Incomings School of Management

Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences (OST) has three campuses, one in Buchs, one in Rapperswil and one in St.Gallen. So far, the School of Management is only represented at the St.Gallen campus.

The city of St.Gallen lies between the Lake Constance and the imposing backdrop of the Alpstein mountain range. It is a city of education: During the semester, over 10,000 students live in the city. St.Gallen offers a wide range of cultural activities, from theatre and museums to concert venues and festivals. Moreover, St.Gallen is part of a region with an extensive range of leisure activities. The shores of nearby Lake Constance attract visitors with outdoor swimming pools and water sports facilities. The rural surroundings of St.Gallen are also a popular hiking and cycling area.

Incoming Students

Insight into business practice.
Classes at OST are very practice-oriented. OST 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, an OST 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.

Fall Semester 2020/21
Monday, 14. September 2020 to Friday, 22. January 2021
! Start Introduction Week: Thursday, 03. September 2020 

Breaks during Fall Semester:
11. October 2020 to 18. October 2020

Final Exams:
Monday, 11. January 2021 to Friday, 22. January 2021 


Spring Semester 2020/21
Monday, 22. February 2021 to Friday, 03. June 2021
! Start Introduction Week: Thursday, 11. February 2021

Breaks during Spring Semester:
11. April 2021 to 25. April 2021

Final Exams:
Monday, 31. June 2021 to Friday, 03. July 2021

Incoming students can rent apartments and rooms close to the Campus St.Gallen at reasonable prices (about 500 - 700 euros/month). Students have their own bedroom; kitchen facilities and bathrooms are 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 accommodation in St.Gallen on your own, the following websites are a useful starting point:

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
OST will be sending you an information package by email regarding the Campus St.Gallen, the city of St.Gallen and Switzerland.

Visa and Immigration
The International Office at OST 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
    OST applies for your residency permit in June/November. The Department of Immigration grants residency permits for the duration of the stay. OST 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
    OST applies for a "Swiss Consulate Approval to Grant Visa" document in June/November. The Department of Immigration sends the document to OST. The Swiss Consulate of the country in question receives a copy of this document. OST issues this document to exchange students appr. in June/November. Exchange Students must contact the Swiss Consulate after receiving the document in email 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 themselves 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 OST Students will contact you and will answer your questions regarding your stay in St.Gallen. Your buddy will be there for you when you arrive in St.Gallen and take you to your accommodation.

Information about Switzerland
Switzerland Tourism

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

Registration at Residency Office
Once you move to St.Gallen, you must register with the St.Gallen residents' registration office within 14 days. More information will be sent to you by the International Office Staff of OST.

Cost of living
The cost of living depends on your individual needs (about 1400 - 2100 CHF per month).

Canteen and coffee bar on Campus St.Gallen
The canteen on Campus St.Gallen offers a daily selection of lunch-time menus at affordable prices. The current opening times of the canteen are Mon-Sat 9 a.m. – approx. 2 p.m. There is also a coffee bar which serves drinks and light snacks. The opening times for the coffee bar are Mon – Fri 6.30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat 6.30 a.m.– 6 p.m.

In the library you will find books, reference works, student papers, newspapers, magazines, and also electronic media. There are 98 individual workstations available for concentrated reading and studying. 

Language Support for Incomings
As an OST student, you can access the following service of the University of St.Gallen (please use your OST email address):

  • Self-study center,  Gatterstrasse 1 (e.g. TOEFL preparation)
  • Student subscriptions for online language courses: Rosetta Stone Foundation (25 languages, A0-B2) and Rosetta Stone Advantage (up to level C1: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese). These subscriptions enable you to learn languages anywhere you like - on any mobile device! 
  • Preparation courses for TOEFL und IELTS (fee-paying)
  • Marking service for TOEFL essays (fee-paying)
  • Peer-to-peer conversation courses (free)

With their campus card OST students can also use the sports offers of University of St.Gallen

Leisure and culture
St.Gallen offers a varied cultural program. This includes the famous Abbey Library, the St.Gallen theatre, the Tonhalle and the St.Gallen Symphony Orchestra. In the theatre and for concerts of the St.Gallen Symphony Orchestra, students under 30 years if age can benefit from reductions. 
A detailed calendar of events with current cultural tips can be found on the homepage of the Eastern Switzerland culture magazine Saiten.

Coop, Migros and Denner are the three largest Swiss food retailers with stores in almost every neighbourhood. The German discounters Lidl and Aldi are often found in the suburbs. The culinary specialities of St.Gallen include the St.Gallen Bratwurst, the St.Gallen Biber and St.Gallen beer.
Shops are usually open from 08:30 to 18:30. The shops in the main train station have extended opening hours and are also open on Sundays.

On the road in St.Gallen and in the region
With an Ostwind ticket you can on all public transport services in the cantons St.Gallen, Thurgau, Appenzell Ausserrhoden and Appenzell Innerrhoden with all public transport. Young people under 25 years of age receive a reduction on the monthly and annual season ticket.
For people who travel a lot outside the region, a half-fare travelcard is highly recommended.
The Euregio Lake Constance Day Ticket is an attractive international ticket that allows you to visit the sights of Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein. 
A cheap alternative is going by bike. Free bike rental is available at the bike station at St.Gallen railway station. 


The campus 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.


Incoming Faculty / Staff

OST invites lecturers and staff from partner universities to come to St.Gallen for a brief teaching assignment or a staff training visit. The Swiss counterpart to Erasmus, the Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP), provides funding for such exchanges.  

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

esther.gigerrobinson(at) / io-business(at)

 *Staff training visits can also be organised for colleagues from other universities or company representatives.