• Application Deadline Spring Semester
    January 15th
  • Application Deadline Fall Semester Local Student
    July 31st
  • Application Deadline Fall Semester Exchange Student
    August 5th


The BuddySystem’s aim is to integrate and involve each semester’s exchange students at the University of St. Gallen as quickly as possible. We organize several social events for the exchange students so they get to know each other and the local students. Besides social contacts the key aspect of the BuddySystem is providing the exchange students with advice and help when adapting to life in Switzerland. We therefore offer the opportunity for exchange students to be assigned to a “Buddy Group”, a group of 2-3 local students that offer 2-4 exchange students their help getting used to the university’s requirements, the city and the people. Great friendships can develop that way and we enjoy meeting new exchange students from all over the world each semester. For questions contact us at: buddysystem@shsg.ch

What we do

Buddy Matching

We offer each incoming exchange student the opportunity to join a ”buddy group”, a group of 2-4 exchange students and 2-3 local students who will help the exchange students settle in and will answer any questions the exchange students may have about the city, the university or any other aspect of life in St. Gallen.


We organize various social events such as our legendary fondue nights, an international dinner, pub crawls, skiing weekends and city trips during the orientation week and throughout the entire semester, where you can get to know your fellow exchangees as well as local students.

Language Tandem

The Tandem program brings local and exchange students together to improve their language skills. A student teaches you his/her native language and in exchange you teach him/her yours. You decide when, where and how often you meet!

The BuddySystem Team 2019/2020


Roberta Decamilli


Olivia Aeberli

Nightlife Relations

Jann Schwaninger


Luca Dempfle


Susi Fricker


Alina Güttinger

Marketing & Communications

Giulia Bollinger

Luca 2 klein

Luca Grand

ESN Representative

Our Patron