Application Deadline Spring SemesterJanuary 15th
Application Deadline Fall Semester Local StudentJuly 31st
Application Deadline Fall Semester Exchange StudentAugust 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
What we do
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.
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
Dr. Peter Lindstrom
As Dean of External Relations, Dr. Peter Lindstrom is responsible for the exchange schemes of the university and for mainting good contacts with all the official partner universities. He and his team support the BuddySystem with their expertise and network. We are deeply thankful for their support!