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Marta's Erasmus Experience in Gdańsk, Poland


Why did you chose to go to Gdańsk, Poland?

I chose Poland as my Erasmus destination because my choices were limited, for economic reasons, and Poland is a very cheap country.

On the other hand, I was interested in improving my English, and the classes are taught in this language.

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How long is the scholarship? How much money do you receive to help you with living costs?

This year the Spanish Government covered the whole stay. I decided to do my Erasmus the first term because being in my last year of my degree I have to present the Final Degree Project in my city, as well as doing the internships.

What is the student lifestyle like in Gdańsk?

The student atmosphere is very good. They organise many parties so that all the Erasmus students can get to know each other.

Would you recommend the city and the University of Gdańsk to other students?

Yes I would recommend Gdańsk. It is a quiet city with lots of leisure possibilities and the University is very good.

The only downside is the climate. It is a cold country, with few hours of daylight, which takes a while to get used to.

What is the food like?

Polish food is really good. In Gdańsk there are "milk bars", from the communist era. They are so called because they belong to the State, which breast-fed the people when resources were scarce. Nowadays they are very cheap and you can eat healthy, tasty and hot food.

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Was it difficult to find accommodation in Gdańsk?

My university gave us the option to chose student accommodation, so it was easy. My residence is a bit far away from the University and the area where we go out, but the facilities are very good and it is cheaper than a flat.

How much does it cost to live in Gdańsk?

It depends on the lifestyle that you want to have. Without depriving yourself of anything (eating good food, paying rent and going out and drinking lots) would cost 500 euros per month.

How is the language? Did you attend any University courses?

Polish is very difficult. We had a Polish course that was compulsory. It is important to learn basic things because generally the people who work in front of the public (supermarkets, the receptionist of the residence, tram drivers... ) speak little English, but it is easy to communicate.

Which places would you recommend to go out in Gdańsk?

Sopot is the party area. There are lost of bars with good music and cheap beer.

Is it good to eat out in Gdańsk? Can you name some of your favourite places?

My favourite places are the "milk bars".

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What good cultural sites are there to visit?

Poland is a country which has lots of history. I would recommend the "Solidarnosc" museum and that of the Second World War. Also, there is a concentration camp close by, which you must visit.

Is there any advice you want to give to future students in Gdańsk?

Find accommodation which is close to the SKM train station.



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