In Poland I like people: they combine the inherent features of the Slavs, while at the same time Western openness and cheerfulness.

1. Tell us why you have chosen Poland as your study destination?

The first reason why I choose Poland for my studies, was the fact, that I liked the city very much. I was in Cracow in 2015 and it seemed to me comfortable and pretty. The second reason was the similarity of Russian and Polish languages. And finally, I received permission to transfer subjects and grades from the University of St. Petersburg where I have been studying before to the Jagiellonian University.

2. How is your experience in Poland going so far?

Thanking for subjects transfer, I completed my undergraduate studies in a year. I learned Polish and received a Stefan Banach scholarship from NAWA. I was at a preparatory language and adaptation course in Katowice. I especially liked the cultural program: it was very intensive. We saw the culture and life of Górals on the one hand and the inhabitants of the Cheshin on the other.

3. What you like the most about studying in Poland?

In Poland I like people: they combine the inherent features of the Slavs, while at the same time Western openness and cheerfulness.

Another positive fact is that, there are no classes on Saturday. Also I noticed, that our university has good equipment for studies as well as new buildings and large recreational spaces. There is less workload and students have more time for extracurricular activities and personal life. Also, there is a highly qualified teaching staff. People treat foreigners good.

4. What would you tell students in your home country to encourage them to come to Poland?

I would like to say that studying in Poland gives a lot of opportunities: shows the difference in teaching at the university, meeting new people, the possibility to learn new languages and cultures, the chance of international trips. I advise them to come, not to be afraid of stereotypes. Try to learn the language, it is not as complicated as it seems at first sight.

5. Could you tell us your story?

In 2015 I was in Krakow as a tourist. Two years after, I was on a preparatory course at the Jagiellonian University. It gave me a chance to enter the university. As I said before, transfer of subjects helped me to get a bachelor's degree in the same year. In 2019, I received a positive decision from NAWA and got a scholarship of Stefan Banach. Then, I took part in a preparatory course in Katowice at the University of Silesia. It was a great adventure with lots of trips. Now I am on first year of Masters .I am working with NAWA like a Digital Ambassador in our country.

Konstantin Belozerov