Graduate Global Immersion in Switzerland

St. Gallen, Switzerland: University of St. Gallen

  • Fall Semester: September – December
  • International Study Program: September – November
  • Spring Semester: February – May
  • International Study Program: January – March

Credits: Up to 14 S/N

Program Type: Exchange


St. Gallen is located a few hours from Geneva, a city considered to be the investment capital of the world, and one with a longstanding tradition of leading in innovation and applied business practice. St. Gallen boasts a traffic-free old town and abbey precinct that has been declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. In addition to the many museums, theaters, and outdoor activities, St. Gallen is in close proximity to both Germany and Austria and offers countless travel opportunities.


Recently ranked among the top European business schools by the Financial Times, the University of St. Gallen is driven to expand its global interconnectedness through continuous and systematic internationalization. The school is committed to instructing students in entrepreneurship, service, and adding value—a study experience rich in both theory and application. Every year the St. Gallen Symposium attracts 600 business executives and politicians who come to meet with St. Gallen students.


To be eligible for this education abroad program, you must be:

  • A current student enrolled in a Carlson School Part-Time MBA or MA-HRIR program
  • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Additional criteria may apply

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.


Students in the program receive up to 14 S/N Carlson School International Business (IBUS 5300) credits for their semester at St. Gallen. These International Business credits will automatically count towards the total number of credits required for the Carlson degree. Students must enroll in a total of 28–30 ECTS credits to earn up to 14 Carslon School credits.

MBA and graduate students have 2 study options at the University of St. Gallen:

1. Students may enroll in the International Study Program, which is an interactive teaching model with students from around the world joining together for an intensive investigation of what it means to do business in Europe. The experience is reinforced by small class sizes and company visits to such firms as BMW in Munich, Novartis in Basel, and the European Free Trade Association court in Luxembourg.

2. Alternatively, students can choose to enroll directly in graduate courses in English.

St. Gallen offers dozens of classes in English each semester and a sample of past offerings includes:

  • European Business Law
  • European Corporate Governance
  • European Culture
  • European Union and Economic Policy
  • International Trade and the WTO
  • Leadership in European Companies
  • Outdoor Training: Leadership and Team Competencies
  • Strategic Management: A European Industry Perspective

A one-week intensive German course is provided prior to each term.


There is no on-campus housing available at the University of St. Gallen, but the housing office can assist you in finding accommodation. There are a variety of different housing options to suit your budget and preferences. You may also choose to arrange your own housing by researching the online housing market.

Budget Estimate 2009–2010

These may vary based on student preference and exchange rate. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors.

Program Fee

Current Carlson School Tuition and Fees

Transportation (to and from program site) $950
Documentation (passport, visa, immunization, additional health


Books and Materials

Room and/or Board $3,300
Essential Daily Living Expenses


Miscellaneous $1,000
Total estimated expenses

$7,150 plus MBA tuition

*Financial Aid may be applied to study abroad programs.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. In addition, University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Scholarships and Finances for additional information.

Application and Admission

Application materials include the online application form, a resume, and essay. Submit a completed application by the February 28th priority deadline prior to the academic year in which you wish to participate. Programs that do not fill following the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling-admissions basis.

Admission to all programs is based on review of your application by the study abroad selection committee. Applications will be reviewed following the deadline, and you will be notified of your status by official letter in April. Once selected, you will be asked to pay a $500 deposit in order to confirm your place in the program.


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Phone: 612-625-9361
Fax: 612-624-8248

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