Quitterie from France and her time in Gdansk
Who are you? Briefly describe yourself (where do you come from, what do you study, etc.)
My name is Quitterie, I'm 19 years old and I come from France. I live in a town located in Normandy, an hour from Paris: Rouen. I come from Rouen Business School where I study Bachelor of Science in International Business and in Poland I study economics. In Poland I study at University of Gdansk Faculty of Economics.
What has surprised you in Poland?
The evolution of the country. I had already been in Poland when I was young and when I arrived in September I was impressed of how the country changed: construction everywhere, but also Polish people's mind has changed. They are very opened-minded with strangers.
How did you come up with the idea of studying in Poland?
I have lived in Wrocław from 1996 to 2000 so I really wanted to come back in Poland to practice my Polish and see the development of the country.
Do you remember the first days of studying in Poland? Describe the struggles you went through:
I was well integrated, but at the beginning I had some problems with administration: for example when you don't know in which office you have to go to get an important document.
Tell us about the differences between studies in Poland and studies in France:
In France I'm used to having a lot of tests during the academic year and not only a final exam. About the hours of lectures: here in Poland I have no more than 12 hours a week while in France I have at least 30 hours a week.
What do you like about studying in Poland?
I particularly appreciate the subjects of this semester because a lot of them are about Poland economy. It helps understand better the country and it's very interesting.
Do you know any famous people from Poland?
Frederic Chopin, Marie Curie, Nicolas Copernic, Lech Walesa, Carol Wojtyla, Roman Polanski
Describe the places in Poland, that have a positive influence on you:
I like Sopot, because of the beach, Wroclaw, which is beatiful city and I have also a very nice souvenir of the amazing place Wieliczka.
Tell us about the country you've always wanted to visit, but still haven't:
I'd particularly like to go to Italy.
Have you made any permament relations with Polish students? What do you like most in them?
Yes, I have a few Polish friend here, they are very helpful and I like to practise my Polish with them! I also like the fact that they behave like erasmus student even if they have much more work than us.
Would you like to come back to Poland in the future? Why?
Of course! To visit my Polish friend, take part again to the Erasmus life and why not to discover other places in Poland!