Hello everyone! My name is Andreea I am from Romania and I study physiotherapy. I am very glad that I had the opportunity to participate in this Erasmus+ program at the University of Kalisz. This program had an enormous impact on me, I learned a lot. 

In these four months thanks to this program, I have developed a lot both personally and professionally.

Before this experience, I had never lived alone and I was little nervous because I didn’t know how I was going to handle all the household things on my own. Luckily, I had great luck with my friends from Turkey. They taught me to cook so many dishes. They also had a lot of patience learning me all I need to know about the household. I can confidently say that I have become much more self-sufficient, and the prospect of living on my own no longer intimidates me.

Additionally, I have enhanced my English communication skills through this experience. Moreover, I have had the privilege of meeting wonderful people from various countries, including Turkey, Ukraine, Palestine, Poland, and Portugal. This exposure has significantly broadened my cultural understanding, allowing me to learn diverse aspects of these nations’ cultures. I want to express my gratitude to all the friends I’ve made in Kalisz. Each of them is exceptional and has played a crucial role in my personal growth. They have imparted valuable lessons, enabling me to perceive life in a significantly different and more beautiful way.

Also, I would like to express my gratitude to my friend Halyna Tynkaliuk. She is an exceptional person and a good friend. Halyna is currently studying in Poland and has taken care of a significant number of Erasmus+ students, including myself. I am fortunate to have met such a kind-hearted individual. Halyna supported me during a challenging period when I was sick. She drove to pick me up, accompanied me to the hospital, and ensured my transportation back. Upon reaching the hospital, she stayed with me, communicating with the medical staff in Polish, as not many people were fluent in English. I am truly thankful for her presence, as I don’t know how I would have managed without her, given the language barrier.

From a professional standpoint, I have been fortunate to have exceptional professors who have imparted valuable insights into physiotherapy. During my studies in Poland, I attended the Faculty of Health Sciences, where I acquired knowledge about various techniques that were entirely new to me before coming here. I appreciated the practical orientation of the majority of the classes, recognizing the significance of hands-on experience in this field.

Furthermore, I pursued the Human Resources Development course at the Faculty of Social Sciences. I am delighted to have had the opportunity to take this course as it provided me with a wealth of knowledge about communication and self-discovery. I particularly enjoyed the emphasis on encouraging students to express and support their viewpoints in this course.

Additionally, I would like to express special thanks to Mrs. Monika Napadłek. Mrs. Monika has taken exceptional care of me, providing assistance and displaying remarkable patience. Without her support, I am uncertain how I would have managed.

Monika also organized a delightful excursion to Wroclaw, inviting all Erasmus+ students. Furthermore, she organized various events that helped us get to know each other better. Her efforts have significantly contributed to a positive and enriching experience during my time here.

Moreover, I am immensely pleased to have had the opportunity to travel to three countries I had not visited before: Germany, the Czech Republic, and Sweden. Additionally, I had the chance to explore numerous cities in Poland, including: Poznań, Lodz, Gdańsk, Warsaw, Wroclaw, and, of course, Kalisz. I found the cities to be captivating, and Poland, in general, is a beautiful country with warm and welcoming people.

I would like to share a bit about my experience in Kalisz. Despite being a relatively small city, Kalisz offers everything you need and provides a peaceful and charming environment. Kalisz features two shopping malls, offering various options for activities. Additionally, the city provides opportunities for physical fitness, with options such as gym facilities available. Dance classes are also accessible for those interested in cultural and recreational pursuits. Also, Kalisz houses a climbing wall facility, open once a week, for the enthusiasts of this adventurous activity. Furthermore, Kalisz’s advantageous location in close proximity to two major cities, Lodz and Poznań.

It is important to note that it hasn’t always been easy, as being far from family and loved ones for extended periods can be challenging. Living alone in a foreign country and speaking a different language present their own set of difficulties. Despite I missed my family a lot, this program has helped me to have more independence and confidence in myself and my abilities. I recommend any student to participate in an Erasmus+ program, as it offers valuable personal and professional growth opportunities.

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During my time in Kalisz, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in its rich culture and vibrant community. Navigating the city was a breeze thanks to its efficient public transportation system, which made exploring its historical landmarks and charming neighborhoods a delight.

From strolling through the picturesque Old Town to attending cultural events and local markets, every day brought new discoveries and memorable experiences. My mobility in Kalisz was seamless, allowing me to fully embrace all that this beautiful city has to offer.

I’m Dilara. When I applied for a mobility in Kalisz, I knew little about this city. Little did I know that it would become one of the best experiences of my life. Despite being described as a small and calm city, I thoroughly enjoyed my time here.

I want to express my gratitude to all my friends, professors, and mentors for making this semester joyful, easy, and productive. The lake and forest behind the dorm, charming cafes near the university, and the helpful people of Kalisz exceeded my expectations, making my mobility even more beautiful.

I hope to visit Kalisz again in my life to remember my good times here.

Hello, I’m Ramazan, and I recently completed my Erasmus+ program in the city of Kalisz, Poland. The experience provided me with a unique opportunity myself in the cultural tapestry of Kalisz and explore its historical landmarks, vibrant community, and warm hospitality.

In addition to my experiences in Kalisz, I had the pleasure of exploring various European countries, including France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic. These travels not only allowed me to witness the beauty of different cultures but also gave me the chance to form diverse friendships. Interacting with people from various in Kalisz and beyond broadened my perspectives and enriched my understanding of the world.

The Erasmus experience has been a transformative journey, both academically and personally. I am grateful for the friendships I’ve made, the different viewpoints I’ve encountered, and the valuable lessons I’ve learned along the way.

My time spent in Kalisz has been truly enriching and fulfilling. The opportunity to immerse myself in a new environment, culture, and academic setting has been invaluable. The city’s charm, coupled with the warmth and hospitality of its residents, made my stay both enjoyable and memorable.

In addition to Kalisz, I had the chance to explore other European destinations, including Sweden, Germany, Denmark, and numerous cities in Poland. Each place offered its own unique experiences and perspectives, further broadening my horizons and deepening my appreciation for diversity.

Overall, I am grateful for the opportunity to have participated in this mobility program. It has not only enhanced my academic and professional development but has also enriched my personal growth in countless ways.

Thank you once again for your support and encouragement throughout this journey.

Hello. I am Karyna, a student of Kharkiv Polytechnic University, Ukraine. I got the chance to experience the Erasmus+ program at University of Kalisz. Studying at the university was interesting and full of various activities.

It was truly an incredible time. I can confidently say that during these 4 months I lived a small life filled with a lot of pleasant and unforgettable memories.

I visited four new countries for me: Poland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. For the first time in my life, I flew by plane and was excited by these incredible views. I saw the Norwegian fjords, the famous Little Mermaid monument in Denmark, enjoyed walking around Stockholm and tried venison for the first time in my life.

I also had the opportunity to travel to the cities of Poland. I visited Wroclaw, Warsaw, Gdańsk, Poznań, Gdynia, Lodz, Ostrów Wielkopolski and, of course, Kalisz. During my time in Poland, I had the opportunity to enjoy both still warm days and frosty ones. So I had time to go to the seaside in Gdansk in October and to visit the Christmas markets in Wroclaw.

Of course, I want to say a few words about Kalisz. This city became my home for 4 months. It is comfortable and cozy. The city has everything you need for life, two shopping centers, a park, cafes and restaurants, an aquapark, cinemas, fitness clubs, a swimming pool. So, you’ll definitely be able to find an activity to your liking.

Also, summing up, I want to thank all the people I met during my exchange program. Thank you for the pleasant memories that will remain with me for the rest of my life.

Kalisz was for me a unique experience. I got to see lots of cool sites, different people, and styles. Clear blue skies and green parks were the signature of the city. At first, it was a struggle to adapt to the new environment and new faces, but being together in one place allowed us to know each other better and become friends. Spending time with both Polish and Erasmus+ students gave me a glimpse of different cultures, perspectives, and generally different lives.

The lectures were great and I got to learn a lot from the professors both academically and socially.

Thank you for becoming one of my best memories.

University “Ismail Qemali” Vlore, Albania

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I left Mozambique with many expectations, as I was convinced that the adventure in Kalisz would be of great transformation for me. And it really was!

I start with the classes, they were good and Calisia University organized the activities well, with a schedule that allowed us to explore the city, the country and the continent in general.  

The interaction with professors and classmates from different parts of the world was excellent.  

I was able to travel to some places and get to know other realities. 

Erasmus+ gave me a different way of looking at things.  

I come back to my country with a lot learned and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this program to any student who wants to spend time outside his comfort zone.

Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique

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I’m Abdallah, a Palestinian student at Bethlehem University- Palestine. Personal experience is a more profound teacher than the knowledge imparted by schools’ books. The journey of life itself reveals the splendor, uniqueness, and magnificence of different cultures. I am elated to have been granted the opportunity to pursue my studies at the distinguished University of Akademia Kaliska, where I have been exposed to novel and innovative educational methodologies. The faculty and staff have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to creating an environment that fosters learning and growth. 

I have discovered that diversity is the hallmark of excellence, and that our differences enable us to gain a more comprehensive and exquisite understanding of the world around us. I have had the privilege of sharing my time in Kalisz with colleagues from Mozambique, Turkey, Georgia, and Albania, as well as with the Polish people, and have had the opportunity to learn about their respective cultures. Every conversation has been met with admiration and respect, and I have gained valuable insights into cultures through visits to the splendid museums and cities. Also, As an Erasmus student at Akademia Kaliska, I have had the privilege of studying in Poland and simultaneously exploring various parts of Europe in the same time.

The opportunity to study in a nurturing and supportive environment, travel to captivating destinations, and interact with individuals from diverse backgrounds has undoubtedly had a profound impact on both my personal and academic growth.

Bethlehem University, Palestine

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This semester in Kalisz is a time that I will take with me forever. I’ve always been afraid of spending time abroad, but this semester literally changed my mind, I’ve met awesome people from different parts of the world, and I’ve had the opportunity to get a small taste of their culture, as well as share mine with them. I could also work on myself, and improve my social skills, which made be better at teamwork, something that I will definitely use in the future.Taking part of this mobility at the Calisia University was one of the best decisions that I’ve made, the people here are amazing, the teachers are awesome and all the people involved in the program are very patient and caring with each one of the students, and they made the experience 100% better.

Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique

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