Kraków is a wonderful and charming city which can dazzle people from all over the world. The amount of magical places in which you can hang out and spend time with friends can make your head spin. From medieval tenements which surround the biggest Main Square in Europe and castle of legendary Polish kings until hundreds of beautiful nooks and each of them has their own little story to tell.
The beginning of a very special relationship…
It’s around seven o’clock of a Saturday morning in late August 2012. I am walking very slowly on the line to board my plane from Stockholm, Sweden to Krakow, Poland. I can see people from different ages and nationalities boarding the plane and it feels like we are going to a very multicultural destination.
After two hours flying we finally land at the Krakow International airport and after collecting my luggage and crossing the customs I go outside the airport and a very friendly man approaches to me offering taxi services and as I considered the offer (76zl) a great deal, I ask him to take me to the FAFIK dormitory, which is the first place where I’ll stay during the first month of my stay. However, I should have known I could have taken the bus 292 from the airport to the center and I would have saved 73zl…
ESN UEK as a local ESN section takes care of international students studying at Cracow University of Economics by organizing various activities for them. Our creative and motivated team divided into several projects is supported by International Programmes Office of CUE.
Erasmus: You will spend a significant portion of your time here either a little bit intoxicated or so seriously drunk you think you can swim across the Wisla (you cannot). I would avoid any classes that begins before 10, you won’t be there. The ESN students are incredibly helpful I must say, so much so that they sacrifice that most essential time: sleep, to spend more time out organising parties and helping the students, serious respect to them!
Kev Whelan, Ireland
I love Krakow
Living in Krakow means to me enjoying life with all 5 senses…
Explore the beautiful scenery. Krakow is like a history book, rustic, nostalgic and every street keeps some secrets.
Erasmus in Krakow is one of the best experiences I ever had in my life. Krakow is a beautiful city. People here are very friendly and ready to help you with everything they can. City during the day is astonishing. Huge main square, amazing cathedrals and Wawel Royal Castle are just few things you have to see in Krakow. I also love night life in Krakow. You can go to have a beer to jazz club, then you can move to rock party and finish your night in electronic club with real DJ’s. I just love Krakow and I will definitely come back after my Erasmus.
Martin Vittek, Slovakia
Before I decided where to go for Erasmus, I had a list in my head about some things I would like to do and some places I would like to go to during my time. I wanted to enjoy sunshine, rain, and definitely the beautiful snow. I wanted to meet a lot of kind, strange, funny and crazy people from all over the world and have a lot of fun with them. To go to lots of parties, to walk for hours, to discover special places. I wanted to at least TRY to learn a new language. I wanted to laugh so much about the crazy Erasmus stories happening to us… Finally, after quite a short time I’ve found the city I thought would be perfect to fulfill all these wishes: Cracow. Now I’m here and all I can say is I don’t regret picking this city at all. Because Cracow is beautiful, magical, funny, really something special. It is just the place to be on Erasmus.
Edit Streit, Hungary
Nie ma co ukrywać, że większość z nas wyjeżdżając na Erasmusa ma w głowie dość popularną wizję. Erasmus – jedna wielka impreza, która pomoże nam poznać ludzi z całego świata i którą będziemy potem wspominać jako najlepszy okres naszego studenckiego życia. Pytając przypadkowych ludzi, faktycznie uzyskujemy właśnie taką odpowiedź. Jednak dopiero poświęcając trochę czasu na rozmowy z dobrymi znajomymi, którzy również zdecydowali się na erasmusową przygodę, widzimy jak bardzo tego typu wyjazd różni się w zależności od miejsca, do którego jedziemy.