Welcome to the University of Greifswald!

The University of Greifswald is one of the oldest tertiary education institutions in Germany and the Baltic Sea Region. Founded in 1456, it is also the oldest Swedish university, as the region was ruled by the Swedes after the Thirty Years’ War and up until 1815. Today, the University of Greifswald is aware of its tradition and has become a modern University beside the Baltic Sea with approximately 220 professors and 10.000 students. These come from all over Germany and from more than 90 countries from across the world.

Greifswald is known as a town with short distances, in which you will find intensive and personal relationships between teaching staff and students.

Studying conditions in Greifswald are excellent. Due to its geographical position in the Baltic Sea Region, cultural and academic contacts have grown historically, especially to partners in Poland, the Baltic States and to Scandinavia.

Research and teaching at the University is committed to the freedom and autonomy of thought.  The University regards research, teaching and studying as one entity, which is to be fostered and developed in cooperation with the individual academic disciplines.  People of all origins and convictions are invited to take part in academic education and to work together to enhance knowledge. Researchers, teachers and students are committed to stand up for a free, civil and democratic society and to advocate the peaceful coexistence of humans and nations. 


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Joecks -

Sorrow on the Loss of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Joecks

The University of Greifswald mourns the loss of

Prof. Dr. jur. Wolfgang Joecks

* 20th June 1953 † 9th August 2016

We say goodbye to a passionate, charismatic university lecturer and professionally highly regarded colleague, who shaped the University of Greifswald significantly for many years in important functions and positions and with the greatest level of commitment.

Wolfgang Joecks was Chair of Criminal Law, specialising in Commercial Criminal Law and Criminal Tax Law, at the Faculty of Law and Economics at the University of Greifswald.  He was one of the most renowned academics in this field, who united research, teaching and practice at the highest of standards. From 2007 to 2009 and again since 2013, Wolfgang Joecks was Pro-Rector for Teaching and Studying. From 2002 to 2006 he was chairman of the University of Greifswald’s Academic Senate.

With Wolfgang Joecks, we have lost a strong, inspiring personality. His unexpected death has created a significant gap. We remember him with utmost respect and gratitude.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with his wife, his children and his grandchildren.

Prof. Dr. Johanna Eleonore Weber, Rector
Prof. Dr. Joachim Lege, Dean of the Faculty of Law and Economics
Prof. Dr. Maria-Theresia Schafmeister, Chairwoman of the Academic Senate  

A book of condolence has been placed in the foyer of the University of Greifswald’s Office of the Rectorate and will be there until the start of the winter semester on the 10th October. Members of the University, friends, companions and Greifswald’s citizens are welcome to write their condolences.

The foyer is open during normal office hours, usually from Monday to Thursday from 9.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. and on Friday from 9.00 to 11.30 a.m.