The University of St. Gallen has a special place in the hearts of St. Gallen residents 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. The academy's 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 about St. Gallen's history. Today, although one of the smallest educational institutions 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 5 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 organizes many academic conferences throughout the year.
The Student Body
Also known as HSG due to its former German name Handels-Hochschule St. Gallen, the university has a very enthusiastic and engaged student population. Over 7,000 students study here, choosing from over 100 courses offered. 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; it is 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 of the university's 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 amid an otherwise historical town. Set on Rosenborg Hill, it overlooks the Old Town.