My name is Esma and I am from Turkey. I am studying psychology.

In 2017/2018, as a part of the Erasmus+ programme, I went to Poland, a country that has always fascinated me. In fact, all the places I've visited have left me speechless. I loved Poznań, it’s a very clean city. I was very impressed by this amazing city and its culture. Everything has enchanted me: traditions, landscapes, education system... My favorite dish was pierogi, I really loved it! I think it has been one of the most beautiful and the most important experiences I have had in my life so far. In fact, it was the first time for me when I was abroad on my own, and I have to admit that I was afraid at first. Thanks to the project, I had the opportunity to bring out the best part of myself.


photo: Esma 


The most important thing that makes the Erasmus exchange programme a different experience is the friendships that you can establish. During the time of my studies in Poznań, I had some friends who helped me in most cases. They made my days way better than before.

I remember that when I first arrived, Poznań filled me with a bit of apprehension. Luckily, I had signed up for the Erasmus mentor programme before I have left. I was put in touch with a superbly helpful Polish student, Agata, who answered a lot of my questions before I had left home, and picked me up from the main bus station when I arrived. 

In my opinion, the best things about the whole Erasmus project were letting us meet foreign students and making friendships stronger than distance.                                
Erasmus stories are very long to tell, but I am sure that leaving the city was the saddest one. Erasmus stories are nice, but they are specific to the ones who live it. Everything else is just unforgettable memories and the connection with the real actors of the stories.
In conclusion, I believe that the Erasmus Programme in Poland contributes significantly to my life experience. If I got a chance to live in Poznań after Erasmus, I would decide to stay there because Poznań felt like a second home to me.