GEMs on Wall Street: The 2nd Transcontinental Finance Programme in New York

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On January 6th 2014, 25 students from Grenoble EM began the second edition of the Transcontinental Finance in New York programme. The programme was created last year by the Centre for International Affairs and has proved to be just as popular this year with demand for the programme oversubscribed by 3 to one. Mark Thomas, Associate Dean and Director or International Affairs, was there to open the programme with John Meletiadis, Executive Director of the Center for Global Business Programms and Brian Pew, Associate Director.

Finance in New York Programme outline

The programme is designed to give a large number of GEM students a deep insight into ins and outs of finance in the USA and also to show them some of the best practices of working in the United States. The students will also do three main courses on Corporate Finance, Money, Banking and Markets, and International Banking and Financial Markets.

However, they will not just be studying as an isolated group but will be very in contact with students at Pace University and the business community in New York. This year they will be taking one of their four courses with regular students at Pace University and will of course be in contact with them in the various clubs and associations that are offered. This is always the fun part of any international experience.

« We were delighted with the success of the programme last year, said Mark Thomas. “We are certain that the 25 students on the programme this year will get as much out of it. We seem to have managed to get the right balance between allowing large numbers to participate and ensuring that they get a real insight into the local business culture. »

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Study, work and travel

The course will go from January until May, and after that, the students will have the possibility to either do an internship in a US company, or to travel throughout the United States, using the standard J1 VISA, which offers the chance to work, study, and travel.

As well learning about business in a classroom environment, students will also have a wonderful opportunity to ask questions to local business leaders. Lisa Jane Perraud, will be visiting the students for an entire week in March and organising a series of company visits and networking events. Last year, this including companies such as Wells Fargo, Societe Generale, Nataxis, Bloomberg etc. They even got the chance to visit the New York Stock Exchange.

These visits gave the students a valuable insight into working practices within the USA and the key elements necessary to start a successful career in the finance industry. It also helped them to put the theoretical parts of their course into practice. No doubt the students on the course this year will enjoy them as much. We will publish more on this  at a later date.

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Guest speakers from Credit Suisse and Highground Capital

Indeed, to get them straight into the spirit of this, the day closed with two guests from the world of finance. Ms. Marianne Schenck, Director of Talent Management at Credit Suisse, a who has German and Swiss nationality, spoke about adapting to life in the United States and gave the GEM students advice on fitting in to an American company. Ms. Schenk was joined by Mr. Rose Ott, Managing Partner of Highground Capital, who gave a fascinating perspective on how students should think about planning their careers and the type of skills necessary to succeed in the finance industry.


The entire team at the Center for International Affairs and Grenoble EM wishes the students in New York a very successful semester on their finance programme.

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