Life at Sasin School of Management, Bangkok

Sasin is the School of Business in which we study during our Transco. The building is huge, very modern and located in the center of Bangkok, near the Siam and MBK shopping centers.

What does Sasin look like?

Sasin is a very high-tech and comfortable place: classrooms are equipped with microphones for each student, and there is a full setup in order to video tape and register the sessions. All of the courses can be taken online, so you can find in every classroom three big screens for those  who are not physically present.

To enter, you must go through face recognition (Sasin REALLY is into high-tech!)
Typical Sasin classroom

The building comprehends numerous rooms dedicated to the students: small ones with whiteboards to work in teams, bigger ones with sofa, fridge, musical instruments, table football to relax (yes, I know it’s fabulous). In Sasin free coffee, tea and hot chocolate, beverages  are readily available that are really appreciated during the thirty-minute break we have between each half of the courses.

You can buy food and eat it in Sasin’s cafeteria which is called the Food Lab (the food is good, a bit expensive and takes a long time to be prepared though). If you prefer a smaller snack, there are also vending machines.

Sasin also has a shop where you can purchase all kinds of goodies showing rabbits (the totem of the school -so cute). Even better: there is a no-waste shop at the ground floor, where you can buy hand soap and washing powder .

How are the courses organized at Sasin?

During our stay at Sasin we go through 3 different modules. In each module, we can select various courses (2 is recommended), knowing that the ones taught by a Gem teacher are compulsory. Some of the courses include a final exam, some are based on continuous grading, but all of them require us to carry out at least one team project. At Sasin most of the courses take place on the afternoon or in the evening (until 9:30 pm). On average we have class for three hours and a half each day. 

Working with Thai students is a great experience, as they truly are hard workers and perfectionist, but it also requires commitment from ourselves!

Team meeting in one of the numerous Sasin workrooms

The Gem courses are untitled “Social Innovation and Design Thinking” and “Comparative Business Environments”.
For the Thai courses, you can choose among the followings: “Investments”, “Marketing and Consumption”, “Family Business”, “Business Strategy”, “Data science and analysis”, “Branding” and “The age of Disruption”.
What is very convenient at Sasin is that there is a period of time during which you can choose to drop out of a course if after one or two sessions you figure out it does not suit you, and then register for another one instead.
Also, we have about one week of holidays in March, and two in April.

What about other Sasin students?

Through the classes and the numerous team projects we have to carry out, we are able to meet the other Sasin students. Most of them are Thai but we are not the only exchange students. All of them speak English very well, and are older than us, as we follow an MBA program. The other students have already worked or currently have a job, quite often in their family business (very common in Asia). Sometimes after the night classes we get together  and chill out in one of the relax rooms, as the school closes after 11 pm.

Shared dinner with other students

What activities can we take part in at Sasin?

Two weeks ago, Thai students organized a Sasin Sports Day, where various programs and alumni competed against each other in badminton, football, basketball, and fun games. As exchange students we could participate too, and it was so much fun!

Sasin staff also organizes numerous activities for the students: visit of temples, lunches, trip to Phuket etc. All of those, except the trip, were free (thank you so much Sasin!).

Sasin posted a memory on Instagram about our visit of The Great Palace

In case of any problems or questions we can reach out to teachers or Sasin staff through Line (Thai messenger), and they are very responsive.

Conclusion: Sasin is a great place for exchange students! Teachers, other students, and administrative staff are all very welcoming.

This article was written by Lisa Montaldo.

Live the NYC experience with us through photos and commentaries

Hi guys and welcome on Mainly International !

So we both really enjoy taking photographs everywhere we go, and we thought it would be a great idea to share some of our pics! Please enjoy the description that goes with it, we hope it will give you a great insight on what you’ll see if you enroll for this Transco!

Just before we begin: DO NOT hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, please, it will be a huge pleasure for us to help you on anything. Drop us a message on Facebook!

To begin with, here is Miss Liberty with wonderful colors behind. This is the kind of sunsets that you get every evening in NYC, whenever the sky is clear! There is a stunning view on the statue of Liberty right by our campus, you’ll just have to walk cross Wall St to get there, and enjoy this kind of sunset with friends 😉

Careful with the weather though! Bring layers, NYC can be sunny, but it only starts being warm by March. Expect freezing temperatures for the first two months! (See next photo)

Alright, this is not New York, its Boston (you’re a crazy nerd if you spotted it was Boston). But the photo’s nice isn’t it? It illustrates quite well how the weather can be even on the 1st of March!  The east coast is cold, not gonna lie, but it’s part of the experience.

Oh and about Boston, it’s just a few hours drive away from NYC, hop on a flixbus, and spend the weekend there! Visit Harvard and the MIT, taste great beers in local breweries, and enjoy all the cute neighbors there is. Same for Philadelphia and Washington, they are just a few hours away!
Make sure you visit other cities when you come here, you will have plenty of time to do so, schedules are tremendously light, so you can enjoy NYC, but also neighboring cities or countryside.

Let’s go back to New York, if you’d like, cause that’s what we’re here for! Something we really enjoyed was going for basketball, hockey or baseball games, they are sometimes very accessible, and the ambiance will make you feel like a real new yorker!
Here’s a photo of Barclay’s centre (see picture below), home of the Brooklyn Net’s, we recommend going to Madison Square Garden too!

Something else you might want to do is admire the great views over Manhattan from the free Staten Island Ferry, which brings you to a shopping mall (overrated in 2022) and to a 9/11 memorial. The view is NICE! (see picture below)

Last but not least, New York is full of incredible museums, like the Met, the MoMa, the Guggenheim and so many others… Most of them are are free for NYC residents (or pay what you wish) so we highly encourage you to take advantage of this! You can even chose to go several times as once will probably not be enough to cover everything (especially for the Met). Collections are simply amazing and so diverse, you will definitely find something to your liking.

This article was written by Nicolas Ridoux and Tom Clouaire

Life at Pace University

What to do at Pace University as an exchange student from GEM ?

Pace campus and opportunities

Pace University’s NYC campus is located right across the street from New York’s City hall. It is the historical campus where the university was founded in 1906, surrounded by the Brooklyn Bridge and Wall Street. Here, you can experience so many different foods, cultures, fashion, art, and sight-seeing experiences. From Tribeca to SoHo, the Village and Brooklyn, you will never have the same experience twice.

The campus has been recently renovated, with brand new student center, student commons, study spaces, faculty and student collaboration spaces. On campus, all students enjoy many facilities. For sports lovers, a free gym and a basketball court are accessible all day long (both in the large basement). For foodies, the Cafeteria offers a wide range of meals and drinks options, and a Starbucks store can be found right next to it!

What they say is true: if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. NYC is home to some of the world’s biggest companies and a network of successful faculty, alumni, and peers, who will help you work your way from a cubicle to a corner office.

Extracurriculars and student life

A very exciting aspect of life at Pace university is clubs and organizations. As exchange students, we have access to most of them, except for Greek life (sororities and fraternities).

With more than 100 student organizations at Pace University, there’s something for everyone to get involved in: Academic interests, Business/Professional, Media and entertainment, Performing and visual arts, Cultural/Social, Politics and advocacy. Each of them has a budget, and offers their members opportunities and events. With the photography club for example, members get to visit the MoMa for free!

Life at Pace is eventful and in February alone, our cohort got to attend a Dean roundtable, a guided tour of Wall Street, and two guest lectures by renowned professors.

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

This article was written by Clara Coeudevez and Clara Bragagnolo

Finance in New York

If there is one place in the world that you must describe as a financial hub, it is none other than New York. Sure, I knew when I first stepped into Manhattan that I would be surprised by this part of the financial world, but I thought I was prepared. I knew it would be bigger and more impressive than La Défense but not to that extent! Here is a recap of what struck me about it.

The financial district

New York – and more particularly the financial district – dictates what happens to the financial world. In fact, what happens in Wall Street can sink the global economy! If you don’t believe me, just read about the subprime crisis and you will be amazed by how this borough can bring the world to its knees.

Now is the time for a bit of history. The Financial District is one of the oldest parts of New York. And it is home to some of the world’s most eminent financial innovations. Here are two of them: The Dow Jones, the world’s first industrial index that tracks the companies’ values with the aim to find the ones with the most potential. It was created in 1896. The second (and probably the most impressive) financial innovation is the Stock Exchange. The New York Stock Exchange was one of the firsts ever created in 1792. It is now the most powerful stock exchange in the world with many of the biggest companies in the US listed there.

Moreover, Wall Street is known to be a good place to make money in the US. In 1989, the infamous Charging Bull was installed in front of Wall Street before being placed downtown. Why a bull, you would ask? It’s a reference to the market going well.

The Charging Bull

Contrary to common belief, Wall Street isn’t as alive as before. In fact, most of the transactions are now happening online and the New York Stock Exchange is mostly here for the media and few finance operatives. And with the pandemic ongoing and remote working, the district is even less lively than at its peak.

The New York Stock Exchange Building

Something that tends to be forgotten is that not far from Wall Street is the Federal Reserve i.e., the place where all the American gold is kept (and you can visit it after a thorough security check). The Federal reserve Bank of New York is one of the most important financial institutions of the world. In fact, it dictates the monetary policy of the United States as well as the interest rates.

The banks

One of the things that are amazing here is how the bank’s offices make you dream. They are so big that you cannot think anything but “wow this is impressive”.


The Banks play a big part in New York’s economy. At the beginning, most of them were in the financial district near Wall Street however most of them moved to midtown which makes Manhattan in its entirety a Financial Hub and not only the Financial District.

The BNP Paribas Bank in New York

Furthermore, some of the biggest banks in the world have their headquarter in NYC. To name a few, there is Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan (the world’s largest bank by capitalization) or Citi Group. Anyone wanting to have a career in finance knows about these Banks and their power in the financial world. It is crazy to think that all of their headquarters are located in the same district of the same city!

Finance at Pace University

Pace University is located 5 minutes away from the World Trade Center which makes it a great place to study Finance. I had the privilege to attend a Bloomberg class at the university in which I was taught to use a Bloomberg terminal, also known as the most common way to access financial data. It was a great experience to see how much information one can get from those terminals. In fact, one can find going from financial statements of a company (listed or not) to the number of inhabitants in a particular country. Here is a fun fact about the creator of the Bloomberg terminal, Michael Bloomberg: he is incredibly wealthy, was elected mayor of New York in 2002 and ran for US President in 2020 before endorsing Joe Biden, the actual US President.

For all the reasons and facts explained above, I must say that I strongly recommend to any Finance fan to visit New York and feel the atmosphere there.

This article was written by Elric Butery

Housing in New York

Difficulties you may encounter when looking for accommodation in NYC

In New York, landlords are required by law to rent their flats for at least 6 months. This is why many landlords look for one-year leases. Besides some of them can be adamant to lease their flat to foreigners. It is also important to be on the lookout for any scam or fraud. Try to check the landlord’s documents (proof that it is their property) or that the company you are signing with is legit.

What documents you’ll need : (may differ from company, landlord…)

  • Passport or state ID issued identification
  • Proof of employment or guarantor
  • Bank statement or financial information
  • DS-2019
  • J-1 Visa
  • Photo of your passport and Visa

OUR TIPS TO FIND THE PERFECT APARTMENT

Finding an apartment in New York can be a little difficult; but don’t worry, here are our tips to find the perfect one.
Indeed, several options are available.
It is possible to stay alone in a studio but generally the prices are quite high.
We suggest that you get a roommate. It is very common in New York to rent a room in a shared apartment. This has many advantages; you can have your own space but also enjoy the company of other American and foreign students in common spaces.

Photo by Gabriel Beaudry on Unsplash

Here are some websites that can be useful to find accomodation in the city:

Uniplaces
https://www.uniplaces.com/fr
EHS
https://www.studenthousing.org/
● Student
https://www.student.com/fr-fr/us/new-york-city
● The Webster Apartment (housing for women only)
https://websterapartments.org/
● Helloaya
https://helloaya.com/
● Nest Pick
https://www.nestpick.com/rooms-for-rent/new-york-city/

You could also, join groups on Facebook, like “Les Frenchy à New-York” which could provide help, tips, and lease offers.

When it comes to the apartment’s location, it is no surprise that apartments are very expensive in Manhattan.
The budget is one thing, but other personal criterias can also come into play, such as the safety of the neighborhood or the proximity to Pace University.

Another solution, is to find a sublease (a lease of a property by a tenant to a subtenant), when you usually join an apartment-share. This is the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds, countries… It is typically the best solution to get a great apartment and for less money.

This article was written by Julie Trinh and Emma Eymery