Emir from Albania about his time in Poland

Who are you? Briefly describe yourself (where do you come from, what do you study, etc.)

My name is Emir, I have Turkish passport but my origin comes from Albania from father's side. I study in Turkey and came to Poland in Erasmus for 1 year. I study Russian language and literature. I study at Wroclaw University in Poland, I am 22 years old.

What has surprised you in Poland?

For example, we let old women-men or women with children or pregnant women sit our seats on tram or bus in our country and I noticed that Polish people also have this culture and they differ than some other Western European countries with it. People have good family contacts and they are very important for them.

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

I met some friends from Poland who came to Turkey for studying in Erasmus and I got some information from them. Poland is situated in the middle of Europe and it gives me the opportunity to visit a lot of countries in Europe.

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

Hmm, it was pretty hard. We had an assistant teacher who is responsible for Erasmus students. He just said that we will have an schedule and timetables of lessons on the website of Wroclaw University and that's all. The education system differs from ours in some ways but I am okay with it now as I can express myself in Polish when I need to.

Tell us about the differences between studies in Poland and studies in Turkey:

We study for 4 years on bachelor programme and here you study for 3 years on bachelor programme and 2 years on master programme.

What do you like about studying in Poland?

I am foreign and the teachers help me about it. I am glad about that but of course, there are some exceptions and some teachers consider me to be as good as the Polish students are and that's really hard for me in some ways.

Do you know any famous people from Poland?

I know some footballers. Blasczykowski, Kamil Grosicki, Lewandowski , Marcin Kus, Adrian Mierzejewski. Some of them either played in my country before or some of them also play currently.

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

Krakow and Wroclaw. I didn't like Katowice. I also wanna visit Gdansk. I have been to Warsaw 2 times, It is a typical capital city like the others, business place so it is not very interesting like Krakow or Wroclaw.

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

Guatemala, I wanna visit that country because I've always been interested in ancient temples and buildings. I mean, I like Mayans and they are very mysterious. I wanna visit that country for sure.

Have you made any permanent relations with polish students? What do you like in the most of them?

I have some good friends. They are helping me as much as they can. I don't mean all of them are helpful.

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

Of course, I want to. I want to stay in Poland but the problem is that I am not sure whether I can stay here permanently because I am from Turkey and we don't belong to the European Union. I would like to continue my master here but for free, because it is too expensive when I have to pay for the study here. I like Poland because it is cheaper here. The products are either cheaper , or at the same price as they are in my country.

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