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Tips before going and advice for when you get here to study Veterinary.

So the day finally arrived! I was about to begin my journey towards the rest of my life, a journey of an Irish studying veterinary medicine abroad, in the heart of Europe! I was preparing for weeks for the move and was filled with both excitement and nerves. I had been researching more about the university and started brushing up on some topics the Medical Poland Admission Office had suggested I should revise. I had never lived or studied abroad before so was nervous about the change in culture and living away from my friends and family. I had been in contact with some veterinary students through the Facebook page about suggestions before moving and they answered any questions I had. I also would recommend downloading the Duolingo app to begin some basic Polish so you’re not completely lost when you get here! Its important to keep an eye on Instagram and Facebook for updates and discussions between students, Medical Poland and the university.

The first thing that struck me when I arrived at the “Raj” dorms was how clean they were and how accessible they are to facilities around the city. They are just a 10 minute tram ride from the university, which are so frequent (you’re never waiting more than 5 minutes for a tram) and so cheap! An unlimited (all lines) quarterly tram ticket is just 150zl, which is around €34.50 / £31, which is amazing value! It is also very easy to top up and goes straight onto the University Student I.D. card. The dorms themselves are arranged in different ways, depending on if you would like a single or twin room. In my case, I chose to share with my friend Serena in an apartment designed for 4 people. This means that we share a spacious bedroom (importantly with plenty of wardrobe space) between us, and a kitchen and bathroom with another girl, Annie from our class. (There are usually 4 people altogether.) The dorms are quite inexpensive (like most things in Poland) and work out to be around €130 / £115 per month or 549zl, which has everything included. (You can expect a separate post on the dorms to cover more detail soon)
The first week of college began with a “Welcome Week” with the university and our class tutor. This is where we all first met each other as a group of international veterinary students. We were taken around the Biskupin campus and shown an amazing museum of anatomy with lots of skeletons from different animals which we had never seen before. There are also some classes held on this campus, which is less than a 10 minute walk from the dormitories, so we were shown where the lecture halls are and where the labs are held. After this we hopped on a tram to the Norwida campus, the one we are mostly on for this semester. We got an in depth tour of the campus including the main lecture theatres, labs and also met with some other professors. This was then followed by a gorgeous traditional Polish lunch consisting of chicken noodle soup, salads and different meat dishes.
For the rest of the week, we were shown other areas around the university as well as being made familiar with the databases used by lecturers to upload lecture information and also registered with the library. Later in the week we met with 2 student representatives who took us on a tour around the city of Wroclaw and showed us the best places to go for anything we need. The main area is around Grunwaldzki, this is where everything you need is! …most importantly Starbucks! It’s a great place to sit with friends to study or review lecture notes together in between classes, that is if you don't like libraries. Finally, we had an opening ceremony with the whole Veterinary Faculty. It was a really beautiful experience where we all took our oath as veterinary students with the college dean and professors present. The perfect opportunity as well to get a class picture together to remember where it all began.

photo 26.11.2018


No more limits to university medical & veterinary education: Polish universities make a record number of offers to Irish applicants


Thousands of students aspiring to become doctors and vets are looking further afield for their education, as local institutions keep offering many places to overseas students. Poland’s 650-year experience in higher education and competitive living costs make it an increasingly attractive education destination for many.  


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