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


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:

● Student
● The Webster Apartment (housing for women only)
● Helloaya
● Nest Pick

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

The cultural diversity of New York

A land of immigration

When thinking about New York, the skyline is probably the first thing that comes to mind. However, beneath the famous towers lie an exceedingly diverse city. Little Italy, Chinatown or little Brazil are famous examples of the town’s cultural richness. However, New York’s diversity is more complex, and is the best representation of the US’s history of immigration. New York City was a hub for immigrants, and it still is today. About one-third of the city’s total population of 8 million is foreign born. About 800 different languages are spoken in New York. Actually, more languages are spoken in Queens, one of New York City’s five boroughs, than anywhere else on the planet. New York City has long maintained a municipal government Office of Immigrant Affairs tasked with assisting newly arriving immigrants in assimilating into their new communities. The city served as the historic port of entry for southern and eastern European immigrants such as the Russian, Jewish, Italians, Germans and Irish. The newest wave of immigrants is no longer predominantly Europeans as the city has continued to attract a significant number of people from all parts of the world such as Asians, Latin Americans and Africans.

Focus on Harlem

Photo by Ronny Rondon on Unplash

I had the opportunity to live in Harlem for a few weeks. Only a couple of subway stations away from downtown Manhattan, the atmosphere is very different. The Hispanic and Caribbean influence constitute the charm of this quarter. This is noticeable not only in the spoken language but also in the architecture. The buildings have a specific clay coating that is inherent to the quarter. The restaurants in the area also match Harlem’s ethnical background. Scents of Caribbean cuisine, Hispanic spices and African delicacies emanate from the small, local places which constitute the character of the neighborhood.

Strolling downtown is an exceedingly interesting experience. If you are willing to walk for hours at a time, you will notice the strong diversity of New York at each glance. Few of the people you will meet downtown are New Yorkers, as tourism is constantly flourishing even during the coldest months. This may not be strikingly noticeable as most of them are American, but they usually come from different states and have their own specific ways of speaking and interacting. This subtle difference is no less important regarding the diversity of the population. Being an international hub, people come from all around the world to work in various sectors or to study. Indeed, many colleges are implanted in the heart of the city, and international students like me contribute to the population diversity.

Culinary diversity

The cuisine of New York City includes several cuisines from many ethnic groups that came to the United States through the city. In New York, almost all ethnic cuisines are strongly represented, both within and outside of the many ethnic communities.

New York was also the birthplace of New York Restaurant Week, which has now expanded throughout the world owing to the reduced pricing that such a deal provides. There are about 12,000 bodegas, delis, and grocers in New York, with many of them operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This article was written by Louis Roche and Adrien Vitet

What are students’ first impressions about their exchange?

We asked students what was their first impression when they first arrived in their host country. Here are their thoughts:

“Upon arrival at Hong Kong, you can directly feel the diversity of this city. The main language you hear is Cantonese but you also hear languages from all over the world. There is a large variety of Asian and Western food. The cars drive on the other side of the road compared to what I am used to and you can see temples in between two buildings. Tradition is mixed with modernity. You learn very quickly how things are done here: how to stop a minibus or to ask for a taxi. You also get to socialize a lot with people from all origins, locals and foreigners. So far, my journey has been instructive and has forced me to get out of my comfort zone.”

ClémENCE IN HONG KONG, CHINA – College of business, city university of hong kong

“I am an exchange student at George Washington University (GWU) in Washington DC, USA. My integration in the university went very well. The GWU administrative team has been very helpful at the beginning of the year.
The Covid affects the student life a little bit since many events of the university are cancelled. But I can still feel that the city is very student-oriented!
The courses offered are in the evening, from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm approximately. This frees up our days to study or visit the city. The city of Washington DC is very rich in culture and history. There are many museums, monuments and memorials to visit for free. It is also very well located on the east coast of the United States, which is ideal for travel!
Finally, it is important to note that living in Washington DC is expensive (housing and cost of living).”

Marie in washington dc, usa – The george washington university, school of business

“I am a MIB exchange student at Smith School of Business, Queen’s University which is located in the city of Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
I moved to Kingston two weeks ago and, so far, the life in the city has been delightful. Kingston is not a big city but there is a huge student life with a lot of restaurants, bars, activities.. to do.
I live in a house with 4 other girls, 10 minutes’ walk from the Ontario lake. As a usual Canadian winter, it is currently very cold and snowy but it is a fun experience to live.
Canada is also a beautiful country with a lot of places and national parks to discover. Canadians are very welcoming, helpful and nice.
I, unfortunately, haven’t had the chance to go to Queen’s yet because of the pandemic restrictions, but the host university does its best for us to have quality classes online.
Overall, I feel great in this city and I can’t wait for public places to reopen so I can visit and enjoy more !”

Emma in kingston, ontario, canada – queen’s university, smith school of business

What about you, what will be your first impression when you go study abroad?