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    tiger909 is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    would it be unbearable?

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    I dont speak any polish, i am arab american from UCLA, born n raised in california. will i be able to reasonably adapt and succeed at this school?

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    It totally depends on you. I have a friend who went to medical school in Poland who had no problem whatsoever.

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    Like someone else said, it just depends on the attitude you go into it with. Me personally? I prefer Europe over the States for a number of reasons and can't wait to be over there going to school. People around me from the States can't understand that, but it's just something I have to do.

    Many people get by just fine not speaking Polish, some learn enough to get by, some become fluent at the end of 4 years.

    Some people go over there, and expect it to be like home, then end up disappointed. Others go over and come back saying that it was the best time of their life... and still others go over there, and decide to STAY in the EU.

    Just think of it as an adventure, and take everything in stride... and you will be fine I bet.

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    every year there are non-caucasian students who speak no polish in the program, and most of them do fine as long as they come in with the right attitude. krakow is a major tourist city and you can get by with english in a lot of cases. essential conversational polish is taught to non-polish speakers in the beginner polish class that is mandatory in first year.
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    Tiger909,

    I'll ask one of my friends in our first year class who is not Polish to reply to you, since his/her reply will mean much more than mine (I'm American, but Polish descent). About 15 out of 41 of our class does not speak Polish.

    - Dan

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    To the OP:
    You should be fine provided you don't "take the bait" when, inevitably, you run into the few racist morons that happen to get drunk and cause trouble around Krakow. Be smart, have a good sense of humor, and realize that if you feel stares, it's usually because people are curious, not because they're racist. Good luck to you!

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