Sessão de Boas vindas dos novos alunos Erasmus 2º Semestre 2016/2017

Ontem realizou-se a Sessão de Boas vindas dos novos alunos Erasmus 2º Semestre 2016/2017. A ESAD.CR congratula-se em receber mais de 25 alunos Incoming, oriundos de diversos países: Polónia, Suécia; Itália; Reino Unido; Eslovénia; Bélgica; Eslováquia; Letónia; França; Alemanha e Brasil.

Esperamos que a sua estadia seja uma boa experiência, aproveitamos para agradecer à AE da ESAD.CR pelo apoio dado nesta sessão, muito obrigada.

 

Semana Internacional/International Week

No dia 2 de Maio tem lugar, na ESAD.CR, o início da Semana Internacional. O evento prolonga-se até dia 6 de  Maio.

A Semana Internacional/International Week do IPLeiria – ESAD.CR – apresenta diversos workshop’s, exposições, conversas e convívios.

Inscrições Workshop Desenho como Experiência do Lugar

Inscrições abertas para o Workshop Desenho como Experiência do Lugar – Autoetnografia em Livros de Artista com Filipa Pontes

27, 28 e 29 de abril

ESAD.CR

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Receção aos Alunos Erasmus

Dia 17 de fevereiro recebemos os novos alunos In Coming. Este ano recebemos alunos de nacionalidade italiana, letãs, polaca, romena, norueguesa, belga, eslovaca, uruguaia, brasileira, eslovena e espanhola. Como sempre decorreu uma sessão de boas vindas onde foi apresentada a escola e os buddys e terminou com uma visita a escola. Após isso seguiu-se o almoço no restaurante “Pachá”e terminou-se o dia com uma visita ao museu “José Malhoa”.

 

 

Semana Internacional

A “Semana Internacional” decorreu entre 4 e 7 de maio. Esta semana contou com sessões de esclarecimento, uma visita de professores e funcionários de universidades estrangeiras, uma exposição de trabalhos dos alunos incoming na biblioteca e o jantar internacional. O jantar internacional teve pratos típicos de outros países e teve animação musical proporcionada por um aluno e o seu acordeão.

 

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Workshop de Cerâmica e Serigrafia

Entre o mês de fevereiro e o mês de março, decorreram nas oficinas de serigrafia e gravura e a oficina cerâmica dois workshops com os alunos de Erasmus. O workshop de cerâmica tem o nome de “Shapping Words”, onde as palavras e as formas foram fontes de inspiração para os alunos. Foi atribuída a cada aluno uma forma e uma palavra. O workshop de serigrafia e gravura com o nome “Artist Book – Print Workshop” conta a viagem de cada um dos alunos através de livros acordeão com materiais reciclados. Após o final destes workshops foi organizada uma exposição inserida na semana internacional.11053469_803562493054601_4543015556983844849_n11130150_803562469721270_308086160296302901_n

The Window Walk – De 29 de novembro 2014 até 13 de dezembro de 2014

Window Walk é um projeto artístico que aponta questionar o desenho como meio de interagir com a cidade, o desenho como presença viva que tece uma ligação entre espaço privado e lugar público.

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Neste projeto, reunir-se-á um coletivo pequeno de artistas jovens que trabalhará durante dias nas vitrinas comerciais na cidade de Caldas da Rainha. Um modo de interpelar o olhar dos transeuntes mas também de os fazer desejar saber mais sobre o lugar do desenho nas nossas vidas quotidiana e nos lugares urbanos que nos cercam.

 

 

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Os desenhos criados respeitarão, naturalmente, a vitrina dos negócios que terão concordado em dar as vitrinas deles. Este projeto não tem nenhum propósito lucrativo mas obter respostas sobre um desejo de viver e compartilhar a experiência do desenho indo conhecer os habitantes da cidade, os que são donos das loja ou os transeuntes simples.P1140187

Semana Internacional ESAD.CR – o diálogo de culturas.

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Com a receção de um grupo significativo de participantes das Escolas parceiras Erasmus do IPL e a realização de workshops e “aulas abertas”, estimulou-se o interesse de estudantes, docentes e funcionários pelos programas de mobilidade. O jantar internacional fechou o programa com um convívio animado.

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Joana Gomes in Poland:

I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE IN A COUNTRY WITH SNOW AND EXTREMELY COLD TEMPERATURES!


[At left: Joana Gomes, at right: Joana Fontes, both ESAD.CR students in Poland]

Year of the “Mobility Experience”: 2010.
Origin: 
ESAD.CR, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal.
Course:
 Graphic Design.
Host institution: 
Akademia Sztuk Pięknych (ASP) w Łodzi, Lodz, Poland.
Course or field of study:
 Graphic Design.
Why did you choose this school? 
From what I could gather in Portugal, it seemed to be a rather technical and practical school, such as ESAD.CR.

Did you like the school? 
I liked it a lot. It had excellent conditions in terms of materials.

How far were you from the city? I was on the outskirts of town. The school was about 10 minutes from home.

Your field of study is well developed in the school? Yes, despite feeling that they are still a little behind Portugal, within the area, some techniques are well developed!

Besides Graphic Design, what areas of study are developed in this school? Industrial Design, Fashion and Multimedia, as well as the Fine Arts.

How did you relate to native teachers and students? Teachers and classmates were more reserved than we expected and that we are used to. They didn’t feel very confortable talking to us in English, but it depended on the person.

This school is “ideal” for… Within my field of studies, it is ideal to learn traditional printing techniques such as Linocut, Woodcut, Metal engraving and Screen printing.


[Erasmus Students Exhibition, Joana’s Screenprinting work.]

Where did you stay? 
At a students residence.

How far was the residence from the school? And from the city? The Residence was approximately 10-15 minutes from school and the city center.

How was the residence? How much did it cost? So so. It cost about 80 euros per month.

Other information/experiences: Since I went with three colleagues from ESAD.CR we had to share the same room, and so we had less privacy. But it was also interesting to share the same apartment with two Polish colleagues and to be able to share experiences with them, such as Portuguese and Polish dinners.

What did you think of the city? 
Very industrial and gray.

Did you experience difficulties with the language? I took a course in Polish for a month, but the language is complicated. Many Poles don’t speak English. So in certain situations I had some difficulties.

Did you like the food? Some food was good and some wasn’t. Some dishes were too strong, but others were quite pleasant, like the mushroom soup.

How was the standard of living?
It was somewhat lower than Portugal’s.

Did you visit other cities in Poland? 
Yes, I visited 3 cities. Warsaw, Krakow and Gdansk.


[Gdansk, Poland]

What do you think are the major cultural differences? People are more reserved, so it was very difficult to communicate with them. They don’t socialize with each other in the canteen or at the bar as we do in Portugal.

Did you receive a grant? Yes.

Did you make Polish friends? Yes.

Do you plan to go back? 
Yes, I would like to go back to Krakow in the summer because it was the city I liked the most.

What do you think that this experience brought to you in the personal and professional level? 
It brought me more motivation, confidence and maturity. I became more of a “problem solver”. Professionally I had the opportunity to have other experiences and job perspectives.

Did you experience some adventure or strange situation you’d like to share? 
The language barrier was the most difficult situation. For example, when I arrived at the Student Residence the gentleman who greeted us didn’t speak English, but we managed to communicate by gestures and a few words in Polish. Even though he didn’t understand us, he gave us a sense of security and confidence when we settled in. He was always friendly, even though he couldn’t speak a single word in English. I’ll never forget him.

A recommendation for future “Mobility Students”:
It’s a completely different country from Portugal, but I think it gave me a unique experience. I had the opportunity to live in a country with snow and extremely cold temperatures. I discovered beautiful cities with very interesting traditions. I also had the opportunity to learn a language I never thought of learning.

It is a good destination if you want a different experience in a country “less known”.

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João Marques in Poland:

ON A PERSONAL LEVEL IT MADE ME REALIZE THAT I DO NOT NEED HALF OF THE STUFF I HAVE. 

[At left: João F. Marques and Alexandre Soares at home (Lodz). At the right: Manufaktura – Former textile manufacturing facility that has become much more than a shopping center. Works like a city within the city of Lodz (about 150.000m2).]

Year of the “Mobility Experience”: 2010/2011
Home institution: 
ESAD.CR, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal.
Course:
 Graphic Design.
Host institution: 
Akademia Sztuk Pięknych (ASP) w Łodzi, Lodz, Poland.
Course or field of study:
 Graphic Design.

Why did you choose this school?
In terms of print media is excellent, the quality of the Polish poster is very good!

[At left: Material used in paper production. At the right: Studio Paper of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Lodz]

Did you like the school?
I liked most of all because of the working conditions, the teachers, and the new techniques I learned and had never worked. The studio workshops were always open, it is a kind of Bauhaus where there are no classes as such, students may develop their work and if they need, they have the support of technicians and teachers, who are always there.

How faristheschool from the city?
It is about 2 km.

Your field of study is well developed in the school?
Yes it is very well developed, especially the techniques of engraving, printing and paper production.

[At left: Cellulose. At right: Working paper production.]

How did you relate to native teachers and students?
Well, there is no “the school environment” as we have here, because as I said earlier, we have no classrooms where people come together all at the same time. As I went with 3 other colleagues we just did not meet many students.

This school is “ideal” for…
…Fashion Design, they have fantastic conditions, Printmaking and Paper Production.

Other information/experiences:
The quality of the bar/cafeteria is quite good, with about 3.50 Euros we can buy a meal with drink, but it differs from our canteen, there it is like eating at a restaurant, you have several dishes to choose.

[At left: Mega Pizza (70cm) in Katowice. At the right: “Smietana” – used in Polish cream soups.]

Where did you stay?
I stayed in a rented apartment.

How far is the accommodation of the school? And the city?
It is located at 2km from the school and the city center.

How were the conditions of accommodation? How much did it cost?
It’s amazing how it looks so bad from the outside and inside it is the opposite! The house has cost at four people about 500 Euros.

Other information/experiences:
I advise other interested students not to go to the Residence school because there we lose contact with the city (apart from the comfort).

What did you think of the city?
Gray, industrial, with some interesting wartime landmarks: they have the largest Cemetery of European Jews.

Did you experience difficulties with the language?
Yes, of course! The oldest did not speak well English but the youngest spoke good!

Did you like the food?
Pickles in everything! They have a completely different cuisine, the soup takes cream and no potatoes. Generally they have good food.

How was the standard of living?
Very low!

Did you visit other cities in Poland?
Yes I visited everything! It was very cheap to travel with a student card, we had 57% discount, and we could see the whole country (bus, rail, cruise: from Latvia to Sweden for 30 Euros round trip…).

[At left: Cruise Riga/Latvia – Stockholm/Sweden for 30 Euros (round trip). At right: Central Square of the Polish capital: Warsaw]

What do you think are the major cultural differences?
They are a very closed people, more oriented towards the classical arts, almost all know musicians… The scars of the war are very much alive…

[The largest Jewish cemetery in Europe, in Lodz.]

Otherinformation/experiences:
Do not miss the trip to Auschwitz, I left that visit with the maxillaries contracted so shocked by the history.
I have met many Portuguese and Spanish people there.
In bars and nightclubs there were songs in which staff from nowhere climbed up on tables, break glasses… It seems like a traditional dance, a bit strange, from my point of view.

Did you receive a grant?
No. I worked to be able to go. I was the only one among other ERASMUS colleagues from other countries, who had no scholarship. They pay them everything.

Did you make Polish friends?
Yes, several. Some had already been on Erasmus exchange in ESAD.CR.

Do you plan to go back?
Yes! I would like to go back before the end of the semester.


[Auschwitz – Cans containing gas, used in gas chambers.]

[At left: Gate of Auschwitz: “Arbeit macht frei” (Work sets you free). At right: barbed-wire fences of concentration camps.]

What do you think that this experience brought to you in the personal and professional level?
At both levels was very important! On a personal level made ​​me realize that I do not need half of the stuff I have. At the professional level, for example, just yesterday I got a job because I gained experience in paper production.
I was willing to work outside of Portugal, perhaps I would try Canada.
Overall, I gained holidays all over the world resulting from people of different nationalities I met!!

Did you experience some adventure or strange situation you’d like to share?
Me and Alex, who was with me, we went by bus, and I, joking with him, pulled his seeing glasses… well, they fell outside the bus, the door closed, we asked the driver to stop, but he did not understood what we have said and continues. We never saw his glasses again. Alex does not see anything without them, and stayed that way for 2 days. Then we had to run several optical shops to find proper glasses for him.

Another interesting situation that I found it was a Portuguese who is studying there. He came to me saying that he was asked to take good care of me, to show me places, etc. It was nice!


[At left: Replica of “Tram” (electric) on a bus. At right: Tram Stop.]

A recommendation for future “Mobility Students”:
Take advantage of the ERASMUS in Poland for traveling. Do not get stuck in Lodz, because it doesn’t represent what is Poland, the cultural and artistic diversity that the country has.

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Joana Fontes in Poland:

DO ERASMUS! TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE AROUND YOU AND ALWAYS HAVE AN OPEN MIND AND WILLINGNESS TO LEARN MORE!

[On the left: Gdańsk. On the right: One of the train trips.]

Year of the “Mobility Experience”: 2009/2010.
Home institution: ESAD.CR, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal.
Course: Graphic and Multimedia Design.
Host institution: Akademia Sztuk Pięknych (ASP) w Łodzi, Lodz, Poland.
Course or field of study: Graphic Design (Faculty of Graphics and Painting).

Why did you choose this school?
This was not my first choice, but after a search at school web site, which even offered information in English, I thought it would be the most suitable for what I wanted to develop/learn in terms of work, with special emphasis on printing techniques as screen printing and engraving. I also had made friendship with Polish Erasmus students in the year’s application, and also had the testimony of friends who have had exchange held there the previous academic year and they were quite pleased.

[On the left: Gdańsk. On the right: School in Łódź.]

Did you like the school?
I really liked the school, it was huge and had excellent conditions, as well as in classrooms and in their own workshops. It had a wide space, with all materials at our disposal. However, I felt the lack of a digital print workshop, for example, as well as we use in ESAD.CR.

How far was the school from the city?
The school is located in Łódź city, not far from the center. However traveling were mostly made by “tram” (electric), for being cold and snowing… Despite being the 2nd largest city in the country…

Your field of study is well developed in the school?
Yes, quite. The students have two common years of Graphic Arts and Painting, and only at the fifth semester they have specialization in one of the following areas:  Graphic Design, Printmaking, Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, or Multimedia. Since I was an Erasmus student, I could choose freely any subjects of the departments. But I think this model is much more complete and enriching for students.

Besides Graphic Design, what areas of study are developed in this school?
The most developed areas in the school are: Textiles and Fashion, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and also the Visual Arts. It appears that it is the best fashion school in the country…

[On the left: Łódź Design Festival. On the right: Łódź Design Festival.]

How did you get involved to native teachers and students?
As I mentioned, I already knew two Polish students who, at that time, were already back to Poland. The approach with colleagues was a little difficult, given the differences in culture and personality, but with some colleagues from the residence and from some classes we gave ourselves pretty well. As I was in Erasmus with a friend and classmate from Portugal, and also with other of Fine Arts and other of Multimedia Design, this adventure was not so difficult. The rest of the group was also shy, with the exception of two Portuguese students in the course from Porto. The relationship with teachers was great. For practical reasons, even for being the subjects of our interest, I chose only subjects in which teachers or their assistants spoke English, that despite having done the course EILC in Poland Kraków (Cracow) during the month of September, I expressed myself and made me understand much better in English.

This school is “ideal” for…
The school has very good references in the Fashion course but as my study area was the Graphic Design and Printmaking, only then I can rely. I’m very interested in silkscreen and other printmaking techniques, such as almost all the subjects I chose to do during the Erasmus studies, were those areas. I loved the conditions, new techniques or ways to implement them and that’s what I recommend to all interested students.

Other information/experiences about the school:
I recommend to all students to attend the perform the Erasmus EILC course, if the language of the country is considered difficult to choose and this language course is available. There are other advantages, such as if the course occurs in a different city from the city where is the Erasmus school, there are a possibility to know a different city during one month.

Where did you stay?
I was at the school student’s residence. It was much easier and cheaper, since I stayed for only one semester.

How far was the residence from the school? And from the city?
The residence was in the city of Łódź. Maybe a few 15/20min, depending on the weather conditions, and if the “tram” was right at the tram stop on time.

The residence was good?
Yes, I’ve never been at a residence. At ESAD.CR I rented a room/apartment. I had less privacy, because I had to share the room, but I have no complaints to make.

How much did it cost?
80 Euros/month, if I remember correctly.

What did you think of the city?
At the beginning, the city of Łódź disappointed me a little, it was very large, gray, dark and lifeless… This was a great shock comparing with the previous city, Kraków, where I had made ​​the EILC course Polish. But I learned to like it, but mostly to understand culturally Poland. I liked a lot to know this country, culture and people. We are so different and yet so similar. But are these cultural differences that make us truly knowing things, and even miss, like or appreciate more what we have and our own country.

[On the left: Wawel Castle, Kraków. On the right: Łódź Design Festival.]

Did you experience difficulties with the language?
Despite having done the Polish course, I always talked in English. With exceptions, like in public services and restaurants. Most of the people did not speak much of English, sometimes not because they did not know…

Did you like the food?
The food is quite different from ours, a lot of potatoes and they rarely eat fish… but as I am vegetarian, my case was a little aggravated. The gastronomy was part of the Polish course, so I’ve been almost a month eating tomato and mushroom soups and salads. But I do not forget the fantastic cappuccinos and apple cake, the Sharlotka.

How was the standard of living?
The standard of living was lower than in Portugal (now with this crisis might not be). But yes, the public transport were fairly cheap. I went out to dinner many times, despite the kitchens of the restaurants closed very early – 8 o’clock in the evening.

[On teh left: Praga. On the right: The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin.]

Did you visit other cities?
Yes. Me and Joana Gomes, during the course of Polish EILC we spent a month in Kraków, the course organized visits to places: the salt mine of Wieliczka, the concentration camp at Auschwitz-Berkinau, Pieskowa Skala Castle and the mountains of Zakopane. We visited Warszawa (Warsaw), the capital, Gdańsk and Wrocław north, we passed briefly Szczecin, Katowice and northwestern border. We also visited Berlin (Germany) and Prague (Czech Republic).

What do you think are the major cultural differences?
In the gastronomy and climate there are features that shape the cultural differences, such as meal times, and even the personality of the people, more calm, shy and reserved.

Did you receive a grant?
No.

Do you plan to go back?
If I have plans at a strict sense, no. I have to explore other places. But it is a door that is always open!

What do you think that this experience brought to you in the personal and professional level?
At both levels this experience brought me lots of good things… there have been so many and so good that it is difficult to describe, so I recommend this experience of mobility at all the students.

[On the left: East Side Galery Berlim. On the right: Wrocław.]

Did you experience some adventure or strange situation you’d like to share?
There were plenty of adventures or peculiar situations, especially for the first times or when traveling, but as I remembered and liked to share, maybe the 1st snowfall, out of time, even in early October, when we Portuguese seemed children mystified with this phenomenon. It was very beautiful.

A recommendation for future “Mobility Students”:
Do Erasmus! Take full advantage of everything and everyone around you and always have an open mind and willingness to learn more.

Micael Nunes and Catarina Coutinho in Poland:

3.731 KM AWAY FROM HOME!
WE LIKED THE SCHOOL A LOT – BY HAVING A VERY FREE EDUCATION, GIVING THE POSSIBILITY TO CONNECT THE FINE ARTS TO DESIGN AND RESOURCES BETWEEN VARIOUR SUBJECTS IN EACH PROJECT.

[On the left: Catarina and Micael. On the right: City of Lodz, Poland.]

Year of the “Mobility Experience”: 2011/2012.
Home institution: ESAD.CR, Portugal.
Course: Graphic and Multimedia Design.
Host institution: Akademia Sztuk Pięknych (ASP) w Łodzi, Lodz, Poland.

Course or field of study: Graphic Design, Multimedia Design and some subjects from others fields.

Why did you choose this school?
First of all we took into consideration the country that where we were going, for their level of cultural life and also reflecting from the various options in it. We have chosed the city of Lodz because they have a school that allowed to receive several students from our school, and also because we had a very positive feedback from other outgoing students. The school offers an art core very dynamic, where several subjects complement each other and so we could explore them and the workshops that were different in ESAD.CR.

[Tatra Mountains, Poland.]

Did you like the school?
Yes, we liked a lot by having a very free education, giving the possibility to connect the fine arts to design and resources between various disciplines in each project.

How far was the school from the city?
The school is situated near the city center, the most common transport was electric as well as being cheap enough was undoubtedly the best option, because it was very warm and the winter is very cold.

[Warsaw, Poland.]

Your field of study is well developed in the school?
Yes. We can use various techniques to develop projects, not having many restrictions which had made ​​possible the development of projects that reach out our interests. With regard to teachers in the overall level, we did not have the best impression, since they do not give the same follow-up we receive in ESAD.CR. They do not create support classes where students expose matter or references.

How did you get involved to native teachers and students?
During the intensive course of Polish (in the city of Katowice) it was quite easy to meet people and create friendships with the language teachers. In the city where we study the remaining five months was more difficult to communicate with students and teachers as they often did not speak English (no alarm because everyone had assistants who helped us). The people that actually gave us more pleasure to meet were the friends we’ve made among several trips and those that we have known through CouchSurfing.

This school is “ideal” for…
Create a portfolio in the areas of interest and develop multidisciplinary work using techniques not found in Portugal.

[Our little house, Lodz, Poland.]

Where did you stay?
We stayed in an apartment with a colleague of ESAD.CR, and oddly enough, with two more Portuguese’s. The houses are not very cheap, but it was worth to have some extra comfort and also because we could live together. If you are alone, we recommend you stay in the residence to be cheaper and easier to meet the student’s community.

[Micael in Berlin, Germany.]

What did you think of the city?
From what we saw and lived, perhaps the city was the most negative aspect. The city was very dark and gray. Being one of the largest cities in the country, we would think that is always something happening both at cultural and leisure, but in fact the city did not offer us much. That’s what motivated us more to travel and visit other cities.

Did you experience difficulties with the language?
Yes no doubt, although we have gone a month for the EILC course, but it was almost impossible to understand the Polish language. We pass all the time trying to say the words correctly, even though we never get to have a long talk in Polish. To talk with teachers and colleagues, the use of the English language helped, but little, because almost no one spoke English. You can always think about learning a few words in Russian.

[Augusto, other ESAD.CR’s ERASMUS student, and Catarina, in Lviv, Ukraine.]

Did you like the food?
The food was quite different and very good. We tried various regional dishes (you can have lunch in restaurants by 2.5 €). The biggest problem is finding good and fresh fish, since we were quite far from the sea. The most important are undoubtedly the drink. There were plenty of beer brands, although no gas. But do not forget that Polish vodka is very good. Yet we always felt the lack of a good Portuguese coffee, a good imperial and a plate of lupines on a summer afternoon.

How was the standard of living?
The price of living was much cheaper than here, but in the meantime is rising very fast; we recall that it was the only country that has not suffered from the economic depression. Well to give you a better idea, a cheeseburger costs 75 cents, going to a restaurant and ask for the main dish, with drink and dessert, may be round 4-6 Euros. Transports are very cheap also, and have huge discounts on train travel and in museums (51% discount in the presence of Polish student card), without a doubt the most expensive it is housing, is almost the same price as in Portugal.

[On teh left: Romania. On the right: Catarina in Romania.]

Did you visit other cities?
AHAHAHAH of course! The prices are quite accessible by train.

We chose to CouchSurfing in all cities, enabling us to meet more people, to have free stay and to know the best spots in town. Inside Poland we visited cities, as for example: Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk and Wroclaw. We also had the opportunity to visit other countries, such as: Germany for only 12 Euros (cost of going to Berlin), Hungary for 15 Euros (cost for going to Budapest) and also for Ukraine and Romania.

What do you think are the major cultural differences?
The weather, no doubt! But what were most surprised for us was the people that seemed to be always sad and reserved and the amount of xenophobic and racist people in a country that suffered so much.

[Cluj-Napoca, the third largest city in Romania.]

Did you receive a grant?
Yes, we received a grant. Micael received at the beginning and the Catarina received when she was in Poland.

Do you plan to go back?
Not at the moment. We want to visit other destinations. The labor market in Poland is not very interesting; the minimum wage is quite low.

What do you think that this experience brought to you in the personal and professional level?

No doubt we can really see other cultures, political and artistic, meet new people, learn new tools and see the best and the worst of our country.

Did you experience some adventure or strange situation you’d like to share?
One of the funniest things that happened in the past was not having the card inside the electric Ukraine, and unfortunately the reviewer caught us and made a huge scandal for us to pay the fine. A few minutes after the conversion, we saw that the fine it was 2.5 Euros.

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Joana Fontes in Poland:
DO ERASMUS! TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE AROUND YOU AND ALWAYS HAVE AN OPEN MIND AND WILLINGNESS TO LEARN MORE!

[On the left: Gdańsk. On the right: One of the train trips.]

Year of the “Mobility Experience”: 2009/2010.
Home institution: ESAD.CR, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal.
Course: Graphic and Multimedia Design.
Host institution: Akademia Sztuk Pięknych (ASP) w Łodzi, Lodz, Poland.
Course or field of study: Graphic Design (Faculty of Graphics and Painting).

Why did you choose this school?
This was not my first choice, but after a search at school web site, which even offered information in English, I thought it would be the most suitable for what I wanted to develop/learn in terms of work, with special emphasis on printing techniques as screen printing and engraving. I also had made friendship with Polish Erasmus students in the year’s application, and also had the testimony of friends who have had exchange held there the previous academic year and they were quite pleased.

[On the left: Gdańsk. On the right: School in Łódź.]

Did you like the school?
I really liked the school, it was huge and had excellent conditions, as well as in classrooms and in their own workshops. It had a wide space, with all materials at our disposal. However, I felt the lack of a digital print workshop, for example, as well as we use in ESAD.CR.

How far was the school from the city?
The school is located in Łódź city, not far from the center. However traveling were mostly made by “tram” (electric), for being cold and snowing… Despite being the 2nd largest city in the country…

Your field of study is well developed in the school?
Yes, quite. The students have two common years of Graphic Arts and Painting, and only at the fifth semester they have specialization in one of the following areas:  Graphic Design, Printmaking, Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, or Multimedia. Since I was an Erasmus student, I could choose freely any subjects of the departments. But I think this model is much more complete and enriching for students.

Besides Graphic Design, what areas of study are developed in this school?
The most developed areas in the school are: Textiles and Fashion, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and also the Visual Arts. It appears that it is the best fashion school in the country…

[On the left: Łódź Design Festival. On the right: Łódź Design Festival.]

How did you get involved to native teachers and students?
As I mentioned, I already knew two Polish students who, at that time, were already back to Poland. The approach with colleagues was a little difficult, given the differences in culture and personality, but with some colleagues from the residence and from some classes we gave ourselves pretty well. As I was in Erasmus with a friend and classmate from Portugal, and also with other of Fine Arts and other of Multimedia Design, this adventure was not so difficult. The rest of the group was also shy, with the exception of two Portuguese students in the course from Porto. The relationship with teachers was great. For practical reasons, even for being the subjects of our interest, I chose only subjects in which teachers or their assistants spoke English, that despite having done the course EILC in Poland Kraków (Cracow) during the month of September, I expressed myself and made me understand much better in English.

This school is “ideal” for…
The school has very good references in the Fashion course but as my study area was the Graphic Design and Printmaking, only then I can rely. I’m very interested in silkscreen and other printmaking techniques, such as almost all the subjects I chose to do during the Erasmus studies, were those areas. I loved the conditions, new techniques or ways to implement them and that’s what I recommend to all interested students.

Other information/experiences about the school:
I recommend to all students to attend the perform the Erasmus EILC course, if the language of the country is considered difficult to choose and this language course is available. There are other advantages, such as if the course occurs in a different city from the city where is the Erasmus school, there are a possibility to know a different city during one month.

Where did you stay?
I was at the school student’s residence. It was much easier and cheaper, since I stayed for only one semester.

How far was the residence from the school? And from the city?
The residence was in the city of Łódź. Maybe a few 15/20min, depending on the weather conditions, and if the “tram” was right at the tram stop on time.

The residence was good?
Yes, I’ve never been at a residence. At ESAD.CR I rented a room/apartment. I had less privacy, because I had to share the room, but I have no complaints to make.

How much did it cost?
80 Euros/month, if I remember correctly.

What did you think of the city?
At the beginning, the city of Łódź disappointed me a little, it was very large, gray, dark and lifeless… This was a great shock comparing with the previous city, Kraków, where I had made ​​the EILC course Polish. But I learned to like it, but mostly to understand culturally Poland. I liked a lot to know this country, culture and people. We are so different and yet so similar. But are these cultural differences that make us truly knowing things, and even miss, like or appreciate more what we have and our own country.

[On the left: Wawel Castle, Kraków. On the right: Łódź Design Festival.]

Did you experience difficulties with the language?
Despite having done the Polish course, I always talked in English. With exceptions, like in public services and restaurants. Most of the people did not speak much of English, sometimes not because they did not know…

Did you like the food?
The food is quite different from ours, a lot of potatoes and they rarely eat fish… but as I am vegetarian, my case was a little aggravated. The gastronomy was part of the Polish course, so I’ve been almost a month eating tomato and mushroom soups and salads. But I do not forget the fantastic cappuccinos and apple cake, the Sharlotka.

How was the standard of living?
The standard of living was lower than in Portugal (now with this crisis might not be). But yes, the public transport were fairly cheap. I went out to dinner many times, despite the kitchens of the restaurants closed very early – 8 o’clock in the evening.

[On teh left: Praga. On the right: The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin.]

Did you visit other cities?
Yes. Me and Joana Gomes, during the course of Polish EILC we spent a month in Kraków, the course organized visits to places: the salt mine of Wieliczka, the concentration camp at Auschwitz-Berkinau, Pieskowa Skala Castle and the mountains of Zakopane. We visited Warszawa (Warsaw), the capital, Gdańsk and Wrocław north, we passed briefly Szczecin, Katowice and northwestern border. We also visited Berlin (Germany) and Prague (Czech Republic).

What do you think are the major cultural differences?
In the gastronomy and climate there are features that shape the cultural differences, such as meal times, and even the personality of the people, more calm, shy and reserved.

Did you receive a grant?
No.

Do you plan to go back?
If I have plans at a strict sense, no. I have to explore other places. But it is a door that is always open!

What do you think that this experience brought to you in the personal and professional level?
At both levels this experience brought me lots of good things… there have been so many and so good that it is difficult to describe, so I recommend this experience of mobility at all the students.

[On the left: East Side Galery Berlim. On the right: Wrocław.]

Did you experience some adventure or strange situation you’d like to share?
There were plenty of adventures or peculiar situations, especially for the first times or when traveling, but as I remembered and liked to share, maybe the 1st snowfall, out of time, even in early October, when we Portuguese seemed children mystified with this phenomenon. It was very beautiful.

A recommendation for future “Mobility Students”:
Do Erasmus! Take full advantage of everything and everyone around you and always have an open mind and willingness to learn more.

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Eduardo Lopes in Birmingham, England:

IT WAS FUNNY TO SEE HUNDREDS OF RESIDENTS GETTING OUT THE STREET IN PAJAMAS, IN A CRAZY RUNNING FROM ONE SIDE TO THE OTHER, BECAUSE SOME WERE SEEING SNOW FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THEIR LIVES.

[On the left: Eduardo in London. / On the right: Eduardo in Dublin.]

Year of the “Mobility Experience”: 2010/2011.
Home institution: ESAD.CR, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal.
Course: Industrial Design.
Host institution: Birmingham Institute of Art & Design (BIAD), Birmingham, England.
Course or field of study: Product Design.

Why did you choose this school?
There were no major reasons. First I have chosen the country and in England I had two options: Birmingham and Nothingham.

Did you like the school?
Yes, I liked. The facilities were good.

How far was the school from the city?
The school is located in the, so-called, “City center”.

[On the left: The front of the Institute. / On the right: BIAD]

Your field of study is well developed in the school?
Yes it is. At both: workshops (wood, metals, polymers) and in the teachers level.

What other areas of study are developed in this school?

The study areas mostly developed are: Design (Product, Interiors, Fashion, Textile and Graphic), and Architecture (general and landscape).

How did you relate to native teachers and students?
My relationship with teachers was always very good. They did everything to make a person feel well. My fellow natives were always very polite to me but never showed any interest in knowing why I was there or not.

[On the left: Painting Room. / On the right: Wood Workshops.]

This school is “ideal” for… who likes to produce full-scale prototypes. The workshops were very well prepared and the students did not have had to pay for any of the materials used. The school provides long industrial boards/blocks of wood and metal, ink, and small materials like screw, etc.

Where did you stay?
I stayed in one of the student residences – The Coppice.

How far was the residence from the school? And from the city?
The residence was more or less at about 3 km from town and 4.5 km from school.

[On the left: My project for “Display and Packaging”. / On the right: My room.]

The residence was good?
Yes, no doubt.

How much did it cost?
Around £87 (€ 100) per week.

Other information/experiences:
The residence is a neighborhood of 11 buildings. A sort of private condominium with gym, pavilion, sports and a grass soccer field on the outside. The buildings (of 2 or 3 floors) are divided into flats of 6 bedrooms, two bathrooms and a kitchen. The laundry and the security room are in a small building in the center of the neighborhood.

[On the left: My room. / On the right: The Coppice with snow.]

What did you think of the city?
The city itself is not pretty. It is a great city whose center is almost exclusively “pedestrian”. The only nice part in the city center is called Channels of Birmingham, some creeks that intersect at various sites in the city.

The only time that the city is beautiful and which gives pleasure walking through it is at Christmastime. Every year it happens the familiar German “Christmas Market”. The market occupies the entire center of every city, there is a bit of everything of handicrafts and is a place where you can eat and drink traditional German products.

Did you experience difficulties with the language?
In the beginning I had great difficulty with the language, due to the fact that when I went there my English was almost null. But thanks to the friends I have made there and the support of my teachers, I improved a lot and now my English is reasonable.

[On the left: Christmas Market. /On the right: Small bar in the Christmas Market.]

Did you like the food?

Gastronomy is a too strong word to describe what we eat there. Food is in large part based of fried food. And people do not stop for lunch at noon. It is seen a lot of people walking through the streets to eat sandwiches and hamburgers. The cafeteria was a part almost non-existent in the school; it was largely being used to eat sandwiches and other fast foods.
I could enjoy a large amount of Indian cuisine. =)

How was the standard of living?
The standard of living was pretty good.

Did you visit other cities?
Yes, I was two days in London. Where has been sunshine and heat, which is funny if you know the bad weather’s reputation of the city.

What do you think are the major cultural differences?
The main difference is the origin of the plurality of persons. It is a country with a large number of emigrants. Mostly Indians, there were Indians since the security employer of the residence until the teacher of Informatics, passing for the bus driver and the cashier of the supermarket.

Other information/experiences:
I had lucky and the possibility to go to Edinburgh, Scotland and Dublin, Ireland. From Birmingham, travel back and forth, never crossed 20 €.

Did you receive a grant?
Yes, I was the third highest ranked of my course.
Although the grant only have payed housing, it was a great help. Help without which I could not had the opportunity to have this experience.

Did you make friendships with English people?
I have made a very few friendships with English people. People are not welcoming and they do not feel a need to know what you do or who you are.
In contradiction, I have made great friendships with other ”international students”. Friends of countries such as Germany, Slovenia, India, France and Hong Kong.

Do you plan to go back?
I liked a lot. I am trying to arrange a meeting there with the people who lived with me.

[On the left: Dublin – Ireland. / On the right: Edinburg – Scotland.]

What do you think that this experience brought to you in the personal and professional level?
It brought a lot. On a personal level it made me meet people and different cultures, different ways of perceiving life and discovering new countries through people I met. At the professional level allowed me to learn another work method and a different way of looking at what exists in my field of study.

Did you experience some adventure or strange situation you’d like to share?
In 2011, the first time I saw the sun was on January 3. Therefore in the winter the day darkens around 3:45 pm. It happened that in the 1st day I woke up at 4pm and it was already night, in the 2nd day I woke up earlier, I just went to bath and the sun had gone again…

Another situation was on my birthday, it began to snow at midnight right. It was funny to see hundreds of residents getting out the street in pajamas, in ​​a crazy running from one side to the other, because some were seeing snow for the first time in their lives.

A recommendation for future “Mobility Students”:
Simply enjoy. It is a unique experience and is difficult to explain how much enriches a person. I recommend students to have no fear of anything. Meet different people and cultures is always a positive experience.

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Alexandra Fonseca in Nottingham, England:
LEARN HOW TO HAVE BALANCE BETWEEN WORK AND PLAY AND YOU WILL HAVE THE BEST TIME OF YOUR LIVES.

[On the left: Photoshoot Pit & Pendulum, May 2012, Marquet Square. On the right: October  2011, Nottingham Trent University.]

Year of the “Mobility Experience”: 2011/2012.
Home institution: ESAD.CR, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal.
Course: Interior Design.
Host institution: Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, England.
Course or field of study: Furniture and Product Design BA

[On the left: October 2011, The Great Egg Race –1º Prize, NTU. On the right: October 2011, Student Card.]

Why did you choose this school?
I chose this University for its prestige, for its competitions, prizes, facilities and the available equipment in the workshop.

Did you like the school?
I loved it.

How far was the school from the city?
Its within the city, it’s a 5 min walk from the center.

Your field of study is well developed in the school?
Yes.

[On the left: February 2012, Workshops NTU. On the right: March 2012, Main Project- upholstered stool.]

What other areas are well developed in this school?
Several namely: Accounting, finance and economics; Animal, Equine and wildlife; Architecture and civil engineering; Art and Design; Business, Management and marketing; Computing, Engineering, Maths and other technologies; English, History and philosophy;  Geography, Horticulture and environment; Languages and Linguistics; Law, Criminology and justice; Media, Journalism and communication; Politics and international studies; Property, Construction and surveying; Psychology, Sociology, Health and social care; Sciences including sport sciences; Teacher training, Education and childhood and youth studies.

How did you relate to native teachers and students?
It wasn’t difficult. There was a great concern from all the teachers and staff at NTU about my wellbeing, inside and out of the university. Everybody was very welcoming and always willing to help if there was some kind of problem.

This school is “ideal” for…
Expand our qualifications and be recognized by the produced work. Learn new teaching methods, while developing a good, healthy and friendly competition between colleagues. And it’s ideal to open our mind to new ways of looking and think.

Other information/experiences:
One of the big strengths on my course in this school is that it possesses great workshops with all the necessary technicians and equipment for the development of projects, always with high standards of security so the risks are minimal. 90% of the materials used to develop projects are free (given by the university).

[Residende.]

Where did you stay?
On a private residence for Erasmus/exchange students.

How far was the residence from the school? And from the city?
From the residence to the University/City Center was about 15/20 min by bus, sometimes less.

The residence was good?
Yes.

How much did it cost?
It was 130 £ for a week.

[On the left: Chicken pie with mashed potato and yorkshire pudin. On the right: Breakfast, NTU]

Other information/experiences:
My residence wasn’t one of the cheapest ones but it had all the conditions for my safety and well being. It was a room with a private bathroom with a TV and Internet. The kitchen was on the ground floor and I shared it woth 5/6 more people. The common areas were also on the ground floor and it consists in a big living room with 3 tv’s and a bunch of sofas and tables.

What did you think of the city?
I thought that it’s a magnificent city not only for its history but also for its culture and people.

Did you experience difficulties with the language?
I always loved the English language so it was easy in the end.

Did you like the food?
I got used to it pretty quickly. They are not known for their gastronomy but it’s not that bad, I actually thought that is was good. Different but good, and I end up enjoying what they had to offer.

How was the standard of living?
For a student that comes from Portugal to England it’s quite expensive.

[on the left: April 2012, Center of Nottingham Marquet Square . On the right : June 2012 | London, Camden Street ]

Did you visit other cities?

I visited Shakespeare hometown and Camden Street in London. I also had the change to go to Alton Towers and to the Cadbury world.

What do you think are the major cultural differences?
The major difference is the gastronomy. There is also the work schedules (they work less hours then in Portugal), most businesses close between 17.00 and 18:00, that way spending more time with their families.

Other information/experiences:
There is a good balance between work and play, because they work less time therefore they are available to do different things and they have the willing to enjoy life.

Did you receive a grant?
Yes.

Did you make friendships with English people?
Yes.

[July, Rock City.]

Do you plan to go back?
Yes, I’m hoping to go back this year still, in September or October to do my Post Graduation Course.

What do you think that this experience brought to you in the personal and professional level?
Personally I think it was an unforgettable experience, I worked a lot, with a great desire and effort and on the other level I had a lot of fun. Professionally I feel like I have more qualifications and skills do develop new projects.

Did you experience some adventure or strange situation you’d like to share?
There were a lot of adventures and strange situations but I clearly remember the night when me and my friends decided to go out and it started to snow heavily. We were at Pit and Pendulum for some drinks as we were celebrating a friend’s birthday, everyone that arrived after me was soaking wet and angry about it. I only saw snow once in my life and I couldn’t remember very well so I was the only one who was really happy. That happiness ran out pretty quickly as we found out that we were stuck in the city center and all the public transports weren’t working because of the snow. But the amount of snow didn’t stop us of having fun; we managed to get to rock city and had a great night. In the end we all got home safe, wet and with sore bums.

A recommendation for future “Mobility Students”:
Learn how to have a balance between work and play and you will have the best time of your lives.

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Isabel Henriques in Birmingham:
I LEARNED A LOT FROM WORKING PROCESSES, PARTICULARLY IN FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY: THE INTERACTION WITH MODELS, IMAGE EDITORS, STYLISTS, HAIRDRESSERS, MAKEUP ARTISTS…


[On the left: Isabel Henriques – school project by Rute Leonardo. On the right: Birmingham.]

Year of the “Mobility Experience”: 2011.
Home institutionESAD.CR, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal.
Course: Fine Arts.
Host institution: Birmingham Institute of Art & Design (BIAD), Birmingham, England.
Course or field of study: Visual Communication.

Why did you choose this school?
Someone already had told me it was a good school. I began to see the courses and it seemed very interesting. The courses were much targeted to the area I chose.

Did you like the school?
I liked it, but there were things that I thought did not work well in terms of human resources. Some people were unfriendly, for example in the photography workshop (one of the areas I worked more), but in general they were nice!


[Fashion Photography – school project.]

How far was the school from the city?
In total 15 minutes (10min. by train and the rest of the time on foot).

Your field of study is well developed in the school?
I think so, but at the same time, the fact that there is specialization the briefings turn to be very limited.


[Birmingham, England.]

Besides Visual Communication, what areas of study are developed in this school?
From what I can remember… textile design, product design, animation, photography and video, architecture and fashion.

How did you relate to native teachers and students?
I gave myself very well with the teachers, especially after a trip we did in the second week after we arrived, at Lake District (a trip to try landscape photography) and to know the places. Here we also know some colleagues in the same area and also others from Erasmus.


[A school trip to Lake District (North West England) to try landscape photography.]

This school is “ideal” for…
…personal growth in the sense that we gain more autonomy, because there we are a bit ignored and we must do for ourselves.

Other information/experiences about the school:
When we entered the school it looked like we were in a hospital (we are accustomed to other types of architecture). It reminded me ESAD.CR, workshops as we have with enough quality, for example, there is room to make a video with “chroma” green that had a very useful device to capture motion; the photography studio was bigger, that is, it had several rooms in one. We had a security course to work in the workshops, but there are certain common sense things that could be prevented, I think.

It seems that they give more importance to the concept than to the realization: the teachers do not teach techniques and sometimes they said “You can pay a photographer if you cannot do by yourself”. What matters is the end product.

Where did you stay?
I stayed in a place called Selly Oak, I rented a room in a house that belongs to a student that in the same year came to ESAD.CR. I went to his place.

How far was the apartment from the school? And from the city?
It is 20min. from school and 10min. from downtown. I have made ​​the trip by train.


[On the left: Selly Oak Park, Birmingham. On the right: Interesting decoration in Birmingham.]

The apartmentwasgood?
Yes, it was small but was very comfortable and warm.

How much did it cost?
216 pounds (without including additional costs).

Other information/experiences:
“Carpet Every Where!” I do not think it is very hygienic.

What did you think of the city?
It is very industrial. The only part I liked was the parks and the “canal”.


[Some places in Birmingham, England.]

Did you experience difficulties with the language?
Only in the beginning because I had to concentrate in speaking only English. I improved a lot my English.

Did you like the food?
The gastronomy is very bad. The only thing I ate there was “Fish and Chips,” I did not like. I started to like beer because of the cider (apple beer) – it is not bitter like regular beer. I cooked cod with cream to kill nostalgia, it has has been the best food I ate while I was there.


[On the left: Glasgow, Scotland. On the right: Edinburg, Scotland.]

How was the standard of living?
It depends. It had things cheaper and other more expensive than in Portugal. The market was much cheaper. It was a good place to save.

Did you visit other cities?
Yes – Lake District, Liverpool, Bristol, Glasgow, Edinburgh and London.


[Liverpool, England.]

What do you think are the major cultural differences?
“iPad” culture! It seems like life is concentrated on iPhone/iPad. For example a concentration of people caught when was the release of iPad 2.

Other information/experiences:
The expectations were too high for what I experienced, especially in London…

Did you receive a grant?
When I was there I did not receive a grant. But after closing the accounts of the year, I could receive it.

Did you friendships with natives?
Yes, some people, especially a guy who lived in the same house with me.

Do you plan to go back?
Yes I liked, but maybe London, to see if I changed my mind!


[On the left: London Market by Tânia Carvalho. On the right: The House of Parliament and the Big Ben.]

What do you think that this experience brought to you in the personal and professional level?
I think somehow I became a little more open and more comfortable socially. What might help me a lot professionally in the future. I learned a lot from working processes, particularly in the area where I did a fashion photographic work. The interaction with the models, image editors, stylists, hairdressers, makeup artists, etc. I interacted with people of “Model Mayhem” (http://www.modelmayhem.com/), in this website there are professionals in various areas and levels. The ones with zero experience who want to create a portfolio and not charge anything beyond the costs they may have, in return we give the photos on CD-ROM or print; and also professionals who charge for the job.

Did you experience some adventure or strange situation you’d like to share?
On the Gay Day Parade, I found funny a few “outfits” that they used.

A recommendation for future “Mobility Students”:
Do not go with too many expectations. Give time to time, we have to adapt to space and situations. There is always a bright side to everything!

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Jarosław Kosek in ESAD.CR, Portugal:

…I WAS IN SHOCK WHEN I SAW TEATCHERS WHO DURING THE BREAK WERE SPEAKING WITH STUDENTS (NOT ONLY ABOUT ART)!! IT’S FUNNY BUT IT WAS MY FIRST TIME WHEN I FELT THAT TEACHERS TREAT STUDENTS AS FRIENDS.

[On the left: ​​Special pancakes made by Jarosław Koseki. On the right: Jarosław Kosek in ESAD.CR.]

Year of the “Mobility Experience”: 2010-2011
Hometown: ŁÓDŹ, Poland.
Course in your origin school:
 Industrial Design and Interior Design.
Host institution: ESAD.CR/IPL, Portugal.
Course or field of study in ESAD.CR: Product design, Master Degree.

Why did you choose this school?
Somebody told me : “this is the best shool in Portugal” And including all: school, student, teachers, town, etc.
HE WAS RIGHT!

How did you become involve with Portuguese teachers and students?
It was easy – almost everybody in Portugal is nice and tolcative, the same is with students and teachers. I was in shock when I saw teachers who durning the brake were speaking with student (not only about art)!!  It’s funny but It was my first time when I felt that teacher treat students as friends.

This school is “ideal” for…
Everybody who likes to go for a coffe after work.

Where did you stay?
In town center.

What did you think of the city?
It’s beautifull, little town with many interesting places. And it’s very safety!

Did you like the food?
YES!

Did you visit other cities in Portugal?
YES!

What do you think are the major cultural differences between Portugal and your hometown?
YOU ARE SPEAKING TO EACH OTHER :)

Did you make any Portuguese friends?
Yes, it was the meaning of Erasmus.

Do you have plans to return to Portugal?
Yes, but next time just for holidays.

What do you think that this experience brought to you in the personal and professional level?
I meet many interesting people who changed my live a little bit and as I write – I had oportunity to meet teachers who were great.

A recommendation for future “In Coming Students”:
Now I think that Erasmus experience shoud be obligatory on every study.

Other information you like to share:
For future Erasmus students: remember to visit 120, and Ilha caffe :)

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Natalia Btaszczyk from Poland:
Caldas da Rainha is well developed in terms of cultural activities.
It’s close to Lisbon and other touristic places,
Also the ocean and the beach is very near!

[On the left: “Beijinhos das Caldas” Kisses from Caldas. On the right: D. Carlos I Park.]

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Arta Berezovska in ESAD.CR, Portugal.

I FALL IN LOVE WITH PORTUGAL, WHEN I’M IN PORTUGAL I FEEL LIKE SECOND HOME… EVERYTHING IS SO EASY!

[On the left: Arta. On the right: Arta in the ESAD.CR engraving workshop.]

Year of the “Mobility Experience”: 2010.
Hometown: Liepāja, Latvia.
Course in your origin school: Graphic Design.
Host institution: ESAD.CR/IPL, Portugal.
Course or field of study in ESAD.CR: Several.

Why did you choose this school?
I knew that I want to choose something totally different then it`s in Latvia, indicating to culture and different way of living. And of course that entire daily thing makes different view to things you want to create. I choose right and I`m happy about the time I spent in Caldas da Rainha!

How did you become involved with Portuguese teachers and students?
Good thing was that most of the teacher had good English so I could easily communicate with them and Portuguese students were welcoming and helping a lot with finding an apartment, showing the best parts of Portugal and teaching Portuguese!

This school is “ideal” for…
…enjoying an Erasmus time :)

Where did you stay?
I was switching apartment couple of times, but I always stayed with Portuguese people!

What did you think of the city?
It`s pretty small you never can cross it with no meeting somebody you know, so you never miss anything and everything is always happening around or close to you, so it`s quite handy J “Praça da Fruta”, Café Ilha, Park, Flies market and a lot other nice things and places are there and those thing makes it cozy!

Did you like the food?
NO! I hate it! As I`m vegan and most of the Portuguese people love to eat meat and fish and so one I had almost nothing to eat if I ever went to restaurant. But the good thing was “Cantina” at school, because there was vegan option almost every day and I even like that food in school!

Did you visit other cities in Portugal?
Yeah, quite a lot, maybe even more than Portuguese habitants! I made some trips with other Erasmus/Portuguese people and also with my family and friends form Latvia. It’s really nice to travel in Portugal because the regions are all different and with their own way of living so you feel like visiting more than one country. My favorite places were “Serra da Estrela” and a city I loved was “Porto”!

What do you think are the major cultural differences between Portugal and your hometown?
The main difference is that Portuguese people don`t make things complicated! They are really easy and that`s cool!

Did you make any Portuguese friends?
I think I did and I was getting really well with them… It was always a lot of fun with friends in Portugal some of them I wish to meet more than once a year :)

Do you have plans to return to Portugal?
I have returned already at least 4 or 5 times! I fall in love with Portugal, when I m in Portugal I feel like second home…everything is so easy!

What do you think that this experience brought to you in the personal and professional level?
I brought a lot of experience in both levels – personal and professional. In personal maybe even not that much, as I’m used to live alone for long I was not homesick or nothing, just I saw other view of living that makes my daily life different nowadays.
In my professional level I loved the contact between teacher and student! It`s great that teacher is so interested to teach and give so much advices and energy to students. Almost all the courses I choose I enjoyed and in most of them I got new knowledge that helps me now in forward studies!

A recommendation for future “In Coming Students”:
If you enjoy La Boheme, inspiration “broadcasting”, sharing ideas, parties and you are social active so definitely perfect place to spend your Erasmus time is ESAD in Caldas da Rainha!

Other information you like to share:
Hmm…
Live with Portuguese people not in “Residencia”, it helps to get nice friends and you will always know what`s happening around the town!
Caldas is not the most sunny place in the world, don`t dream about warm nights! It was the most horrible winter ever even I’m from the north of Europe!
The best place for coffee was “Café Ilha”, I loved it!

Nina Hirsiniemi in ESAD.CR, Portugal

I RECOMMEND SEEING DIFFERENT PARTS OF PORTUGAL, THEY CAN BE REALLY DIFFERENT, DON’T FORGET TO TASTE “GINJA”!

[Nina in ESAD.CR.]

Year of the “Mobility Experience”:2011.
Hometown: Kuopio, Finland.
Host institution: ESAD.CR/IPL, Portugal.
Course or field of study in ESAD.CR: Ceramics, Fine Arts.

Why did you choose this school?
Because I found ceramic teaching there and it is cooperating with my school.

How did you become involve with Portuguese teachers and students?
Some of teachers were nice, some of them not… Students were really friendly.

This school is “ideal” for…
…relaxed studying!

Where did you stay?
I lived with three Portugueses studying in the same school.

What did you think of the city?
The city was ok… pretty small, but beautiful.

Did you like the food?
Sad to admit, but no.

Did you visit other cities in Portugal?
Yes, many. For example: Lisbon, Porto, Peniche and around Algarve.

What do you think are the major cultural differences between Portugal and your hometown?
The way of life. People are busy and effective in Finland. Also the dinner times were hard to learn….

Did you make any Portuguese friends?
Yes! :)

Do you have plans to return to Portugal?
I don´t know now… maybe.

What do you think that this experience brought to you in the personal and professional level?
I´m more self-confident and my English is better. I appreciate my home country more than ever.

A recommendation for future “In Coming Students”:
I recommend seeing different parts of Portugal, they can be really different, and don’t forget to taste “ginja”!

Emma Geroge from Belgium

I love the park and the old houses.
The flea market every second sunday of the month is also nice, and also the fruit and vegetable market – “Praça da Fruta”!

[On the left: “Praça da Fruta” fruit and vegetable market. On the right: Square near “Hospital Termal”.]

“Incoming” students’ reception.

On 17 October it was with great satisfaction that ESAD.CR held a meeting to welcome new students.

It is the first time that ESAD.CR receives so many Incoming students. This year we received 39 students from various European countries and also from Brazil.

The nationalities of our students are: Spain (9), Germany (5), Latvia (6), Brazil (6), Slovenia (3), Poland (1), Finland (1), Ireland (1), Norway (2), Turkey (4) and Belgium (1).

We wish you all a great stay.

Polish Trainees Exhibit in ESAD.CR.

On July 31, 2012 there was an exhibition in ESAD.CR from two Polish students coming from the The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design located in Wroclaw.

The two students had done an internship at the Ceramics and Plaster Office during a three months period.

This exhibition aimed to share the excellent work done by Dawid and Weronika, who chose Caldas da Rainha to learn more about pottery.


[Exhibition by Dawid and Weronika]

[Exhibition by Dawid and Weronika]

25th September 2012 – INCOMING STUDENTS’ CITY TOUR

Despite this rainy day, our “incoming” students were excited to discover the city.

We started at the school and we headed on foot to the Museum Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro. The Museum provided our ERASMUS students a very pleasant visit. They’re delighted with the tour and got a new perspective of ceramic art.

Then we walked to the city center, passing through the fruit square and shopping streets.

[Incomming students at the Caldas da Rainha city center.]

The goal was to reach the City Hall, where the President was awaiting us for a welcome reception.

The President Fernando Costa received the students with a welcome speech and, last but not least, with kisses and regional liquor, a “ginjinha de Óbidos”.


Lunch was served at the restaurant Maratona with the following menu:
SOPA camponesa (soup)
Bacalhau à gomes de sá (codfish)
Arroz doce (rice pudding)
Trocha de ovos (sweet made of eggs)
Pêra bêbeda (“drunk” pears)
Café com beijinhos das Caldas (coffee served with regional cookies)

And finally, to burn some of the calories ingested at lunch, a “Balance Fit” workout in theBalance Health Club & Spa..

[Incomming students at the Balance Health Club & Spa.]