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Universität St. Gallen (HSG)

University of St.Gallen, International Office, Dufourstrasse 50, CH-9000 St.Gallen, Switzerland, Sankt Gallen
3.86 / 5 based on 282 reviews.
The University of St. Gallen for Business Administration, Economics, Law and Social Sciences (HSG) was founded in 1898 as a business academy and enrolled its first students in 1899. The HSG, which became a «business university in 1911, continues to this day to pursue the goal " set at its foundation " of providing for its students a practice- oriented education. When, in 1963, it moved to new accommodation on the Rosenberg, it had some 1,000 students and 27 professors. Read more

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by Edit, ISC - Budapest University of Economic Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
Management Science, University Agreement
Personal assessment
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? In a Wohngemeinschaft one gets to know other people as well let them be exchange students or Swiss students.
Personal comments:
The Wohnungsdienst is quite expensive. With some effort one can find better accommodation for a better price. The internet is quite usefull - - search - Wohnungsmarkt
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by Peter, Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA, United States
Business Studies, Independent
Personal social experience
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
Did not get involved.
Describe host city: Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
Activities, Travel: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
The fact that St. Gallen is the 5th or 6th largest city in Switzerland is somewhat misleading. 70,000 people doesn't constitute a large city. Nightclubs were expensive, played nothing progressive, and were filled mostly with high school students. Most college students seemed to go home for the weekends, which explains why the town was relatively empty for the weekends. Obviously the exchange students didn't have places to go, so the scene wasn't THAT bad. In fact, the apartment parties thrown by exchange students are pretty decent (I DO come from the #2 party school in the USA), and will more than likely serve your needs as long as you don't NEED to go clubbing. I'm used to frat parties and free alcohol, so maybe my view is somewhat skewed. The location was great, one hour east of Zurich, 1.5hrs from the Alps, with some smaller ski areas even closer. Swiss trains are very efficient (on time, whether that is in your favor or not is up to you). Best places: Brühlhof (cheap drinks, good atmosphere, cool owner), Alhambra (chill-out bar), Bierreria (Wednesdays all beers are CHF5.00), Limette (thursdays great happy hour -- CHF5.00 mixed drinks) Places to avoid: Elephant (overrated club, despite being the biggest in St. Gallen -- CHF12.00 entrance fee, no free drinks, nothing. Drinks are too expensive, small dance floor, filled with sketchy people. Sometimes you'll get a laugh out of what some pepole wear to clubs though...The mullet is making a Europe. There truly IS a reason for the term 'eurotrash')
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by Peter, Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA, United States
Business Studies, Independent
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
Every "department" (accounting, banking, etc) can only offer two classes per semester, so there is a natural lack thereof. If you already know what you're interested in (accounting or finance, for example), you're pretty much screwed as far as course selection is concerned. Maybe one finance and one accounting course per semester for the undergraduates and then you're left to choose between filler and masters courses. Obviously there's no problem with the masters courses (in fact, they are more representative of what I can get at my home university in the States), it's just that that kind of selection should be mirrored in the undergraduate course catalog. Courses are all block-fashion, meaning you've got one lecture a week, sometimes for four hours straight. Dealing with TAs instead of the professors themselves is a pain in the ass, and the Swiss students show no interest in the international students, with few exceptions.

My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Personal comments:
Good God, yes! One exam and that's it??? I know not ALL courses operate this way, but the fact that at least 1/3 of them do is quite disturbing. You have no clue how well you know the stuff until you step foot into the final exam. No assessment in the middle of the semester. **YOU HAVE TO SIGN UP TO TAKE TESTS** What genius came up with this idea? I mean if you're gonna take a class, you are gonna take the test, or is this just an American thing? So yeah, I didn't get that memo, which means that I wasn't ALLOWED to take my tests. Fortunately, I took one of them with the exchange students right at the end of the semester, so I got SOME credit for the semester, but on the whole it was a waste of 3 months of my time and money. Will be a blast explaining that to my home university when they ask what I did for the whole semester since I got only 4 credits. The faculty also seems to be way out of touch with the student body. This, however, can be topped: the administration is on it's own level, somewhere circling Venus, as if not caring about what the faculty OR the students wanted was a cool thing. Example: the university REQUIRES many courses to have 2 semester hours of what amounts to homework. However, both students and professors hate it because nobody knows how to approach/formulate it. It's kind of a general rule that if something is mandatory/forced, it's gonna suck. For the US students out there, remember summer reading? For the most part good books, but if you got them on your summer reading list, they were the most painful waste time, and you read the same sentence about five times on page 532 because you fell asleep every time you got to the end of it. That's why I hate Charles Dickens. But both parties go along as if nothing about the system were broken and so nothing gets changed. How about actually giving the faculty control of their own curriculum instead of policing it? I thought that was the whole point of academics (or at least on the teaching side of it) at the college level. They say this is one of the top European business schools, and one of the top two in the German-speaking areas. This leads to the fact that the university is very poor at marketing itself towards its own students -- the administration doesn't seem to give a rat's ass what the students think, but the students go on as if that kind of stuff is normal. They should do an exchange at a smaller liberal arts university in America, and they'd see what they're missing. In short, you really can't compare University of St. Gallen to any American university, big or small, East coast or West. It is lacking in so many areas, but doesn't seem to acknowledge ...

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by Sholpan, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Banking, Erasmus
Language difficulties
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Administrative / Institutional
Language of instruction: German
Was learning German a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
How much did you improve your German?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: At ease in most situations
Personal comments:
There were problems with understanding Swiss German, despite my proficiency in German, that impeded unconstrained communication with the local people. But after working with regular students in a group, I could pretty well understand Swiss German.
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by Peter, Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA, United States
Business Studies, Independent
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Other sources of funding:
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits:
Why did I spend more than at home? It's freaking Switzerland. Example: in Germany, a Döner Kebab (food of the gods) costs €2.50, and in Switzerland what amounts to €6. Everything is overpriced, so get used to it.
Overall, Travel, Food, Telephone, Nightlife, Housing: was more expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
Semester tuition is roughly 1,000 Francs. That's less than $750. Despite all its downfalls academically (OK, the quality is good, but the selection and bureaucracy makes it suck), the University of St. Gallen is quite a steal if you come from an American university.
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by Edit, ISC - Budapest University of Economic Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
Management Science, University Agreement
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
Very Important.
Not really important.
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
That usually they do not turn on the heating during the night, and it is quite freezing here.
In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!

During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
If someone is studing Finance it is a great place to go to. However they have been loosing some professors.


Have a clear idea what you would like to achive with your exchange semester. There are a lot of Parties, ofcourse not as much as in a Country located Southern Europe. For skiing it is great but quite expensive. Travelling is better by car, train is also quite expensive. The Halb Abo (half price travelling) and after 7 travelling for free is worth to consider buying, but they are both around 150-200 CHF for a year. For a group of people travelling by car is better. However, watch out for the funny parking system in St.Gallen. It is better to find a house with a Private Parking place on the first place. Otherwise it is 26CHF/month in the district where you live. And it is not a definite parking place. It is only the Blue Zone.
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