About the Case Class
The Case Class is a program that addresses highly motivated Bachelor students with a distinct interest in case solving. Our goal is to facilitate meaningful discourse around strategic decision making and to equip our students with the skills and knowledge they need to represent the University of St. Gallen at international case competitions. In order to achieve this, you will not only need to solve case studies and present your solutions to an expert jury but also deepen your understanding of central topics in exclusive workshops and lectures. This will enable you to compete with other highly skilled teams from around the world.
In addition to offering a unique opportunity to improve your skills and knowledge in a fast-paced environment, the Case Class provides a unique environment for meaningful discourse around strategic decision making. This class will allow you to socialize and network with faculty members and other students with similar interests and aspirations. 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 & Company 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, Singapore, Canada, Denmark and Germany. 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 bachelor students to apply!
After the Try-Outs the most promising students will be accepted to the Case Class and start their journey with a kick-off event to familiarize themselves with the basic tools necessary to solve a strategy case. This event will be followed by 8 case presentations, lectures about strategy, finance and analytical thinking as well as advanced case solving workshops and a highly insightful presenting workshop with Consultants from Bain & Company. During these 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 to compete for a prize. A jury will assign the teams to different international case competitions which they will be attending in the Spring Semester.
This program is designed to fit in with your bachelor studies, the 8 cases, lectures and workshops do however require a substantial amount of time.
How can I apply
On the 1st of September, we will release a one-page strategy case on the Consulting Club website. You will have time until the 20th of September 11:59 pm to send in your thoughts and suggestions in form of a one-page reply in addition to your CV. Please do use your knowledge about management, finance and marketing to solve this case. The purpose of your response, however, is not to test you on the theory as we will cover strategic analysis, finance and strategy in our lectures. We are using this format in place of a cover letter to gauge whether you have the intuition and the creativity to be a successful member of the case class. If you have any questions pertaining to the program or the application process feel free to reach out to us.
"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!"