Jiri Kocka from Czech Republic and his studies in Wroclaw

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

My name is Jiří Kočka, I come from Prague - Czech Republic and I am Erasmus student of University of Economics in Wroclaw

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

I wanted to use an opportunity to participate the Erasmus program and by the process of elimination I´ve chosen Poland.

What do you like about studying in Poland?

Very wide selection of subjects in English (more than 100), friendly approach, good teachers.

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

I do remember but I wasn´t surprised by almost anything because there are not any big differences between Czech rep. and Poland. Everything was as I expected so first impression was good.

What has surprised you in Poland?

As I already mentioned - no big surprises for me. Maybe just few small ones: Girls drink a lot in here, drivers don´t stop at crosswalk, I didn´t learn polish language as fast as expected, quality of food is good and standard of life is quite high (at least at Wroclaw).

Would you recommend Poland as a place to study?

Of course, I am sure it was the best decision in my life.

Can you compare your country to Poland? What are the main differences or similarities?

In Czech rep. even older generation is not really interested in religion and Catholic Church is very often criticized (I believe that sometimes unfairly) by major society. Beer in Poland is stronger and more expensive. Typical cuisine is different etc. Anyway I believe that mentality of people is similar.

What are your favourite places/cities in Poland?

Wroclaw :-)

What do you do in your spare time in Wroclaw?

Excluding the time I am spending at home I do like to parting, running, going to the gym, travelling, going to restaurants, geocaching, concerts and all events organized by ESN.

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?

Poles drink a lot, especially vodka - true, Girls are hot - true, Polish meat and other food is of low quality - not true, Poles are very religious - probably true in general but young people I´ve met were mostly not religious.

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

I am trying really hard to learn Polish because I know it´s almost the only language I can master during one year of Erasmus. My current level is around B1 and I would like to get B2 in the end of my stay in Poland. Most difficult for me is writing and spelling because I can´t hear the difference in pronunciation in some cases - for instance "sz" and "ś". The most funny words are those, which have normal meaning in Polish but vulgar in Czech. :)

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

Successfully finish my Erasmus program, then finish my last year at my home university and then find a job, preferably abroad. If I will have an opportunity to get a good job in Poland I wouldn´t hesitate to move in here. I think that Poland is a good place to live and Wroclaw is a great city.


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