Incoming Students

Why study at FHS St. Gallen?

Insight into business practice.
Classes at FHS are very application-oriented. FHS lecturers not only have academic credentials but also business experience, and you'll see this reflected in the course content as well as the teaching style. Moreover, you can choose modules such as Swiss Business Experience (SWIS) and get first-hand insight into Swiss businesses.

Student consulting projects.
Here, you can transfer theory into practice by working on an authentic case for a real Swiss business, together with a diverse team of Swiss and other exchange students. Get hands-on experience in international consulting! This is a challenging, competitive module for which we offer a limited number of places.

An opportunity to learn German.
Whether you are a complete beginner or speak German at an intermediate level, you can improve your language skills in a small group and a relaxed environment.

Friends for life: our buddy programme.
We know that the first few weeks of studying abroad can be quite challenging. That's why a 'buddy' will be assigned to you, a Swiss student who'll help you settle in, show you where young people meet, and explain the most important ground rules to you. (In St.Gallen, for example, you should never ask for mustard with your sausage. Seriously.)

Tour of Switzerland.
See the Matterhorn for real! Switzerland is a beautiful country and boasts many world-famous sights. Your buddies will take you on a sightseeing trip.

A safe environment.
St.Gallen is a small, peaceful town. We're sure that you'll soon feel at home here!

A central location for getting around Europe.
Milano, Paris, Munich, Frankfurt: Switzerland's central location makes it an ideal starting point for your travels.

Spring Semester 2019/20
Monday, 17.02.2020 to Friday, 27.06.2020
! Start Introduction Week: Thursday, 06.02.2020

Breaks during Spring Semester:
05.04.2020 to 19.04.2020

Final Exams:
Monday, 16.06.2020 to Friday, 27.06.2020


Fall Semester 2020/21
Monday, 14.09.2020 to Friday, 22.01.2021
! Start Introduction Week: Thursday, 03.09.2020 

Breaks during Fall Semester:
11.10.2020 to 18.10.2020

Final Exams:
Monday, 11.01.2021 to Friday, 22.01.2021 

Accommodation is offered to incoming students in apartments and rooms close to FHS St.Gallen at reasonable prices (about Euros 500 - 700 /month). Every student gets his or her own bedroom. Kitchen and bathrooms will be shared with other students. Internet access is available. Apartments are completely furnished. Please contact the international office for the housing application form (deadlines: Fall semester: 15 May and Spring semester 15 October)

If you would like to look for your own accommodation in St.Gallen, please find some more information on the following websites:

Please ask at your International Office for the link to our exchange application forms. This can be done after you were nominated by your home institution.

Deadlines for student nomination :
Spring Semester - 1 October
Fall Semester - 1 May

Deadlines for student exchange applications: 
Spring Semester - 15 October 
Fall Semester - 15 May


Welcome package
FHS St.Gallen will be sending you an information package by email regarding the FHS St.Gallen, the city St.Gallen and Switzerland.

Visa and Immigration
The International Office at FHS St.Gallen will assist you as much as possible in getting your visa to come to Switzerland. A residency permit is required for stays in excess of three months in duration.

  • Previous EU and EFTA countries
    FHS St.Gallen applies for your residency permit in June/November. The department of immigration grants residency permits for the duration of the stay. FHS St.Gallen issues these permits to exchange students appr. in June/November. Please bring this permit with you when entering Switzerland. It will be needed to report to the residency office after your arrival.
  • Non-European countries exempt/non-exempt from visa requirements
    FHS St.Gallen applies for a "Swiss Consulate Approval to Grant Visa" document in June/November. The department of immigration sends document to FHS St.Gallen. The Swiss Consulate of the country in question receives a copy of this document. FHS St.Gallen issues this document to exchange students appr. in June/November. Exchange Students must contact the Swiss Consulate after receiving document in mail and pick up the Visa if required. Visa fees must be paid at the consulate.

Health Insurance
Compulsory health insurance is intended to ensure that all individuals residing in Switzerland have guaranteed access to adequate healthcare. Swiss law mandates obtaining insurance from a Swiss health insurer for any stay longer than three months in duration. The following are exempt from this requirement: 

  • EU citizens covered by national insurance schemes
  • EU citizens with adequate private insurance coverage
  • Non-EU citizens with adequate insurance coverage

Students are responsible themselves for providing evidence of adequate insurance coverage (form E-111, EU citizen insurance cards or letter in German issued by your health insurance provider).

Health Insurance Companies:
Academic Care of Groupe Mutuel

Buddy System 
Before arriving in Switzerland, one of our FHS Students will contact you and will help you with questions regarding your stay in St.Gallen. Your buddy will be there for you when you arrive in St.Gallen and bring you to your accommodation.

Information about Switzerland
Switzerland Tourism

Information about St.Gallen
City of St.Gallen
Region of St.Gallen

St.Gallen is situated in the Northeast corner of Switzerland, next to Germany (across Lake Constance), Austria and the Principality of Liechtenstein. St.Gallen lies within the German speaking region of Switzerland. Swiss German is commonly spoken, a dialect rarely understood outside of Switzerland. All Swiss are able to speak High German and will gladly speak it if you ask them. Most people also speak English.

The city’s name and origins can be traced back to the founding of the monastery by the wandering Irish monk Gallus, about 612 AD. You will encounter the past with every step as you stroll through the attractive old town. Discover the world-famous oriel windows, narrow lanes and lively squares with inviting street cafés. The prestigious past has given way to a blossoming present.

St.Gallen is a modern and cosmopolitan city, watched over by the imposing baroque Cathedral in the heart of the stunning «Stift» district. This beautiful district has been awarded World Cultural Heritage Status and is under the protection of UNESCO. In St.Gallen, shopping is fun, with plenty of friendly stores and boutiques inviting you to rummage or browse around. Whether you are after marvellous antiques, exclusive art and handicrafts, top fashion or simply a gift for a friend, you are sure to take a lasting impression home with you. In the old town’s charming first-floor restaurants called «Erststockbeizli», you will find international specialties prepared just as lovingly as typical local dishes. And what of the city’s culinary delights? Try the famous product of local cuisine: the St.Gallen «Bratwurst» – a grilled sausage. 

The campus of FHS St.Gallen is located in the heart of St.Gallen. The modern building offers a good infrastructure and a perfect atmosphere to study. It is accessible by excellent public transport connections.