- Direct Enroll in courses taught in English or German at the University of St. Gallen within their Bachelor or Master's degree programs.
- At the University of St.Gallen, students can study business administration, economics, law and social sciences. The University of St.Gallen hosts up to 25% international students and was the first university in the German speaking part of Europe to get the EQUIS and the AACSB accreditations.
- The International Exchange office organizes an optional 7-day German language programme prior to the start of each semester. All guest students with beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of German are welcome to attend the programme free of charge.
- Fall: August - end of December
- Spring: end of January to the end of May
- Orientation: A 2-day Orientation Programme takes place prior to each semester. All students are required to attend. The Programme includes orientation and social activities.
Additional Eligibility Requirements
- Completion of core business courses. Some courses may require additional pre-requisites to be met for enrolment.
Academics at University of St. Gallen
Studying at University of St. Gallen
When studying at the Unviersity of St. Gallen students should expect classes to have a mix of Seminars, lectures, and self-study time. Students are expected to attend all lectures, to complete all course-related assignments and to sit exams in order to receive a course grade. Classes range in size from 20 to 300 students.
What You’ll Learn
Students can enroll in courses through the Bachelor or Master's degree program taught in English or German. Faculties that are taught in English through the Bachelor's program are: Business Administration, Economics, International Affairs/Social Sciences, Law, Leadership, and Law and Economics. Students that choose to take courses through the Master's degree program must have permission from the faculty member at the U. of St. Gallen to enroll in the class
The University of St. Gallen is located in the German speaking area of Switzerland. Students can take courses taught in either English or German. Students are encouraged to learn some German before their semester abroad in St. Gallen, as many students will converse outside of class in German. It is helpful to know the basics in German to interact with individuals on campus and in St. Gallen.
All incoming exchange students have the option to participate in an intensive German course before the start of the semester and may continue the course during the term.
Other language courses include: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Russian
The University of St. Gallen has a campus size of approximately 5,000, and 25% of the student population is international. Each year, over 350 guest students representing over 50 nationalities attend the University for an exchange term. Students will be engaged in lectures, tutorials, and independent studies for many of their classes.
At the University of St. Gallen (HSG) 1 ECTS equals 30 hours of course work (in and out of class).
Courses take place throughout the entire semester (13 weeks) and/or in block seminars.
Students are encouraged to take a minimum of 12 Babson credits and a maximum of 15 Babson credits during their semester abroad, which equals roughly 24 ECTS to 30 ECTS credits for the semester. This could translate into 3 - 6 courses or are many as 7 courses for the semester depending on the contact hours for each course. Please review the approved course spreadsheet to determine the number of Babson credits awarded for a particular class.
Examinations take place for exchange students during the last weeks of the semester. Exchange students will arrange dates with their instructors at the beginning of their course. Exams may be oral and/or written.
Life at University of St. Gallen
Students can participate in sports, Student Union activites, and clubs while studying at St. Gallen. Whether you are interested in tennis, beach volleyball, x-country, sailing, soccer, table tennis, or rugby, the University of St. Gallen has an opportunity for you to get involved. The Sports facility also offers courses in aerobics, yoga, and kickboxing.
When you arrive on campus, exchange students will have the opportunity to participate in the BuddySystem. Your buddy will help you during your first few weeks on campus with day to day tasks to assist with your transition to life in St. Gallen.
No on-campus housing is available. The University of St. Gallen housing office locates housing for exchange students if requested and for a fee. Students can also seek out housing on their own utilizing personal contacts, the HSG student union housing website, or the City of St. Gallen website.
No meal plan is available through the University, however, the on-campus cafeteria offers hot meals M-F over lunch, a salad bar, sandwiches, and snacks.
Living in St. Gallen
St. Gallen is a university town with a focus on the economic sciences. The home town of the renowned «Mummenschanz» theatre group offers a varied cultural offering with theatres and museums. In summer, the romantic art-nouveau Dreilinden-Weiher open-air pool with its splendid views over the town attracts visitors to swim.
St. Gallen’s most famous landmark is its Baroque cathedral with the Abbey Library, which houses some 140,000 documents – in part hand-written and over a thousand years old. The library probably also has Switzerland’s most beautiful Rococo hall. The entire Abbey precinct was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1983.