Dear New Students,
Welcome! On behalf of the American Student Government, we would like to congratulate you on your acceptance to Poznan University of Medical Sciences. To ease your transition to Poland, ASG has prepared a list of recommendations and information, which will help answer some of the questions you may have regarding your upcoming move and the forthcoming year.
Travelling to Poznan
If you're flying into Warsaw (airport code WAW), your best bet is to take the bus or taxi from the airport to the Central Train Station in Warsaw (Warszawa Centralna). At the train station, you can purchase tickets to the Main Train Station in Poznan (Poznan Glowny). One-way taxi fares should be no more than 20 - 30 PLN, or slightly higher if you have a lot of luggage. Be careful of being "taken for a ride" by taxi drivers. Look for legitimate taxi cabs with fare postings on the outside of the taxi, such as Hallo Taxi or Radio Taxi. Also, it's wise to negotiate and/or get an estimate of the fare before you get in the cab.
Here's a link to the Warsaw Airport site with information on ground transportation:
Once you get to the Central Train Station, you can buy one- way fares to Poznan at the station. Trains usually leave every hour or so to Poznan and should cost no more than 40 – 50 PLN. You can get money from ATM's (Bankomat) at the Warsaw airport or from an Exchange Office (Kantor) if you have cash or traveler's checks.
Here's a link to the Polish Rail site with trip dates and times. Unfortunately, it doesn't list prices. Make sure you type in "Warszawa Centralna" as your departure city and "Poznan Glowny" as your arrival city as there are other stations in each city.
The trip from Warsaw to Poznan lasts about 3 1/2 hours. Once you arrive into Poznan, hopefully your buddy will be there to greet you and assist you to the dorms, that is if you’ve already been assigned an upper-year buddy. Otherwise, you can take a taxi to the dorms. Again, if taking a taxi, look for a reputable one with fares posted on the outside window like Hallo Taxi or Radio Taxi. If you don't see a reputable one right away, keep walking down the street that leads up to the train station. There are many more taxi cabs farther down the street. Your fare to the dorms should be no more than 10-15 PLN, or slightly higher if you have excess baggage.
Here are the addresses of the dorms, if you’ve already been assigned one, to tell or show (if you don't speak Polish) your taxi driver:
Dom Studencki “Medyk” ulica Rokietnicka 4
Dom Studencki “Aspirynka” ulica Rokietnica 6
Dom Studencki “Eskula” ulica Przybyszewskiego 39
Dom Studencki “Wawrzynek” ulica Wawrzyniaka 23/25
If you're flying into Poznan (airport code POZ) directly, then you can also take the bus or a taxi to the dorms.
Here's link to the Poznan airport website with information on ground transportation:
Finally, if you're arriving into Berlin (airport code BER for all 3 Berlin airports or TXL for just Tegel airport), most likely Tegel airport, then you can take the TXL or X9 buses from Tegel airport to Zoo (Zoologischer Garten) Station. I suggest taking the bus because taxis in Berlin are very spendy. Also, they have automated ticket machines in English next to the bus stop to purchase one-way fares, although you will need some Euros to buy the ticket.
Below is a link with information on ground transportation:
Once at Zoo Station, go to the DB (Deutsche Bahn) counter and purchase a one-way ticket from Berlin Zoo Station to Poznan Glowny. Again, you'll need to pay in Euros, so make sure you've already exchanged some money beforehand. You can also use the Polish Rail link I posted above for a timetable. Type "Berlin Zoo" as the departure city and "Poznan Glowny" as the arrival city. The train ride from Berlin to Poznan lasts about 3 hours.
Residing in Poland
In order to enter Poland and stay there legally you must ensure that you have the appropriate paperwork processed and available upon your departure. If you are an American student using your American passport but were born in Poland, you may be asked to present a Polish passport. If you were born in the United States and you are entering on your U.S. passport, you will then be allowed to stay in Poland for a total of ninety (90) days after which you will have to depart the country. Therefore, you will want to obtain a Temporary Resident Card, which is valid for one year (similar to a visa). Information regarding the TRC can be found on the ASG website and will be explained to you during New Student Orientation.
If you are Canadian and have Polish citizenship, you will have to present both passports upon departing and returning to Canada. Please contact the Polish Consulate about required documentation and for the most up-to-date information. It is imperative that you are aware, and capable of meeting the requirements, of all the requisite laws and regulations pertaining to traveling to and residing in Poland.
What to expect when you arrive at the university
Upon your arrival to Poznan, you should check in with the dormitory administration as soon as possible to receive your room key and to complete any necessary paperwork. You will find that the dormitory facilities at University are excellent and are both comfortable and modern. The rooms allocated to you are very spacious, with a private bathroom and refrigerator (Medyk and Aspirynka dorms) and fast Internet connection. During your first days in Poznan, the University faculty, staff and your upper classmates will endeavor to make you feel right at home. In addition, during your New Student Orientation the helpful staff at the University will assist you with all your needs. Your upper classmates will also plan many fun-filled events for you, including a City Tour and a meet and greet social event.
Preparing for your Stay
Most upper year students, having been through this experience themselves, will agree that there are a few essential items that should go on everyone’s “must pack” list. For most, a laptop computer proves indispensable. In addition to all the standard uses, this wonderful piece of equipment will allow you to communicate with family and friends abroad without worrying about the cost of regular long distance calls. If you are bringing any electronics, please make sure to bring a special plug and a power converter. Although your computer has a converter already built in and only needs a special plug, other electronics you might bring may need a power converter. As well, you might want to consider bringing clothing appropriate for both hot and cold weather. Comfortable shoes will also go a long way when you explore the city or walk to school. Make sure to bring one item of formal business wear and one item of formal evening wear as these items will come in handy when you attend your Inauguration Ceremony and your Thanksgiving Dinner during the Fall semester.
Although you may be tempted to pack as much as possible into your suitcases you should realize that this is neither necessary nor convenient. Apart from the fact that there is a weight restriction on your luggage, everything you need and want can be purchased in Poznan. This city is filled with great shopping centers, small boutiques, and charming markets where you will be able make purchases to fulfill all your needs. Poznan is also filled with fantastic restaurants, breathtaking architecture and wonderful natural scenery.
Throughout the four years in Poznan, your most trusted and valuable possessions will be your books. In the past, students were in the unfortunate position of having to purchase their textbooks prior to their arrival in Poznan. Aside from the unbelievable weight of the suitcases, this was inconvenient from the perspective of having to sift through long lists of recommended textbooks without any input from upper year students. Presently, you may purchase English-language textbooks at the local Medicalbooks.pl (www.medicalbooks.pl) bookstore, order online at Amazon.co.uk and have them shipped directly to your dorm, or you may also buy and sell used texts on the ASG website. ASG will host an annual used book sale in the Fall for new students, as well.
I would also highly recommend that upon your acceptance to the medical program, you sign up on the school’s community message board. This is an excellent means of communicating with your future classmates and a great way to share concerns, news and advice. Most importantly, you will also be able to converse with upper classmates, ask them questions regarding curriculum and lifestyle, and arrange to buy used text books. Please note that although this site is maintained by ASG it is meant as a means of sharing information for students of all the English language programs at PUMS.
The following is a link which will allow you to register on the forum:
Please use this page as a resource but do not hesitate to contact the ASG at email: should additional questions arise or further explanation be required.
Congratulations once again on your acceptance! We look forward to meeting you in upon your arrival.
Best of luck,
American Student Government
Poznan University of Medical Sciences
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