Suggested Excursions (Subject to change)
The City that Never Sleeps
This page gives an idea of which types of company visits could be included during our study visit. The excursions cover topics from entrepreneurship to marketing to trade and finance in various industries. The exact schedule depends on availability and will be communicated prior to departure. Of course we will also visit the iconic tourist attractions.
BelCham Belgian American Chamber of Commerce
BelCham is devoted to connecting like-minded professionals and helping promising Belgian start-ups scale up faster and more successfully in the USA. They help Belgian students launch and advance their careers as they join a community of international business members. Additionally, BelCham offers lectures, workshops and mentoring opportunities that provide continuing education.
Goldman Sachs is one of the leading global investment banks, providing financial services to corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. Senior economist Daan Struyven will give us a lecture on the role of global investment banks, also focusing on his research concerning energy markets.
Price Waterhouse Coopers
UGent alumni working as expats in NY will tell us more about current trends such as Digital Taxation, Transparency, and Tax Avoidance, followed by a Q&A and lunch. This will take place at their new offices in the Skyscraper Center at Madison Avenue.
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many fields. A current student will guide us around campus, telling us more about the faculties, the award-winning research, the dorms, and the tuition fees!
Google is constantly being named as one of the best companies to work for. It feeds its employees three gourmet meals a day. It offers them a crazy array of perks from yoga classes to massages. Guides take you from one floor to the next. This tour will show what kind of an environment a company needs to truly thrive.
Accenture focuses on how companies can incorporate change into their business strategy. By discussing various company cases, they show how a 360° change can be implemented while at the same time incorporating sustainability. Future of Work, supply chain issues, artificial intelligence are all fields of specialty.
Le Botaniste motto "Let Food be the Medicine" aims to show how plant-based organic food heals the body and the soul. Some delicious samples will prove how tasty their dishes are, while the Sustainability Manager tells us more about their vision and expansion in New York.
Flanders House & Flanders Investment & Trade
Flanders House and Flanders Investment & Trade are two governmental organisations that promote investment and sourcing in Flanders. With an amazing view over the skyline, they will convince us why our home country is such an interesting economic region.
KBC New York
The KBC office in New York assists European companies with their US banking needs, and supports North American businesses pursuing opportunities in Belgium and across Central and Eastern Europe.
Deloitte offers renowned audit, accountancy, assurance and financial advisory services. A senior manager will deal with a VAT case to illustrate the complexity of doing business internationally. Located in the Rockefeller Center the offices are a sight to see.
Consul General of Belgium in New York
The consul will tell us more about consular activities and the difference between a consulate and an embassy during a breakfast session.
InterContinental Barclay Hotel
A former NY-LON student performed her internship at this luxury hotel. We will get a tour behind the scenes and more information about the hospitality industry in the city that never sleeps.
The New York Fed's mission is to make the U.S. economy stronger and the financial system more stable for all segments of society. They do this by executing monetary policy, providing financial services, supervising banks. We finish with a tour of the vaults containing the world's largest gold supply
Before departure we will receive a tour of the United Airlines facilities at Newark Airport. Several managers will discuss the airline industry, the consequences of 9/11, and the effects of corona.
Wall Street Experience
A guided tour with a former trader of NYC's Financial District will take us from Lincoln's statue to the Raging Bull to the Fearless Girl and the Stock Exchange. Time to put theory into practice with a fast-paced trading game: buy low, sell high!
Every year we meet up with Harlem's craziest, quirkiest, funniest guide, Lady Altovise. She tells us all about the rich music history, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and the gentrification of Harlem. If we're lucky she'll even sing some songs for us!
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
Arguably the most iconic of all American symbols, the 150ft high Lady Liberty, gifted to the United States by France in 1866, stands tall in New York Harbor as a symbol of liberty and freedom to immigrants arriving by ship from the Old World.
9/11 Memorial Museum
The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.
Federal Criminal Night Court
Deep in the heart of Manhattan, a man in handcuffs is standing in front of a judge, listening to a string of firearms and assault charges as a crowd of lawyers hum around him and solemn family members watch from wooden benches.This is night court, an operation that has become a strange kind of tourist attraction.
The High Line & Chelsea Market
The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District. It will lead us straight into Chelsea Food Market, home of the famous Oreo cookie.
Summit One Vanderbilt
SUMMIT One Vanderbilt blends elements of art, technology, architecture, and thrill to take the concept of New York City “observation deck” to entirely new heights.
The 843-acre green belt in the heart of Manhattan, featured in just about every movie shot in New York, has a zoo, two public ice rinks, a reservoir, a theatre, miles of paths, acres of grassland perfect for picnics and ballgames and, not least, the romantic Loeb Boathouse Restaurant. Get ready for a 2-hour hunt that takes you all over the park to discover fun facts and snap clever pics.
Starting at the corner of Central Park, this walk will take you to the famous Apple Store shaped like a glass cube. From there, we move on to the NY Public Library, Grand Central Terminal Station, St. Patrick's Cathedral and The Chrysler Building. Don't forget to do some window-shopping at all the exclusive stores from Gucci to Prada...
One of the most famous bridges in the world, the Brooklyn Bridge connects the boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan. It is a suspension bridge of 486 meters, constructed at the end of the 19th century. We will walk across the elevated pedestrian walkway, with cars rushing by underneath us. On the left you will see the iconic skyline of skyscrapers.
Optional: Sports Game
Whether an NBA basketball game in Madison Square Garden or an ice hockey game in Brooklyn Barclay's, we will do our best to find an exciting all-American sports game to attend. Where are those cheerleaders?
Optional: Broadway Musical
Next to Times Square is the Broadway theater district with award-winning shows such as The Lion King, Mathilda, Grease, The Phantom of the Opera. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the stunning dancing with live orchestra and amazing costumes.