work on the project at the FHS campus or directly in the market. The students only spend time on the client’s premises to participate in meetings and gain insights into the client’s operations.It is in the WTT-FHS’s interest that the student teams are motivated and perform at a high level. When assigning projects to the teams, it therefore takes care to ensure that the preferences of the teams correspond as closely as possible to the objectives of the project topics and the client.