China Time

Ni Hao everyone! My name is Jon Nemtuda. I’m currently a finance major at the University of Pittsburgh and I will be traveling to China for the Plus 3 program! I grew up in York, Pennsylvania … so basically in the middle of nowhere. Growing up in such a suburban/rural area of the country, I…

Tyler Sheetz, the beginning

Hello! My name is Tyler Sheetz and I have been accepted into the Plus3 Korea program. I am from Bucks County Pennsylvania, specifically from Perkasie. Back when I lived in Bucks County, I worked at my local Best Buy for roughly three months (I was seasonal), this was my only previous job that I got…

Ready for Some Good Airs

¡Hola a todos! My name is Dominic Haight, I’m currently a first year student here at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing majors in Finance and Accounting with minors in Economics and Spanish. After graduation, I plan on going into either public accounting or corporate finance and accounting. I love looking at the differences between representation…

Servus, Team Augsburg!

Hi! My name’s Ravi Gandhi, and I’m a first-year student at the Swanson School of Engineering seeking to do a double major in Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering. I am from Old Bridge, New Jersey – about an hour away from New York City and a ten-minute drive to the beach. My family and I have…

Signing on in Saigon

Hi everyone! My name is Josh Sorkin and I am a freshman in the College of Business Administration planning to major in finance and accounting with a certificate in international business. I was born in New Jersey, but I’ve lived in Alpharetta, Ga since I was five. Coming to Pittsburgh from Georgia was a big…

Bring on the Cannolis

Hi, my name is Elizabeth Wright, but I go by Ellie. I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel to Italy this May to study the fashion supply chain. I am a currently undeclared freshman in the business school pursuing certificates in leadership and ethics and international business. I am from Scranton, Pennsylvania,…

Saying Servus to Germany!

Hello all! My name is Ryan Earle and I am a freshman in Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering. I am majoring in Chemical Engineering with a certificate in Nuclear Engineering and a minor in Economics. I have lived in Pittsburgh for my entire life with my family and, as of recently, our new dog, Buddy!…

Difference Betwixt Home and Travel

When you’re preparing to go to another country, especially one as “exotic” as an Asian one, everyone will tell you over and over again how incredibly different it will be. These people are correct. It can be hard to adjust, and you need to relearn some things you probably take for granted, such as knowing…

Adventure Goals

^Me entering the Củ Chi Tunnels International travel has always been an important goal of mine. I have wanted to study abroad since before even I knew I wanted to attend college. Before I had had a kind of bucket list of countries and locations, including a lot of mainstream locations such as Paris, Germany,…

Locals and Americans

^This is Bunny, one of the Vietnamese students. She is one of the most fun and out-spoken people I’ve ever met. For the most part the locals we interacted with were Vietnamese students at the University of Economics and Finance—the partner university that makes Plus3 Vietnam possible. The students knew WAY more about American pop…

Company Visits

  ^Model of VSIP My favorite thing about the company visits was seeing what we were learning about. We had read articles about development and globalization, but the difference between simply reading about something and actually seeing it and how it impacts the world is huge. During the company visits we got to see exactly…

Challenges: Finding ANYTHING that fits!

Honestly one of the biggest challenges I had to overcome in Vietnam did not actually stem from the culture difference, but rather my inability to dress business casual. I did not pack enough appropriate business casual clothes and had to buy new shirts in Vietnam. This was quite the challenge, as people from Vietnam and…

Overview of the Plus3 Vietnam

Plus 3 Vietnam is a three-credit study abroad experience offered by the University of Pittsburgh to business and engineering students. This program focuses on how globalization has affected the development of Vietnam. This course consists of two main components, a pre-departure component and actual trip. The pre-departure component includes an introduction to globalization, the country-specific…

Oh Vietnam, how I’ll miss you

Traveling to Vietnam was an incredible experience for me. I made so many new friends, I pushed myself to try new things, and I learned about a beautiful country and its history and culture. I’m tremendously grateful for this experience and everyone I got to experience it with. Throughout my time abroad, I gained a…

Bittersweet Last Day-BEAUTIFUL trip

I woke up today morning feeling extremely content-which is weird. I usually do not feel content after traveling somewhere-I am always left wanting something more, wanting to stay in the place and keep exploring. However, there was an extreme feeling of happiness-just to have been blessed to experience everything that I was able to. I…

Yu Garden and Presentations

As I woke up, I could not help but smile at the fact that in the past two weeks, I had experienced so much that I have never done before. It is experiences like these that make you realize the beauty of life and how unique it actually is. I felt so incredibly lucky to…

Delphi and AmCham

Today, our day was filled with various company visits to Delphi ICE Company and the AmCham company. I was so excited to visit these two companies, as we would truly be able to see how the engineering side fits in with the business aspect of a company. At the Delphi Company, we heard from a…

Cargo Shipping is an Intricate System

I was probably the most excited to tell my family about today’s visit! We went to the Ocean East International Logistics Company, along with the Yang Shan port, which was a wonder in of itself. The Ocean East International Logistics Company is a logistics transportation company that deals with manufactured products and raw goods coming…

East China University: A Bonding Experience

Today was definitely one of the most intriguing, inspiring, tiring, and fun day of the entire trip so far. We had the opportunity to visit the East China University of Science and Technology, where we engaged in a brief lecture, campus tour, and activities with university students, which was such a great visit! In high…

Final Thoughts

In reflecting upon my experience in Vietnam, I have come to recognize my most valued takeaways from the experience. The first of these is a new insight into professionalism and what it means to take part in the global economy. Our visits to the companies provided a new experience for me as I was able…