The Trip of a Lifetime

            My past two weeks in Vietnam hold some of the most memorable experiences of my life. From meeting new friends to trying new foods, this trip has left me with a newfound outlook on myself as well as the world. Immersing myself in a completely different culture was definitely intimidating at first, however I…

A Day in the Delta

The morning part of the day was filled with a bus ride that took about an hour and a half to two hours. Although this was somewhat long, the drive was worth it, as we were able to spend the day in the Mekong Delta.             Before travelling to Vietnam, we learned a lot about…

Cat Lai and Reunification Palace

            This morning was another early one, as we were ready to go in the lobby at 7:30 to head to Cat Lai Terminal. Cat Lai Terminal is one of the largest ports in Vietnam, and the company Saigon Newport Corporation, SNP, is the company that operates at this terminal. Upon our arrival, we were…

The Busiest Day Yet

            Today was a very busy one, and we were able to engage in many different activities all day long. In the morning, we had a lecture about Buddhism, surrounding the philosophy and the spread of the religion throughout Vietnam. I found the lecture very interesting, and something I learned was that although many different…

Two Site Visits in One Day

Today was a fun day filled with two visits that were both very interesting. The first one, VSIP, stand for Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park. VSIP is a joint partnership between the governments of Vietnam and Singapore. Singapore is relatively small, thus can’t physically develop anything due to land constraints, however they have a lot of money…

Crawling through the Cu Chi Tunnels

Today was another day that differed from the usual routine of site visits and lecture classes. In the morning, after a hotel breakfast, we were on the bus at around 8:00 am and headed to the Cu Chi Tunnels System.             The Cu Chi Tunnels is a network of underground tunnels that were used by…

Early Bird Gets the Pork Pie

In contrast with yesterday, today we had to wake up much then earlier than we’ve had to so far over the course of the trip. Bright and early, all of us were in he lobby by 6 am with a packed breakfast from the hotel that consisted of a banana, some bread, some bagged milk,…

Water Puppets: 10/10 Would Recommend

            This morning was a nice surprise – we got to sleep in! Even though the schedule for the week has been classes at UEF in the morning and then site visits in the afternoon, today was the opposite. We were all able to get a little more sleep before being in the lobby at…

Day bốn in Vietnam

After a great hotel breakfast, day four in Vietnam was off to a great start! Upon our arrival at UEF, we began a lecture about the history and culture of Vietnam. It was very interesting, as we learned about traditional instruments and clothing as well as historical aspects of the country since its foundation thousands…

Art Outsourcing by Glass Egg Digital Media

            My third day in Vietnam was off to a great start with a lecture about Urban Planning and Development of Ho Chi Minh City/Architectural Heritage of Vietnam. This lecture was very interesting, because although our main focus of study throughout this trip is the current globalization and development of Vietnam, it is paramount to…

The Mekong Delta and Phu My Hung Development

            Our second day in Vietnam began with another wonderful breakfast provided by the hotel, and afterwards, we were off to our first lecture of the trip. The lecture was given by Dr. Dang Le Hoa, who is on the faculty of economics at Nong Lam University in Vietnam, who has done extensive research on…

Hello from Ho Chi Minh!

            I think I speak for most of the group when I say that I felt like royalty today – the opening ceremony put on by the students at UEF was amazing, and a great start to the first day in Vietnam. Seeing all of the UEF students excited when greeting us right from the…

Counting Down to Vietnam

Hello everyone! My name is Anna Workosky, and I am a freshman in the Swanson School of Engineering here at the University of Pittsburgh. I plan to pursue a degree in chemical engineering with a focus in pharmaceuticals and a possible minor in either neuroscience or economics. With my degree, I hope to work in…

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…