Khatia Gelashvili

1. Your personal data (students: name, surname/field of study/ home university;  teaching/training staff: name, surname/ position/ department/ home university)

 

Khatia Gelashvili, Law, Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani Teaching University (Georgia)

 

2.Which activity did you participate in (student mobility for studies, staff mobility for teaching, staff mobility for training)?

 

student mobility for studies

 

3.Why did you decide to apply in the Erasmus+ programme?

 

Since childhood I always wanted to continue study abroad. I knew that It would be beginning of my future success. When I  started study at the University, from the first year, I was searching exchange programmes abroad. Finally, my home University gave me this chance and I was so proud of it. During studying period in Lublin I get a lot of experience. Fistly, it was my first time when I was so far away from my country and I started life independently. Secondly, I improved my communication skills in English language. Thirdly, I got a lot of information about new culture and I gained so many friends from around the world.

 

4.Your personal experience/what did you like about your mobility/what did you gain thanks to it?

 

I got a lot of experiences. This five months in Lublin was beneficial for me. During that time, I realized life from another side, at least once, you must try to be the student in abroad, because at this period Erasmus life is amazing, every day is a time to start new adventures, every Erasmus student is open minded, all of them want to find something new and they already have their aims for future. I discovered very different culture and traditions, especially. We represent our county in Lublin and invited a lot of people. I was party at Ukrainian and African event days as well.  Also, I was participate in summer school, which was organized by KUL OPEN INTEGRATION project. I gained so many friends and I invited them in my county for summer period and I hope they would come. I would like to mention one more and the most important thing: Professors from USA and from Poland are totally professionals, we were always  pleasure to ask them questions in any time, we were

discussing together and we were exchanged common ideas. Also Erasmus is the best opportunity to travel around Europe.

 

5. Why would you recommend it to others?

 

First of all, I should definitely mention that coordinators from receiving Instution helped me a lot, they are very helpful  persons and when I had questions, they were  always ready to answered me. I want to recommend Erasmus+ program for every student. If your Universities have exchange programs in abroad, Don’t lose this chance. New success start with Erasmus. I totally agree that Erasmus is not one semester or one year in your life, It’s your life in one year/semester. If you have questions or need information about Erasmus+ international programme, Don’t hesitate to contact us. We can give you more details and more experiences. Erasmus+ life is waiting for you.

 

 

Giovanna Pessa

 

 

1.Your personal data (student's: name, surname/field of study/ home university; teaching/training staff: name, surname/ position/ department/ home university)

 

Giovanna Pessa, Biology/ Biotechnology, University of Massachusetts Boston (USA)

 

 2.Which activity did you participate in (student mobility for studies, staff mobility for teaching, staff mobility for training)?

 

student mobility for studies

 

3.Why did you decide to apply in the Erasmus+ programme?

 

I had wanted to study abroad somewhere in Europe and had already gone to Poland and loved it. I started applying to John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin just as a reciprocal exchange but my school’s study abroad office told me about the Erasmus+ fellowship and funding it would provide so I decided to apply to the program only knowing about its funding but nothing about all the opportunities and community it would provide for me!

 

4.Your personal experience/what did you like about your mobility/what did you gain thanks to it?

 

Being from the United States I was always surrounded by Americans and English. Coming here to Lublin on Erasmus opened up the whole world to me. I loved being surrounded by people from so many different languages, cultures, and countries. Sitting at dinner one of my last nights in Lublin with my closest friends I had made, at the table were students from Poland, France, Germany, Georgia, Slovakia, Turkey, Columbia, and me from the United States. Very few people in America can say such a thing and I am so blessed to have experienced this.

 

In addition to getting to know people from all different walks of life I also got to get to know myself better and grow in so many ways. I was able to live on my own for the first time and learn to manage and control my funds. Along with flying over to a city for the first time and finding my way around forming connections and friendships all on my own. I also had the opportunity to travel around Europe and discover many new places and how to navigate the world on my own.

 

5. Why would you recommend it to others?

 

In the middle months Poland was cold and gray and if my mobility ended then I would not have recommended it to others. As the semester progressed the days got longer and weather warmer, I fell in love with Poland and Lublin. Poland is the perfect city to study in because it is very inexpensive so you save money in your “new home” allowing for more funds to be used for travel and exploration. Lublin itself is amazing because it is the perfect sized city, it is not too big and it is very walkable. From the Old Town to Plac Litewski, to the lake, to the outdoor museum with goats there are so many amazing ways to pass your time in Lublin. I would also recommend KUL because of the many opportunities it gives there Erasmus+ students day trips and dinners not just during orientation but also throughout the whole semester as well as the guardian angels assigned to help you acclimate to Lublin.

 

 

Iman Hasanbegović

 

1.Your personal data (students: name, surname/field of study/ home university; teaching/training staff: name, surname/ position/ department/ home university)

 

Iman Hasanbegović, International Relations, International University of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

 

2.Which activity did you participate in (student mobility for studies, staff mobility for teaching, staff mobility for training)?

 

student mobility for studies

 

3.Why did you decide to apply in the Erasmus+ programme?

 

I applied because I wanted to broaden my horizons by experiencing living in a different culture and because it was an excellent opportunity to meet new people from different countries.

 

4.Your personal experience/what did you like about your mobility/what did you gain thanks to it?

 

On my Erasmus, I have met many wonderful people from different countries and through them I got to get to know their cultures. Now that I know that I have friends from all over the world, the world doesn’t seem so big anymore. Not only do you break any stereotypes you might have had, but you also get to look at your own culture from the eyes of others.

 

At university, different issues are in focus than in your home country so you get to learn about things you were ignorant of or had limited knowledge on. Furthermore, I got to discover Poland and travel around Europe to some countries which I perhaps never would’ve decided to visit but decided to do so because of their proximity to Poland.

 

5.Why would you recommend it to others?

 

I would recommend everyone to go on an exchange because it’s a unique opportunity to discover something new, experience living by yourself, meet new people, and to improve your language skills.

 

 

 

 

Furkan Coban

 

1.Your personal data (students: name, surname/field of study/ home university;  teaching/training staff: name, surname/ position/ department/ home university)

 

Furkan Çoban, International Relations, International University of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

 

2.Which activity did you participate in (student mobility for studies, staff mobility for teaching, staff mobility for training)?

 

student mobility for studies

 

3.Why did you decide to apply in the Erasmus+ programme?

 

I always wanted to study abroad to get new experience for future career, to improve my communication skills in English language, to share different culture and make friends all around the world.

 

4.Your personal experience/what did you like about your mobility/what did you gain thanks to it?

 

My personal experience can be distinguished following: I met different people, not only from Poland and it was great opportunity for me to make cultural, social and educational integration with them. It is worth mentioning that I was a volunteer in one of exchange projects, where I tried to assist with exchange students and university staff from Delta State University, Cleveland, Mississippi! I almost spent two weeks with them and it was one of the best experiences for me with diverse culture.

I would also like to mention that during our mobility we learn to live independently and I do believe it is crucial for everyone. At this time, you have to manage your own budget, also deal with a lot of difficulties and it gives you more experience for next time.

 

5.Why would you recommend it to others?

 

Don’t miss a chance to participate in Erasmus+  project. New life is waiting for you. Before going to other country contact other Erasmus students and ask every detail. You can use Erasmus web-site on Facebook.

 

 

Anastasiia Oleksiuk

 

1.Your personal data (students: name, surname/field of study/ home university;  teaching/training staff: name, surname/ position/ department/ home university)

 

Anastasiia Oleksiuk, a fourth year student in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the Lesya Ukrainka Eastern European National University (Ukraine)

 

2.Which activity did you participate in (student mobility for studies, staff mobility for teaching, staff mobility for training)?

 

student mobility for studies

 

3.Why did you decide to apply in the Erasmus+ programme?

 

I was sure that taking part in this programme would strongly enrich my future studies and help me in my prospective сareer of teaching Polish as foreign language. I considered this programme to be a great opportunity to get in touch with Polish culture and educational system.

 

4.Your personal experience/what did you like about your mobility/what did you gain thanks to it?

 

Through my stay abroad with Erasmus+, I learned better how see the value of different cultures, cooperate in teams, plan and organise tasks and activities.I am more tolerant towards other persons' values and behavior. I intend to participate more actively in the social and political life of my community. Also I am more interested in European topics now.

 

5. Why would you recommend it to others?

 

Yes, definitely!  I'm absolutely convinced that  Erasmus+ is an excellent investment in the future.  So if someone has that experience even just once in his or her life, it is amazing.

 

 

Dmytro Planton

 

1.Your personal data (students: name, surname/field of study/ home university;  teaching/training staff: name, surname/ position/ department/ home university)

 

Planton Dmytro, Polish Philology, Chernivtsi National University (Ukraine)

 

2.Which activity did you participate in (student mobility for studies, staff mobility for teaching, staff mobility for training)?

 

student mobility for studies

 

3.Why did you decide to apply in the Erasmus+ programme?

 

I decided to apply because I wanted to continue being in Poland, the former semester I studied in Kraków, so from Kraków went to Lublin.

 

4.Your personal experience/what did you like about your mobility/what did you gain thanks to it?

 

In Lublin I have understood Polish nation completely, it was my goal.

 

5. Why would you recommend it to others?

 

Because only travels and life in other countries help to understand the world. I like Polish slogan on the Polish Embassy website: Poland – serve, Europe – create, world – understand. I think, it is the most important thing to understand our complicated and decadent world.

 

 

Roksolana Chervinska

 

1.Your personal data (students: name, surname/field of study/ home university; teaching/training staff: name, surname/ position/ department/ home university)

 

Roksolana Chervinska, psychology, Drohobych Ivan Franko State Pedagogical University (Ukraine)

 

 2.Which activity did you participate in (student mobility for studies, staff mobility for teaching, staff mobility for training)?

 

student mobility for studies

 

3.Why did you decide to apply in the Erasmus+ programme?

 

  • Possibility of receiving funding under the Erasmus + program
  • Living in another country and meeting new people
  • Getting to know other education programs

 

4.Your personal experience/what did you like about your mobility/what did you gain thanks to it?

 

I was a very happy to visit new countries, experience a different culture and meet inspiring people.

 

 

Viktoriia Kalamazh 

 

1.Your personal data (students: name, surname/field of study/ home university;  teaching/training staff: name, surname/ position/ department/ home university)

 

Viktoriia Kalamazh, Psychology, the National University of Ostroh Academy (Ukraine)

 

2.Which activity did you participate in (student mobility for studies, staff mobility for teaching, staff mobility for training)?

 

student mobility for studies

 

3.Why did you decide to apply in the Erasmus+ programme?

 

Erasmus+ programme gives a splendid opportunity to study abroad and in this way I wanted to adopt new learning methods and to upgrade my knowledge in the field of psychology. Furthermore, I was able to choose some subjects which were absent in my home university, as for instance, music therapy.

 

4.Your personal experience/what did you like about your mobility/what did you gain thanks to it?

 

Reflecting on my personal experience I feel like the time I spend there was in many ways helpful for me. I did get the chance to visit lectures of truly extraordinary professors and to attend conferences which fit my interests. I can’t help mentioning multicultural element in the program as making new friends and enjoying new places, sharing your routine life and studying together is a great way to learn more about yourself and to stop hiding in your own shell. I liked being able to be a part of Open Integration, it helped students to unite and feel welcomed too.

 

5.Why would you recommend it to others?

 

I will definitely recommend it to others. It taught me self-management as I had a lot of free time and I wanted to spend it usefully. In such city as Lublin there were always events, meeting, and festivals. I studied there only for half a year and managed to pick up Polish language and to immerse into a Polish culture. For some reason or other, I feel like my story with Erasmus+ programme will continue.