How to pursue a career in finance while at Pace, NYC

If you plan to do a gap year in field such as Asset Management, Private Equity, or any investment related field, you might be interested in the Finance Track in New York. This article focuses on 4 points: the Bloomberg Market Certification, VBA programming, the Chartered Financial Analyst certification (CFA) and Networking.

As there are plenty of Bloomberg terminals at Pace University, you can freely login and use the well known financial software. Particularly, you might be interested in the BMC, a free 10-hours e-learning certificate. The benefit is that you not only learn the basics of the financial markets and how to use the Bloomberg terminal, but also it improves your resume to have the name of Bloomberg on it. Continue reading


The educational experience at Columbia University

Teaching methods in the United States are quite different from those used in France. Being aware of these differences may allow French students to feel less confused during their first few weeks at Columbia University. The work requested, the amount of reading, the assessment method, the class participation, the relationship with the teachers, the purchase of books … All these elements must be taken into account when studying in the United States!

The semester really starts in the aftermath of the course selection process – during the first two weeks of September. To choose a course for the rest of the semester, it is essential to consult the syllabus of the course. At Columbia, these syllabi are very detailed: they contain the topics as well as the work required for each session of the semester, the list of resources to consult or buy as well as the evaluation method. While the first two sessions do not necessarily reflect the rest of the semester, carefully reading the syllabus of a course before choosing it allows you to evaluate the interest for the topics covered, the amount of work requested and the deadlines during the semester. Each professor and course taught at Columbia are different but shares some common characteristics, closely related to American teaching methods.

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Columbia University: A campus where you will never feel bored!

Columbia University has the advantage of being located in the famous New-York City. It is true that the Big Apple offers you so many things to do that you can already feel very busy. However, you will also be surprised by the number of events and activities you can do on the campus of Columbia University alone. Here are a few examples of what you can do:

A calendar full of events:

Columbia University is a vibrant and dynamic place where all kinds of events are held. If you are a food lover, you will find some free food fairs during the semester. If you like music, you can go to the numerous performances done or organized by some Columbia’s clubs: dance, choirs, piano recital, and so forth. If you are a cinema lover, you will be able to watch open-air movies with la Maison Française, the French club at Columbia University.

If you are more into conferences, you will also be amazed by the quantity and quality of lectures offered to the students on the campus. You will be able to attend conferences hold by prestigious guests and leading figures. The fields and topics tackled in those conferences are broad: from science to philosophy, including also politics and geopolitics of course. For the latter, you will have plenty of opportunities to hear heads of state and other international personalities talking on subjects such a protectionism, the world economy and so forth. As we are here to study geopolitics, it is definitely a marvelous opportunity to learn more. This year, for instance, we get the chance to see the President of the World Bank, the President of Colombia, the President of the Swiss Confederation, the Vice President of the EU Commission, just to name a few.

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Studying in SFU – Gastown, an unmissable district of Vancouver

Gastown was the first downtown core area of Vancouver. Its historical boundaries are the waterfront, Columbia street, Hasting street and Cambie street.

The name Gastown comes from “Gassy” which was the nickname of Jack Deighton, an English mariner and saloon keeper, who opened the first saloon of the area in 1867. It quickly became the core area for trade and a resort for off-work loggers and fishermen. The small community between Carral and Cambie street quickly grew and it was incorporated into Vancouver in 1886. But it was devastated the same year by the “Big fire of Vancouver” and only 2 buildings remained. Everything had to be rebuilt. It was considered as the center wholesale production and distribution for the city. However, after the great Depression of 1930’s it became a forgotten area of the city. It stayed like that until the 1960’s, when citizens became concerned about the conservation of the architectural hertitage of the neighbourhood because it was going to be demolished to build a huge freeway in the city centre. It was saved by a campaign led by local business people and property owners. The restart of the area began with the opening of the “Exposition Gallery” by Henk F. Vanderhorst which encouraged the development of Gastown in the 1960’s. It led to new businesses and activities coming in the area. Finally, it gave a new start to Gastown and in 2009 it was designated a National Historic site of Canada.

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Top Tips On Housing While Studying In NYC

Finding a place to live in New York can be stressful. There are many offers but they can be booked quickly, and the price might surprise you. That is why we would like to share our own experience with you.

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