University of St.Gallen – An Institution with Reputation and History.
As one of Europe’s leading business schools, the University of St.Gallen (HSG) educates business leaders. Founded in 1898 as a demand-oriented commercial academy, the HSG has, for over a century, been a prominent port of call for ambitious people whose goal it is to achieve something: for themselves and for society – people who want to shape the future. The high practical relevance of all of the programmes and courses we offer is a result of this aspiration.
You’ll find the University of St.Gallen nestled in the rolling green hills that overlook the Swiss town of St. Gallen. The picturesque campus is listed as a Swiss heritage site and features several works of art and architectural forms. The university will open an additional campus in the city in 2027, creating room for 3,000 additional students.
While the town of St. Gallen has a population of 80,000, it is home to a vibrant community of young people and foreign nationals, who make up almost 30% of its residents. St. Gallen lies between the major economic centers of Zurich and Munich, while Switzerland is easily reachable from major European hubs like Paris, Frankfurt, Vienna, and Milan. Throw in one of the highest average national salaries and it’s soon obvious why the quality of life in Switzerland is consistently placed near the top of global rankings.
The University of St.Gallen offers two MBA programs and four Executive MBA programs. The Full-time MBA is a 12-month program, taught in English, with classes taking place in St. Gallen. The Part-time MBA is a two-year program, also taught in English, with classes in St. Gallen and Zurich.
The Executive MBA HSG is a German-language EMBA for professionals with at least five years of professional experience and three years of management experience. The emba X program is an English-taught 18-month program offered in conjunction with ETH Zurich, designed for professionals with a minimum of 10 years of work experience and five years of leadership experience. The International Executive MBA HSG is a transformative program, taught in English, with modules in St. Gallen, Singapore, Beijing, Silicon Valley, Irvine, and Cape Town. Finally, the Executive MBA in Business Engineering is an 18-month program, taught in English and German.
The University of St.Gallen holds the “triple-crown” accreditation, which means it has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).
The University of St.Gallen offers MBA scholarships in multiple categories, which can cover a maximum of 40% of the tuition fee. Scholarship Categories include Emerging Market, Women in Business, Young Achiever, and Challenge. Candidates must submit a separate scholarship application when applying for admission to the MBA program.
The University of St.Gallen has a high teacher-student ratio, with a faculty of about 100 professors, 110 assistant professors and senior lecturers, and more than 500 part-time lecturers. More than 50% of HSG faculty members come from abroad. This high teacher-student ratio ensures a high-quality learning experience amidst an increasing number of students.
Notable current or former faculty members at HSG include Juliane Kokott (Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union), Miriam Meckel (German journalist and corporate communication professor), Walter Hunziker (Swiss professor who co-developed the scientific study of tourism), and Ota Šik (Czech economist and politician and one of the key figures in Prague Spring).