Discovering one of the most famous campuses in the world – Columbia University

As French people, we all have this image of American universities’ campuses from American blockbusters. Columbia University is one of the most represented universities in the movies. “Malcom X” (1992), “Ghostbusters” (1984), “Spider-Man” (2002), “Hitch” (2005) or “Casino Royale” (2006), to name a few of them, have in common the specificity of having been filmed on the Columbia University campus. During the campus visit on the first day of school, we immediately realized the vastness of the campus since the university is the third largest landowner in New York after the municipality and the Roman Catholic Church. Indeed, on the Morningside campus, the university has buildings from the 109th Street to the 122nd street between Morningside Drive and Riverside Drive.

A great place to work! Photo: Butler Library

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A formal dinner at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

On the evening of the 8th of September, nine students attended the Open Cambridge dinner. This dinner took place in the historic splendour of the 19th century dining hall at Corpus Christi College. All of us dressed up to “impress”. It was a truly memorable evening.

Before the dinner, enjoying the magnificence of the Old Court

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Learning new ways to communicate in China!

What is communication? Communication is a two-way process of reaching a mutual understanding, in which participants not only exchange information, news, ideas and feelings but also create and share meaning. In general, communication is a means of connecting people or places.  Living in China, gives us a new understanding of how important communication is, in a place where you sometimes feel illiterate because of the Chinese characters. We will explain our methods of communication in different situations. Continue reading

A trip to China’s region of Yunnan! A must-see for all students!

What is the Yunnan ?

Let’s find out more about this beautiful region! Yunnan is a province of the People’s Republic of China, located at the southwest of the country where it borders Vietnam, Laos and Burma. There are around 50 million people living there. The capital of the province is Kunming. Yunnan is surrounded by mountains and natural ressources. The altitude can vary from mountain peaks to river valleys by much as 3,000 meters. It’s in this region that we decided to take our trip. We are going to tell you more about this region and the things that you can do there.

Yunnanmeans at the south of the clouds

 

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The History of Cambridge

This tour was mainly based on anecdotes about the city of Cambridge. We walked around the city with the guide and we stopped in front of each significant monument or college. The guide told us all the interesting information we needed to know about each college and street. It was very interesting because this city is full of wonderful stories that amaze you.

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