Frequently Asked Questions - GrIStuF 2018

Yay, you want to apply for the next Greifswald International Students Festival!

It is an exciting thing to do and we want to make sure your application is without any problems. This is why we have collected a list of FAQ here for your to consult. If you still need help, you can send us an email to help[@]gristuf.org.
Please read through this page first and only write us an email if you cannot find the answer in our FAQ.

The Greifswald International Students Festival 2018 will begin on Saturday, June 16 and finish one week later on June 23. We recommend to plan your travels so that you arrive in Greifswald on the 15th of June or early on the 16th. It is not possible to arrive later.

To participate in the Greifswald International Students Festival 2018 you have to be at least 18 years old on the 15th of June 2018 and enrolled at a college/university. Other applications can not be considered.

The application phase begins at the end of October and ends on the 15th of January 2018. During that time it is possible to register in our database: www.gristuf.org/ems

No, for GrIStuF 2018 we accept applications from students all over the globe.

To apply for participation in the festival you have to register as an applicant on our database www.gristuf.org/ems.
Please be aware that it is not enough to simply register at the database, but the application form has to be filled out and sent. Make sure to submit your application by January 15th the latest. During the application you must fill in the form and write a letter of motivation.

Firstly, answer the questions you find in the application form. You will need to choose one of the workshops and tell us exactly why you are interested in this workshop. Please also tell us why you want to come to Greifswald and how you will contribute to the festival. If you have been engaged with any kind of social or voluntary work please mention it, too.

Criteria for the choice of participants are the quality of your motivation letter and your extracurricular voluntary or social work. A third criteria will also be the language quality of your text.

Please use the following web page for login: www.gristuf.org/ems.
To create a new user you need a username and a valid email address. You will be sent a password to that email address. Use your application ID and password to login.

All applications turned in until the 15th of January 2018 will pass an evaluation process during which they will equally be considered by members of the GrIStuF association team. This process takes time, therefore the official invitations will be sent out starting from the 1st of March 2018. If you get invited to our festival, you can start to plan your journey and if necessary apply for a visa at the responsible embassy or consulate general. In case you should decide not to participate in our festival please get back to us as soon as possible, so other students get the chance to join.

All information on your application need to be correct and honest. You must not use plagiarism. We hope and believe, that all our applicants are fair to each other. And trust us, we have noticed plagiarism and lies in the past.

Nothing. Participation of GrIStuF is free of charge. Furthermore, you will have free food, free accommodation and free entry to all activities. It’s a great deal, isn’t it?

Well. Yes and no. 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. However, we try to refund at least some of your travel expenses. The amount of money we can refund is dependent on our financial situation and our sponsors. In the past years all participants got a refund of maximum 50€. Please be aware that we can and will only refund your travel expenses upon arrival in Greifswald and with a valid ticket + invoice.

Yes! This year, for the first time, we will offer 1 or 2 scholarships to pay the entire travel expenses. The details have not been figured out yet, but they will be published as soon as possible.

Note that the scholarship does not depend solely on your skills and the score of your application. With the scholarship we want to enable participants to come who could otherwise not afford participation. 

Participants will sleep with one of our hosts. Hosts are students or families in Greifswald who have a free bed, a cozy couch, or at least a space for an air mattress. Hosts are not Hotels. They are better! While you can probably not expect a super comfortable bed and room service, you will be welcomed with open arms and warm hearts. That’s better, right? In return, we expect you to be polite guests at your host’s place and respect that they welcome you into their homes and lives. 

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

You will chose 2-3 workshops during your application and let us know why you are most interested in these choices. With your invitation to the festival you will also receive information which workshop you will participate in.

Please check our list of workshops here.

Contact us at help[@]gristuf.org

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