University of St. Gallen
The University of St. Gallen has a special place at the heart of the town and plays a large role in society here. Originally founded in 1898 as a business academy, this legacy has grown in strength throughout the years. Its creation was a response to the thriving embroidery industry at the time, another legacy which has remained part of life here to this day. Visit the Textile Museum to find out more.
Today, although one of the smallest educational institutes in the country, it has established itself as one of the top business schools in Europe, with the largest Business Administration Faculty in Switzerland. In total, the university has five schools: School of Management, School of Humanities and Social Science, School of Finance, Law School and the School of Economics and Political Science. The university is also a respected research institute, and organises many academic conferences throughout the year.
The Student Body
Also known as HSG, its former German name Handels-Hochschule St. Gallen, the university has a very enthusiastic and engaged student population. Over 7000 students study one of over 100 courses on offer here. It is also popular with international students. St. Gallen appeals to many students with its great location between the Alps and Lake Constance, making it the perfect place for water or mountain pursuits during leisure time. The institute itself has over 80 clubs and associations, everything from sports clubs to subject related associations.
Informed Guided Tours
For those who are interested, the University offers a guided tour. This is a chance to learn that this is more than just an educational institute, but a place that has a strong role in the history of the town, and indeed the canton. The tour offers an insight into the architecture that surrounds its buildings, as well as facts and stories about the vision and culture of the institute. The tour includes the main buildings and the library. Throughout its buildings the walls are clad with various artworks, which are intrinsically linked to the architecture and student life here.
The university has a somewhat contemporary feel to it, situated amidst an otherwise historic town. Set on Rosenborg Hill it overlooks the Old Town. Whether you wish to stroll around campus and soak up the atmosphere of student life, or participate in a guided tour, the University of St. Gallen is easily reached from the Radisson Blu Hotel, St. Gallen.