With a BSC in St.Gallen, do you need to speak German to get into an investment bank?

I was wondering if you needed to know German in order to get into investment banking from St. Gallen, as I previously read that people employed by investment banks from St. Gallen were all German speaking. Is that accurate?

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mech60, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The people I know from St. Gallen are either Germans or Swiss. But that doesn't say anything since I don't know the current/future intake of that program.
Did you speak to the team at the university? Have they shared any placement data?
Would you be international or do you have a EU passport for the work permit scenario afterwards?

vdps111, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Alright, thanks for clearing it up.

vdps111, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Well, I am still in school and have 2 years to go until I graduate and I start applying to universities, but to answer you question I do have a EU passport, but not German or Swiss. I am thinking of applying to St. Gallen in the future, but Id like to first clear up on my doubts, to see if its possible to go from St. Gallen to IB without speaking German.

  • Intern in IB - Gen

While it's true that St. Gallen is a feeder for Frankfurt and Zurich (where German is an advantage), there are still plenty of people leaving to London, Milano or Paris. Also, due to Brexit, more and more banks in Frankfurt search for non-German speakers.

Bottom line: language really doesn't matter these days. Choose the university you are most enthusiastic about and where you like the people and curriculum

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ushguli, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If you weren't able to learn German while being completely surrounded by it over multiple years, that's a sign to me that you are 1) lazy, 2) not interested in integrating to a new culture, and/or 3) not smart enough to learn German. Any candidate with multiple years in a certain country and is still unable to speak the language at least at B2 goes in the trash, because there are enough IB candidates (including foreigners) that speak German. 

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