Program for exchange students
Every semester, more than 300 students from all over the world spend an exchange semester at the University of St. Gallen to broaden their academic and cultural horizons. The student initiative "BuddySystem" acts as an official link between them and Swiss culture. To accomplish this, the BuddySystem offers exchange students numerous cultural events and enjoyable activities.
In addition, our initiative also includes 300 Swiss students who support the exchange students in their integration as local buddys for the exchange students. The BuddySystem is therefore part of the largest international association at the University of St. Gallen with a total of 600-800 students from all over the world and from St. Gallen.
Thank you for your application.
Please be aware that we are currently still in the matching process and you will be informed about your buddy latest on February 4th via email.
We offer all incoming exchange students the opportunity to be
assigned a local buddy who helps them settle in and answers any questions
the exchange students may have about the city, the university and any other aspects of life in St. Gallen.
Head of Events
Matching & Tandem
Without the support of our great partners, our projects would not be possible.
We are infinitely grateful for their generous and continuous support!
Our long-term partner Trischli as the largest student outlet in St. Gallen convinces us every semester anew. Under the motto "Dance with us" or "Exchange goes wild" parties are organized in cooperation with Trischli. Among all the many memories that the exchange students take home after their semester in St. Gallen, the nights at the Trischli are still present years later.
Bergkäserei Marbach AG
The Bergkäserei Marbach supports us with their ready-to-pour fondue mix for our fondue nights and thus helps us to bring the Swiss tradition closer to the exchange students. The cheese dairy has an experience cheese dairy and produces fondue in three different cheese varieties. The fondue convinces not only the exchange students but also all local students.
As an institute of the HSG, Student Mobility offers a variety of exchange opportunities with over 200 partner universities worldwide. The BuddySystem maintains a good contact with Student Mobility. Student Mobility enables the BuddySystem contacts with exchange students and partner universities. We are grateful for the long-standing cooperation.
Our patron supports our projects with his experience and his network.
His help is of great value to us and we are very grateful for the commitment!
Dr. Peter Lindstrom
As Dean of External Relations, Dr. Peter Lindstrom is responsible for the university's exchange programs and for maintaining good contacts with all official partner universities. He and his team support the BuddySystem with their expertise and network. We are very grateful for their support!