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Greifswald, situated in Northern Germany next to the Baltic Sea coast, is a lively town with 55.000 inhabitants. Its more than 750 years old history is shown by its rich medieval architecture with 3 imposing churches, as well as picturesque narrow streets and places. It has favorable connections to the nearby islands of Usedom and Ruegen (which are said to have Germany's loveliest beaches) and is a train ride of 2.5 hours away from the German capital, Berlin.

The university, at which at present students from 70 countries are registered, was founded in 1456 and is one the eldest universities in Germany. Today approximately 250 professors teach 12.000 students, which is quite special (allowing close personal contact between teachers and students). There are plenty of sports facilities in and around Greifswald. With regard to its academic life it has been said that there are towns all over the world which have a university, but in Greifswald a university has a town.