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

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?

Your first week in the USA

Photo of sunlit New York City street with taxis stopped at the intersection

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If you plan to do the transcontinental track at Pace University, know that your first days can be a little confusing, so you have to prepare beforehand.

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After the Beijing Tanscontinental Track

Feedback from the Beihang Transcontinental Track students

“This experience made me grow as a person, in term of relationships and open-mindedness. I had the opportunity to travel and meet people from various part of China. I discovered a new way of living and different cultures from all over the country. I learnt a lot!” Aurélie

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Life on Formosa Island, a small piece of paradise.

One of Taiwan's many beautiful spots, the Wormhole.

I remember when I first traveled to Taiwan, I had my entire world packed into a 30-kilogram suitcase and no idea whether I would enjoy or even get used to living in Taiwan. Everything was new, exciting, and very different. Located in the heart of East Asia, this tropical island had a lot to promise from what my cousin had told me: “Expect the unexpected”! There are many reasons for enjoying Taiwan, indeed, and before I knew it this place far away from my own country started to feel like home!

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