My name is Sheila Nurfajrina, I come from Indonesia. I studied Architecture in Islamic University of Indonesia and graduated in 2014. I am an awardee of Ignacy Łukasiewicz Scholarship, academic year 2015/2016.
• How did you come to know about the Ignacy Łukasiewicz Scholarship Programme?
I obtained the information on the website of the Embassy of Poland which refers to the Ministry of Science and Higher Education website. Fortunately, the information was put clearly and it helped me a lot to decide which subject and university I could take.
• Why did you decide to participate in this programme?
Because I’ve seen that Poland has potential to be a great country with science, technology, human and natural resources. For sure, Poland is developing rapidly, which is promising not only for investment but also to study. Furthermore, as I observed, there are many similarities between Indonesia and Poland. And this is another reason why I finally decided to choose Poland as my destination to study. I found almost no difficulties related to culture, food, and friends.
• What field of study in Poland did you choose?
I choose Architecture and Urban Planning, in line with my previous subject in Bachelor degree in Architecture. Briefly, my research plan is about urban design and water-based architectural design, combined by technology, science, social, history, and urban planning. It was a surprise that Poland has many hi-tech buildings which are very well-designed, and modern. I admire the way cities in Poland are able to harmonize the old and modern buildings which are truly wonderful. And I am grateful that I could see those buildings by myself, I am so excited that I could learn many things here.
• What were your plans and expectations related to studying in Poland?
Honestly, I expected that I could learn many things related to my research, and then become a professional architect and urban planner, and help many other countries to solve the urban issues, especially ones related to my specialization.
• What kind of possibilities gives you studying in Poland?
In my opinion, the fact that prior to undertaking their studies the candidates need to prepare a research plan opens new prospects. By research plan, we are able to tell people about our ideas, our intentions, our plans and hopes for the future. In other words, it is a way to prove our skills and objectives.
• What are your expectations for the future? Do you think this scholarship may help you to achieve them?
Firstly, I hope that being a part of this scholarship programme would increase my chances to study and build my career in Europe. I hope that I could be involved in many international events. And, since the scholarship is granted by the Polish Government, I wish that my research is not only published in Poland but also in my country. I also hope that in the future my research could be implemented in Poland and many other countries.
• What would you tell to all those who hesitate to take a study in Poland?
In my opinion, you should not hesitate to choose Poland as your study destination. With Poland being a Member State of the European Union, Polish universities have received many acknowledgements and have been recognized for their expertise. First of all, be certain of your study purposes. Then you can find out all the required information, choose a subject you are interested in and the best university to study it. Moreover, write your research plan including your motivation and purposes, and explain why you are the one who should obtain the scholarship. Please be prepared to present yourself and your skills, and make sure that you meet the requirements. Don’t worry about the language, because the scholarship includes a one-year preparatory course before you commence your study at the university. The first year could be the best time for you to get to know more about Poland, and to adapt to the new environment in this beautiful country. Be prepared and go study Poland!