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Joined: 29 Jul 2014 / Male ♂
Last Post: 30 Sep 2014
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From: Cairo, Egypt
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ahmed2014   
30 Sep 2014
Life / English-speaking Hospital in Katowice? [2]

Hi all,

I am currently in Katowice and I was wondering if there are any English-speaking hospitals in Katowice. I just had a knee injury about a week ago and I'm really having trouble dealing with the doctors here because they don't speak any English and I sadly don't speak enough Polish to be able to communicate well.

Also, I noticed that every time I go to the hospital I spend at least 2 or 3 hours just waiting for my turn to be seen by the doctor. Is that standard in public hospitals or is there a way around it (ie. go at different times or different days).

What about private hospitals? Are they any faster or better than the public hospitals?

Really need some help here as my injury is basically preventing me from walking or moving normally and I'm really having trouble dealing with medical staff here.
ahmed2014   
8 Sep 2014
Life / Health system in Poland - NFZ costs EU? [18]

Monitor:I suggest you pay cash :)

I would definitely pay cash if it's cheaper than the dental insurance. That's why I was wondering how much is the dental insurance anyway for a foreign student like me?

Note that I currently have 3 crowns that I might need to change, in addition to any other treatments that the dentist will recommend.
ahmed2014   
8 Sep 2014
Life / Health system in Poland - NFZ costs EU? [18]

I don't seem to understand a lot. Can you please suggest any dental insurance providers in Katowice?

This website seems confusing and google translate is not working very well.

Thanks for your help!
ahmed2014   
8 Sep 2014
Life / Health system in Poland - NFZ costs EU? [18]

Monitor,

Thanks for the info. You are right, it doesn't seem very much.

Are there any dental insurance plans that I can buy and use for private dental clinics?
ahmed2014   
7 Sep 2014
Life / Health system in Poland - NFZ costs EU? [18]

Jon357,

Thanks for your quick feedback. I found it useful and informative.

I just forgot to ask a few other things:

Does anyone know any good dentists or dental clinics in Katowice since I'll be living there?

Does the NFZ insurance cover everything for dental work or will I still pay a portion of my treatment? If yes, how much??

I think I might need to replace a crown or two. What shall I expect in terms of money and procedure??

Thanks for anyone's help.
ahmed2014   
7 Sep 2014
Life / Health system in Poland - NFZ costs EU? [18]

Merged: NFZ insurance cover for Non-EU foreigners and costs

Hi all,

I am coming to study in Poland for 2 years beginning in October and my university has the option of signing up for the voluntary NFZ insurance. I don't know much except that I'm required to pay a monthly contribution of about 50 zl.

After going through the website of the NFZ using google translate (as it's entirely in Polish), I understood that I have to pay a much higher amount.

My question is, how much exactly do I need to pay?

Is it a one-time payment for my whole period of stay in the country or is it in the form of monthly installments of about 50 zl like I was previously informed by my university??

Also, I saw that NFZ insurance includes dental care, but does the NFZ have deals/partnerships with good dental clinics?

I heard some of the private clinics are really good in this country especially that some people even fly from other EU countries to get treatment here, so can I expect to deal with any of these good clinics while being insured by the NFZ or does the NFZ only deal with public clinics of less quality?

Not sure how these things work here and would very much appreciate some advice so as to know whether I should see my dentist before I travel or not as I don't have much time before coming here.

Thanks for any advice!
ahmed2014   
5 Sep 2014
Real Estate / Where can I find a nice area to rent a studio or one-bedroom apartment in or near Katowice? [48]

What living alone or not has to do with it?

Because I think when people generally live alone they need time to also do other things during the day like cleaning and housework, but if they live with their family it's easier because they can support them with some of these things. At least that's how it's done where I come from.

I am writing from Germany. In Katowice I was 3 years ago last time.

So you're actually German or a Pole living in Germany?

Smurf,

Yes, that's what I was saying-that google doesn't give accurate information and that's why I looked at the bus website that Monitor gave me. It gives pretty much the same information that you're telling me. So I guess I might take your word and find a place in Gliwice or any of the nicer areas outside of Kato as long as it's not too far in commuting time.
ahmed2014   
5 Sep 2014
Real Estate / Where can I find a nice area to rent a studio or one-bedroom apartment in or near Katowice? [48]

Monitor,

Yes, I think it varies based on the opinion of each person. Maybe because most people live alone so for them 40 minutes of commuting is a waste of time as they can use less commuting time to do other things.

I saw your new link, and yes maybe there's a correlation, but anyway the rent prices are all mentioned for these cities on gumtree. I think the price is better than Katowice as some of them are only about 400 zl or 600 zl.

By the way, what part of Poland are you from? which city?
ahmed2014   
4 Sep 2014
Real Estate / Where can I find a nice area to rent a studio or one-bedroom apartment in or near Katowice? [48]

I'm checking your link now. It's very good. Now I think google is not accurate because it is giving an average time based on driving. Your link is more correct because it is a local link and uses the duration and times of the buses.

I saw some other towns like Sosnowiec, Rybnik, Zabrze, and Świętochłowice, any idea are these bad like Chorzow and Bytom?? Some of them are not too far based on your link (about 40 minutes by bus) and cheaper than Katowice I think..

I do not recommend commuting from outside Katowice

Yes, it seems confusing and difficult especially that I still don't know the names of the stations and the bus stops. I had a look at your website which was also recommended to me by the university.

I just think renting inside Katowice will be more expensive and I don't prefer sharing with other people.
ahmed2014   
4 Sep 2014
Real Estate / Where can I find a nice area to rent a studio or one-bedroom apartment in or near Katowice? [48]

I got racially abused there by some local scum and I'm Irish

Smurf,

I put a reply to your message earlier, but for some reason it's not there (either it got deleted by the OP or it didn't go through). So I'll put it again.

Regarding the abuse, was it just verbal abuse or were you actually physically assaulted?

Regarding the distance from Katowice, google tells me it takes about 7 minutes by car from Katwoice to Bytom or Chorzow, but I guess it would take much longer by bus since the bus will stop frequently and go at a slower speed?

Thanks man for your comments, I find it very useful and helpful!
ahmed2014   
3 Sep 2014
Real Estate / Where can I find a nice area to rent a studio or one-bedroom apartment in or near Katowice? [48]

The place would have to be very tiny ( like 16m^2) or be in devastated or have extremely high heating costs

Okay, can you read this please and tell me what you think? I tried the google translate, but I wasn't sure exactly what is wrong with this place as translations are not very accurate.

DO WYNAJĘCIA MIESZKANIE W CHORZOWIE!!! PIERWSZY ROK NAJMU ZA 80 Z£!!! KONTAKT 660694295!!! Do wynajęcia mieszkanie w Chorzowie.
ahmed2014   
3 Sep 2014
Real Estate / Where can I find a nice area to rent a studio or one-bedroom apartment in or near Katowice? [48]

Smurf,

Thank you so much for your answers! I find this information very useful! I will be studying at the University of Economics in Katowice, but I don't want to share a room with someone in the dorms because I don't think they have single rooms there.

I saw your links and actually found some apartments in Chorzow for only 300 Zl. Why is it so bad to rent there? I'm not black like Africans, because I'm from the Middle East. Most European people think I'm from Portugal, Brazil, or southern Europe when they see me as my complexion is pretty fair although not exactly white by European standards, but more like Mediterannean people. Do you think I will be the subject of racist groups if I rent in one of these areas?

I would like to save money from renting so I can spend it for other things during my stay in Katowice. Therefore, if Chorzow and Bytom are just bad because they are crowded, dirty, and noisy, it's not going to be a big deal for me, but if it's going to be dangerous to live there then I might consider other options.

What do you think?

You can rent online through airbnb.com

Monitor, thank you so much for this information! This is excellent and very useful! I saw gumtree and saw all the different options. I will have a look at the other site now. I plan to stay a few nights in a hotel when I arrive in Katowice until I find a decent apartment to rent. Do you think 5 days are enough to find a suitable place in or around Katowice?

What about contracts, are they mandatory or is it more flexible and based on mutual agreement and trust? This will be my first time to rent long-term in a foreign country so I don't want to be in any weird or difficult situations.

Cheers.
ahmed2014   
2 Sep 2014
Real Estate / Where can I find a nice area to rent a studio or one-bedroom apartment in or near Katowice? [48]

Hi all,

I am coming by the middle of this month to study in Katowice for 2 years at university. I am looking for a nice area to rent a studio or one-bedroom apartment. I don't care a lot about location as long as it is in a safe area and close to the bus station or tram (as I won't be driving).

Any advice on how much to expect to pay for the rent per month? I saw some places on the internet where the price was near or below 1,000 PLN, but some of these were in other cities near Katowice like Bytom and Chorzow. Are these easily accessible from Katowice?

Also, do I need to pay any commission in case I deal with a real-estate agent?

What about extra fees like (extra month deposit, insurance, etc.)?

What happens if I decide I want to leave the apartment before the end of my contract? Are there any legal obligations, fees, etc.??

Need some help please,

Thanks
ahmed2014   
27 Aug 2014
Work / What are the chances of getting a part-time job for an Egyptian who's coming to study and live in Poland? [36]

@ Monitor, I don't think my conversation with you is going anywhere. And really there is no need for negative comments like "you don't know statistics or you dont know how to ask logical questions" because I can easily say the same to you, except that I won't because that's not the point or motive behind my discussion. However, since this is how you like to speak, I won't even reply to you comments.

Needless to mention you still did not understand my above explanations. Otherwise, you wouldn't be saying such statements above.

I suggest you read something about "bias" and "sampling in statistics". It might help you understand why I disagree with the above remarks.

Have a good day mate!
ahmed2014   
27 Aug 2014
Work / What are the chances of getting a part-time job for an Egyptian who's coming to study and live in Poland? [36]

@ Monitor, please I was asking this question to Terri as a way of making her understand my point of view. Do you think I still don't understand what average is after my long explanation? Your example above is quite obvious and doesn't need any clarification.

I was trying to tell Terri that if most people are below the average then how will the average be correct?? Anyway forget it becaus I think now we will confuse everyone. Better to talk in private message I think, no??

Of course it is rightly skewed, that's why I told you from the very beginning that the national average does not give you a very good idea because it includes all jobs. It is better to rely on the average for every industry or every job. Did you read my previous comment where I explained this in detail?
ahmed2014   
27 Aug 2014
Work / What are the chances of getting a part-time job for an Egyptian who's coming to study and live in Poland? [36]

Like I said before, we'll just see how everything goes.

@ Terri obviously you know your country very well, and I wasn't trying to argue with you on anything. Just one question, if 75 % of people are below the average, then where does this average come from?

@ Monitor, I appreciate all your remarks and feedback.

@ Monitor, I'm more than happy to discuss your point of view further in PM (if you want of course).

Cheers
ahmed2014   
26 Aug 2014
Work / What are the chances of getting a part-time job for an Egyptian who's coming to study and live in Poland? [36]

@Monitor, for your own info, I actually studied Statistics in university and it is because of THAT I tell you that I know exactly the meaning of the average and how it is calculated.

Just to illustrate my previous point if: 2 + 3+ 4+1= 10, then the average of all these numbers is?? 10 divided by the 4 digits mentioned here, so the average here is 2.5

I was trying to explain to Terri (and now I'm explaining to you) that of course it's normal that not everyone will take a salary above the average, why?? because if the average is 2.5, say 2.5 K euros, then this means there are people who take salaries below 2.5 K and there are also people taking salaries above 2.5 K, get it? So really you cannot say the situation is difficult because most people take below the average. The average is the average of everyone (above it and below it). If what Terri meant to say was that most people take below the MINIMUM, then that's a completely different story, and I doubt it's true anyway.

As for the median, it is basically the same idea, but instead of adding the sum and dividing it by the number of digits, we just put all the digits in ascending or descending order (ie. 1, 2, 3, 4) so the median here would be?? Actually, the best median is when you have odd numbers of digits, (ie. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) so the median here would be?? 3 because it is right in the middle! Please don't underestimate my knowledge, obviously you are the one who did not understand what I was trying to say in my reply to Terri.

So back to my main point the average salary for the whole country is simply not enough to judge. Every job has its own average salary, and every position within each job category also has its average salary. For example the average salary for an entry level English teacher is different than the average salary for Senior Teacher, or Teaching Coordinator, etc. etc. Makes sense? Obviously the average for Teachers is different than that for HR, Marketing, Finance, etc. etc. So I think it is better to look at salaries for individual job categories to make a better judgement. Of course that depends on which job category each person wants to work in.

Anyway, regarding your other points, thanks for your input, I will take it into consideration although my main question is about finding a job related to my studies after graduation. I'm not so concerned about part-time jobs during studies (only interested to get an idea, etc.)

And I saw all your links, they give a general idea, but not very specific as I mentioned above.

I'm afraid to tell you Astoria is right with his data. Living costs are only to give you an idea how much money you need to spend. But GDP PPP (Purchasing Power Parity) is what is most important. Why? Because it tells you the Gross Domestic Product (ie. your output in monetary terms) and it relates this to the costs and living expenses. So 1,000 euros could be very good in one country but very bad in another country because the living expenses in one country could be very cheap, but they could be very expensive in the other country. This is what they call PPP (how much stuff can you buy for the same amount of money that you have in different locations).

The only problem I can see with Astoria's data is again within each country there is a lot of variation, as someone mentioned Warsaw is not like Katowice or any other city so again we need to be specific when comparing countries.

Best to compare Cairo to Katowice to Instanbul instead of Egypt to Poland to Turkey.

Cheers,

Ahmed

@szczecinianin

Thanks for your input, it's good to know people like me have some chance even in jobs which are normally done by native English speakers (ie. Americans, Brits, etc.) and good to know at least people are given a fair chance regardless of their nationality. That's how I do it in my job as an HR Recruiter in Egypt.
ahmed2014   
23 Aug 2014
Work / What are the chances of getting a part-time job for an Egyptian who's coming to study and live in Poland? [36]

@ Monitor: What about part-time jobs within the university? Is this available without Polish language? Or just internships in any multinational/international companies?

"Minimum salary in Poland is less than 300 eur net."

I know, but I also think this largely depends on each industry or sector. For example the average salary for Engineers could be different than the average salary for doctors, HR professionals, teachers, etc. Right? :)

Also, my MBA is 2 years long so I think if I take language courses during that time and live in Poland (interacting with locals), it should give me enough time to master the language, no? :)

"It's mostly high income, because prices are low, so they mean purchasing power."

This is actually a good thing because if the salaries are low than the prices should be low. Likewise, in other countries like Norway, UK, Germany, etc. prices are higher because the salaries are higher.

Anyway, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

By the way someone left a comment earlier and I replied, he said something about "mirroring arab countries so Poland is not a bad option", why are both his comment and my comment deleted? Any idea?

Thanks a lot.

@ Terri, thanks for your thoughts, but I don't know where your source of information comes from. If only a few people are taking higher than average salaries and the majority is taking lower than average salaries, isn't this normal in every country? Should everybody take a salary which is higher than average? If this happens than obviously the AVERAGE will NOT be the AVERAGE anymore. It will be a WRONG average (since average reflects everything below and above it).

Also, about the part-time jobs and language part, true language is very important, but do you think it is the ONLY factor in the equation? What about previous work experience, education, qualifications, attitude, and personal skills? Even if, I'm pretty sure there are some jobs which do not require Polish as English nowadays is the universal language in the entire world.

I don't mean to sound challenging here, but I'm also sharing my thoughts, and anyway thanks for your feedback.
ahmed2014   
22 Aug 2014
Work / What are the chances of getting a part-time job for an Egyptian who's coming to study and live in Poland? [36]

Just to clarify some points:

@ Sandie: I plan to take Polish courses during my MBA to learn the language. Yes, my studies will be entirely in English.

@ terri: Why is it difficult to get a part-time job as an international student?

@DominicB: I'm not planning to finance my studies by working, I just want to gain some experience to get an idea of the work culture and add something to my cv, etc.

"Not very good. Why would you want to work in Poland, anyway. Unemployment is high, wages are low, and quality of life is poor."

Really? According to my research it is actually a high-income well-developed country, one of the few that did not fall into recession during the famous recession of the EU.

@ IntoTheWild: what about Katowice, any idea what it's like there?

@Roger5: Yes, very true, I agree on that.

Thanks everyone for your replies,

Ahmed
ahmed2014   
22 Aug 2014
Work / What are the chances of getting a part-time job for an Egyptian who's coming to study and live in Poland? [36]

Thanks for your replies everyone,

@ Monitor: Studying in the UK is much more expensive, that's why I chose Poland because it is more affordable and living expenses in Katowice are similar to Cairo.

Regarding the work permit, actually according to the immigration website of Poland "A foreigner entitled to work in Poland without a work permit is a person who:

17.is a student of full-time studies in Poland studying on the basis of a residence permit issued for the purpose of continuing tertiary education in Poland for the full year;"

So if I understood it correct, I assume this means I can get a residence permit while studying and I can work based on this residence permit?
ahmed2014   
21 Aug 2014
Work / What are the chances of getting a part-time job for an Egyptian who's coming to study and live in Poland? [36]

Hi all,

I am an Egyptian male, 32 years old coming to study for my MBA in one of the universities in Katowice. This will be my first time to study abroad and also to come and live in Poland. I work in Human Resources in my home country. I also have experience working and living in London, UK and I have also traveled to the USA and to a few other countries in Europe. Furthermore, I was educated at international schools so naturally I had friends from all over the world including a lot of Europeans and Westerners whom I have known from different parts of my life, and of course I have met some very nice people from Poland (mostly on their vacation in Egypt), but also when I was in London.

Sorry for this long introduction because I don't think many people understand much about Egyptians and especially my circumstances as I am not a typical Egyptian with my background and personality.

Anyway, I just have a couple of questions and it would be great if I can get some responses. First, what are my chances of getting a part-time job or internship while I'm doing my MBA. I would like to gain some experience and add more to my cv even if it is not directly related to Human Resources.

Secondly, what are my chances of finding a job in Katowice or Poland in general after I finish my MBA? Last question, what is living in Poland like? Is it similar to the UK or the USA?-(my sister lived in the USA for 5 years).

I am currently still in my job, but once I finish my MBA after 2 years, I might want to try working in Poland for a year or two before going back to my company in Egypt in order to have some international experience.

Thanks for all your positive replies.

PS. I speak fluent English, Arabic, (some French) and willing to learn Polish of course. I'm open minded and like the western mentality.

Cheers everyone,

Ahmed