In the winter semester of the 2019/2020 academic year, a record number of foreign students came to study at the University School of Physical Education in Wroclaw and learn more about Poland - 30 young people from several European universities. Among them there are 20 students from Portugal, 4 from France, 2 from Spain and one each from Romania, Moldova, Hungary and Turkey. As usual, the group is highly masculinized and only slightly more than a quarter of the group are women.
Integration days are the time when new students get to know our university: Erasmus office, dormitory, buildings and classrooms, library, gym or swimming pool, but also they get to know each other and Polish students of AWF. And these most important issues are dealt with during the first two integration days, which this year took place on 25 and 26 September.
It is also an opportunity to learn about life in Wrocław: getting around the city by public transport, seeing the most important landmarks of the city, learning about its history and the present day. During the integration event called "Erasmus in good condition" on September 27, our new Erasmus students could both get to know Wrocław, get to know each other better, be physically active, and – literally – warm up before the start of the academic year.
The main attraction of the day was a visit to the rope park on Opatowicka Island. To get to know the city better, students traveled that day by public transport, which allowed them to learn about the process and rules of buying tickets, city topography and public transport system.
The participants received "Adventure Packs" gift packages to facilitate the first days of their stay at AWF Wroclaw (among others, an alarm clock so that they are not late for classes), as well as a mini guide encouraging to explore Wrocław and Lower Silesia on their own a hand, containing also a list of useful applications and tips from the inhabitants of Wrocław and some special tasks to be performed during their stay at AWF Wroclaw.
After visiting the rope park on Wyspa Opatowicka, the group moved to the center of Wrocław for lunch and spent the rest of the day in the Market Square and the Old Town, sightseeing and participating in a city game.
After such a familiarization with the city and the university, new Erasmus students could start the new semester and their Wrocław adventure without fear and in high spirits.