Come and study in Gallus
Introduction Meeting for Incoming Students
October 2011
Table of Contents
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Welcome
Quiz about Poland
Poland- general information, tourist atrraction,
interesting facts
Katowice – the capital of slaskie province
Silesian School of Economics and Languagesinformation about Gallus, organization of academic
year etc.
Useful information about living in Polsand (cost of
living, health care and insurance, public transport)
Dictionary
Welcome
Poland General Information
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Poland is situated in central Europe and
boasts of being the largest country in the
area.
It stands bordered by Baltic Sea in the
north and the Carpathian Mountains in
the south.
Poland shares frontiers with Russia,
Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Slovakia, the
Czech Republic and Germany.
Poland General Information
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The capital city is Varsovie.
It is good place to start organize your travel
to: Vienne, Cracow, Varsovie, Bratyslava.
The official language of Poland is Polish, but
a lot of people, specially young speak
English, German; Russian and French are
also spoken there.
Majority of the people in Poland follow
Roman Catholicism.
10 interesting and fun facts
about Poland
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1.Poland is the 69th largest country in the world as well as the 9th largest
country in Europe.
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2.Warsaw, Lodz, Krakow, Wroclaw, Poznan, and Gdansk make up the six
biggest cities of Poland.
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3.Rysy, sited in the Tatra Mountains and soaring to a height of 2,499m,
forms the highest point in Poland.
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4.The north-east regions of Poland are the coldest, while the south-west
regions are the warmest.
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5.The name ‘Burek, literally meaning a brownish-grey color, is very
popular as far as dog names in Poland are concerned.
10 interesting and fun facts
about Poland
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6.The year 1989 saw Poland holding its first free
elections, in more than 40 years.
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7.Most of the Poles consider their name day more
important than their birthday.
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8.The White tailed Eagle is the national symbol of
Poland.
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9.Poland is the 6th most populous and the 6th largest
of the 27 member states in the European Union.
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10.Amongst all the members of the European Union,
the residents of Poland marry the youngest.
Tourist Atrraction
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Most tourist attractions in
Poland are connected with
natural environment, historic
sites and cultural events.
They draw millions of tourists
every year from all around the
world.
According to Tourist Institute's
data, Poland was visited by 17.1
million tourists in 2009, and by
18,5 million tourists in 2010.
Tatras Mountains, Zakopane
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Zakopane is a center of Góral
culture and is known informally
as "the winter capital of
Poland". It is a popular
destination for mountaineering,
skiing and hiking.
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The best time for visit Zakopane
is Autumn or Christmas and
New Years season.
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Distance from Katowice: about
156 km; 2,5 h by car.
Beskids
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The Beskids are approximately
600 km in length and 50–70 km in
width. They stand mainly along the
southern border of Poland, and in the
neighboring far eastern Czech
Republic, neighboring regions in
northern Slovakia, and in western
Ukraine.
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There are numerous tourist attractions
and winter resorts in the mountains.
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The best time to visit Beskids is
autumn.
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Distance from Katowice: 80km, 1h by
car.
Ojców National Park – the
smalest National Park in Poland
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Ojcowski Park is very biodiverse; over
5500 species reside in the park. These
include 4600 species of insects and 135
of birds. Mammals include the beaver,
badger, ermine, and 15 species of bats (
many of which hibernate in the park's
caves during the winter).
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The best time to visit: all seasons.
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Distance from Katowice: 50km, 45min.
by car.
Cracow
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Cracow is a former country’s capital.
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Most of the city guests are captivated
by its magical atmosphere and the
splendid architecture.
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In Krakow you can see mediaeval
cathedrals, the Renaissance castle,
Baroque churches, the Art Nouveau
theatre and many other monuments.
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The best time to visit: all seasons
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Distance:78 km, 1,5h by car.
Oświęcim (Auschwitz)
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The town was a witness to an
enormous evil caused by mankind.
During World War II in the largest
Nazi extermination camp around 1.5
million people perished.
A gruesome exhibition in the former
camp makes the visitors rethink the
basic ideas of humanity and dignity.
The best time to visit – all the
seasons,
Distance from Katowice: 35 km, 0,5
h by car
Ticets: about 37,50 zl for one person
- included guide and documentary
film.
Katowice the capital of slaskie
province
Katowice on the map of
Poland
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Wroclaw 180 km. by
car,
Cracow 78km. by car,
Varsovie 316km. by
car,
Prague 236 km. by car,
Vienne 334 km by car,
Budapest 230km. by
car.
Some useful data
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Katowice is an important economic centre in
Southern Poland and the capital of the Silesian
Voivodeship.
Katowice played a major role in the Industrial
Revolution in Poland and it is now one of the
largest cities in the country.
Airports :
The nearest Katowice - Pyrzowice
Other: Wroclaw, Cracow - Balice
Interesting facts about
Katowice
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Silesian Metropolitan area is one of the largest urban
agglomerations in Europe.
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There is still no explanation for the origins of the name
Katowice: hundreds of years ago, the city was just a small
blacksmiths community.
Although most travel guides will present Katowice as an
industrial city, almost 50% of its area is covered by parks,
playgrounds, fields and forests.
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In recent years, Katowice managed to become one of the
most bicycle-friendly cities in Europe.
Free times activities
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You cannot get bored in
Katowice!
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The city vibrates with
social, cultural, and first
of all, night life,
Everybody will find
something for themselves,
Katowice offers a lot to
night life enthusiasts,
There are many places
where the fun goes on till
the morning .
Free times activities
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Polish bars are commonly called “pubs”,
although beside the name they have little
in common with the traditional, English
ones:
 They are stylized after Irish or
Scottish pubs, but each one has its
own unique décor and atmosphere,
 They serve exquisite beer and close
when the last guest leaves, which
means the fun can last until the early
morning,
 Dance lovers may “have their fling”
in discos to the rhythms of techno,
hip-hop or rock music.
Useful information about
Gallus
General Information
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Name of host institution
 Silesian School of Economics and
Languages
 Wyższa Szkoła Zarządzania
Marketingowego i Języków Obcych
Erasmus Institutional Code
 PL KATOWIC10
Adress
 International Office
 12, Gallusa Street
 40 – 594 Katowice
 Phone: + 48 32 20 79 228
 Fax: + 48 32 20 79 228
Some facts about Silesian School
of Economics and Languages
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The school was founded in
1994,
It is the largest non –public
higher school in Upper Silesia,
The school was awarded the
title of the best non –public
higher school in Upper Silesia
by the Chapter of Polish
Ranking of higher school
announced by „Rzeczpospolita”
and „Perspektywy”,
Some facts about Silesian School
of Economics and Languages
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The school has a status
of TELC/ICC
examination centre,
The students also have
the possibility to
obtain computer
science certificates –
ECDL ( European
Computer Driving
Licence).
Organization of Academic Year
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The academic year is divided into two terms:
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The winter semester starts on the 1st of October and
ends 20th of January, when the exam session starts,
The summer semester starts on the 13th of February
and ends on the 1 st of June, then the exam session
starts,
There are short breaks at the end of December (from
Christmas till New Year) and during Easter,
Important dates for
2011/2012 Academic Year
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Public Holiday
All Saint’s Day – 1 st November
Independence Day – 11 th November
Christmas Day – 25 th December
Boxing Day – 26 th December
New Year’s Day – 1 st January
Twelfth Night – 6th January
Easter Sunday – 8 th April
State Holiday – 1 th May
Constitution Day – 3 rd May
Corpus Christi – 7th June
Feast of the Assumption – 15 th August
Erasmus Institutional
Coordinators
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Erasmus Institutional Coordinator
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Katarzyna Mika
Tel. +48 32 20 79 228
Fax: . +48 32 20 79 228
Email: [email protected]
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You can also cantact to:
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Monika Biernatek
Tel. +48 32 20 79 228
Fax: . +48 32 20 79 228
Email: [email protected]
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Opening hours of the International Department
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Monday – Friday
7:30-15:30
Room 134
Living in Poland
Cost of living
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Loaf of bread:
Bottle of mineral water:
Cup of coffe:
Butter:
Beer:
Apples ( 1 kg):
Ham ( 1 kg):
Cheese ( 1 kg):
Milk ( 1 l):
Chocolate:
Petrol: (1 l )
Cigarettes from
3 zł
2 zł
5 zł
3,5 zł
5 zł
3 zł
25 zł
30 zł
2.5 zł
5 zł
5zł
9 zł
Health Care and Insurance
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The institution responsible for health care in Poland is the
National Health Fund – Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia (NFZ).
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To get treatment by a general practitioner you should go to a
doctor who has a contract with NFZ and show your European
Health Insurance Card or a replacement certificate.
To get treatment by a specialist, such as an obstetrician, dentist,
dermatologist, venerologist, oncologist, eye specialist or
psychiatrist you don’t need a referral. To go to any other specialist
you need to go a general practitioner first.
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In case of emergency call 999 or 112
Public Transport
Railway–
The railway station in Katowice is about 20 minutes on foot from the “Gallus”. There
are direct over-night sleeper rail services from main European cities such as:
Paris, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, and others. Rail journeys to major cities in Poland
(Warsaw, Krakow and others) are available several times a day by express or
`Inter City trains.
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Local transport In Katowice
One reduce price ticket costs 1.40 zł, full price – 2.80 zł. However if you know you
will be using the public transportation many times within the day or weekend
you can buy more economical tickets, valid for a given period of time, eg.: 24
hours, 3 days, 30 days, 90 days. More information are available at KZK GOP
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Taxis –
Taxis are not difficult to find because of the many small taxi companies competing
with each other, especially in the city area. We suggest not to take the taxi from
the train and bus station, because they are far more expensive than from other
companies. Phone number for the cheapest taxi companies in the area are for
example: Radio Taxi - 9191, Halo Taxi - 9629
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Dictionary – some useful word
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good morning – dzień dobry
good evening –dobry wieczór
goodbye –do widzenia
goodnight- dobranoc
thank you – dziękuje
please –proszę
I don’t understand- nie
rozumiem
What’s your name?- jak masz
na imię?
My name is… - Mam na imię
How are you?- Jak się masz
on the right – na prawo
on the left – na lewo
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student ID – legitymacja
faculty – wydział
bread –chleb
roll –bułka
milk –mleko
water –woda
juice- sok
butter –masło
beer – piwo
wine – wino
coffee – kawa
tea –herbata
book –książka
Railway Stadion – dworzec
kolejowy
Airport – Lotnisko
Free Emergency Telephones
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Police: 997 (Policja)
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Fire brigade: 998 (Straż Pożarna)
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Ambulance: 999 ( Pogotowie
Ratunkowa)
Calling from mobile dial: 112
Good luck!!!
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