Student from spain in Torun
Who are you? Briefly describe yourself (where do you come from, what do you study, etc.)
My name is Luis, I am 22. I come from Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Seville, Spain) and I study law and management at my home University. Currently, I'm living in Torun and I study management at Nicolaus Copernicus University.
What has surprised you in Poland?
I was quite surprise because I thought I was going to be frozen here (because the minimun temperature in my city during the winter is like 2-3º over zero), but actually my winter is much warmer in Torun than in Seville, because the houses/flats are much better than the ones you can find in Seville. So really, my friends in Spain are quite jealous of me.
How did you come up with the idea of studying in Poland?
I met a Polish friend last year and I was asking her about how was Poland (cheap/expensive; the university; style of live...etc), and I got a very good opinion about Poland. Besides it was more interesting than going to a closer country.
Do you remember the first days of studying in Poland? Describe the struggles you went through:
Well, I though it was easier use the public transport (I refer about understanding the people in English), and finally I had some problems with that because I didn't know anything about Polish before come here (it was my mistake).
Tell us about the differences between studies in Poland and studies in Spain:
Well, the exams have a more flexible timetable. At my home University, it's almost impossible be able to change the date of one exam, unless you have a very very strong reason. Here there is some flexibility about that, It's easier speak with the professor and try to manage that issue.About the timetable, probably here my timetable its more heterogeneous, the timetable changes each week and I have a lot of classes a couple of days and only 2 other day. My schedule in Spain is more homogeneous and maybe I have the same number of classes each day (more or less)."
What do you like about studying in Poland?
Well, the approach is quite different and it is always interesting. Besides here I think the professor are more interested in what do you do in class. In my home university they only take care of your final exam.
Do you know any famous people from Poland?
Copernicus, Lech Walesa, Chopin, John Paul II and Roman Polanski.
Describe the places in Poland, that have a positive influence on you:
Old town in Torun, Gdansk, Poznan.
Tell us about the country you've always wanted to visit, but still haven't:
Maybe France, I was once at the French part of "Pirineos" montains. But it is not a real trip to France.
Are you a member of any student's club or organization? Tell us something about it:
No. I go to some tandens with international students (or people who work in Seville), but its quite informal, you go to a pub and you drink a beer while you practice the language you want. This is the main atractive point.
Have you made any permanent relations with polish students? What do you like in the most of them?
Well, the culture is different of any other I met before (USA, Italian, German). So probably the thing I like more is that is new for me. I can't be more preciss.
Would you like to come back to Poland in the future? Why?
Of course, I have some friends here. Besides one year it's not enough time for living in a new place (if you really want get to know it).