Student from France and his time in Gdansk

French student Pierre-Yves T. was studying at 3rd year of his Bachelor's degree in Sopot (Poland). He describes his study time in Poland.


What has surprised you in Poland?

My first time in Poland was in 2010 when I had visited a good friend of mine who was studying in Warsaw. I had no idea how was the Polish life. I thought the country was covered by snow 9 months a year and Polish people were always drinking vodka... but I was wrong, when I spend my year in Pomorskie, it was only snowing for 2months... and for the vodka, I was not so wrong.

How did you come up with the idea of studying in Poland?

My main goal was to live abroad for one year, and my school proposed me to study in London, Spain or Poland. People were surprised of my choice but I knew that it was a good one. I wanted to know more about this great country full of history and ressources.

Do you remember the first days of studying in Poland? Describe the struggles you went through.

Yes I remember the first day, I was a bit stressed because everything was totally new and my English was not as good as now so I was affraid not to understand my lectures and have bad grades but finally my fears have left promptly.

Tell us about the differences between studies in Poland and studies in France?

It's quite the same but I really like some lectures I had, when table are positioned as for a meeting and everyone can participate and argument easily.


What do you like about studying in Poland?

I like the most that all my lectures were in the first half of the week and after that I was free so it let me enough time to visit many bordered countries and also many city in Poland.

Do you know any famous people from Poland?

For sure! Jan Pawel 2, Lech Walesa, Copernic, Chopin... Janusz Palikot.

Describe the places in Poland, that have a positive influence on you.

I really enjoyed historical places and also harbour in Gdynia, shipyard in Gdansk, and I also enjoyed to have walks in the forest, then along the sea and finally on the Pier in Sopot.

Tell us about the country you've always wanted to visit, but still haven't.

There is a lot of but I guess I've some preferences with Asiatic countries like Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia.

Are you a member of any student's club or organization? Tell us something about it.

Since I came back to France, I decided to join an association and I'm the vice-president of the International Students Association of my school. We organise language courses, multicultural lunch, and also organisation of trips in Europe. It takes me a lot of time and organisation but I can count on the help of my team, 22 peoples from France and abroad.

Would you like to come back to Poland in the future? Why?

I dream to come back to Poland, I had such a great experience and so good memories... I miss it everyday... I think I will come in 2013 if time allows me the opportunity to spend few days there to visit my Polish friends.

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