My university Jagiellonian University in Kraków, is partnered with the Université libre de Bruxelles, where I was given the opportunity to study. The range of teaching offered by ULB is such that students from all areas are sure to find a subject of their interest.
In 2018, Wiktoria decided to head off on an Erasmus+ exchange in Brussels for the entire academic year. Before leaving, she was assailed by doubts and concerns. But they quickly disappeared. After a warm welcome, she enjoyed two semesters she describes as simply magnificent. "That is why I want to share my experience and encourage everyone to make the most of the opportunity of studying in French-speaking Belgium.”
Her university, the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, cooperates with the Université libre de Bruxelles, where she was given the opportunity to study. The range of teaching offered by ULB is such that students from all areas are sure to find a subject of their interest.
The university is divided across three campuses. As a modern languages student, Wiktoria studied at the Solbosch campus, which also houses the university accommodation, along with a gym offering lots of different sports activities (ULBsports), canteens (serving both hot meals and sandwiches) and a café. The campus also has a health centre open to students, with GPs as well as specialists.
For Wiktoria, the main university library is the landmark of the campus, with multiple floors and huge range of resources. “There is also plenty of quiet spaces to work and concentrate, as well as rooms devoted to teamwork. And it stays open until 10pm in the run-up to the assessment period, to allow students to prepare properly for the exams. The university’s free Wi-Fi works perfectly throughout the library and across campus.”
Finally, Wiktoria also much appreciated the study environment offered at ULB, which is marked by a major commitment to the various activities. She also liked the shared refrigerator initiative: “A group of volunteers collect unsold products from shops and distribute them free of charge to students. This supplies us with products like bread, fruit, vegetables, cheese, cold meats, spices, ready meals and from time to time we are also spoilt by bakeries!”
“Personally, I loved my study period in Brussels and would highly recommend this destination to anyone. Not just because of the quality of the teaching, but also because it is a truly cosmopolitan city that never sleeps. You come across cultures from all around the world and, thanks to its vibrant night life, you can really enjoy the best of this international metropolis capital.”