St. Gallen, Switzerland
Switzerland is situated in Western Europe. Due to its central location, the country represents an interface between different cultures and a center of communication and transport between Northern and Southern Europe. St. Gallen is situated between the Swiss Alps and Lake Constance, nestling in a picturesque landscape. Swiss culture is influenced by its geographic location, its multilingualism and its impressive diversity in architecture, art, literature, film, music and traditions. St. Gallen is very popular among young people and is among the cities with the youngest population in Switzerland.
The narrow streets of the old town provide an excellent place to wander, with numerous shops, restaurants and cafes. The modern city of St. Gallen also has rich cultural offerings, with theaters, museums and concert halls. St.Gallen has an excellent infrastructure with good connections to the Swiss railway network and is located only an hour from the Zurich Airport.
University of St. Gallen
The campus is located on a sunny hill in St. Gallen with a lovely view of the city. It is well-connected to the public transportation network, or is about 15 minutes on foot from the city center or train station. The campus is compact, with a manageable size and modern infrastructure, helping students both in their individual and group study activities. Besides state-of-the-art classrooms, University of St. Gallen offers a restaurant, and a modern triple sports hall with a wide variety of facilities were built on campus. Above all, University of St. Gallen is a place of culture and art. Works from Arp, Miró, Braque, Giacometti, Richter and other artists are presented in a unique dialogue with the buildings, designed by architects Walter M. Förderer and Bruno Gerosa.
University of St. Gallen offers a portion of its curriculum in English, and is focused primarily on business, with a smaller number of courses offered in arts and sciences. All students are required to take at least one German language class during their semester abroad. Students will take classes in English alongside Swiss and other international students. Class sizes range from 20 - 300 students.
Accommodations and Meals
While attending University of St. Gallen, Bentley students will reside in furnished, shared flats located throughout the city. Students will be responsible to buy and prepare their own food in their kitchens, but there is a cafeteria on campus where students may purchase meals, salads, sandwiches, and snacks.
Special Program Features
: The BuddySystem aims to integrate and involve each semester’s exchange students at the University of St. Gallen as quickly as possible. They organize social events for exchange students so they get to know each other and local students.The key aspect of the BuddySystem is providing the exchange students with advice and help when adapting to life in Switzerland. Exchange students can sign up for the BuddySystem's newsletter and also be assigned to a “Buddy”, a local student that offers his or her help getting used to the university’s requirements, the city and the people.
Pre-Semester German Language Course: Students are encouraged to enroll in an introductory German language course, included in the tuition fee, to provide basic knowledge of common vocabulary and pronunciation. In addition to academics, the course includes fun social activities.