Classes in Columbia University – a student’s perspective!

As GEM students in the Transcontinental Track at Columbia University, we have 4 classes related to geopolitics. 2 classes (Corporate Geopolitics and Competitive Thought Processes in Geopolitics) are taught by GEM. In addition, we get to pick 2 classes from Columbia. The list of Classes can change but here are some courses we took this year:

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Discovering one of the most famous campuses in the world – Columbia University

As French people, we all have this image of American universities’ campuses from American blockbusters. Columbia University is one of the most represented universities in the movies. “Malcom X” (1992), “Ghostbusters” (1984), “Spider-Man” (2002), “Hitch” (2005) or “Casino Royale” (2006), to name a few of them, have in common the specificity of having been filmed on the Columbia University campus. During the campus visit on the first day of school, we immediately realized the vastness of the campus since the university is the third largest landowner in New York after the municipality and the Roman Catholic Church. Indeed, on the Morningside campus, the university has buildings from the 109th Street to the 122nd street between Morningside Drive and Riverside Drive.

A great place to work! Photo: Butler Library

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Diversity in NYC: You never know what to expect from the Big Apple!

It has been approximately two months since I arrived in New York and I am still amazed by the great diversity this city offers – architecture, art, food, activities, music… You never know what to expect from the Big Apple.

You can travel without leaving the City. Financial district, Soho, Chelsea, Midtown, Chinatown, West Village, Upper East Side, Harlem, Brooklyn… These districts are all in the same city, New York, but they have such different atmospheres!

-“You never know what to expect from the Big Apple”

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Business Week in Seattle: Geocaching

On Thursday, February 16th, we had the opportunity to visit the headquarters of the company Geocaching located in the northwest suburb of Seattle. We were first given a tour to observe the workplace atmosphere, learn how the departments are organized and see how the company functions. Then, various employees (including one of the company’s founders Bryan Roth!) introduced us to their company. Continue reading

Tips about New York


NYC restaurants’ notation: what you should know!

You might or might not yet have seen in the restaurant front letters such as « A », « B » or « C ». It is not simply letters they do give information on the cleanliness and health of the restaurant. This notation system has been set up because, every year, 10 000 persons were intoxicated and thousands hospitalized.  Continue reading