Fabio from Portugal about Poznan and Wroclaw

Who are you? Short bios. (where do you come from, where do you study? In which faculty, bachelor degree or master degree?)

My name is Fábio, I'm 24 and I come from Portugal. I study International Relations in Universidade de Évora and I'm the last year of the bachelor program. In Poland- Poznan University of Life Sciences

What has surprised you in Poland?

In Poland, for me its very strange that usually I have to wait a little bit to cross the street because the cars don't stop like it usually happen in my country. Other thing that surprised me was the weather because where I live I never have snow and when I came here everything was white. The architecture also surprised me, the monuments and the green zones, the lakes, the nature too.

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

I only had 4 options to study abroad, Spain, Italy, Belgium and Poland. My first option was Italy but it was too expensive. Spain and Belgium never was an option cause I've already been there. I'de like to visit Belgium again but not to study. I always was curious about the life in Poland and in neighbors countries and studying here give me that oportunity to see and discover a new culture.

Do remember the early days of studying in Poland? Describe the struggles you went through.

The only struggle was the language and it still continues to be. In the dorm none of the employees speek english, and happens the same with a lot of students in the dorm too. In some other places too like the supermarket, the bus and rail station, etc. etc.

What's the difference between studies in Poland and studies in Portugal?

In Portugal I don't have practical classes, and I almost don't have to do any projects. The classes are very boring cause professors only pass some slides, not all of them, but generally. Here, I have more practice classes, and the class is more interactive but maybe its because we are erasmus and we are only 9 in the class.

Do you know any famous people from Poland?

The movie director- Roman Polanski; the footballer Lewandowski; the Pope John Paul II; the musician Chopin; Niculau Copernicu.

Which places in Poland have a positive influence on you?

Wroclaw! I've been there last weekend and I loved the city. I also like Poznan, where I study and I liked Gdansk, so far, the cities where I've been.

Number 1 country you have always wanted to visit but still haven't?


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