University of St. Gallen (HSG)

University of St. Gallen (HSG)

Education at the University of St.Gallen (HSG), one of Europe's leading business universities, provides you with an optimal preparation for the future. The University of St.Gallen is more than just an educational institution; it is a place of inspiration that stimulates you to think. You will acquire up-to-date knowledge that is of great practical relevance, and gain valuable insights.

Top reasons to study here

  • Sustainability and responsibility: Thanks to our special course structure our students learn to think critically, make decisions responsibly and act flexibly.
  • In demand on the labour market - At time of graduation 80% of our graduates already have a job, the rest are about to sign a contract.
  • Tuition fees - Contrary to general opinion, tuition fees are rather low in Switzerland.



The University of St.Gallen (HSG) was founded as a Business Academy in 1898 in the heyday of St.Gallen embroidery and offered its first lectures in 1899. We continue to pursue the goal of providing our more than 8,800 students with a practice-oriented education, guided by an integrative view of Management, Economics, Law, Social Sciences, International Affairs and Computer Science. 


Corporations expect that their employees are not merely well-trained specialists. Intellectual skills, an integrative perspective, flexibility, a sense of responsibility and intercultural qualifications are more and more significant.

To enable our students to acquire these skills, we have developed a unique degree course structure at the HSG. It creates the conditions required for our students academic and personal development.


At the HSG, we conduct basic and applied research at a high level in a wide range of areas. It is conducted in five schools: the School of Management, the School of Finance, the School of Economics and Political Science, the Law School and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

For the most part, this research takes place in the approx. 40 institutes and research institutes, as well as in about 80 chairs. The HSG's institute model differs greatly from other universities in Switzerland. This federal concept reflects the exceptional academic nature of the HSG and its research.


The Career & Corporate Services (CSC) of the University of St.Gallen is the central contact point for our students with regard to their entry into professional life. The CSC team consists of coaches and career advisers who have extensive know-how from various industries and fields.

Their aim is to support students in their career planning and in the realisation of their career steps according to their requirements. For this purpose, they offer individual consultations and workshops about various topics, such as the professional drafting of application documents, interview training, preparation for interviews and personal stock-taking and decision-making.

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Student services

We offer a large variety of services and activities to our students. Which includes a Language Center, Unisport, Mensa (on-campus restaurant), Fresher's Week, Kick-Off Days, Career and Corporate Services, HSG Shop, Student Mobility (double degrees, approx. 200 exchange partner universities around the world), Study Funding, Counselling and Psychological Services, Special Needs, Crèche and Pastoral Care.

Our Student Union is the official student representative body at the HSG and the umbrella organisation of all the associations and initiatives. Its representatives and the students work towards the realisation of their ideas and contribute to the development of the University.

Housing services

We do not offer on-campus housing. Generally, students share an apartment or rent a small one. If students share an apartment, they can obtain a single bedroom from CHF 500 upwards per month. Rents for small private studios range from CHF 650 upwards per month.

The HSG's Student Mobility offers a limited number of rooms in a student residence against a brokerage fee. Interested students should contact us as early as possible.

The Student Union provides more information on the housing market on its website.

Library services

Our open-access library contains more than 600,000 books, volumes of journals and non-books (DVDs, audiobooks, CDs), more than 130,000 e-books as well as 1,000 printed journals and provides access to over 30,000 electronic journals.

Student Life

Campus life

The campus of the University of St.Gallen presents itself as a clearly structured, compact development with a modern infrastructure. The campus is also a place of culture and art: works by artists such as Arp, Miró, Braque, Cucchi, Giacometti and Richter are engaged in a unique dialogue with the buildings designed by the architects Walter M. Förderer and Bruno Gerosa.

[ad]hoc is the Student Union's campus bar. In a relaxed atmosphere, our students serve coffee and muffins, beers and, on Fridays, Weisswürste (veal sausages).

Sports facilities

To keep body and mind in balance, the University provides a gym, weights rooms, football pitch, tennis, basketball and beach volleyball courts. The University's attractive location between Lake Constance and the Alps makes St.Gallen an ideal setting for all kinds of leisure activities, such as rock-climbing and sailing.

The so-called Three Ponds are only a few minutes walk from the city centre: the three small lakes on a hill on the outskirts of the city serve as public swimming pools in the summer and as ice rinks in cold winters. The Peter and Paul Wildlife Park is situated near the University and is popular with students who want to go jogging and walking.

Student clubs

About 120 student associations and initiatives contribute to a rich and diverse university life. These associations range from international ones such as the Scandinavian Society, Asia Club and the Club Latino to sports associations like the St.Gallen Lacrosse Club, St.Gallen Sailing and the UniSGolf Club. But cultural associations like ProArte, an orchestra and the HSG Big Band also contribute towards the wide variety of leisure opportunities.

The University of St.Gallen's students also organise events of international significance:
  • The St. Gallen Symposium.
  • The oikos Model WTO.
More than 100 firms of international significance participate in the HSG TALENTS Conference and present themselves on the HSG Campus.


The University of St.Gallen is committed to maintaining its high standard of education, which is internationally recognised, as well as its excellent quality of service on campus. Thus the HSG has earned the EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA accreditations and consequently has obtained the two most demanding international seals of approval for business schools.

Student Reviews

Amazing university!
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The courses are really challenging, but you learn a lot from them. Professors are extremely competent in their sphere of interest.

Future Female Leader in need of Financial Support
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I am accepted to join 2020-2021 Full Time MBA Programme in University of St.Gallen and till now my experience with the university has been great and easy

HSG review
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The lecturers are experts in their fields and therefore are able to share a very precise knowledge. However, some lack the capacity to teach adequately and forget that we, the students, are not as knowledgeable as they are.

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