Students at the Faculty of Biology and Natural Sciences: we get to know Europe in the process of studying

University years form a student not only as a professional but also as a comprehensively developed personality. Excursions, trips to local history and cultural sights ​​contribute to this.

During the last semester, several students at the Faculty of Biology and Natural Sciences studied under the “Double Diploma” program at the Polonia Academy in Częstochowa specializing in “Medical Biotechnology” and carrying out mobility at the University of Oradea (Romania) under the Erasmus+ program had plenty of opportunities to visit such places.

One of them was Barajul Drăgan-Floroiu where you feel the unity with the beautiful Romanian nature, admire the wonderful landscapes and receive a positive charge of emotions and strength for further studies.

While in Oradea, the students visited the Salina Turda salt mine in the town of Turda (Thörenburg). The Romanian town of Turda, unremarkable at first glance, hides its sights deep underground. The old Salina Turda salt mine, more than 100 meters deep, where hammers, sledgehammers and wedges were used to extract salt, was closed back in 1932. Today, it is a full-fledged museum of the history of salt extraction as well as an entertainment complex for tourists, which includes sports grounds, cozy recreation areas, a stadium, an amphitheater with a screen, the opportunity to play football, handball, table tennis, billiards, bowling, mini-golf.

In addition, there is a panoramic elevator, an observation wheel, a children’s playground and a souvenir shop. Based on the number of people who were present in the mine that day, you can spot that this object is very popular. A few steps down and a long tunnel takes you to the main hall on the upper level. A huge room and objects with spectacular lighting create the impression of some alien city. At first glance, it seems that the footage is taken from an unknown science fiction film. The temperature in the mine is always kept at the level of 10-12°C. Besides, the Salina Turda mine has its own unique microclimate. The air inside the mine is free of bacteria and allergens, which makes it ideal for people suffering from bronchial asthma or other respiratory diseases. The impression of that place does not subside for a long time after you leave it because the sheer size of the mine and its modern design really impress. No wonder Salina Turda was rated by Business Insider as the most beautiful underground place in the world. Moreover, the Salina Turda saltmine ranks 22nd in the list of the most picturesque tourist destinations in the world.

The students visited the largest building in Oradea – the Palace of the Black Eagle built at the beginning of the 20th century in the Art Nouveau style according to the project by architects Dezo Jacob and Marcella Komor. In total, it contains five floors, but the first stands out among the others due to its special height. The palace is built of three asymmetric blocks, between which there are interesting stained-glass transitions. Actually, its name comes from the image of a black eagle on the central stained glass window. Typically for palaces, the interior of the building is decorated with columns and balustrades. But what especially caught the eye of future biologists are various floristic and zoomorphic plots. It is interesting that the Palace of the Black Eagle is open not just for art lovers, there you can visit clubs, go to a cafe or restaurant and enjoy your stay at a nice hotel.

The students also visited other countries Austria. In Vienna, they attended a rally organized to support Ukraine in the fight with the aggressor. Local history, cultural, recreational and educational excursions and trips for students were mostly organized by teachers of the University of Oradea.

Academic mobility of students is an incredible opportunity to gain new knowledge, visit new cities, meet interesting people, improve knowledge of a foreign language, get acquainted with a new culture, see and study new flora and fauna, and get a huge wave of new emotions.

And finally, the students express their gratitude to Drohobych University, Polish Academy in Czestochowa, the University of Oradea (Romania) and the teachers for the opportunity to be involved in the academic mobility program.