University of Greifswald

The draw of knowledge. Since 1456

A University with Tradition

The University of Greifswald is one of the oldest academic institutions in Germany and indeed the Baltic Sea Region. Founded in 1456, it is also the oldest Swedish university, due to the fact that Greifswald and the surrounding region fell under Swedish rule during the Thirty Years War and remained so until 1815.

Today, the University of Greifswald is an outward-looking academic institution in the German state (Bundesland) of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. It benefits from an extensive network of international contacts and partnership agreements, whilst proudly acknowledging its history and traditional ties within the Baltic Sea region. The University of Greifswald is a medium-sized modern university. The low student–staff ratio and close proximity of facilities permit intensive and individual cooperation between lecturers and students, promoting an excellent study environment. Approximately 60 percent of the students come to Greifswald from other parts of Germany, and there are international students from more than 95 different countries. The university cultivates 24 university partnerships and maintains exchange agreements with over 150 universities worldwide.

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Studying in Greifswald

Despite its moderate size, the University of Greifswald is a classical universitas litterarum with five traditional faculties – the Faculty of Theology, the Faculty of Law and Economics, the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and the Faculty of Medicine with the University Hospital (University Medicine).

The University Medicine as well as the life sciences faculties are conveniently located on a modern and spacious campus, which adjoins the historical part of town. The humanities and the social sciences are in the city centre, where the central lecture hall building and the main administration building with its wonderful baroque assembly hall, both of which are characteristic landmarks in the old town, can also be found.

The breadth of disciplines offered by the university manifests itself in 60 degree courses, which, with the exception of interdisciplinary study programmes, are primarily structured around the specialisations of the institutes that make up the university.

The Integrated Quality Assurance Unit periodically conducts internal and external evaluations of all courses and thereby contributes to the outstanding environment for study at the University of Greifswald. Students are regularly polled about critical phases of their studies to ensure the high quality of academic teaching.

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The University and the City

Its location on the coast of the Baltic Sea makes Greifswald an attractive place for students, lecturers and researchers to live and work. The popular holiday islandy of Rügen, Usedom and Hiddensee are just a stone´s throw away, and the Bay of Greifswald offers beaches rigjt on the doorstep.

Greifswald is a dynamic and youthful city. Numerous student initiatives, clubs and festivals (celebrations of  Scandinavien and Polish culture), including the Greifswald International Students Festival, are an integral part of the city´s cultural life.

A coastal city rich in tradition