Portuguese about his time in Wroclaw
Who are you? Briefly describe yourself (where do you come from, what do you study, etc.)
My name is Luis, I'm 32 years old and I'm from Portugal. My first experience in Poland was in March of 2009 when I decided to visit some friends who were studying in Wroclaw. After 3 weeks I was completely in love in Poland! It was the love from the first sight. :) When I came back to Portugal, I decided to do everything to do my Erasmus in Poland. It wasn't easy but luckily in September 2009 my one-year Erasmus adventure started for real. I was studying Management of Tourism at Higher School of Applied Sciences 'Horyzont' in Wroclaw.
What has surprised you in Poland?
As for lots of people who come to Poland one of the most surprising thing is still for me the size of beers that are sold in bars, restaurants etc. and the fact that it is possible to mix beer with juice. Since I have tried it for the first time, I order only beer with juice. I am also surprised how easy is to make friendships in Poland. Polish people are very opened to people from abroad and they get easy contact with them. Moreover, lots of people speak English fluently and it's easy to communicate with them.
How did you come up with the idea of studying in Poland?
As I said it before since I came to Wroclaw, I realized that I really liked here everything as the city, culture, people etc. My first option to do my Erasmus was Sweden, but I immediately changed my mind when I got to Wroclaw Airport.
Do you remember the first days of studying in Poland? Describe the struggles you went through:
I don't know if I can call it as a struggle but in the beginning I was a dedicated student, going for all classes, studying at home etc. But when Erasmus parties started and of course I couldn't not to go so the days started to be shorter and shorter. I had less time for studying and another things, anyway I was successful and I came back to Portugal with good rates, one of the best in my university. :) Thank you WWSIS !!!
Tell us about the differences between studies in Poland and studies in Portugal:
The biggest difference is that studying in Portugal is only for elites. Studies are very expensive compare with studies in Poland. Only small percentage of Portuguese people can afford to study, even the public universities are paid. Besides the rates in Portugal are between 1-20, not like in Poland between 1-5.
What do you like about studying in Poland?
The level of education is high.
Do you know any famous people from Poland?
Because I work in football and I regularly follow sports news from Poland, I know many very good Polish football players who play in Poland and in clubs abroad. Some of them play also in few Portuguese clubs. :)
Describe the places in Poland, that have a positive influence on you:
No doubts Wroclaw, because it was my first place that I visited in Poland and Mazury where my girlfriend comes from. :)
Tell us about the country you've always wanted to visit, but still haven't:
Are you a member of any student's club or organization? Tell us something about it:
At the moment no, because I'm not a student anymore.
Would you like to come back to Poland in the future? Why?
I have just come back to Poland for business and I hope to stay here for many years !!
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'm a man of football that is my passion since I was born. :) First, I have been playing football for 17 years, after I have been working as a Sport Director for 2 years. Now I manage the careers of football players. Since half of 2012, me and my girlfriend run our business together. We have office in Portugal and soon we'll open another one in Poland. To some of you who have talent in the feet and want to reach the top, just contact me. :) :)