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2017大三出國輔導通報系統 - 留學心得報告[編輯]
觀光A 404860172  黃珮鈞   留學學校:華沙大學(波蘭)

(一)基本資料

University:Touring around Europe has always been my dream since I was a little girl, for its rich history and a variety of cultural backgrounds of many nations in Europe really intrigue me. So, I spent my junior year in Europe 2017~2018 in Uniwersytet Warszawski. Uniwersytet Warszawski, also known as The University of Warsaw, was established in 1816. It is not only the largest university in Poland but at the same time, it is one of the top Polish universities. According to a polish magazine, Perspektywy, The University of Warsaw ranked as the best Polish university in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2016. Moreover, for the International rankings such as University Web Ranking, The University of Warsaw was ranked as 61st from the list of 100 European universities, and as the best Polish higher level institution. There are 3 campuses for The University of Warsaw: Main Campus, Ochota Campus, and Służewiec Campus. Main Campus is located in the city center and it will be the campus that we foreign students go once in a while for the reason that it is home to the authorities of The University of Warsaw and central administration offices, such as Admissions Office, International Relations Office, Office for Student Affairs, Office for Doctoral and Postgraduates Studies, where I reach out for helps regarding courses. Also, WELCOME POINT, Faculty of Polish Studies, Faculty of Political Science and International Studies, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, Centre of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners “Polonicum”, and Institute of Polish Culture, etc., where are faculties and institutes that a great number of foreign students attend classes, can be found on the main campus. (268字)

(二)課程學習

During my junior exchange program, I have taken numerous courses that I could not have in Tamkang University Lanyang Campus for the reason that although Tamkang University provides a variety of similar courses for us, students, many of them seem to clash with my studies and I have to make priority considerations. However, here in The University of Warsaw, I have taken various courses from different faculties and institutes. Among all courses, I really enjoyed Dreams in psychology, culture, and art (3402-DPCA) provided by Institute of Applied Social Sciences. During this course, the lecturer led us to look at the "dreaming process", and explained to us how a dream, via fantasies, experiences of body and synchronicities as well, manifests itself in waking life. She guided us to ponder on the question — why it might be important to escape from the rational mind, and moreover, we discussed the artistic movements inspired by the psychoanalytical understanding of dreams and famous scientific and artistic discoveries that happened during sleep. We discussed 15 topics ranging from western culture, referring to bible stories, “Jacob's ladder and the biblical story of Josef” to eastern one, indicating “The Butterfly Dream of Zhuangzi”. Each topic is intriguing, and additionally how the lecturer conducted the course is appealing to me for that it is quite different from Taiwan. As I remember, Mrs. Bogumiła provided us with much time to do exercises in groups in class. When I was in the sessions of “Dreams and memory: how to remember our dreams” and “Childhood dreams and life myth”, we were asked to share dreams and try to figure out the meaning of dreams with a set of questions provided with my partners. In another session called “The work of the dream – psychoanalytical interpretation”, I was asked to draw out a dream regarding a short paragraph provided. These two exercises are time-consuming, but from my perspective, they are worthwhile because of the exercises, I am equipped with the ability to understand the assumptions and basic methods of dream interpretation. And it is the time spent on the exercises that made me apprehend the knowledge of dream interpretation and never forget about it. (360字)

(三)生活環境

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Accommodation:For the reason that visiting students could not apply for dormitory only if there are vacancies left after all the other Erasmus students or exchange students made their decisions. Student Affairs would inform you if apply for dormitory (probably in the end of September or in the early October), so it is possible to wait for it, but not willing to move again, I found an apartment somewhere in the city center, of which the location is excellent since there is a convenient store just downstairs and with a few minutes walk, I am allowed to reach a market, a park, and several restaurants; furthermore, it takes less than 20 minutes by foot to The University of Warsaw, central train station, and Złote Tarasy department store, and merely 10 minutes if by buses or trams. Weather:The climate of Warsaw is humid continental climate, so winters are cold, snowy, cloudy whereas summers are warm, sunny, and stormy. The average temperature ranges between −1.8 °C in January and 19.2 °C in July. However, the temperature was lower. If my memory serves me correctly, the temperature started to drop down to minus degrees, like –5 °C, in December, decreasing continuously to –10 °C or even –15 °C in January and February. With the strong wind blowing, it would feel even colder. Yet, as far as I am concerned, I simply wore a sweater, sometimes adding a thermal clothing, with a down coat for last winter. But, heaters or to say radiators are equipped indoors, there was no need to worry too much about the coldness, and it would be better to dress in layers. (267字)

(四)自我成長

There are two difficulties I encountered during this year. One is registration for courses, the other would be communication. There is a huge difference between the registration system for courses in of The University of Warsaw and that of Tamkang University. Usually, all I had to do is firstly submit learning agreements to all of the coordinators of the faculties and institutes that I desired to take courses from to ask for permission and secondly register them on USOS (the system of The University of Warsaw). However, something went wrong with my access to USOS. In other words, I could not register for the courses I would like to take, which caused me to write emails to the coordinators, explaining my situation over and over again so they could help me get registered. And during the time I was waiting for their replies, many courses reached the limit of number of students, meaning that I could not take those courses and had to choose others. Fortunately, I found some other courses as the replacement and somehow overcame this problem. As for language problem, to be honest this is the biggest and the only problem that I could not overcome. Of course in the first semester, I had taken the course and learned some basic words like Dzień dobry (hello), Przepraszam (sorry, excuse me), dziękuję (thank you), Do widzenia (bye). But that was not enough. I always tried to be friendly and made the first attempt to speak their language when I turn to help, but deep in my mind I always expected them to reply in English. However, on the contrary, they never bothered to speak English even if I seemed confused. This kind of situation happened quite often and whenever I met such circumstance, I realize the difference between Taiwanese and polish — Taiwanese are so hospitable that we would try our best to help even if we don’t speak the same language, while polish people are relatively indifferent.(331字)

(五)大三出國建議

There are few things to recommend. First thing first, you must read thoroughly about the syllabuses of the courses you desire to take. You must pay attention to not only the topics, whether you like it or not but also the languages it requires and the campus. For me, I chose a course called “Translating for the Screen” provided by Institute of English Studies. This course needs both English and Polish, which I did not notice, and therefore I resigned as incapable of participating in the discussion. Also, make sure you arrange courses on the same campus if there is only 15 minutes of break between classes. It is possible to travel between campuses but you would be in rush. Secondly, according to the university, students have to take 15 ECTS per semester (about 4 to 5 courses), but make sure you choose courses adding up to 20 ECTS because you might need “plan B”. In my case, it happened that I could not get registered on USOS due to the limit of the number of students was reached but fortunately since I had some backup plans so I did not waste any time finding another course. Last but not the least, it would be better to search for accommodations based on the courses you have chosen. As far as I am concerned, most of my courses are held on the main campus, meaning that I can arrive at the campus in 10 minutes, but if I travel to other campuses, it takes me about 15 to 20 minutes by buses.(253字)

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