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The quality of study in Warsaw University of Technology (Politechnika Warszawska) / Polish in one year


Gr4K 1 | 6
24 Jul 2015 #1
hello everyone,

I recently got admitted to Warsaw University of Technology and wanted to ask "how is the quality of teaching at WUT.
and if I could learn Polish in 1 year and be able to learn like all the other Polish students in a Polish course.
Polsyr 6 | 769
24 Jul 2015 #2
You mean Politechnika Warszawska? If not the best then one of the best within Poland.

Depending on a number of factors (like your mother tongue, and what other languages you know) Polish can take from 1 to 2 years to learn (assuming full time dedication to learning the language and plenty of social interaction), to the level where you can conduct advanced academic communications.
OP Gr4K 1 | 6
24 Jul 2015 #3
@polsyr thanks for the reply, my mother tongue is English, a lot of people say the teaching quality in English is not good, is this true? am i making a good choice.
Polsyr 6 | 769
24 Jul 2015 #4
I can't comment about teaching quality in English, but I can say there are less programs available in English.
OP Gr4K 1 | 6
24 Jul 2015 #5
okay, what about the society in the campus is it friendly, are you a student there.
am pretty confused bout all the stuff i heard about from this site which makes me doubt certain things
how easy is it to learn polish and with a polish degree can i get employment once i know the language

also, how are may chances of staying in Poland permanently once i have learnt the language
InPolska 11 | 1,821
24 Jul 2015 #6
@Polsyr: the problem with interacting with Poles who are studying foreign languages is that they always want to practice their language skills so it's difficult to learn Polish with them ;)

@Gr: learning Polish won't give you right to live and to work in Poland ;)
OP Gr4K 1 | 6
24 Jul 2015 #7
@InPolska yes, i understand that, but will i have better opportunity than not knowing the language.:)
InPolska 11 | 1,821
24 Jul 2015 #8
Sure but in order to get a job, you need to have an employer to prove that he cannot find anyone else for the job. Not only Poles but also citizens of EU countries can work in Poland with ho formalities.

What is your nationality?

Besides, if studying in "English" and interacting with English-speaking Poles, you won't have much time to study Polish and believe me, it's not something to be learnt quickly when not knowing any other slavic language.

Also, you don't know Poland, why do you talk about settling permanently? ;)
Polsyr 6 | 769
24 Jul 2015 #9
@Polsyr: the problem with interacting with Poles who are studying foreign languages is that they always want to practice their language skills so it's difficult to learn Polish with them ;)

That is correct.

how are may chances of staying in Poland permanently once i have learnt the language

I assume you are from outside EU. If you graduate from a Polish university you might be eligible for a temporary residence permit (not sure about the duration though) to allow you to look for a job. You need to make sure that by the time you graduate, you have learned Polish.

Also, assume you will not be able to work and earn money while studying, so unless you have enough financial resource to sustain you during the entire course of your studies, I suggest you look somewhere else.

society in the campus is it friendly, are you a student there.

The campus is a great social environment, and no, I am not a student there but I know someone that teaches there (and therefore I visit there a lot), and one of my very best university professors was a Politechnika Warszawska graduate.
OP Gr4K 1 | 6
24 Jul 2015 #10
thanks, it great having answers for a change,

well, no i don't but that's what i came here to do,:) to learn more, is it a good idea to live here they say it is a good country.

And i am African "Tanzanian" does my nationality make things harder for me.

And I plan to Seriously learning polish because it would not be fair to myself not to learn the language

and yes i am able to support myself and also i am studying there for some time so i am certain, by the end of my study i would have learnt polish
Polsyr 6 | 769
24 Jul 2015 #11
African "Tanzanian" does my nationality make things harder for me.

Not particularly, when in Poland you will subject to the same law as everyone else (from outside EU) and same academic standards as anyone else, and within the student community, people will be friendly and welcoming. However, like every society, there are some negative elements that act badly towards foreigners and Poland is no exception.

And I plan to Seriously learning polish because it would not be fair to myself not to learn the language

That is the right way to do things in my opinion, if you come and live in a country for 4-5 years as a student you should at least learn the language.

Only thing I seriously caution you about is the financial aspect. Like I said before, unless you have enough resources to cover you during the entire course of your studies then Poland may not be right for you.
InPolska 11 | 1,821
24 Jul 2015 #12
@Gr: you seem to be a nice guy but please realize that Poland is a homogenous country so not very open. Some people shall tell you that that there are a few students including from Africa but 1. they stay with each other and 2. Polish society is not limited to universities. It may be very difficult for you as being "different". Personally, I have a (blond/blue eyed) nephew in couple with a girl of African origin (so she's black - they have one kid and they live in France, although small place in south 0 problem) and I would never invite the two of them here as the girl would not feel comfortable.

Best to chose a western European country used to seing people of all colors, all religions where you'll be better accepted.
OP Gr4K 1 | 6
24 Jul 2015 #13
@InPolska let us say Warsaw in general, would i have difficulties in my case, because i have been admitted and i don't have anywhere else to go to

am i at a disadvantage, :[ should I worry about it.

i do accept the challenges about living in foreign countries. but is Warsaw okay for me
InPolska 11 | 1,821
24 Jul 2015 #14
@Gr4: Poland is not a multi cultural country, is very conservative and catholic so when people are "different", things are difficult. You won't be physically agressed (unless going to rough neighborhoods) but expect dirty looks and comments and not to be welcomed ;). Personally I would not want to live in a place where I am not welcomed. Since you speak English, go to UK instead, you'll feel more comfortable, people are open and tolerant since used to live with others (Poles are not used to live with different people).
Atch 17 | 3,224
24 Jul 2015 #15
Depending on a number of factors (like your mother tongue, and what other languages you know) Polish can take from 1 to 2 years to learn

I would have said a lot longer than that. I lived in Poland for two years, I had already learned three other languages and I found Polish very difficult. I never got beyond pretty basic conversation about banalities. I know I couldn't have studied at third level. I did one intensive Polish course which gave me the basics. If I'd studied to a similar intensity at intermediate level I'm sure I would have improved, but to get to a point where you could complete assignments in a university, I don't know............quite a tall order I'd say.
OP Gr4K 1 | 6
24 Jul 2015 #16
thanks guys for the good insight, i will be asking more questions soon.
Polsyr 6 | 769
24 Jul 2015 #17
@Atch, I did say assuming full time dedication to learning the language :)
Atch 17 | 3,224
25 Jul 2015 #18
Yes, but the poster says he's already been accepted by the university so presumably he would have to decide to study in either Polish or English. I don't see how he could start studying there through Polish if he hasn't learned the language yet?
Polsyr 6 | 769
25 Jul 2015 #19
@Atch if he is going to study in Polish then he will definitely need a "language year".
InPolska 11 | 1,821
27 Jul 2015 #20
@Polsyr: Hi! If he's going to study in Polish, unless he is a genius, he'll need much more than a "language year" but several ;). Unless another slavic language speaker, the guy shall have a hell of a time to learn Polish.


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