Augusta from Lithuania about her time in Krakow
Who are you? Briefly describe yourself (where do you come from, what do you study, etc.)
My name is Augusta and I am from Lithuania. I am a 3rd year History student at Siauliai University. In 2011/2012 I've been studying at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Here I had courses from the Departament of Humanities and Social science. Most of them consisted of Jewish culture and history, Polish cinema and art. I was 19 when I started this amazing Polish experience.
What has surprised you in Poland?
When I came in Poland for my short-term studies, it was the first time I visited this country. I knew a lot of things about Poland, mostly about it's history. For a few centuries Poland and Lithuania were one country, so I expected to find quite similar culture. But I was really suprised because I found so many differences from my homeland. I've seen a lot of influence from western countries. It makes Poland unique and modern.
How did you come up with the idea of studying in Poland?
For my Erasmus studies I could choose between 5 different countries. Poland was one of them. Before making a decision where to study, I was giving many questions for other students who already had studied abroad. So then I came to idea go to study in Poland. I heard many nice opinions about Krakow, so I decided to experience studies here.
Do you remember the first days of studying in Poland? Describe the struggles you went through:
Firstly I came in Poland for my Polish language course, which was before my studies. I didn't face any difficulties. I knew polish language, because I've been studying it for a one semester in my home university. But I knew many examples, when people faced with problems because of Polish language. Many people in Poland still doesn't talk in English.
Tell us about the differences between studies in Poland and studies in Lithuania:
Studies in Krakow was really interesting. I had different courses than at my home university. I learn a lot of about Jewish culture and history. Almost all my exams in Poland consisted of essays, so I had more free time do to other stuff. Teachers were very friendly and helpful. Classes are quite different from my university. We study more individually than in the classes.
What do you like about studying in Poland?
I really enjoyed studying in English language. Lessons were very interesting and involving. Teachers didn't make a pressure for us to go every time, but it was so interesting that I didn't want to miss it.
Do you know any famous people from Poland?
Well I know many famous people from Poland, because I was studying it's history.
Describe the places in Poland, that have a positive influence on you:
During my studies in Poland I've visited many places. I've studies in Krakow and I have visited all these cities: Zakopane, Warsaw, Wroclow, Sandomierz. Also I've been on hiking trip and visited Auschwitz for a few times. Moreover, I had ability to participate in March of the living. For sure my favourite city is Krakow, but all in all I like Poland. It is a country, where you can find many different things in one place.
Tell us about the country you've always wanted to visit, but still haven't:
During my erasmus I wanted to visit Portugal. My best friend was doing her ERASMUS studies here. But on the way to Portugal I faced with the problems. My ID card was stolen in Italy, so I couldn't go anywhere else only to my own country to get new one.
Have you made any permanent relations with polish students? What do you like in the most of them?
During my studies I met some Polish people, who became my friends. And still today we keep in contact. I like their attitude, that they are so positive and nice people.
If you run your own business or work anywhere, please tell us something about it.
After my Erasmus studies I decided to do international internship in Poland. I had a feeling that I want to come back to Krakow. I succeded to do it. At the moment I am doing my internship at the Galicia Jewish museum. It is going to the end, but anyway again I had a very good time in Poland.
Would you like to come back to Poland in the future? Why?
I would like to come back to Poland. I still have to finish my university in Lithuania, but now I am thinking to come here for my Master studies or just come to find a job. I feel really good and happy here. I like the atmosphere, culture and people.