Student from Turkey decides to study in Gdansk

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

My name is Kerem and I came here from Istanbul, Turkey. It's my first year in Poland and right now I am studying International Business MA Degree in University Of Gdansk.

What surprised you in Poland?

Every time when I ask Polish people about some help in roads, they are always trying to help even if they do not know English.

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

I decided to start master studies for this year in Europe, Poland seemed to be the best with tuition fees. I also talked with some people who visited Poland and I heard good things from them about Poland.

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

First days were really hard: different culture, different language, different cuisine. And in shops when I wanted to buy something I was trying to communicate with sign language. But after spending some time, you get used to everything.

Tell us about the differences between studies in Poland and studies in Turkey?

When I was studying Bachelor's degree in Turkey, we used to have quite strong theoretical lectures. The classes were so crowded and we were not able to participate lectures so actively. In Poland, lecturers are trying to convince students to be a part of the lessons with giving them some projects and presentations.

What do you like about studying in Poland?

Lecturers are commonly friendly, they are not arrogant, I really like this. I feel much more peaceful in Poland. People are open minded, helpful and they are always smiling.

Do you know any famous people from Poland?

Of course! Firstly Frédéric Chopin and Lech Wałęsa. As a movie fan, I knew about Roman Polanski and after seeing the movie "The Pianist", I heard about Władysław Szpilman.

Describe the places in Poland, that have a positively influenced you:

I had a chance to travel around Tri-city and Warsaw. Warsaw is a great city with its historical background. But I love being close to the sea, Tri-city is my favourite, especially Gdansk Old Town and Sopot. Sopot is always a cheerful place with colorful night life and good atmosphere.

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

I always wanted to go to the Republic of Ireland. I would like to see Grafton Street, real Irish pubs and the island's green environment.

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

Unfortunately, not yet.

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

Sure, I've had good times in here. I am also planning to stay in Poland if I can find a good job. I feel happy and peaceful in Poland.

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 am not working yet, but I will if I can find one in close future.

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