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1Come and study in Gallus Introduction Meeting for Incoming StudentsOctober 2011
2Table of Contents Welcome Quiz about Poland Poland- general information, tourist atrraction, interesting factsKatowice – the capital of slaskie provinceSilesian School of Economics and Languages- information about Gallus, organization of academic year etc.Useful information about living in Polsand (cost of living, health care and insurance, public transport)Dictionary
4Poland General Information 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.
5Poland General Information 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.
610 interesting and fun facts about Poland 1.Poland is the 69th largest country in the world as well as the 9th largest country in Europe.2.Warsaw, Lodz, Krakow, Wroclaw, Poznan, and Gdansk make up the six biggest cities of Poland.3.Rysy, sited in the Tatra Mountains and soaring to a height of 2,499m, forms the highest point in Poland.4.The north-east regions of Poland are the coldest, while the south-west regions are the warmest.5.The name ‘Burek, literally meaning a brownish-grey color, is very popular as far as dog names in Poland are concerned.
710 interesting and fun facts about Poland 6.The year 1989 saw Poland holding its first free elections, in more than 40 years.7.Most of the Poles consider their name day more important than their birthday.8.The White tailed Eagle is the national symbol of Poland.9.Poland is the 6th most populous and the 6th largest of the 27 member states in the European Union.10.Amongst all the members of the European Union, the residents of Poland marry the youngest.
8Tourist AtrractionMost 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.
9Tatras Mountains, Zakopane 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.The best time for visit Zakopane is Autumn or Christmas and New Years season.Distance from Katowice: about 156 km; 2,5 h by car.
10BeskidsThe 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.There are numerous tourist attractions and winter resorts in the mountains.The best time to visit Beskids is autumn.Distance from Katowice: 80km, 1h by car.
11Ojców National Park – the smalest National Park in Poland 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).The best time to visit: all seasons.Distance from Katowice: 50km, 45min. by car.
12Cracow Cracow is a former country’s capital. Most of the city guests are captivated by its magical atmosphere and the splendid architecture.In Krakow you can see mediaeval cathedrals, the Renaissance castle, Baroque churches, the Art Nouveau theatre and many other monuments.The best time to visit: all seasonsDistance:78 km, 1,5h by car.
13Oświęcim (Auschwitz)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 carTicets: about 37,50 zl for one person - included guide and documentary film.
15Katowice on the map of Poland 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.
16Some useful dataKatowice 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 - PyrzowiceOther: Wroclaw, Cracow - Balice
17Interesting facts about Katowice Silesian Metropolitan area is one of the largest urban agglomerations in Europe.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.In recent years, Katowice managed to become one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in Europe.
18Free times activities You cannot get bored in Katowice! 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 .
19Free times activitiesPolish 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.
21General Information Name of host institution Silesian School of Economics and LanguagesWyższa Szkoła Zarządzania Marketingowego i Języków ObcychErasmus Institutional CodePL KATOWIC10AdressInternational Office12, Gallusa Street40 – 594 KatowicePhone: 228Fax: 228
22Some facts about Silesian School of Economics and Languages 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”,
23Some facts about Silesian School of Economics and Languages 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).
24Organization of Academic Year The academic year is divided into two terms: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,
25Important dates for 2011/2012 Academic Year Public HolidayAll Saint’s Day – 1 st NovemberIndependence Day – 11 th NovemberChristmas Day – 25 th DecemberBoxing Day – 26 th DecemberNew Year’s Day – 1 st JanuaryTwelfth Night – 6th JanuaryEaster Sunday – 8 th AprilState Holiday – 1 th MayConstitution Day – 3 rd MayCorpus Christi – 7th JuneFeast of the Assumption – 15 th August
26Erasmus Institutional Coordinators Katarzyna MikaTel 228Fax: 228You can also cantact to:Monika BiernatekOpening hours of the International DepartmentMonday – Friday7:30-15:30Room 134
28Cost of living Loaf of bread: 3 zł Bottle of mineral water: 2 zł Cup of coffe: złButter: ,5 złBeer: złApples ( 1 kg): złHam ( 1 kg): złCheese ( 1 kg): złMilk ( 1 l): złChocolate: złPetrol: (1 l ) złCigarettes from zł
29Health Care and Insurance The institution responsible for health care in Poland is the National Health Fund – Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia (NFZ).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.In case of emergency call 999 or 112
30Public 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.Local transport In KatowiceOne 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 GOPTaxis –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 , Halo Taxi
31Dictionary – some useful word good morning – dzień dobrygood evening –dobry wieczórgoodbye –do widzeniagoodnight- dobranocthank you – dziękujeplease –proszęI don’t understand- nie rozumiemWhat’s your name?- jak masz na imię?My name is… - Mam na imięHow are you?- Jak się maszon the right – na prawoon the left – na lewostudent ID – legitymacjafaculty – wydziałbread –chlebroll –bułkamilk –mlekowater –wodajuice- sokbutter –masłobeer – piwowine – winocoffee – kawatea –herbatabook –książkaRailway Stadion – dworzec kolejowyAirport – Lotnisko
32Free Emergency Telephones Police: 997 (Policja)Fire brigade: 998 (Straż Pożarna)Ambulance: 999 ( Pogotowie Ratunkowa)Calling from mobile dial: 112