Emre from Germany Turkey his time in Warsaw

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

My name's Emre and I am from Germany, originally from Turkey. I study philosophy, oriental sciences, geography and sociology and I am living in Warsaw as an Erasmus student since September 2012. I study at the University of Warsaw.

What has surprised you in Poland?

I guess most of the foreigners await a way more ex-soviet country, when they think about Poland. Of course there are some regions and places where it is like that, but especially Warsaw surprised me, because it is pretty glamorous.

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

To be honest, first of all I wanted to be in a big city. Warsaw was one of those which were offered by my university. And, like I mentioned before, I also enjoyed the idea of being in an ex-soviet country.

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

I didn't have that many troubles. Most of the people I met could at least speak a little bit of English and with enough respect and humbleness people will help you, even if you don't speak the language. I still don't speak much Polish, and people still are very friendly, even if I cannot speak Polish.

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

At my home university I am more free to choose subjects and can decide which topics I want to have. In Poland I am a little bit restricted.

What do you like about studying in Poland?

It's a good atmosphere and we also got some very good professors here. And of course the great library of the University of Warsaw ;)

Do you know any famous people from Poland?

Historically famous? Of course: Chopin, Kopernik etc. Currently famous? Not many, but I even got to know a couple of semi-celebrities from Warsaw, which is a little bit surprising.

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

The clubs scene of Warsaw, and Sopot's beach.

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

Oh there are many, I don't even know where to start. Probably New Zealand.

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

No I am not. I unfortunately don't enjoy the whole ESN thing.

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

I'll definitely come back to Poland in the future, since the culture here will boom in the next few years even more than right now. I am looking forward to it.

If you run your own business or work anywhere, please tell us something about it (what is it, how many hours weekly do you work, etc.)

It is not exactly a business but I recently began to work on a blog /Facebook-site about events, concerts, clubs and venues in Warsaw for foreigners, since there weren't many of these blogs for young people in Warsaw. Just look for WARSAWESOME :)

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