Magellan is a bilateral exchange program which aims to foster intercultural understanding and intercontinental friendships between students from the University of St. Gallen, and an annually changing partner university in Latin America. Since 2003 it has enabled hundreds of students to participate in the exchange with countries such as Peru, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, and Argentina. In doing so, it has stood true to the explorer spirit of its patron – the Portuguese sailor Fernão de Magalhães: Each year, the project offers a total of 40 open-minded students from both participating universities the opportunity to explore their partner country, and to get to know its culture and its peculiarities. The program is split into two 10-day parts and consists of a wide range of different events.

Our next exchange is going to take place with the Universidad de las Americas in Quito, Ecuador!

The Project

This year’s recruiting has been completed. Heads up: Next one will be in November 2017!

Next Destination

The destination for Magellan 2017 will be Ecuador, the Swiss trip will be from 09.02. – 19.02.2017, the trip in Ecuador from 01.04. – 10.04.2017.


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 Ecuador (plus an optional privately organized pre- or post-trip). The price of Magellan 2017 is 1500 CHF and includes everything in both countries (e.g. the flight, the accommodation, the food, all entry fees, the transport etc.)

The Magellan team 2017/18

Apply for team positions in September 2017 with your cover letter and CV to

Sergio Bosmediano



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Student Relations

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Join us

The recruiting for this year has been completed. We are looking for a new chair(wo)man in Spring 2017 and for teamies in September 2017.

what’s in it for you

As a Magellan team member you will help to organize an unforgettable exchange project in Latin America 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 Magellan 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 Magellan

Thank you very much!

Prof. Dr. Yvette Sanchez

As director of the Centro Latinoamericano-Suizo, Mrs. Prof. Dr. Yvette Sanchez possesses excellent contacts all over Latin America, which she uses to support the Magellan Team in organizing their exchange.

Prof. Dr. Markus Schwaninger

Prof. Dr. Markus Schwaninger teaches Business Studies with a focus on system-oriented management and provides the Magellan team with his inside knowledge and experience of Latin America.

Our Supporters

Thank you very much!

Also a big thank you to our further supporters!