Frequently Asked Questions

The Greifswald International Students Festival

You're interested in the Greifswald International Students Festival? Or even consider to apply for the next one? 

We're sure you have a lot of questions and want to make sure that your process of application is without any problems. This is why we have collected a list of FAQ here for you to consult. If you still need help, you can send us an email to help[@]
Please read through this page first and then write to us only if you cannot find the answer to your question in our FAQ.

The next Greifswald International Students Festival is coming! More detailed information will follow...

During the application period, it will be possible to apply on this website. To apply you have to register as applicant in our database. Afterwards the application form needs to be filled out and sent. This last step is crucial, as only being registered as an applicant does not qualify as a complete application. As part of the application we also ask for a letter of motivation. 

All information in your application must be correct and honest. You must not plagiarise. We as the GrIStuF-Team believe in fairness and honesty and therefore place great emphasis on these values within the application process.

The application period for the next festival is yet to be announced. 


To participate in the next Greifswald International Students Festival you must be 18 years old or older. You must also be enrolled at a university or college at the time of the first day of the festival. Additionally you have to be fully vaccinated with EMA-approved vaccinations. Applications that do not meet these requirements cannot be considered.

There is no age limit for applicants. However, as you must be enrolled as a student to participate, we will ask for a certificate of enrolment if your stated age is above the usual student age

Firstly, please answer the questions you find in the application form. Write why you want to come to Greifswald and how you will contribute to the festival. Additionally choose one of the workshops and tell us why you are interested. If you have been involved in any form of social or voluntary work, let us know about this aswell.

All applicants will be notified about the result of their application by e-mail. Please also check the spam/ junk folder of your mail programme. If you have not received an email from us by the specified date, please write to us at help[@] and ask for the result of your application.

All applications submitted by the application deadline go through an evaluation process where they are reviewed by members of the GrIStuF-Team. This process takes time. Please do not start booking your travel to Greifswald until you have received confirmation from us that you will be attending the festival. If you decide not to participate in our festival after you have already applied, please contact us as soon as possible so that other students have the chance to participate.

Criteria for the selection of participants is the quality of your motivation letter as well as the practice of extracurricular, voluntary or social work. A third criterion is also the linguistic quality of your text.

All information in your application must be correct and honest. You must not plagiarise. We as the GrIStuF team believe in fairness and honesty and therefore place great emphasis on these values within the application process.

Nothing. Participation in GrIStuF is free. You also get free meals, free accommodation and free entry to all activities. That's a great offer, isn't it?

We can not pay for your travel expenses to Greifswald. You have to book all tickets yourself. You also have to pay for your visa.

Depending on our funds, we are able to refund part of your travel expenses for GrIStuF. As soon as we know if we can refund part your travel expenses for GrIStuF, we will inform you. However, please be prepared that in case of doubt you will have to pay for your travel expenses yourself.

You can prioritise three workshops when you apply. If you are invited to GrIStuF, we will let you know which workshop you will attend. We always try our best to give everyone their preferred choice, but as places are limited, we cannot promise anything.

Participants will stay with one of our hosts. Hosts are students or families in Greifswald who have a free bed, a comfortable couch or at least a place for an air mattress. Host families are not hotels. You can't expect a luxurious bed or room service, but you will be welcomed with open arms and warm hearts. In return, we expect you to behave like a polite guest to your hosts and respect them for welcoming you into their home and life.

Your hosts will provide you with breakfast. Lunch, dinner and snacks for in between will be provided by the GrIStuF team. Please let us know if you have any allergies or food intolerances so that we can make sure we provide the right food for you. We as GrIStuF team are very aware of the impact we have on our planet and want to promote a responsible, sustainable lifestyle. Therefore, we try to eat local and seasonal food as much as possible and avoid meat. Lunch and dinner will mostly be vegan or vegetarian.

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