Our international students' stories

The Erasmus+ experience was a very good thing for me. I’ve met a lot of new friends and we had an amazing time together.
Poland is beautiful and so are the cities I’ve visited, besides Kalisz, like Krakow, Wroclaw, and Zakopane.
Above all, the quarantine, we’ve all been through, made us have a great time staying together and getting to know each other better.
I think it was the best way to spend the quarantine.

University of Vlora “Ismail Qemali”, Albania


It was a good journey and I will recommend for other students to come and visit this great city and to take part in the Erasmus+ in Kalisz.

Stefan Cel Mare University of Suceava, Rumunia


I am a physiotherapy graduate from Bolu Abant Izzet Baysal University in Turkey. I came from Turkey to Poland for the Erasmus+ Programme. I had my internship at Regional Hospital in Kalisz. Hence, I could experience how the health sector of another country looks like. I’ve learned the differences between the Turkish and Polish health sectors. This allowed me to gain a different standpoint for my job. Before I came to Poland, Erasmus+ Coordinator of PWSZ Kalisz University helped me. I’ve had my dormitory set up before I even came here. After I came to Poland, I was brought to where my internship was located, where I had its details explained. My mentors in the hospital were very polite, helpful, and knowledgeable. I am very grateful to them, and I’ve had good relationships with them during my traineeship. I still am in contact with them. Life in the dormitory was nice. I’ve met new friends from other countries. We had school trips organized, which allowed us to see Wroclaw and Poznan. The university organized various activities for us. In short, the university took care of us. Living in Kalisz was beautiful. Kalisz is a beautiful city – quiet, tidy, and with nice parks. Life was cheaper than in other European countries. It was possible to afford living there with just an Erasmus+ scholarship. However, if you would want to visit other countries, you would have to save some money first. My friends and I traveled to Gdansk, Krakow, Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.
To summarize,  the Erasmus+ life was unbelievable. I’ve had many different experiences and valuable memories.
I think everyone should participate in the Erasmus+ programme.
I wish that everyone has good things happen to them during the Erasmus+.

 

Bolu Abant Izzet Baysal University, Turkey


Kalisz doesn’t have the Eiffel tower, but it has a huge Park Miejski to visit. You can find peace everywhere and people are very tolerant. Could you imagine, in another city, that the city president would meet the Erasmus+ students and give them a gift from the city? 🙂

Mersin Universitesi, Turkey


My name is Mehmet. I was in Kalisz/Poland for nearly 5 months. When I arrived there for the first time, I was a little bit worried about the city. But later, when I went to my uni, I’ve met international coordinators Monica and Eva. They were very, very friendly and helped me and my friends fully. They prepared some tours for us to get to know Kalisz and Poland. They always have been taking care of our problems and needs. Because of these good people, I am very happy that I went to Kalisz.
Now I know more and more about Poland and Europe.
Thank you very much to everyone who’s been kind to us.

Mersin Universitesi, Turkey


My name is Kürşat, I’m from Turkey. I study at the of Osmaniye Korkut Ata University. I’ve been to Kalisz for six months. Kalisz is a very beautiful and peaceful city and I love it. I’ve met many different friends and had a good time.
I wanna return Kalisz if I have a possibility.

Osmaniye Korkut Ata University, Turkey


Before my first the Erasmus+ in Poland, I was really scared. I used to stay near my family almost all the time. However, when I’ve come to Poland, I’ve realized that the people there are really friendly. Even those, who couldn’t speak English tried to help me at the train station. I’ve arrived in Kalisz and where I’ve met a lot of people from different countries and of different religions. Regardless, we’ve shared one trait – the common respect to each other. I’ve learned not to judge people based on their stereotypes. Despite being the only person from Bulgaria there, I’ve felt like I was the part of this strong, accessible, and friendly community. I’ve found a home in Kalisz,  and it will forever remain in my heart. This is the case mainly due to helpful teachers there. The international office was amazing, always helpful and reliable, particularly Manasterska PhD. She was always fair and kind, especially when she served the role of a teacher. I’ve learned something from everyone in that university. Some things were practical and nearly everyone was using some new and creative solutions. I believe that all of them were making a part of the complete whole of the university, and they’ve left a special mark in all of us. To conclude,  Kalisz welcomes you just the way you are. It doesn’t matter whether you speak fluently, or what you believe in. Each of the friends I’ve made at the Erasmus+ taught me new things.  So, I really can say that the Erasmus+ made me a better person.

Stopanska Akademia “D.A. Tsenov” Svishtov, Bulgaria


Hi, My name is Sırrı and I’m from Turkey. I was in Kalisz two years ago and I spent a really great time there. I promised myself to come to Kalisz again. As you know, studying abroad and living in another country, in a different culture is not as easy as it sounds but I felt like at home in Kalisz. The city is small that’s true but we found a lot of things to do together. You can find everything you need easily. The professors were so nice and always tried to show us more than our classes. They arranged some visits to local hospitals and other health centers. International Relations Office staff organized some meetings, trips, and other events for us. I’m really looking forward to visiting the city and reviving all the good memories again. Don’t hesitate to go to Kalisz!

Mus Alparslan University, Turkey


Hello, I’m Igor. First of all, I would like to express my gratitude for the opportunity to participate in internships in the Netland Computers company in Kalisz. During my mobility, I was involved in some company’s activities and performed professional tasks. Thanks to my internships, I broaden my knowledge and skills. It was very exciting!

Nizhny Novgorod State Engineering and Economic University in Knyaginino


Hi, I’m Seyda. Kalisz was my second home. I had a lot of Polish friends. They were all very polite and valuable people for me. I spent a fun time in Kalisz Aqua Park, the city center, municipal parks, and forests. I want to finish with a joke: “Kalisz is the most beautiful city in Europe” at least for us.

                 Afyon Kocatepe  University (Turkey)


Hi, I’m Betül. I study Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation in Bolu (Turkey) and I had my the Erasmus+ experience at PWSZ in Kalisz. I can safely say that it was one of the best experiences in my life!
I was accommodated in the university Student Dormitory ”BULIONIK” and I was very happy with it. It was so much better than I had expected and I didn’t have any problems. International Relations Office staff was really helpful and I am really thankful for it! They also organized different activities and trips for us and it was really fun. We spent a lot of time together. The knowledge gained at the university was really useful. I loved my teachers. They always had new things to show us. I am so grateful for that. I believe that the Erasmus+ is something that every student should experience in their lives. During my mobility, I’ve made a lot of long-term and amazing friendships. I really enjoyed Kalisz too, I have no regrets!

                   Bolu Abant Izzet Baysal University (Turkey)


Make sure that the Erasmus days will be your unforgettable days. You can develop your most beautiful friendships here. Make friends with foreign students. Learn as much as you can! When you look back, you will be happy. This is a very valuable experience for you. Get to know the value!

Afyon Kocatepe University, Turkey


Hello, I’m Gamze. I spent 8 months in Kalisz. I met a lot of students from some parts of the world. They helped me to open my mind by sharing different ideas. Thanks to them, I learned how to take different perspectives on life. I found the love of my life on the Erasmus and it made me a lucky person. Now I feel that Kalisz was my second home. I will never forget this experience.

 

Afyon Kocapete University


Hi, I’m Sedat. I’ve spent a good time in Kalisz. The city isn’t so big but it offers a lot of attractions, festivals and cultural events. Kalisz is set in the middle of Poland so I found it easy to visit other Polish and European cities.

Bingol University


Hello, my name is Kirill.  I want to share some memories about my mobility in Kalisz. It was my dream to visit Poland and Kalisz as well. The Erasmus+ Programme helped me to make new friends, find new oportunities for my future, discover new places and follow the best study programme. I am grateful to my coordinators who helped us with everything. They are so perfect. They made my stay in Kalisz more colorful. For me, it was like a fairytale. New people, new experience, new friends and new trips. It was my  first the Erasmus+ mobility and the best one!

Nizhny Novgorod State Engineering and Economic University in Knyaginino


Hello, my name is Aysel. I spend two semesters in Kalisz, Poland. For me, the Erasmus+ Programme means not only studying but also having great fun, making new friends from different countries, tasting the dishes of European cuisine, and learning some dances. Kalisz is a really good place to study. Although public transport connections are not satisfactory. The Erasmus Coordinators as well as International Relations Officers helped us to solve some problems with some study programmes or at the dormitory. Kalisz was like a second home to me. I will never regret it! I miss all of You!

 

Bingol University, Turkey


Hello, my name is Anelia. This was my first mobility and I was very scared at the beginning. Kalisz made a good impression on me. A large percentage of the inhabitants are very friendly and smiling. This mobility gave me the opportunity to meet some students from different countries but mostly it helped me improve my language skills. I want to thank my coordinators in Kalisz for everything and I hope to meet them again. This mobility was a very exciting and unforgettable experience.

D.A. Tsenov Academy of Economics, Bulgaria


Hello! I’m Ali. It was a great experience to study in Kalisz. It was my first trip abroad. Kalisz is a lovely and small city but it doesn’t mean that Kalisz is boring. I spent my time with some of the Erasmus+ students and Polish ones every day. Kalisz is set in the middle of Poland so I could visit other Polish cities almost every weekend. I found it difficult to get used to some things, e.g. colder climate and longer nights than inTurkey. But I didn’t have any trouble at the university. I passed all exams. It was the best experience of my life. If I had a chance to study in Kalisz again, I would go back there without any hesitation.

 

Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Turkey


Hello, my name is Mustafa. I studied in Kalisz for one semester. First of all, I was very happy to stay in Kalisz because it was a good city for me. I met a lot of new friends, saw interesting things and got to know different cultures. İ felt safe and very cheerful in Kalisz. I love the people in this city. What’s more, I practiced at the hospital in Kalisz. The medical staff and patients were very helpful in this place. I think that everybody loved us (me and my friend) and I loved everybody in this hospital – patients, workers, teachers, and my friends. I’ll never forget one patient in the pediatric department, Assha was so pretty and so sweet. I want to say “Thank you” for everything to my the Erasmus+ Coordinators, my mates, a manager, and workers in your dormitory “Bulionik”! I’m grateful to Ewa Wasielewska from the International Relations Office. She was really helpful and a good person at this university. She was like my mother in Poland. And thank you to Monika Napadłek for everything. THANK YOU KALISZ and KALISZ PEOPLE! Maybe we will see again soon:)

 Mus Alparslan University, Turkey


Hello, my name is Onintza and I’m from the Basque Country. I’ve been studying engineering in Kalisz for five months and it’s been a pleasure for me to have had such an opportunity. Everybody knows that Kalisz isn’t a well-known city in Poland but it’s worth seeing. The city has a very interesting history you would like to know. I loved the main square and some of the streets. If you want to try traditional Polish food, in this city you can (and it’s good). It’s true that Kalisz isn’t a university city but there’s always something you can do, for example, ice skating, bowling, billiard, karaoke, and sport… What’s more, the relation between students and teachers is close to the university in Kalisz. We met a lot of people from all over Europe (Portugal, Spain, Turkey, France) and we made a very big family. In my opinion, the Erasmus+ Programme is a unique experience you must try.

 University of the Basque Country, Spain