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University of St. Gallen Graduate Exchange GWSB
St. Gallen, Switzerland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Restrictions: GW applicants only
Cost Estimate Spring
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 3
Language(s) of Instruction:
Class Status:
Graduate Open to non-GW students: No
Level of Immersion:
Fully Integrated
Program Description:

University of St. Gallen

Is this program for me? St. Gallen

The University of St.Gallen was founded as a business academy in 1898 – the heyday of the St. Gallen embroidery industry.  Since its founding, the education and training offered by the University of St. Gallen have been characterized by a close affinity to the working world. The practical application of innovative management theories, close ties to the business world, and the success of our graduates, have all contributed our status as one of the leading business universities in Europe.  The University of St. Gallen is one of the top 10 business school in Europe according to the Financial Times and its Masters in Management program is ranked 1st in the world by the Financial Times in 2014.

The University sponsors the annual St. Gallen Symposium.  Seeking to promote dialogue that crosses the boundaries of cultures, generations and interest groups, the annual St. Gallen Symposium is organized exclusively by the International Students' Committee (ISC), an independent student initiative at the University of St. Gallen. This conference has gained world-wide recognition for providing a neutral platform for critical and constructive debate on issues of global concern. Participants include key figures from business, politics, academia and selected students.

The St. Gallen exchange is open to all degree-seeking graduate students within the School of Business, however the International Study Programme is restricted to MBA students.


Just an hour outside of Zurich and a short distance to the Swiss Alps, St.Gallen offers its approximately 75,000 inhabitants a historically valuable old town.  The Abbey District, with the baroque cathedral and Abbey Library, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Further cultural highlights include performances at the City Theatre, the Concert Hall, the St.Gallen Festivals, as well as exhibitions in numerous museums. Particularly popular with students is the St.Gallen Open Air, a three-day music festival.


Fall semester: September to December
ISP program (Fall): September to November

Spring semester: February to May
ISP program (Spring): January to March

*Exact dates may vary


Exchange students may select courses from nearly all of St. Gallen's graduate courses.  For additional registration information and course lists from previous semesters, click HERE

For MBA students, the International Study Program (ISP) is a ten-week program exclusively for MBA students from our partner universities. The program focusses primarily on doing business in Europe. A number of company visits familiarize students with different types of business concerns in companies of all sizes, from multinationals to local small businesses. The program is conducted fully in English, however students may begin learning German in an optional language course.  Learn more about ISP here:


The primary language of instruction at the University of St. Gallen is German.  Graduate courses are offered in English in core areas such as business, economics, management, marketing, international affairs, law and the humanities.  The ISP exchange is taught entirely in English.  An intensive German course is taught during the orientation program and students are encouraged to continue learning the language during the semester in one of the many German language courses.  Note that GWSB students cannot earn GW credits for participation in language coursework.


St. Gallen does not offer on-campus housing.  A Housing Service is available to assist exchange students with finding suitable accommodation for a small fee. Exchange students usually live with other students but can request specific types of living arrangements, including a room in a flat shared with German-speaking students or a studio apartment. All students have their own room but normally share common areas with their flat mates.  Additional information on housing in St. Gallen is available HERE.

Career Development

Students have access to the University of St. Gallen Career Services Center.  Guest students have access to information on internships and may participate in recruitment fairs.  Exchange students are strongly encouraged to meet with The F. David Fowler Career Center prior to departure for the exchange.


Click HERE for cost estimates.

Student Experience

Max Sandler, GMBA '15, attended the International Study Program at St. Gallen University in the spring of 2015.  Check out the GWSB Going Global Blog to learn more about Max's expeirence at St. Gallen.  

More Information

This exchange is managed by Global & Experiential Education in The George Washington University School of Business.  Please set up an appointment to meet with Lisa Brancheau at prior to applying to an exchange program.  Students are encouraged to visit our website for answers to frequently asked questions.

Application Deadline:

Fall Exchange - March 15th
Spring Exchange - September 15th