Freemover is the exchange programme for a semester abroad at a university outside of the HSG's partner network.

Dear students interested in participating in an exchange, on this website you will find information regarding Freemover exchange. Please consider this to be a general summary of the information available. The information provided is for students interested in studying at the University of St.Gallen (HSG) as regular students and with interest in the exchange opportunities at HSG. Detailed Information is available in StudentWeb and you will have access to it as soon as you are immatriculated at HSG.




  • The Freemover exchange has to be self-organised by the student, i.e. independent application by the student to the host university.
  • The registration process takes place twice a year.
  • An exchange at a Freemover university is possible from the 4th semester of the Bachelor‘s level.
  • A minimum of 104 ECTS of 180 ECTS must be acquired at the HSG.

Application deadline

Application period for an exchange in Autumn semester 2024

01 February 2024 to 16 May 2024, 16.00 (St.Gallen - CH)

Application period for an exchange in Spring semester 2025

01 July 2024 to 31 October 2024, 16.00 (St.Gallen - CH)


General registration prerequisites

Enrolled in a HSG Bachelor programme at the time of application.


Requirements for beginning the exchange semester

Enrolled in a HSG Bachelor programme.

A Freemover exchange can take place if no existing partner contract is violated. This means that you can only go on a freemover exchange at a non-partner university or a partner university with which only a Master exchange is available. You can find an overview of our partner universities here. When making your exchange university selections, consider the language of instruction, the local language, available fields of study, semester dates, travel advisories, etc.

A list of Freemover universities (universities at which an HSG student has already completed a Freemover) can be found in the StudentWeb. Please do not contact Student Mobility Services with questions regarding our partner universities before you have not checked the detailed information in StudentWeb. You will be granted access to it after having been admitted to a HSG Bachelor programme.

Autumn semester: Begin of exchange between 1 July and 31 December is considered as absence in autumn semester
Spring semester: Begin of exchange between 1 January and 30 June is considered as absence in spring semester

A minimum of 16 transferable ECTS course credits must be completed with a positive grade at the host university, otherwise no credits from the exchange term will be transferred towards the HSG degree.
A maximum of 32 ECTS course credits (Bachelor thesis excluded) can be credited to the HSG degree per exchange semester at Bachelor’s level.

During the Freemover exchange semester HSG Freemover students are required to pay a reduced HSG tuition fee. Students are also responsible for all other costs related to their semester abroad for example tuition fee of guest university, course material, travel costs, housing, meals, etc. Further information can be found in the fee regulations of the University of St.Gallen.

Freemover students are not eligilbe to receive SEMP scholarships.

You can find further scholarship opportunities here:

Loans and scholarships


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Nicole Gsell

Programme Manager Asia / ECOL Virtual Exchange

Student Mobility Services
Büro 58-317
Tellstrasse 2
9000 St. Gallen

Maria Bader

Programme Manager Outgoings Europe, Russia, Africa, Middle East

Student Mobility Services
Büro 58-317
Tellstrasse 2
9000 St. Gallen

Esther Stäheli

Programme Manager The Americas & Oceania

Student Mobility Services
Büro 58-316
Tellstrasse 2
9000 St. Gallen

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