The Baltic Sea Region (BSR) is excellently suited for the analysis of cultural, political, economic and social interactions and exchange processes. The BSR offers the chance to examine important questions regarding cooperation and integration in the Baltic Sea Region and Europe in general. This key field of research stands for interdisciplinarity, international cooperation and the fusion of fundamental and applied research. The subjects of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities are at the heart of this key field of research - the combination of Slavonic, Baltic, Scandinavian and Finnish Studies create a competence in language and literature studies which is unique to Germany. A further key characteristic of this area of research is its cross-faculty importance, shown in projects and cooperative activities in very diverse fields of study. The flagship of interdisciplinary and international cooperation are the (international) graduate schools "Kontaktzone Mare Balticum", "Baltic Borderlands" and "Baltic Peripeties", which have existed since 2000 and are successively funded by the DFG.
The Interdisciplinary Centre for Baltic Sea Region Research (IFZO) clusters all research activities on the Baltic Sea Region and offers support, research and transfer structures for innovative research and collaborative projects of all departments. The IFZO represents the university research focus"Cultures of the Baltic Sea Region" and is a central institution at the University of Greifswald.