Raynald from France about Erasmus in Gdansk

Who are you? Short bios.

Hi guys! My name is Raynald, 24 years old and I come from Nancy, France. Last year I was Erasmus in Gdansk, particularly at AWFiS and Turystyka i Rekreacja. Actually I'm studying at ICN Business School in International Management (1 semester in France, 2nd semester in Italy and for the last year of my studies I'm going to Mexico City).

What has surprised you in Poland?

Many things suprised me in Poland the first one is how people are open-minded, really helpful, always present and ready to share their time for helping you. Then we have to admitted that culture is different, especially about the religion, architecture. Isn't like what you could see in France. And I will finish by.. You can not cross the street when it's red ! Something I ever do in my home country.

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

I had choice between different countries, cities, but I wanted an atypical Erasmus. Not like everyone who is going to England, Spain or Italy. Moreover, I had visited Warsaw few years ago.Also, I had Polish girlfriend so my choice was quite easy to do. I spend great time, especially cause Poland organized Football Euro Cup!

Do remember the early days of studying in Poland? Describe the struggles you went through.

All my classes were in English so nothing special except that you don't have lunch break! Why?

What's the difference between studies in Poland and studies in France?

In France you have classes every days like 7 - 8hours and I think it's more framed. You can not use your phone during the classes, or go out to answer to a phone call. However, I prefere the Polish way, it allows you lot of things, and in the same time give you responsabilities. You know what you have to do or not. It's up to you.

Why did you choose Poland as a place for studying?

Mostly for the differencies of culture. I wanted to see something new, not common and live in this country. I'll never regret my choice. I had such a beautiful time, and met awesome people! And now, when I meet Polish I can talk a bit with them in your mothertongue (and drink vodka). It's always a special feeling!

Do you know any famous people from Poland?

The most famous Polish people is Lech Waleza but also Tusk, Komorowski, Marie Curie, Copernicus, Chopin, and lot of athletes.

Which places in Poland have a positive influence on you?

Gdansk of course! I always say that it's my second hometown! I feel like at home over there! I miss so muchthis city for sure I'll back for a while, longer period, or even find a job.. Who knows?

Number 1 country you have always wanted to visit but still haven't?

Since I'm young, I'm dreaming about visiting Australia, and Japan. I hope I'll be able to do it after my studies.

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