Asian Culture Transfer (ACT)

Recognizing the growing importance of Asia in the world economy and its unique cultural heritage, the Asian Culture Transfer (ACT) aims to cultivate mutual respect as well as fertile dialogue between Asian and Swiss Students. ACT, in its core concept, gives twenty students of each of the two participating universities the possibility to spend ten days in each of the two respective countries exploring and discovering their economic, political, ecological and cultural peculiarities and differences. The program includes sightseeing, company visits and university lectures as well as other cultural activities that are typical for the respective country. In this way, participants do not only develop a fundamental understanding of the structure and culture of both countries but can also learn from each other and establish long-lasting friendships.

The Project

The recruiting for ACT participants will take place in November 2017!

Next Destination

The destination and exact dates for ACT 2018 will be announced in due course.


The program includes lectures, workshops, city tours and company visits in both countries. In the last years activities in Switzerland included visits to the UN and the parliament building, a trip to the Jungfraujoch, visits to cheese and chocolate factories, as well as workshops with companies such as Blaser Swisslube, Baloise and Strategy&.

Duration & Costs

The project involves a 10 day program in Switzerland as well as a 10 day part in Taiwan (plus an optional privately organized post-trip). The price for ACT 2017 was CHF 1’350.- and included everything in both countries (e.g. the flight, the accomodation, the food, all entry fees, the transport etc. ). The trip in Switzerland took place from 15.-24. July and the trip to Taiwan from 1.-10. August 2017.

The ACT team 2017/18

We will be recruiting team members for the new semester! Join our info session on Tuesday, 19 Sept, from 6.30-7.30pm in room 23-001!

Benedikt Bosch



Apply until 30 September 2017

Swiss Trip

Apply until 30 September 2017

Student Relations & Marketing

Apply until 30 September 2017

Join us

To apply, please state your position of choice and your first & second tour/IW preference. Send an E-Mail with your Cover Letter and CV to

what´s in for you

As an ACT team member you will help to organize an unforgettable exchange project in Asia and can participate in it for free (if the project doesn´t make losses). You will work in a highly motivated team, make new friends from all over the world and have a lot of fun. You can also get up to 4 campus credits for your engagement.

who we are looking for

To become an ACT team member you should be in St. Gallen for at least one more year and have some time besides your studies. You should also bring a decent level of English skills and travelling experience and of course loads of motivation and energy!

how it works

Should you decide that this is the right thing for you and you are the right person for the team, please apply through the online form below with your motivation letter and CV. After the application deadline we will invite you for a short informal interview to get to know you better.

Patrons Asian Culture Transfer

Assisting the RI with valuable insights

Dr. Daniel Woker

Dr. Daniel Woker is Ambassador in Residence at the University of St. Gallen. Previously, he served as Swiss ambassador to Kuwait, Bahrain and Katar as well as Singapore and Australia.

Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Rolf Dubs

Prof Dr. Dres. h.c. Dubs is professor emeritus for „Business Education“ at he University of St.Gallen. His teaching focuses inter alia on development aid in Africa and Asia.

Prof. Dr. Klaus Spremann

Prof. Dr. Spremann is director of the Swiss Institute for Banking and Finance and represents the University of St.Gallen in Singapore. Prof. Spremann has been supporting ACT since its foundation in 1998.

Our Supporters

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