Concept and objective The bilingual StartWeek — German and English — kicks off the studies for the new Assessment students at the University of St.Gallen (HSG). Beginning their studies initiates an exciting period of life for new students. However, the transition to university also raises many questions and presents various challenges. The StartWeek is designed to make it easier for new students to begin their studies. It aims to familiarise first-year students with their new surroundings, the university's requirements and their fellow students. Administrative introduction New students get to know the HSG campus, familiarize themselves with their new role and are introduced to organizational aspects of studying. The modules "Digital Onboarding", "Studies & Examinations", "Library Introduction" and "HSG Services", as well as an introduction to bidding (the course allocation system at the HSG), support this administrative integration. Case study The interdisciplinary case study introduces new students to doing scientific work in an academic context. Networked thinking and good teamwork are vital to successfully tackling the case. As part of their academic integration, students' capacity for critical self-reflection and their sense of responsibility, cooperation and team spirit are promoted, in addition to various subject-specific and methodological skills. Key success factors for university studies can be tried out and applied in a safe environment. Social interaction Friendships are a central element of student life. They make it easier to work together on challenging tasks and greatly enrich student life outside of classes. Promoting students' social integration is an essential goal of the StartWeek. It is not uncommon for friendships formed during the StartWeek to last well beyond graduation. By Students for Students New students are divided into 72 groups, each accompanied and supported through the week by two students from higher semesters. These supervisory tutors share their personal experiences, answer all kinds of questions and provide new students with valuable tips along the way.