University of St. Gallen


The University of St. Gallen was established more than a century ago in 1898. Institute specializes in economics, law, business administration and international affairs. However, it is considered one of the smallest universities in Switzerland. But HSG has the country’s most prominent business administration faculty. Furthermore, it is ranked among the top business schools worldwide. University is accredited by EQUIS, AMBA, and AACSB. And it is a member of CEMS and APSIA.

Globally it is known for an integrative perspective, practical significance, and the hallmarks of the quality of education at the university—especially its comprehensive and first-class executive courses. Moreover, an increasing number of programs taught in English attract international students. The focal points of research at the institute have emerged in 43 institutes. These faculties are largely self-financing and autonomous, but they remain connected to university operations. 

As one of Europe’s leading schools, HSG is globally recognized as a place for thought leadership on business, societal matters, and current economic matters.


The HSG has the strength of 9,047 students, among which 3,443 are master’s students and 617 are doctoral students. And 37% of their students are foreigners. Most programs are taught in English and German. But if you plan to study law here, it is only taught in German.

University offers a variety of exchange programs. So that you can shape your course of study effectively, it is an excellent opportunity for the students who want to enhance their personal and academic development. You can find the overview of their academic studies and program on their Incoming Guest student’s page. 


University’s housing office is developed to take care of international students. They are mainly responsible for the accommodation of international guests and students. HSG offers rooms and studios. Due to a limited number of living spaces available, students are accommodated on a first-come, first-serve basis. To reserve your place in their area, you should apply through the university on your mobility online account. They require some documents to start, like fee submission with bank transfer confirmation. Note that the fee is non-refundable. 

Further, they provide excellent accommodation. Their bedrooms have all the facilities you need. They also organize private liability insurance for students, covering bodily damages and injuries because of your behaviour. Note that they have a fixed rental period on a per-semester basis. So, you must re-apply for the housing each semester.

If you are looking for housing on your own, you are free to seek accommodation. But it should be noted that most rental apartments in Switzerland are not furnished. In addition, HSG doesn’t assist you when looking for your private space.


  • In QS World University Rankings, it was ranked 13,459.
  • The World University Rankings by Times Higher Education ranked it at 301.
  • According to US News & World Report Best Universities Rankings, it was ranked 167th in Economics and Business.
  • In national ranking, the university was ranked 4th in 2019.


University of St. Gallen
Dufourstrasse 50, 9000 St. Gallen, Switzerland

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