About the Case Class
The Case Class is a program that addresses highly motivated Assessment and Bachelor students with a distinct interest in case solving. Our goal is to equip these students with the skills and knowledge they need to represent the University of St. Gallen at international case competitions. In order to achieve this, students will not only solve case studies and present their solutions to an expert jury but also deepen their understanding of important topics in exclusive workshops and lectures. This will enable them to compete with other highly skilled teams from around the world.
In addition to offering a vast increase in skills and knowledge, the Case Class provides a unique environment to socialize and network with other students with similar interests and aspirations. Especially the connection to the Consulting Club creates a great platform for all those who are eager to pursue a career in consulting. In recent years top-tier consultancies such as McKinsey, BCG, Bain and Roland Berger have supported the program with their presence at case presentations and in the form of workshops and lectures.
Read more about what it means to participate in case competitions in this prisma article.
In order to represent the University of St.Gallen and help further strengthen its reputation, we aim to find the most highly skilled and ambitious students, who are willing to improve their skills and take on this challenge.
History of the Case Class
The Case Class is based on a cooperation between the University of St. Gallen and the Consulting Club and first took place in 2014. With extensive training, provided in workshops, presentation sessions and lectures on critical content, our participating students were enabled to develop advanced case solving and presentation skills and use them to successfully participate in international case competitions in the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Singapore, Canada and Switzerland. Read more about their achievements here.
Structure of the Case Class
In September, interested students will be invited to participate in the Try-Outs for the Case Class. During this event, students will get introduced to the basics of case solving, see what the Case Class is all about and try to impress a jury consisting of consultants, professors, students and professionals. There are no specific prerequisites and we encourage all motivated students to apply!
After the Try-Outs the most promising students will be accepted to the Case Class and start their journey at the beginning of October with a kick-off event with CaseSolvers to familiarize themselves with the basic tools necessary to solve a business case. This event will be followed by 5 case presentations, lectures about strategy and finance and an advanced case solving workshop strategically placed throughout the semester. During the case presentations they will get feedback from an expert jury, consisting of consultants, academic staff, and students with case solving experience, to facilitate their development.
In December the teams will present their final case and compete for a prize and a jury will assign the teams to different competitions.
"The hours of work you and your team put in one idea and presentation created an intense atmosphere of motivation and ambition I rarely encountered at University before. The competitions were the rewarding highlight of the memorable experience in the Case Class, where a lot of good friends and experiences were made."
"I am thrilled to recommend the Case Class to every student at HSG, who is interested in the consulting industry. It is a great way of learning about how consultants work and interact. Moreover, we got to know the big consulting companies, that are keen to recruit students from the Case Class."
"The case class was a great fruitful way to invest my free time throughout the semester. It's not only learning about consulting but about improving a set of skills that are important in any job or aspect of working life. "
"I joined the Case Class for the international case competitions, but I stayed for the contents learned."
"Participating in the Case Class was one of the best experiences of my studies at HSG!"