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.
The University of Greifswald Sheds the Name Ernst Moritz Arndt
The German name for the University of Greifswald will no longer include Ernst Moritz Arndt. From now on, the German name for the University will be Universität Greifswald. During the Academic Senate’s session on the 18th January 2017 a two-thirds majority was attained, which is needed to change the name of the University as stipulated by the Basic Regulations.
The change to the name of the University will be official after Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s Ministry of Education has agreed to the change of the University’s Basic Regulations. The Landeshochschulgesetz M-V (State Higher Education Law) states in § 1 Sub-Section 3 that the name of each of the universities has to be stipulated in their respective basic regulations.