Nafisa Uzbekistan student in Poznan

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

I am Nafisa, from Uzbekistan. I am 23 years old and busy with my last academic year of BA. I am studying at the Political science and Journalism faculty of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. My major is " International Relations, European studies and area studies". Thanks to Erasmus Mundus program that gave me this opportunity.

What has surprised you in Poland?

I can mention about several things which I was surprised. Because they are pretty a lot :) But the most appreciable thing is in Higher Education system. Because for Polish youth getting higher education is for free. But in my country we pay a lot, as in other countries. Moreover they have allowance for every month, I really respect and admire it. Cuz it is the key point for increasing educated level, making Polish students well-educated, intelligent. As they are the future of Poland.

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

It is pretty good. As for me, it is perfect ( maybe the reason, I am Erasmus Mundus student :)) We can choose any subjects, we can skip as well :)) But it is not point, point is I have free time after my obligatory classes, so I can get extra classes which I want to learn, they are for free. Meanwhile I can attend different language classes, and practice it with native speakers, international students. That is great chance for improving my language level, widening my outlook.

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

Yes, I did. Because it is not too easy to forget those days. I had one class from Politics. I was so scared, because it was my first classes from political sphere , further this subject was in English. Incredible........... stress, frightening, sleepless nights. But after several classes, I found out that our professor is so kind, nice. On jest bardzo dobrym nauczycielem :)) then everything was delighted, I really enjoyed with that class

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

I think, it is completely different ha-ha-ha . In Uzbekistan, we have fixed schedule, students cannot choose any subject or skip. Just attend to all. We start our classes at 9.00 a.m ( but in spring 8.30 ) study day lasts till 4.00 or 5.00 p.m We have 5 minutes break between each class, and 30 minutes for lunch. No time to choose extra classes. Furthermore we study on Saturday as well. Briefly the differences are a lot. But quality is the same ))

What do you like about studying in Poland?

You can be allowed to get various subjects, even it is not related to your main major, again in different languages. I mean, in my group there are some Polish students whose main classes in polish, but they attend English classes also. It is possible.

Do you know any famous people from Poland?

Yes, I do. The first person who I recognized is Adam Mickiewicz , cuz I study at the uni which is named after him. Then Lech Wałęsa, cuz I am politics student :)) Nicolaus Copernicus, Tadeusz Estreicher and Chava Alberstein, Stefan Askenase, Grażyna Bacewicz, etc

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

I like Poznan a lot, cuz it is not so crowded, people are so kind, friendly atmosphere. But I want to travel to Krakow, Warsaw, Gdanks. I hope, I will have an amazing trip. Because I know these cities are so beautiful, two of them are famous for its historical buildings, history, Warsaw is the most modern one.

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

To tell the truth, I was always dreaming to travel to Germany and study there. When I came here I was able to travel there easily, without any vise problem, travel cost also was not incredible expensive. Of course my dream came true partially, I mean I am not studying there, but I hope, I will be able to study my master degree in Germany. I want to travel to France and Italy as well, but still waiting spring, I mean warm spring not like this cold one :))

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

Hm, to this question, I can say "yes" and "no" also. I am not member of any student's club here. Meanwhile, I am member of "Poznan students group", "Erasmus students' group" on facebook.

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

Yes, I want. Because Poland is very nice country with its population, culture, political system, cost of living, education system and others ( Except the "special warm" spring ;))

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 would not mind, if I could find job here :)) ( for earning extra money to travel more) but for Erasmus Mundus students it is prohibited as for the requirement of agreement. Besides it we have allowance, so no need for working :)) Dziekuje bardzo !!!!!!!!!! Prosze bardzo.!!!!!!!! Do widzenia !!!!!

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