Program Snapshot: University of St. Gallen
- Review the University of St. Gallen Fact Sheet
- Immerse yourself in Swiss life while participating in coursework in English at one of Europe’s leading business universities
- Gain insight into European business theories in strategy, leadership and corporate governance; European legal, economic and cultural business contexts; and European companies, through site visits and case studies.
- Fall: Early September - late November 18
- Spring: Early January - mid-March
- 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.
Academics at University of St. Gallen
Studying at the University of St. Gallen
Founded in 1898, the University of St.Gallen for Business Administration, Economics, Law and Social Sciences (HSG) is one of the oldest universities of its kind in the world. The student body comprises more than 6000 students from 80 nations, including 450 exchange students each year, all drawn by a desire to profit from the University’s commitment to innovation and its intensive and highly qualified research efforts. The University of St.Gallen is respected for its specialized yet comprehensive academic orientation, and for its interdisciplinary and practice-oriented courses.
Exchange students at the University of St. Gallen enroll in the International Study Program (ISP), which provides a unique opportunity to gain profound and lasting insight into the European business world. Designed exclusively for MBA students from the University of St. Gallen's partner universities, the 10-week ISP is distinguished by its interactive teaching style, small class size and intensive focus. Company visits and excursions to locations such as BMW in Munich, Novartis in Basel, IWC in Schaffhausen and the European Free Trade Association court in Luxembourg enhance the rigorous core curriculum.
What You’ll Learn
The ISP is made up of core and elective courses, giving participants a thorough understanding of business in Europe. All ISP students are required to participate in all core courses, and a minimum of three elective courses are required.
Leadership in European Companies
Team Building: Leadership and Team Competencies
European Corporate Governance
European Cultural History
European Business Law
Europe's Business Environment: Rules, Reform and Restructuring
Global Managerial Communication
In addition to the core curriculum, company visits and excursions are integrated into the ISP exchange program. Students on past programs have had opportunities to visit BMW in Munich, Roche in Basel, Nestlé in Vevey, and the European Free Trade Association court in Luxembourg. Visits provide you with the opportunity to broaden your horizons both personally and professionally, and in some instances, you will meet leaders in these dynamic institutions. Thus, the ISP provides a learning laboratory for those who aspire to a career in international management.
ISP students may access the Career Services Center's information on internships, and may participate in recruitment fairs.
Although all ISP courses are taught in English, the University of St. Gallen strongly encourages students to have some basic skills in the German language. 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.
Please note that Babson does not grant credit for language coursework at the MBA level, but students are strongly encouraged to participate in this course in order to increase their proficiency in the host country language.
Teaching methods include seminars, lectures, and self-study. Students are expected to attend all lectures, to complete all course-related assignments and to sit exams in order to receive a course grade. ISP classes have fewer than 30 students.
All ISP students are required to participate in all core courses, and a minimum of three elective courses are required.
Grades at the University of St. Gallen are awarded on a scale of 1-6, and are then converted to an ECTS letter grade. Babson students must receive a grade of "5" or greater in order to receive credit for coursework completed abroad.
Life at University of St. Gallen
The Student Union encourages students to integrate into and learn about Swiss culture. It organizes various bilateral student exchange programs, provides opportunities to gain insights into different business environments and helps to create tolerance and understanding between people of different cultures.
The BuddySystem is a division of the Student Union. Entirely student run, the BuddySystem’s mission is the social integration of all new exchange students. Each semester they organize various cultural and social activities such as international dinners, sightseeing tours and ski weekends.
Sports. To keep your body and mind in balance, our UniSport programme offers a wide range of athletic opportunities. The University’s sport programme organises wide-ranging course offerings for students and employees of the University of St.Gallen, including aerobics, football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, yoga and many more. Courses are held both on University premises as well as at third-party sport facilities.
Although no on-campus housing is provided, the university does have a fee-based housing service that can assist exchange students with finding housing.
Living in St. Gallen
St.Gallen is a city with approx. 75,000 inhabitants in the eastern, German-speaking part of Switzerland, close to the Austrian and German border. St.Gallen is situated between the Swiss Alps and Lake Constance, nestling in a picturesque landscape.
Located on a sunny hill in St.Gallen with a lovely view of the city, the University of St. Gallen campus provides the ideal setting for your studies. The campus is compact, with a manageable size and modern infrastructure, helping students both in their individual and group study activities.The campus is well-connected to the public transportation network, or is about 15 minutes on foot from the city centre or train station.
St. Gallen - Traditional and modern
The narrow streets of the old town provide an excellent place to linger, with numerous shops, restaurants and cafes. The modern city of St.Gallen also has rich cultural offerings, with theatres, museums and concert halls. St.Gallen has an excellent infrastructure with good connections to the Swiss railway network and is located only an hour from the Zurich Airport.
St.Gallen is “young”
St.Gallen is very popular among young people and is among the cities with the youngest population in Switzerland. According to the 2011 Statistical Yearbook, St.Gallen, with 17.2% of its population in the 20-29-year age bracket, is even the frontrunner in this respect. With approx. 14%, bigger cities like Zurich and Basel are clearly lagging behind.
Living in Switzerland
Located in the heart of Europe, Switzerland enjoys a substantial richness in culture and history. The small and mountainous country possesses a highly developed economy, enjoying one of the highest per capita income figures in Europe. To balance hard work with recreation, many Swiss spend weekends hiking or skiing in the Alps. Ski areas can be reached within a few hours from any place in Switzerland.
Although 7.4 million people live on only 41,290 square kilometers in Switzerland, four official languages are spoken. Most Swiss speak either Swiss German or French. A smaller portion of the population speaks Italian, and a much smaller but still important minority speaks Rumansh. The various languages and cultural dimensions make Switzerland a world within the world.