FAQ 09 Poznan
1. Poznan, Poland
1.1. Do I need a visa?
Poland belongs to the European Union and it is also part of the Schengen Area. You do not need a visa if: (i) you are a citizen of an EU country, (ii) you have a visa or a residence permit issued by one of the Schengen States, (iii) you are a citizen of countries such as Australia, Canada, Croatia, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, the USA, Venezuela. The full list of countries whose citizens do not require a visa when entering Poland can be found here http://www.msz.gov.pl/Countries,which,citizens,are,not,required,to,have,a,visa,when,entering,Poland,2347.html)
In principle, you need a visa if you come from Albania, Belarus, Bosnia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine. For more detailed information visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland http://www.msz.gov.pl/
If you are not sure about what visa requirements apply to your country, check with your local Polish embassy. Obtaining a visa is primarily your responsibility, but the local organizers will do their best to assist you as much as possible, e.g., we can send you a letter confirming your participation in the School. If such a necessity arises, get in touch with Agnieszka Pysz (email@example.com).
1.2. How do I get to Poznań?
Poznań is located in western Poland, on the way between Berlin (ca. 240 km) and Warsaw (ca. 280 km). The city can be easily reached by plane, train, or coach.
Poznań Airport (called “Ławica”) is situated around 8 km from the city centre. The airport provides good intra-European connections operated by traditional carriers such as LOT, Lufthansa, SAS or British Airways as well as low-cost ones such as Ryanair, Aer Lingus or Wizz Air. The flight timetable is available here http://www.airport-poznan.com.pl/en/
The main train station (Poznań Główny) offers good connections to all the main cities in Poland as well as various international connections to cities like Berlin, Frankfurt (Oder), Moscow, Minsk, Kiev, Cologne, Utrecht or Amsterdam. The train timetable is available here http://www.pkp.com.pl/ (Polish version only). Note: make sure that you select the main train station (Poznań Główny) as your destination.
The main bus station offers convenient local as well as international connections. It is situated in Towarowa Street, which is within walking distance both from the main train station and from our class venue (Collegium Novum). The bus timetable is available here http://www.rozklady.com.pl/main.php?page=polo& (Polish version only).
1.3. Where can I find some information about Poznan?
Check out the following website http://www.poznan-life.com
2.1. Where will the school participants be accommodated?
Our dorm is called “Babilon” and its address is: Dożynkowa 9b. Unfortunately, this year the dorm and the classes are not within walking distance but that is what has made accommodation cheaper. We will show you the whereabouts of the dorm on the first day and you will also get the directions in your registration package.
2.2. When should I arrive/depart?
The school starts on Monday July 27 and finishes on Friday August 7. Most people will arrive on the Sunday before (July 26) and leave on the Saturday after (August 8). These 13 nights are also included in the 100 euro fee. If you want to arrive a day earlier or leave a day later, that's also possible, but you;ll have to pay for one dorm night extra.
2.3. What kind of rooms will be available?
We will have double AND triple rooms at our disposal. If you have some preference as regards your roommates, please send your request to Agnieszka Pysz (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will try to put you up with people you want to be with. Note, however, that it would be good to share room with strangers so as to make new friends in this way.
2.4. What will the living conditions be like?
“Babilon” is a bare-bone no-comfort student-dorm. This amounts to saying that:
i) There are common showers and toilets on every floor but there are no such facilities in rooms.
ii) There is a kitchen(ette) on every floor but stuff like kettles, cutlery, plates or cups is not there (rooms are, however, equipped with a fridge :-)
iii) Each occupant will be provided with linen but make sure you bring such essentials as towels, soap and what not.
Despite our efforts, there will be no access to the Internet in “Babilon”. We hope that you will somehow swallow this, especially that you will be able to use wireless net connection in Collegium Novum (the classes venue).
3. How do I travel around Poznań?
3.1. How to get from the airport to the city centre?
a) The city centre can be accessed by bus with a letter “L” (special express line from the airport to the train station). As for the location of the bus stop, when you leave the airport building, go to the left. Then, turn left and cross the road. The bus stop will be on your right side (this stop serves also two other buses that run to the centre. See (3.1.b-c) below). The bus goes every hour, the first departure being at 5:15 am. The last bus runs at 10:15 pm. This timetable is valid both on weekdays and at weekends. Concerning tickets, they are being sold at “Ruch” booths and Relay stalls at the airport hall. Alternatively, they may be purchased on the bus. Since the “L” bus operates an express line, you need to buy 2 normal tickets (2 PLN each). Once punched, they are valid for 15 minutes. As for one piece of luggage and hand-luggage, they are free of charge. But you are obliged to pay for any additional luggage you have (you must buy 2 normal tickets, 2 PLN each). The bus will stop at three stops. You have to get off at the second one called “Bałtyk” (the approximate time of the travel is 15 minutes). This place is only about 100 meters from Rondo Kaponiera ‘Kaponiera Roundabout’, a landmark in the centre of Poznań. Rondo Kaponiera is a locus where the most important tram lines intersect. If you want to get to some other destination, it is a good idea to take one of many trams from the roundabout. No. 2, 10, 11, 12, for example, will take you closer to the city centre proper. So, if you have just got off the bus “L” and want to take a tram, just follow the sidewalk (ca. 150 m) until you reach the roundabout. Then take the stairs down and go into a pedestrian underpass. Go to the left and if you want to take trams No. 10, 11, 12 (they stop in the vicinity of Collegium Novum – “Dworzec PKS” bus stop – where the classes will take place), make for the second exit. If, on the other hand, you want to get somewhere closer to the Old Square Market, make for the fourth exit and take the tram No. 2. For the tram and bus timetable, visit this site http://www.mpk.poznan.pl/wg_linii.html .
A short lesson of Polish – linie tramwajowe ‘tram lines’, linie autobusowe ‘bus lines’, linie autobusowe nocne ‘night bus lines’, rozkład jazdy ‘timetable’, kierunki ‘directions’, przystanki ‘stops’, dni robocze ‘weekdays’, soboty ‘Saturdays’, święta ‘holidays’, port lotniczy ‘airport’, Dworzec Główny ‘train station’.
b) The city centre may also be accessed from the airport by bus No. 59. The bus runs every half an hour. On Sundays, its first departure is at 5:25 am and its last departure at 10:55 pm (http://www.mpk.ipoznan.pl/komunikacja/mpk/tabliczka.html?P=PLL-22&K=20&L=52). This is not an express line, so the tickets in general are cheaper. However, since the bus is slower, it will take you about 18 minutes to get to the centre. This means that you also need 2 tickets (2 PLN each) to be allowed to travel. But do not punch both at the same time. Only when 15 minutes of your travel have passed are you obliged to punch the other ticket. Your additional luggage requires only one ticket (2 PLN). If in possession of valid student cards, you may of course purchase special half-priced tickets for 1 PLN. You need to get off at the final (11th) bus stop (“Bałtyk”).
c) If you arrive at night, you may take a night bus No. 242. It starts running at 11:52 pm and its last departure is at 4:52 am. It goes every hour. You need to get off at the 20th bus stop, which is called “Rondo Kaponiera”. The travel takes about 15 minutes so you need only one ticket (2 PLN) (but of course one more will come in handy if you have additional luggage).
d) Finally, you may simply take a taxi. The taxi line is in front of the airport building. It costs about 30 PLN to get to the centre.
3.2. How to get from the centre to a dorm “Babilon”?
a) Once you get off the bus (“L” or 59) at the “Bałtyk” stop, just go along the main road (about 150 meters) until you reach Rondo Kaponiera, where tram stops are situated. Then take the stairs down and go into a pedestrian underpass. Go to the left and make for the third exit. When you leave the underpass, you should find yourself at a tram stop (“Rondo Kaponiera”). To get to “Babilon”, take a tram (Quick Poznań Tram “Pestka”: No. 10, 12, 14, 15 or 26). The trams operate from 5:30 am till almost 11 pm. The travel will last 5 minutes so you need only one ticket (2 PLN). Get off at “Słowiańska” stop (that is the second stop). Go to the left and then turn right into an underpass. After you have left the underpass, take the red path on your right. Then go along the main road (you should pass a bus stop on your left) until you see the blue bridge crossing the road. Take the bridge. Then, on the other side of the road, take the path on your right and go straight for about 100 meters. You should see a big red building on your right. That is “Babilon”.
b) If you arrive in Poznań at night, remember that day trams and buses operate only till 11 pm. This means that you cannot use “Pestka” to get to “Babilon”. In this case, take the bus 242 from the airport and get off at the penultimate stop, which is “Dworcowa”. You need one ticket (2 PLN) as the bus gets to this stop within 15 minutes. When you get off, just cross the street to get to another bus stop which is also called “Dworcowa”. From there take a bus No. 234. The bus starts running at 10:54 pm and the final departure is at 5:24 am. The runs are every half an hour. Get off at the sixth stop called “Ozimina” (7 minutes). You will see a blue bridge crossing the road. Before the bridge, take the turn on your left. You should see a big blue shop on your left. Go about 50 meters and then turn right. After 30 meters turn left. You will see a big red building on your right. That is “Babilon”.
c) Or just call a taxi, for example, Radio Taxi Club (tel. +48 61 96 26) or Express Taxi (tel. +48 61 848 04 80). Ordering a taxi, give the following address: Zwierzyniecka Street 7, a canteen next to a dorm “Jowita” (the “Bałtyk” stop is in front of the canteen). A taxi from the centre to “Babilon” should cost around 15 PLN (plus 50% at night).
3.3. How to get from the Train Station to “Babilon”?
a) You need to get to “Most Dworcowy” tram stop which is situated at Roosevelta Street. When you leave the arrival hall, take the stairs up so as to reach the railway bridge. Once you find yourself on the bridge, go to the left along the main road until you reach traffic lights with a zebra crossing. Take the crossing and on the other side of the road go to the right. After around 50 meters, you will see “Most Dworcowy” stop. Cross the road. Actually, there are 2 stops there. Go to the second one. You may take the following trams: 10, 12 or 14. Make sure that they run towards “Rondo Kaponiera” stop. Once on a tram, you need to get off at “Słowiańska” stop (7 minutes). Then, follow the instructions provided in (3.2.a).
b) If you arrive at night, take the night bus No. 234. The bus stop “Dworzec Główny” is in front of the arrival hall on your right. Get off at “Ozimina” stop. Then, follow the instructions provided in (3.2.b).
c) There is a taxi line in front of the arrival hall. So, if you do not feel like wrestling with these instructions, take one. It costs around 15 PLN.
3.4. How to get from “Babilon” to Collegium Novum?
a) You need to get to “Słowiańska” tram stop. As you leave the building of the dorm, go straight until you reach the main road. Take the blue bridge which crosses the road. Then, go down the road, passing on your right a bus stop “Ozimina”. As you reach a fork of the sidewalk, go along a red path on your left. Take an underpass. On leaving it, take the stairs (on your left) up. Then go to the right and right behind a kiosk take the stairs down. You are at “Słowiańska”. Take a tram No. 10 or 12. They will take you directly to the vicinity of Collegium Novum (around 15 minutes). Get off at the fourth stop called “Dworzec PKS”. Go into an underpass and make for the second exit on your left. Then cross the main road and go to the left. After a 2-minute walk you will see a grey building on your right. That is Collegium Novum, a university building.
b) Alternatively, you may take a bus No. 69 at “Ozimina” stop. You should get off at the fifth bus stop “Rondo Kaponiera” and change to a tram 10, 11 or 12 at Rondo Kaponiera. The tram will take you to “Dworzec PKS” and then follow the instructions from (3.4.a).
Generally, you may buy single tickets or tickets that are valid for the whole day or a couple of days. Here are the prices of all of them. The tickets are valid in trams and buses:
Single ticket up to 15 min. (regular tram and bus lines; night buses) – 2 PLN
Single ticket up to 15 min. (express bus lines) – 4 PLN (2 normal tickets)
Single ticket up to 30 min. (regular tram and bus lines; night buses) – 3,60 PLN
Single ticket up to 30 min. (express bus lines) – 7,20 PLN (2 tickets for 3,60 PLN)
Single ticket up to 60 min. (regular tram and bus lines; night buses) – 5,80 PLN
Single ticket up to 60 min. (express bus lines) – 11,60 (2 tickets for 5,80 PLN)
Ticket valid for 1 day (regular tram and bus lines; night buses; express bus lines) – 13,20 PLN
Ticket valid for 7 days (regular tram and bus lines; night buses; express bus lines) – 32 PLN
Ticket valid for 30 days (regular tram and bus lines; night buses; express bus lines) – 112 PLN
For any additional luggage (apart from hand-luggage and one piece of luggage) you should buy a ticket for 2 PLN. Single tickets are available in kiosks. They can also be bought on the tram/bus from the driver (with additional charge). The tickets valid for longer periods are available in a few places around the city. You can get them straight at the train station (Monday-Friday 6 am-8 pm), just to the right of the main exit or at Rondo Kaponiera (an underpass). Ask for “bilety okresowe” ‘temporary tickets’.
Polish students (including PhD students) are entitled to discounts (50%) if they are valid student card holders. Foreign students can buy half-priced tickets if they possess valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC) student cards (note that EURO>26 does not work).
4.1. When can I register?
Now! Registration will open for a period of two weeks, starting on May 1.
4.2. What happens if I submit my registration form several times?
Only the last one will be counted. (If you submit them with different names, then they will all be counted and you will receive the shame-of-the-egg punishment for giving additional work to organisers.)
4.3. If I register, can I later decide to withdraw my registration?
Yes, of course!! Just send a msg to email@example.com and you will be automatically removed from the list of participants. We do request though that you tell us before the reconfirmation ends.
4.4. What is this stuff about a mailing list?
When you register, you are automatically subscribed to a mailing list for annoucements about the school and for general discussion. (Notice that you must remain on that mailing list as long as you are registered with the school, we need a way to reach you!!)
5.1. Are grants really only for Central/Eastern Europe?
Yes. We only give grants to students in Central Eastern European countries (i.e. former communist countries including those countries that used to be part of former Yugoslavia). See the blurb on the purpose of the school for a brief explanation of why this is. It would be great if we could give out more money, but we're on a shoestring budget and it's already difficult like this...
5.2. What about people from Central/Eastern Europe living abroad?
That's to be seen on a case by case basis. But in general preference is given to those living out of reach of all these nice euros/dollars ;-)
5.3. Is it true that grants are given only to people who stay for the whole school?
Yes!! And we are pretty strict on this (see the following question).
5.4. I have a travel grant, how does reimbursement proceed?
You are expected to pay your travel, and then be reimbursed during the school. The reimbursement will be at the end of the school. We will be pretty strict on this, as there has been some abuse in the past.
5.5. Is it true that rejected grant applicants cannot attend the school?
Yes. Grants are for people who want to attend the school but cannot afford to do so. Since we cannot and would not want to check how much money you have in your bank account, we have decided that those people who apply for a grant (because they need one) but do not qualify for one are excluded from the school (because then they couldn't have come anyway).
Also, choosing among the many grant requests is long and difficult for organisers, so we want to cut down on the number of grants applications in a fair way.
6.1. How much does it cost?
All participants are asked to pay 100 euros towards the cost of covering the school. Most of this money is used to pay for your accommodation. A small fraction of this money is incorporated into the general budget of the school, you can think of this fraction as a small compulsory donation. Some students do not stay in the dorms: they do not have to pay for the accomodation of course. In that case we ask only 35 euros.
6.2. When do I pay?
We'll collect the money on the second day of the school (on Tuesday). We ask you to pay in euros, so please bring 100 euros in cash. If that doesn't work for you, we'll also accept Zloty's. By then we'll figure out what the equivalent of 100 euros is in Zlotty's.
7. About the classes
7.1. Where will the classes take place?
The classes will be held in Collegium Novum (address: al. Niepodległości 4), a building hosting the Faculty of Modern Languages of the University of Poznań. For some pictures of the exterior and interior of the building, visit the following websites http://ifa.amu.edu.pl/fa/photogallery-ifa or http://ifa.amu.edu.pl/ylmp/gallery_ifa/
7.2. Are all classes in English?
7.3. Am I supposed to attend all the classes?
No way!! This school is supposed to be benefit you, not stuff too much down your throat!! So attend as much as you can digest, and only the parts you are really interested in.
7.4. When will the schedule be known?
Scheduling is a long and difficult process, wish us luck!
7.5. What about the technicalities (Internet access, photocopying, printing)?
As for the Internet, you will be able to access the wireless net connection in Collegium Novum. There will also be a lab (room 204A) with 10-13 computers at your disposal. To access both, use the login & password which you will find in the EGG folder (we will give you one during the registration). If you want to get online outside Collegium Novum, you can find many Internet cafes in the city centre so there is no danger that you will end up being cut off from the rest of the world :-) As for photo-copying/printing, there is a copyshop in the main hall of Collegium Novum - it will be open from 9 am till around 2 pm (closed on the weekends, though).
8. Who should I contact if I have more questions?
8.1. Who should I contact if I have more questions?
First make sure that the answer to your question is not on this website!! If it's not, then you have two options:
- if you feel it is a private issue that would not interest all the participants to the school, in which case you should contact the organisers directly, at: summerschool at auf.net;
- if you feel your question is of general interest, in which case you should send an email to the entire mailing list where every registered person will receive it (this option will be open after registration);