Naciye Norwegian Turkish student in Lublin
Who are you? Briefly describe yourself (where do you come from, what do you study, etc.)
My name is Naciye and I'm from Norway, originally from Turkey. I started my medical studies at Medical University of Lublin September 2012. This is a 5-year program, and it feels good to soon be done with the first year!
What has surprised you in Poland?
Firstly, the weather. I have never been to Poland until I came to Lublin and therefore I didn't expect that it's gonna be so different from the weather I'm used to in Norway. The winter this year was long though.. At the moment, it feels like the summer's will be more like what I'm used to in Turkey; warm and last way longer than the summer in Norway. Secondly, I didn't realize that Polish people were extremely religious until I came. Kinda fascinating with all the statues and crosses you can see in every corner.
How did you come up with the idea of studying in Poland?
There are only four medical universities in Norway. Consequently, you need top grades in all subjects to be a proper candidate. I, like almost 1500 thousands of other Norwegians students, didn't want to waste at least one year to improve my grades. The amount of articles and information about medical studies in Poland are enormous, among others ANSA's webpage. People who are already studying here recommend Poland to Norwegian students.
Do you remember the first days of studying in Poland? Describe the struggles you went through:
I don't remember anything that I really struggled with. The only thing worth mentioning is the language. The older generation doesn't speak English well, and therefore sometimes language problems occured. But after I found an apartment, met new people and started the studies, it all went pretty well actually.
Tell us about the differences between studies in Poland and studies in Norway:
Well, although the subjects mostly are the same, the program is differently set up. Examples are which year you have a subject and duration of it. In addition, we are learning Polish the two first years of our study. I admit that it's not the easiest language I have seen.. But of course it's fun to learn the language of the country you are gonna live in for 5 years. Last, but not least, some teachers, doctors and professors in Poland are kinda more strict. They still keep the conservative aspects of education and you just have to show them respect.
What do you like about studying in Poland?
What I like the most, is the fact that you so easily come in contact with people from all around the world. New friends and impressions of other languages and cultures are like an everyday-experience here. Yet living apart from your home can be really tough at times, the experince you gain as living and studying alone is not comparisonable to anything else.
Do you know any famous people from Poland?
Fryderyk Chopin, Lewandowski, Podolski and Nicolaus Copernicus
Describe the places in Poland, that have a positive influence on you:
I have only been to Warsaw besides Lublin. Warsaw is an attractive city, with a lot of facilites. It's nice to have the opportunity to take the train and spend a weekend there. I wouldn't have studied there though.
Tell us about the country you've always wanted to visit, but still haven't:
I would like to visit some African countries like Morocco and Egypt.
Are you a member of any student's club or organization? Tell us something about it:
I'm a member of ANSA - Association of Norwegian Students Abroad. Briefly, the purpose of the organization is to take care of Norwegian foreign students' academic, economic, social and cultural interests. There are a lot of events arranged by ANSA, which is a great opportunity to come in contact with other foreign students and share experiences.
Would you like to come back to Poland in the future? Why?
For sure, I would like to visit other cities. Poland has a lot to offer!
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.):
I will most likely stay in Norway and be working with something within some kind of surgery. There are a handful of interesting branches!