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Say hello to a new life: different country, new languages and cultures, unknown religions, lifestyles and new unforgettable friendships. Isn’t it crazy? A little bit scary? No, this is a journey of your life!

Busra Sahinbas 2018-11-13

In my life I could say I’ve done some things that I am proud of and some things that I consider really crazy. The fact that I moved to Warsaw I consider a little bit of both.

Dear Students who are on their way to one of the most precious experiences of a lifetime. Beware! This next few months ahead of you, might be the best thing that happened to you so far.

Uysal Ceren 2018-07-26

I am going to tell you about some boring stuff- about my first presentation here in UMK. However, as all of us know- If you felt in Erasmus + studies, you will need to return your scholarship, if you will need to return your scholarship, you will need to do extra work, if you will need to do extra work, you will not have time to spend it with your friends, if… (you can use your own imagination to continue this by yourself) … But let me begin my story…

I’m not a motivator or a great person who can give advices because i’ve been through a lot of experience hehee I am definitely NOT. I’m just 22 years old pea-sized girl who loves learning something new such as another’s culture or the language, sometimes travelling, sometimes writing either in my blog or just filling up paper with an absurd things, sometimes watching drama, start to more serious about photographing.

From 18th till 20th of May 2017 students of Nikolaus Copernicus University in Toruń are taking over the City of Torun. For three days Toruń will be the center of students life. Read this article and check out what you can expect on this year Juwenalia.

Nico Copernico 2017-05-18

If you dont know what to cook today try delicious Ukrainian stuffed peppers.

Here is the recipe.

If you have second thoughts about spending your Erasmus in Poland, check out this list and make a right choice. Because it is one of the most important decisions of your life. And you don't want other Erasmus students to have better stories than you.

Mislav Lugonjic 2017-04-21

SocialErasmus Week is organized twice a year by the coordinators of the SocialErasmus project, to unite both international and local students across Europe in activities and events that will make a positive change in their local community.

What our Erasmus+ students and Erasmus Student Network did in last days, check out below!

Nico Copernico 2017-04-13

Every one of us has dreams, and we eager to achieve all of them. Education is the most important path that makes our mission easier.

SocialErasmus combines Erasmus exchange and youth volunteering with the slogan ‘Leave Your Mark’, inspiring local and Erasmus students to enrich the society by taking part in the activities.

Nico Copernico 2017-04-06

“Kraków is one of my favorite places on earth.
It is a medieval city full of young people.
A wonderful, striking combination.”
(Jonathan Carroll)

I’m not that kind of man who loves sports but I wanted to try something different for this summer so I enrolled to the course „On the river, on the lakes – the secrets of water tourism”. Besides getting knowledge about water tourism, you have the opportunity to go on a canoe trip!

Florian Bar 2017-03-18

Orientation Week for Erasmus+ students is organised at the beginning of each semester.
It's aim is to introduce our Erasmus+ students to the traditions, life and study at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń.

Nico Copernico 2017-02-28

When I searched some information about Torun a William Butler Yeats adaptation quote came towards me: "There are no strangers in Torun, only friends you haven't met yet." It is a big surprise for me but every word is true. But I would like to start with the beginnig where everything started: with the Orientation Week.

Victoria Bene 2017-02-26

I am getting close to the end of my Erasmus semester and getting instant puppy eyes everytime someone mentions going back home. So because I now am wise, experienced and modest, I thought I would give you some guidelines to help you make the most of this amazing experience that is Erasmus.

Hi, dear reader. You know the world is full of many beautiful places to visit. However, there is a small city in Poland about which few people know. This city – Torun. And I will give 5 reason to visit this city. So let's start.

Here you can find our experience with the Organization Erasmus Gathering. Short spoiler: Don't book an Erasmus Gathering EVER. During the article you will find the reasons (there are too much of them to put them all in the summary).

Melanie Conrad 2016-11-30

When you feel happy somewhere, you never want to leave it.. I want to live my life as an Erasmus student! Forever! I live my life here like I want! Once Erasmus, always Erasmus!

Cemal Sonsak 2016-11-13

Many of my friends ask my what was the reason for me to go on Erasmus? And when I'm answering some of them are amazed some don't understand. But I want also to tell you what this Erasmus became to me.

We like to party and we won’t ever stop. Life is our party.

Some say good things always have an end. I say not. Good things have sequels. My Erasmus experience has more to say about it.

Larisa Cristea 2016-10-24

We as human beings some part of our life, we need some changes, not just because we are bored in the same things but because improving ourselfs and expanding our outlook.

Before I came here during the 2015 summer, I always wanted to go somewhere that I have never been and meet people that I have not know them before.Then I found myself in Torun if you ask me How I decided to come here , I swear I can not define how it had happened.

Yagmur Kale 2016-10-23

When you want to eat something different, to treat yourself or just to share food with friends you can always think about the magic word "pizza". Living for seven months in Torun gave me the opportunity to taste lots of foods including pizzas, kebabs, spaghetti, calzones, pancakes, burgers, soups, desserts and ice cream. That's why I decided to write about pizza and one related event!

Florian Bar 2016-09-28

Hello, lucky people going to Torun! In this post I will tell you some tips and reminders of what to bring with you on your Erasmus journey.

Suddenly she started asking me questions like: "Why are you going to Torun?", "Where will you live?", "And what are you studying?", "Scholarship and in what amount?". The last was a question: "And in Smolensk, on which place the plane crashed to a monument?"

Stereotypical foreigner is trying to criticize who’s not like he is used to. Are Polish people as dark and bad as their outfits? Find the answer below.

Larisa Cristea 2016-08-18

If you have read my first article related to vegetarianism, you have realized that life in the meat-loving Poland for a vegetarian isn`t so hard as it might seem at first glance. You will definitly survive and you might even enjoy more than expected, but of course you will for sure encounter some not so pleasent situations. From my experience they are mostly caused by the existing language barrier. Polish is not so easy to learn for foreigners and Poles often don`t speak English very well, so here I will present a small improvised vege dictionary I made for myself hoping it might help some of you, too.

Tihana Segota 2016-08-14

Life gives you lemon? You sqeeze them into people’s eyes or you make lemonade, is your choice, but Torun gives you 20 minutes of FREE RIDING BIKES! EVERYTIME YOU RENT THEM! 

Larisa Cristea 2016-08-08

You all will see many articles about what means Erasmus to people, what Erasmus gave to them. You also know that whoever look from the same window, they will see another point of view because the way how we look is unique and ours. Let’s talk about what is the meaning of Erasmus for me, in the topic of “real friendship”.

Cemal Sonsak 2016-07-24

Erasmus experience. This is a glimpse of life that changes visions about travelling abroad. “Living like a local” story.

Larisa Cristea 2016-07-20

Are you a history passionate person? Do you like to discover places with amazing stories and architecture?

Then you should definitely visit Chojnice and Poznan. Let´s see what is interesting about those cities.

Tea Sabic 2016-07-17

“You have 15 minutes before crossing the border. Prepare your documents!” Meanwhile a baby was crying in the next compartment.

“Cities have always offered anonymity, variety, and conjunction, qualities best basked in by walking: one does not have to go into the bakery or the fortune-teller, only to know that one might. A city always contains more than any inhabitant can know, and a great city always makes the unknown and the possible spurs to the imagination.” (Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking)

This quotation is a good way to start my story about the city of Stockholm which I had only visited once and I hope for many more times. This amazing city offers a great variety of everything you can ask for and each day you spend there you can discover new beauties.

Tea Sabic 2016-07-11

This is a story about a small mistake and a small adventure - or how we ended up in Zgierz (yes, it is in Poland and it is a real name).

I remember the day when I got here. I remember the day when I first saw pictures of this beautiful little town where I will live for 5 months. I remember saying: „Hope I will fit in“. I would really like to say that I managed to do that, and that my hope became reality, but now I am not sure at all, and I will tell you why.

Nina Licul 2016-06-26

I never expected to do my student exchange here in Torun. C'mon, let's be honest – I've never heard about Torun until I saw it on Erasmus list at my University. But somehow, I decided to put this pittoresque city in my application and one year later I'm having the best time of my life.

Mislav Lugonjic 2016-06-22

It was Friday. Cloudy weather, not a ray of sunshine. Standing with my family on the bus station with the most biggest suitcase I ever had, sitting there in silente, we waited for my bus to come so my journey can start. A whole new chapter that was just waiting to get wrtitten.

Nina Licul 2016-06-21

It was a long time ago since I arrived in Toruń and now it is real time to leave for me. In a way, I can’t wait to be home, to see my family, my friends, to see my beautiful Black Sea this summer, but in another way I would have liked to continue this Erasmus experience, to see more the people that I like and of course to eat more the food that I like here in Poland. I don’t really like the endings; I escaped from one „end story” in February, when my friends from first semester went home. I was saying goodbye to many people maybe for a week. I was so glad I wasn’t in their situations to say goodbye to everyone, to Toruń, to Poland.  Luckily I prolonged my stay and it was the best decision I have made!

Florian Bar 2016-06-20

Visiting by day, traveling by night...great trip, but great tiredness. I was in Wien and Berlin and I stayed three days in Wien and three days in Berlin and every single moment mattered.

When I came to Torun for my Erasmus exchange, one of the main things was to travel as much as possible and see new places, cultures and traditions. Honestly, I was a bit more attracted to the Western part of Europe because it's a lot cheaper to travel there from Poland than from my country. Malta, Greece, the Netherlands...a lot of plans. But the worst thing you can do in life is to plan too much. Sometimes you just need to let things unfold in the way they are supposed to...

Mislav Lugonjic 2016-06-15

The core of Polish cuisine is meat, that`s a well known fact. There is a variety of meat specialties among which is possible to choose if you want to try the taste of traditional cuisine. But, what if the situation is opposite, and you actually want to avoid them? What if you are making this „mistake“ of not eating meat even while staying in this „carnivorous“ country? Well, you will survive and I would like to give you some useful tips I have learned during my stay in Poland, specifically in Toruń.

Tihana Segota 2016-06-13

Do you know what polish students are waiting every summer semester? JUWENALIA! This is their student’s holiday – a three-day festival with a lot of beer and concerts.

When you are in a foreign country every day is counted, every day matters and all you have to do is just to think about what should you do to make it matters.

Let me tell you something about me: I’m kinda shy so I’m not really comfortable with talking to strangers. And yet now I’m on the bus to Warsaw regretting there’s no one sitting next to me so I can talk to a total stranger. How’d that happen?

I’m thinking a lot these days about my trip around some neighbourhood countries from Poland and, maybe, I could help you with the organizational stuff.

Dumitrita Bejan 2016-05-10

It is funny actually that you can walk in a completely different city and feel like you lived there for a long time. This is how Toruń feels like. While you leave all your worries behind, you could feel a little bit guilty because you enjoy it too much and here is why…

Tea Sabic 2016-05-09

I put all my fears in a sack and I just throw them in the biggest black hole of the Galaxy. That's what I like to say to myself when I begin new projects. Erasmus+ mobility gives me the opportunity to develop my skills and get a better social interaction with different people. So far I am still doing it good.

Florian Bar 2016-05-04

First of all, I want to tell more about love, family, holidays and the feeling you have when you're surrounded by friends but actually, you are alone or maybe, this is just a simple bogus feeling. But let’s continue … How is for you a happy holiday?

It was the 13th of February. Oh, what a memorable date. I have already been travelled for more than 12 hours when I finally got on the bus from Berlin to Torun. The weather was cloudy and glumly. Back then I thought it is an exception and soon it would get better. Naïve me. Charged with positivism and great expectations, I was staring through the window, impatient to see my new home for the next several months.

Iveta Nikolova 2016-04-28

“How to survive in Erasmus” starter pack – big Smile, big (or not so much) Camera and a Roommate with a big heart!

Are you a linguist? Do you love languages? Well, try learning Polish then...

For sure, you are asking „Is this a joke?“ but even though it's the first of April, it's not a joke. 

Nico Copernico 2016-04-01

Konferencja w Toruniu