It’s Over?

Am I happy to be home? Yes. Do I wish I was back in Vietnam exploring more of the country? Definitely. From the welcome ceremony to getting on the bus back to the airport to go home, UEF student and staff gave us the best experience in the country I could have asked for. The…

Day 11: Small Boats and Big Snakes

Today we traveled to the Mekong Delta to experience what it was like to live in a less developed area of the country. The min reason it is less developed is because it is the center for farming and fishing in the country due to the geographical location. Since this area is less developed than…

Day 10: Shipping Containers and a Palace Visit

Today we had our last site visit. This one was different from the others because every other company we visited, a group from Plus3 Vietnam is doing a final presentation on them. Our morning started out with our bus being late to pick us up then an hour or so drive to the Cat Lai…

Day 9: Classes and Temples and Museums, OH MY!

Today was full of a variety of activities and a range of emotions. We started off at UEF learning about Buddhism. I remember learning small details about it’s teachings in 6th grade when I first heard the name Siddhartha Gautama. Having the opportunity to have a lecture specifically on Buddha and Buddhism, finally let me…

Day 9: Classes and Temples and Markets, OH MY!

Today was full of a variety of activities and a range of emotions. We started off at UEF learning about Buddhism. I remember learning small details about it’s teachings in 6th grade when I first heard the name Siddhartha Gautama. Having the opportunity to have a lecture specifically on Buddha and Buddhism, finally let me…

Classes and Temples and Museums, OH MY!

Today was full of a variety of activities and a range of emotions. We started off at UEF learning about Buddhism. I remember learning small details about it’s teachings in 6th grade when I first heard the name Siddhartha Gautama. Having the opportunity to have a lecture specifically on Buddha and Buddhism, finally let me…

Day 8: One Site, Two Site, Red Site, Blue Site

Instead of going to class today, we decided to take a trip to the mall and visit two companies. Our first site visit was to VSIP, Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park. VSIP is a “people centered, environment friendly township developer where people can live, work, learn, and play.” They develop large areas of land to create…

Day 7: Secret Tunnel! Secret Tunnel!!

Today we visited the Cu Chi Tunnel System that was used by the Viet Cong in the Vietnam War. These tunnels were used so the Viet Cong were able to hide from the American soldiers and remain close to Saigon to attack when they pleased. The tunnels had openings that would range in size depending…

Day 6: Views Worth the Sweat

Although we had to wake up and leave 2 hours earlier than usual, today was probably the best and most relaxing day yet. It started with a 3 hour bus ride in which we got to see the difference between city life and outside city life. Even though they are extremely close to each other,…

Day 5: 8th Floor U.S. Soil and Water Puppet Masters

Today we decided to mix things up a little bit. We go to start an hour later which meant an extra hour of sleep thankfully. Instead of starting with classes today, we visited the U.S. Consulate in the morning, had lunch, then proceeded with classes in the afternoon. During our visit to the U.S. Consulate,…

Day 6: Consulates and Puppets

Today we decided to mix things up a little bit. We go to start an hour later which meant an extra hour of sleep thankfully. Instead of starting with classes today, we visited the U.S. Consulate in the morning, had lunch, then proceeded with classes in the afternoon. During our visit to the U.S. Consulate,…

Day 4: Engineering Students take on an Investment firm

We started out our day the same as the past few: breakfast, a lesson on Vietnamese culture, and language class. We learned about demographics, geography, a brief history, cultural areas, and traditional clothing. Since we took a class about Vietnamese history prior to leaving the U.S., the most interesting part of the lecture was the…

Day 3: Egg-cellent and Fan-glass-tic!

The name “Glass Egg” may make you think of fancy, fragile, decorative eggs but it is far from that. Glass Egg Digital Media is an art production studio and a game developer/publisher based in Saigon. This company has worked to find the best talent possible to join their team in efficiently creating the best games…

Day 2: Fancy Food and Phu My Hung

Phu My Hung is a city in progress in South Saigon that houses all you could ask for and more. South Saigon was a site where guerrilla warfare occurred during the war so after the war there was nothing but swamp, fields, and maybe a run-down house or two. After the war when the country…

Day 1: The Warmest of Welcomes

Weather of Day 1 in Ho Chi Minh City: high of 97 degrees with an average of 80% humidity . The ceremony hosted this morning by the University of Economics and Finance was very welcoming and allowed us to make friends super quickly with all the UEF students. After we finished some games and dancing…

Countdown to Vietnam: 13 Days

Hi everyone! My name is Alyssa Barton and I am a student in the Swanson School of Engineering. I plan on pursuing chemical engineering and a certificate in nuclear engineering. I’m not sure what exactly I would like to do pertaining to nuclear engineering yet; I am intrigued to find out more about the field…

Meet Plus3 Vietnam 2019!

Welcome to the Vietnam Plus3 Study Abroad Program! During their two weeks in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, students will experience a dynamic mix of educational and cultural activities. Plus3 participants will have the chance to be immersed into Vietnamese culture during the trip. The main academic portion of the Plus 3 program features visits…