Gautham’s brilliant oops collection discusing issues when studying in Gdansk does not need introduction (many thanks ragazzo!). “So, basically I was asked to talk about Gdansk and experience in Gdansk and well I thought I should talk about my oops moments and here we go!”
Contributor: Gautham [India]
Oops I am going to Gdansk
Aye Aye Aye, Dzein Dobry (Polish for Good Day: one of the few polish vocabulary you might need or few vocabulary I bothered to learn frankly). Well this is it, things you need to do before and after you know you are going to Gdansk(because you are never sure about anything in Mathmods unless you actually get there). Let me start with the obvious, whatever people say GO GET THE VISA before you even enter Poland. How to apply for Polish student visa? So historically all the emails from Poland might be a little late, but don’t panic and keep your cool. So till then you need to figure out where you will apply for visa, which I have no idea about because I am one of those fools who decided to not apply for the visa and directly apply for residence permit at Poland (clearly a bad decision because I was stuck in Poland for 5 months). Anyway the point is GO AND GET THE VISA. They would say the visa might take at least 2 weeks maybe more but just tell them it is necessary and urgent and that you need it faster.
P.S.: – start doing some yoga and meditations, you might need it to control your anger and rage when you go to the residence permit office.
Oops I don’t know where to look for places to stay
Well that is all about getting to Gdansk and I am sure my friend veronica gave you tips on where to look for accommodation, which pretty much covers the entire range of knowledge I have about accommodation as well, but there is something you need to keep in mind while looking for accommodation – DO NOT SEND MONEY WITHOUT SEEING THE FLAT EITHER THROUGH SKYPE OR IN PERSON…trust me there are a lot of scam schemes.
Few ways to check if the listing is genuine-
- Always try and see the owner as well as the flat in person before committing to it
- Make sure you don’t send any money through the internet especially through other outlets other than banks like western Union etc where you cannot trace the money.
Following these guidelines generally mean that the flat you are interested is genuine, and the best way to get a flat is get to Gdansk and then start looking. It is quite cheap to find hostels near the university and in that way you will have an idea about how far the university is from place. Trust me if it is far, you will find it really hard to get up and go to class everyday especially in those hard winter days when there is no sunlight and all you want to do is just hibernate. And oh yes, try and a get a PhD dormitory at the university it is very very cheap and the rooms are really good. We didn’t get any because we were late to apply for them. So maybe you can already send the coordinator a mail asking about the accommodation rather than waiting for them to send you one.
Interested in: ‘Oops I don’t know what to do in Gdansk’ or ‘Oops I don’t know Polish’? check the article about the free time in Gdansk, activities for international students.