Dear Prospective Students,

Students at Freshers' Fair 2018 - photo: Till Junker

Maybe you’re finding yourself asking whether it makes sense to start studies at the present moment? Should I be thinking about studying if measures that have been introduced to protect people’s health entail distance learning? Is it at all possible to teach and learn without direct social exchange? And even if it is: is it at all enjoyable? Our answer to all of these justified questions is definitely: YES! All areas of our society require qualified professionals with academic training. This applies not only to research and healthcare, which has been made clear by the COVID-19 pandemic, but also to all areas of the public services, the economy, culture and politics. Even during the coronavirus pandemic, tertiary education institutions guarantee excellent training that will enable you to tackle the future challenges of our society with the best-possible expertise.

What can you expect from the University of Greifswald in winter semester 2020/2021? We are a University that teaches its students on site and we will do our utmost to make it possible for you to receive as much ‘face-to-face’ teaching as possible. If self-distancing measures are still in place, we are able to provide courses for larger numbers of participants in digital formats. On the other hand, courses that cannot be provided sensibly in digital formats, such as laboratory practicals or artistic work will be held ‘face-to-face’ in compliance with the necessary health protection measures. We also capitalise on all of the possibilities for combining digital and ‘face-to-face’ formats, because we know: teaching and learning is not possible without social interaction. We shall concentrate on providing students in their first semester sufficient space and opportunity for direct social contact.

I’m sure you have lots of questions. Then please take a look at our FAQs. And if these fail to answer your questions, please write us an email!

Prof. Dr. Steffen Fleßa
Pro-Rector for Studying and Teaching
University of Greifswald

Studying in times of COVID-19?

I am an international student, where can I find relevant information regarding the start of studies, entry requirements etc.?

The International Office’s webpages provide international students with detailed information regarding the start of studies and entry restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lecture period – a successful start to winter semester

Should I be planning my move to Greifswald in spite of the current situation?

We are a university that teaches its students on site and we will do everything in our power to provide students, particularly those in their first semester, with as much on-site teaching as possible. Corresponding general conditions [de] have been agreed with the Ministry of Education. We want to make it possible for you to get to know lots of new social contacts and take part in student life in Greifswald from the very beginning. This will work out best by moving to the town in which you are taking up studies!

By taking part in our Heimathafen campaign and registering Greifswald as your main place of residence, you will receive a contribution towards your moving costs from the Town Council that amounts to 100 euros, as well as further advantages and reductions. All of the details about the residence bonus can be found here.

Our libraries make it possible for you to borrow books without coming in direct contact with others and also provide limited access to workstations.

The Studierendenwerk (Student Services) Greifswald opened the Mensa (cafeteria) on the Berthold-Beitz-Platz on 02/06/2020 for lunch takeaways and for on-site eating. However, due to the current coronavirus regulations, operations remain limited for now and can only be provided in accordance with the corresponding regulations.

It is also possible to visit the outside areas of our Botanical Garden and the Arboretum if you pay attention to the hygiene regulations.

Will face-to-face teaching be provided in the first semester?

Teaching at the University of Greifswald takes place on site. Therefore, as a general rule of principle, face-to-face teaching remains the form of teaching we would like to provide. It is supplemented and enhanced by digital formats that enable the innovative realisation of teaching and learning goals. Corresponding general regulations [de] have been agreed with the Ministry of Education. Digital teaching does not constitute an end in itself. If the pandemic-related contact and distancing regulations are still in place in winter semester 2020/21, it will be necessary to provide large amounts of digital teaching, but this is only due to reasons related to the protection of health. The most important information regarding the planning of teaching for winter semester has been summarised in a concept that has been agreed with the faculties.

Which technical requirements do I require to be able to take part in the online teaching provided for my degree course?

The University of Greifswald’s Computer Centre recommends a modern, high performance laptop with built-in webcam, the use of an up-to-date and modern browser, and a stable internet connection. Furthermore, it is recommended you have a headset with microphone for online lectures. Smartphones are not suitable for taking part in digital teaching.

The University of Greifswald’s Computer Centre also provides an overview of recommended [de] free open source software with various applications to help you with your daily work on the PC.

The University of Greifswald has no campus contracts with commercial software providers which allow you to use licences and services with special terms.

As soon as you are enrolled as a student at the University you will receive your personal user account and the corresponding password, which makes it possible for you to log into the University Information System (HIS). This provides you with access to the online self-service portal [de] (LSF).

At the same time, you receive access to the University’s central email service [de]. This is where you will receive important information regarding the start of semester.

Are preliminary courses taking place?

The University will provide a mix of digital and face-to-face teaching (respecting the self-distancing regulations). Our preliminary courses for mathematics [de] and physics [de] are an important component for establishing the necessary personal contact between students, in particular the freshers, and members of teaching staff. Plans are already in place for the preliminary courses. The details will be published on the Institutes’ webpages in due time.

Your question has not been answered yet? – Find further contacts you can turn to below.


Academic Counselling and Course Enquiries

              Contact for: General study enquiries

Student's Registration Office

              Contact for: Enrolments, applications, start of semester

University Information System (HIS)

              For: Course timetable

Central Examination Office

              Contact for: Examinations, submission of coursework essays

International Office

              Contact for: Exchanges, international students

Studierendenwerk (Student Services)

              Contact for: Accommodation, Mensa (cafeteria), BAföG

Town of Greifswald (Town Council)

              Contact for: Registration Office, Car Registration Office

Landkreis Vorpommern-Greifswald (District Council)

              Contact for: Healthcare/public health

Press and Media Relations Office

              Contact for: Media enquiries, press releases