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Finance students visit investment firms in London

Penn State Berks students enrolled in the International Capital Markets course had the rare opportunity to learn about finance in London during the Thanksgiving Break, from November 17-24, 2012. The students were accompanied by Dr. Khaled Abdou, Associate Professor of Financial Services, who teaches the course and organized the trip. They were also accompanied by Dr. Paul Esqueda, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Penn State Berks, who studied in London as an undergraduate student.

During the excursion, the students visited several financial and investment sites such as the Bank of England Museum, where they learned about the English financial system and policy; the London Metal Exchange, where they observed commodity trading; Barclay's Capital, where they learned about investment banking; and Deloitte, where they studied mergers and acquisitions and financial consulting. They also visited Sotheby's, a well known collectibles/fine art auction house; Lloyd's of London, an insurance/reinsurance firm; DFJ Esprit, a venture capital firm; and Coller Capital, an investment firm.

It was such an eye-opening experience and it really showed me all the different things I could do with my major after I graduate,” commented Kate Harley, a junior majoring in Business with a concentration in Finance.

According to Abdou, the purpose of the trip was to expose Finance students to the real world of international finance and to offer them an opportunity to hear directly from international professionals about their experiences. The students also benefited from the opportunity to experience a different culture and to be global citizens.

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