José from Spain about his studies in Opole
Who are you? Briefly describe yourself (where do you come from, what do you study, etc.)
Hello ! My name is José, I am 20 year old and I am studying English Philology at the Opole University. I come from Andalucía, in the south part of Spain, more specifically from Jaén.At this moment, I am on Erasmus in Opole, Poland.
What has surprised you in Poland?
Probably the thing that surprised me the most was the weather. Polish weather is completely different to the Spanish one. During winter snow will be covering the whole country, and it is amazingly beautiful :) I believe I will never get bored of watching snow. Other important point is that Poland doesn't have Euros, so the prices are a bit lower than other countries.
How did you come up with the idea of studying in Poland?
To be honest, I was just looking for a good place to take my Erasmus, and friends, teacher and other people made the decision of coming here. They told me about the good level of English in Polish Universities. Apart from that, as I have mentioned before, the low prices compared to other European countries is a good advantage taking into account the economic crisis.
Do you remember the first days of studying in Poland? Describe the struggles you went through:
It was a bit strange, because everybody is observing you at the university and almost everywhere. But the teachers and coordinators made me feel like at home. They organized for us an introductory week, with some trips and meetings, in order to show us the city and the facilities of our university. Probably one of the problems is to find the correct room and the correct building, sometimes it became a real problem that drove us crazy !
Tell us about the differences between studies in Poland and studies in Spain:
I have more or less a similar timetable of lessons. The main difference is the exams system. Teachers in democracy with students, decide the date of an exam, and if you cannot attend to this exam, you can take it in other available day. This is a very possible aspect.
What do you like about studying in Poland?
Oral communication during lessons is very important, and somehow it attracts me a lot. You have to express yourself about what you think or about doubts. Power Point presentation and, in general, public speaking is also really important. I like it because I will work in front of people, and it make me, somehow, lose the shame.
Do you know any famous people from Poland?
Well ... I know celebrities from Poland like John Paul II, the last pope or Nicolaus Copernicus.
Describe the places in Poland, that have a positive influence on you:
First of all I have to mention Opole. It is a small city in the south part of Poland. The big river and the nearby forest make the city really lovely. Close to Opole, I visited Wroclaw. I am totally in love with that city. Probably because of its rivers and the nice center of the city. And of course Cracow ! From my point of view, really old city with its own charm. Wawel castle and the Jewish neighborhood are perfect place to visit.
Tell us about the country you've always wanted to visit, but still haven't:
The country that makes me want to travel is Turkey ! Probably the mixture of cultures between Europe and Asia makes this country unique. Beautiful cities like Istambul or Izmir also force me to visit it :)
Are you a member of any student's club or organization? Tell us something about it:
I am not part of any group of that kind. But probably in the future I will, why not.
Have you made any permanent relations with polish students? What do you like in the most of them?
I have a lot friends in Poland and also my classmates. They are kind persons that try to me with everything, and invite me to go out with them or hang out together.
Would you like to come back to Poland in the future? Why?
Of course I will. Firstly to visit the places where I lived and to try to remember all those experiences that I had there. And probably to show and to shared that with someone as well. Secondly to visit all those people that I met there which are part of me now."