Dana from the Republic of Kazakhstan at Wroclaw University of Economics

Who are you? Describe yourself briefly: your name, what country do you come from? Where and what do you study in Poland?

Dana, the Republic of Kazakhstan. I’ve been on the exchange program within my Master studies in Economics in Wroclaw University of Economics.

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

The Academic Mobility Office of the university at my home town suggested a semester abroad. After consideration I've decided to apply to Wroclaw University of Economics. I've gathered all the necessary documents and in a few weeks I've arrived at Wroclaw-Copernicus Airport :)

What do you like about studying in Poland?

I like everything about studying in Poland. The professors are really great at what they do. They haven’t only taught, but also inspired me to learn more about the chosen specialization. The approach to study is also appealing; I got a lot of practical knowledge and developed my critical thinking and analytical skills.

Do you remember your first days of studying in Poland? What was your first impression of this country?

To say frankly, I was a bit nervous on my first studying day. But after a few minutes of the lecture (it was The Cultural Environment of International Business) I start feeling more confident. The atmosphere on the classes is very friendly and encouraging. I was glad to share my knowledge and experience with the other students and also learn new things.

What has surprised you in Poland?

What was surprising for me in Poland is that in everyday life it is not that easy to find someone in a shop or pharmacy office who speaks English. Mostly people speak Polish and it was difficult to explain what I wanted. Another thing that surprised is rather funny J In Kazakhstan and other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States mayonnaise tastes different than in Poland :) it’s not that sweet.

Would you recommend Poland as a place to study?

I would certainly recommend Poland as a place to study and actually I’ve already done that at my home university :) I really enjoyed studying at Wroclaw University of Economics. I got a chance to practice the languages I speak, learn Polish and study Economics with a different approach.

 

What are your favourite places/cities in Poland?

Generally, our countries are similar. Moreover, due to historical events, there is a big Polish diaspora in Kazakhstan.

What are your favourite places/cities in Poland?

I love Wroclaw and Zakopane :) My favorite place in Wroclaw is of course Rynek. I adore the architecture at this place. What I love about Zakopane is that when being there it feels like you are not in Poland, but in a totally different country. People seem even more friendly and hospitable. The landscape is wonderful and the atmosphere is unique.

What do you do in your spare time in Wroclaw?

In my spare time I did some sports, went shopping as every other female :) explored the city and tried to find a new dwarf and spent time with other students :)

If you think "Poland" what associations come to your mind? Do you know any stereotypes about Poland and Poles that you find true or definitely not true?

Before coming to Wroclaw when I heard “Poland” I thought of Marie Sklodowska-Curie, the Pope John Paul II, Rzeczpospolita Polska and other things related to history. The stereotypes that I heard are that the Polish are unfriendly, drink a lot and that they are thieves. But these are just stereotypes. I was lucky to meet only good Polish people :)

How well do you know Polish? (What is your attitude towards Polish language? What are the funniest or the most difficult Polish words?)

I have never heard much of Polish fluent speech before my exchange semester in Poland. So when I heard it for the first time I was surprised to hear it and find out that generally I can understand what people say. As far as it is similar with Russian it wasn’t very difficult to learn that. The language courses helped a lot. They were very interesting and what we learnt was really helpful in everyday life. I could speak Polish very simply, but people understood me and it was encouraging to learn more of the language. My favorite Polish word is “kochanie”. It sounds soft, like you embrace the person, to whom this word is addressed :)

What are your plans for the nearest future - in terms of Poland and generally?

The time that I spent in Wroclaw helped me understand myself better, gain new experience and knowledge and also come up with new goals and plans. Among my plans are visiting Wroclaw and Poland in general and meeting with other Erasmus students again.

Grüsse aus Kasachstan :)

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