Universität St. Gallen: St. Gallen

Graduate Global Immersion in Switzerland

Program Dates:

The academic calendar at St. Gallen will differ from the University of Minnesota and all exchange students are expected to be at their host campus on the first day of orientation and through the last day of final exams.

Fall semester 2017: Students may either study at St. Gallen for a full semester or participate in a 10 week ISP cohort program

Orientation (full semester): 14 -15 September

Course dates (full semester): 18 September - 23 December

ISP Dates (partial semester): 5 September - 16 November

Spring 2018: Students may either study at St. Gallen for a full semester or participate in a 10 week ISP cohort program

Orientation (full semester): 15-16 February

Course dates (full semester): 19 February - 26 May

ISP Dates (partial semester): 9 January - 15 March

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Location details

  • 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.
  • St. Gallen is a city with approx. 80,000 inhabitants, giving it a small town feel, in the eastern, German-speaking part of Switzerland, close to the Austrian and German border. 
  • The narrow streets of the old town provide an excellent place to wander, with numerous shops, restaurants, and cafes. The modern city of St. Gallen also has rich cultural offerings with theaters, museums, and concert halls. 


  • All exchange students who wish to apply for housing must complete the housing application on the St. Gallen website and pay the application fee
  • Most students are assigned rooms in apartments shared with other university students or rooms sub-let from local students who have gone on exchange
  • All rooms are for single occupancy only
  • Students may also choose to arrange their own housing on the private market

Academics and credits

Full Semester 

  • St. Gallen is one of the most academically rigorous exchange programs
  • Graduate exchange students must enroll in the minimum number of credits outlined by the host university.  The UMN does not have a minimum course requirement for graduate students on semester exchange.
  • Courses transfer back as S/N on UMN transcripts
  • Business courses taught in English and German are available to exchange students
  • For information about specific courses available to exchange students please meet with an adviser.

ISP (International Study Programme)

  • 10-week intensive cohort programme taught in English
  • Class size ranges from 30-40 students
  • Minimum course load of 8 UMN credits; maximum course load of 13.5 UMN credits
  • Includes 5-7 company visits


  • currently enrolled in a Carlson Full-time MBA, Part-time, MBA or M.A-HRIR program
  • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.5
  • 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

Visa and Passport

  • All Carlson students are responsible for obtaining a passport before they participate on a study abroad program
  • All students participating on an exchange program will be responsible for obtaining a visa or residence permit if required by their host country.  The Carlson Global Institute will not process visa applications for students participating on exchange programs and are not visa experts.
  • The Carlson Global Institute and the host university will provide resources for visa and residence permit applications if necessary, but students will need to work with the consulate and/or visa processing company directly as well.
  • Students participating on ISP are not required to obtain a visa

What is a Business Exchange Program?

  • Successful exchange students demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and services will be different from a US university
  • You are enrolled as an exchange student at a host university and take business courses in English
  • You take courses with students from the host university as well as other exchange students from around the world
  • You attend the host university according to their term dates which differ from the University of Minnesota
  • A small group of Carlson students are selected to study at each partner university per semester and are fully immersed in another country, culture, and education system
  • You will work closely with both Carlson School advisers and advisers from the host university for support pre-departure and during your semester abroad

Application and Admissions

To apply for an exchange program you must first apply through the Carlson Global Institute on the Apply page. You will be charged a $50 application fee for each term that you apply for a program. If you apply for two programs in Fall semester you will be charged $50. If you apply for one program in Fall semester and one in Spring semester you will be charged $100. The priority deadline for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 is February 1, 2017. Applications will open on the first day of the Fall 2016 semester. Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full. Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their status within 6 weeks of the priority deadline.  Once accepted into an exchange program, you will also complete an application to the host university.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. 

Cost estimate (Summary)

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs. Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad. Visa and passport costs are subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the Consulate.​ 

The below cost table includes estimated expenses based on a full semester (approximately 15 weeks). Accepted students may contact the CGI office to receive a Study Abroad Cost Estimate (SACE) form reflecting partial semester costs.

Cost table

Estimated Expenses 2016-2017

Carlson School Tuition (charged to UMN student account)

UMN Per-credit rate (varies by credit load and UMN degree program)

Transportation (to and from program site)


Documentation (passport, visa, immunization, additional health insurance)


Books and Materials


Room and/or Board


Essential Daily Living Expenses





$9,332 + tuition costs

Estimated Expenses ISP Partial Semester 2016-2017
Carlson School Tuition (charged to UMN student account)UMN Per-credit rate (varies by credit load and UMN degree program)
Transportation (to and from program site)$1,400
Documentation (passport, visa, immunization, additional health insurance) $232
Books and Materials$100
Room and/or Board $3,400
Essential Daily Living Expenses $1,000
Total $6,632 + tuition costs


Kate Terry

Academic term(s)



Semester Exchange
Partial Semester

Degree level

Full-time MBA
Masters HRIR
Part-time MBA






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