Universität St. Gallen : St. GallenUndergraduate Global Immersion in Switzerland
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 2019:
Optional German Language Program: September 4 - 13, 2019
Orientation Programme: September 12 - 13, 2019
Full Semester Dates (including exams): September 16- December 21, 2019
Spring Semester 2020:
Optional German Language Program: February 5 - 14, 2020
Orientation Programme: February 13 - 14, 2020
Full Semester Dates (including exams): February 17 - May 23, 2020
- 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
What is a Business Exchange Program?
- 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.
- The Carlson Global Institute strongly encourages students to live in the on-campus housing options as those are affiliated with and vetted by the partner institutions.
- Students should check the host university website and fact sheet for specific accommodations information including on-campus and off-campus options, application process and deadline, and cost information.
- The Housing Office offers visiting students assistance in finding housing. Students must complete the housing application and specify personal preferences, however it is not always possible for us to meet all individual requirements.
- 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 single occupancy. All other facilities (kitchen, bathroom) are shared.
- Students on exchange programs take a full semester courseload at their host university (13-18 UMN credits/semester).
- Courses transfer back as S/N on UMN transcript.
- Business courses taught in English and German are available to exchange students.
- All incoming exchange students are invited to enroll in a cost-free, seven-day intensive German language course before the semester starts and may continue with the course during the semester.
- Students participating in CGI semester exchange programs are strongly encouraged to enroll in the 1-credit Global Identity course for business students. This course helps you to develop your intercultural skills and articulate the value of your experience to future employers. It offers an additional layer of support through one-on-one interactions with your instructor that complements the independent structure of the exchange program.
- For information about specific courses available to exchange students please meet with an adviser.
- No host country language skills required
- UMN student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
- Preference is given to Carlson School of Management students
- Preferred 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
- 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 does not process visa applications for students participating on exchange programs
- 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
- Visa and passport requirements are always subject to change by the host country and students are expected to check with the consulate for up-to-date information
Visa and Passport
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 2019 and Spring 2020 is February 1, 2019. Applications will open on the first day of the Fall 2018 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.
Cost Estimate (Summary)
Expenses are based on a 5 month semester. 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 host country consulate. The Program Fee includes program administration costs, maintaining student status at the UMN for the exchange semester, and international travel, health and security insurance.
Carlson School tuition costs based on rates for MN residents registered for 13+ credits.
|Estimated Expenses 2018-2019||Global Immersion Exchange (CGI Semester)||UMTC On-Campus Costs (Carlson Semester)|
|Carlson School MN Resident Tuition (charged to UMN student account)||$6,529||$6,529|
|Carlson School Tuition Surcharge (charged to UMN student account)||$1,000||$1,000|
|Program Fee (charged to UMN student account)||$2,500||N/A|
|Airfare (to and from program site)||$1,200||N/A|
|Documentation (passport, visa, immunization)||$200||N/A|
|Books and Materials||$200||$500|
|Accommodations & Meals||$5,200||$4,955|
|Essential Daily Living Expenses||$2,000||$1,000|
|Global Identity Course - strongly recommended (charged to UMN student account)||$200||N/A|
|Total Program Cost||$19,529||$13,984|
|Program Incremental Cost (additional cost for studying abroad vs. staying on-campus for a semester)||$5,545 ($19,529 - $13,984)||-|