Exchange Program at Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences

Exchange Program at Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences
By Hailey Simpson

Hailey Simpson in Poland

Hailey Simpson Study Abroad Program in Poland

 

Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences is located in Wroclaw, Poland. WUELS is a program offered through CALS study abroad office at ISU, and the school has many different classes to offer. I major in animal science with minors in international agriculture and animal ecology and found many classes that were similar to ones at ISU or that would be interesting to take.  One of my most exciting classes is Animals in Zoological Gardens. It covers the well-being of exotic species, and we actually get to go visit zoos around Poland! Of course, this course is completely in polish so my time in the lecture is just spent copying down what is written on the PowerPoint slides. This is my only class completely in polish and the school does offer many other English classes. Exchange students generally have it easy in class and only have to take a final exam and make some presentations throughout the semester. Most classes only meet once a week for about an hour and a half and there isn’t much homework. Professors here are always willing to give you travel advice or their insight on the best coffee in town! School overall here is engaging and different from ISU.

 

Hailey Simpson Poland
Hailey Simpson in Poland

 

Living in Poland had been quite a change. I did not speak any polish before coming here, but luckily the school offers a free language class (do not worry it’s not gradedJ), most of the younger generation can speak English, and you can get by with some strategic pointing and a few basic polish words. Wroclaw is a amazing town with the immense amount of history behind it. Every street is named after a famous polish person and most of the buildings and bridges in the middle of town have a story. There is great public transport all over the city, which makes getting around easy. It is also super easy to travel to many countries all over Europe from Wroclaw and cheap. There is a bus ticket to Prague is about 5 hours and around $30 dollars.

I would highly recommend this program to any CALS student looking for a different study abroad experience. I think Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences has a lot to offer that you cannot get in at ISU. Not many Americans can say they have experienced Poland, but after my short time here I can’t believe that more people don’t flock to this country.

 

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Poland Spring 2019 Hailey Simpson Study Abroad Spring 2019

 

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