Partner university exchange

The Student Mobility Services Team of the University of St.Gallen offers you the opportunity to spend an exchange semester at one of our more than 200 partner universities.

Dear students interested in participating in an exchange, on this website you will find information regarding partner university exchange. Please consider this to be a general summary of the information available. The information here is provided for students interested in studying at the University of St.Gallen (HSG) as degree students and also interested in the exchange opportunities at HSG. Detailed information is available on StudentWeb and you have access to StudentWeb as soon as you are matriculated at HSG.




  • The exchange programme is a voluntary option offered by the University of St.Gallen (HSG). Applicants do not guaranteed an exchange place.
  • The application process takes place once a year.
  • The exchange at a partner university is limited to one HSG semester at Bachelor's level.
  • An exchange at a partner university is possible from the 5th semester of the Bachelor‘s level.
  • A least 104 ECTS credits of the required 180 ECTS must be acquired at HSG.

Application deadline

Application period for an exchange in Autumn 2024 or Spring 2025

19 December 2023 to 11 January 2024, 16.00 (St.Gallen - CH)

General application prerequisites

• Enrolled in a HSG Bachelor at the time of application.
• For an exchange in the 5th or 6th semester: minimum of 4.50 grade average of Assessment Year studies. Applicants with an external Bachelors degree who are exempted from the assessment year must have an overall grade average of at least 4.50.

Requirements for beginning the exchange semester

• Enrolled in a HSG Bachelor programme.

In the application you may enter up to seven partner universities of your choice and in the order of your preference. To find an overview of our partner universities, please refer to Partner Universities. When making your exchange university selections, consider the language of instruction, the local language, available fields of study, semester dates, FDFA travel advice, etc.

Please note that this is a general list - detailed information with semester dates, fact sheets and fields of study is available on our StudentWeb. Please do not contact Student Mobility Services before you have not checked the detailed information on the StudentWeb. You will be granted access to the StudentWeb after having been enrolled in a HSG Bachelor's programme.

Exchange period

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


Exchang application... 3rd semester for an exchange in 5t semester (Autumn 2024) or  6th semester (Spring 2025) 5th semester for an exchange in 7th semester (Autumn 2024) or 8th semester (Spring 2025)  für einen Austausch im 7. Semester (HS2024)

For the Student Mobility Services exchange application, one of the following English language certifications (not older than 2 years) must be submitted:

• TOEFL iBT (internet-based test) min. 100 points

• TOEFL iBT Home Edition min. 100 points

• TOEFL iBT MyBest scores and/or iBT Home Edition MyBest scores min. 100 points


Please note: TOEFL Essentials is not accepted.

• IELTS (Academic Test) min. grade 7
• Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) min. grade B 
• Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) min. grade C 
• Recognised tertiary degree certificate fully completed in English. English as the language of instruction must be declared on the diploma or confirmed in writing by the degree granting

• Proof of English as school language* according to HSG Implementation Provisions Academic Programmes regarding languages (Art. 69)
*School language = the language in which the majority of the school education and, if applicable, tertiary education took place.

PLEASE NOTE: The language of instruction of a HSG degree programme is not considered as proof of English proficiency.

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

Tuition fees must be paid to HSG during the semester abroad. HSG students are not required to pay basic tuition fees at the host university but will be responsible for all other costs related to their semester abroad.

Students spending an exchange semester at one of our European partner universities through the partner university exchange programme are eligible to apply for a SEMP scholarship. The application procedures will be available on the Mobility-Online portal after allocation of the exchange university.
SEMP programme regulations may be subject to change by the Swiss Federal Council.

You can find further scholarship opportunities here:

Loans and scholarships

Weiterführende Links


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