The project CANTONese aims to foster and cultivate international friendships between Swiss and Chinese students. We want to provide the participants with a deep insight into the versatile and fascinating culture of China as well as into the Swiss traditions and values. The project emerged from a cooperation of the RI and the China Club at the University of St. Gallen in 2012. We have cooperated with various prestigious Chinese universities including the Tshingua University and the Peking University. The Peking University, colloquially known in Chinese as Beida, is the first established modern national university of China. It is ranked in the Top 3 among all Chinese Universities and also placed in the Chinese C9-League. Throughout its history, the university has educated and hosted many prominent modern Chinese thinkers, including figures such as Lu Xun, Mao Zedong, Gu Hongming, Hu Shih, Li Dazhao, and Chen Duxiu.

The Project

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

Next Destination

In contrast to the other exchange tours, CANTONese does not annually change its destination, but is exclusively focused on China. The RI is regularly partnering with Peking University. The exact dates for CANTONese 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 China (plus an optional privately organized post-trip). The price for CANTONese 2017 was CHF 1’350.- for participants and included everything in both countries (e.g. the flight, the accomodation, the food all entry fees, the transport etc.).

The CANTONese team 2017/18

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

Daniel Hofmann



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 a CANTONese team member you will help to organize an unforgettable exchange project in China 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 a CANTONese 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.

Patron CANTONese

Assisting the RI with valuable insights

Prof. Dr. Maximilian von Zedtwitz

As an alumni of the University of St.Gallen and professor for technology and innovation management at the most illustrious universities in China Prof. Dr. Max von Zedtwitz supports CANTONese with helpful advise.

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