Already Missing It

It’s surreal to me that 2 entire weeks have already passed. Sitting on the plane home alone right now is crazy because I feel like I was just on the plane to Vietnam 3 days ago. Looking back on the trip, I am so incredibly lucky to have gone through this amazing experience. Throughout the…

Mekong Delta

Today our group went on a river tour of the Mekong Delta and it had to be the most fun day this trip. Being able to relax and enjoy the Vietnamese food and culture with everyone was amazing. It’s going to be hard to leave Vietnam in just 36 short hours. The Mekong Delta is…

Cat Lai Terminal and Reunification Palace

Today our group was able to visit the Cat Lai Terminal in the morning and then visit the Reunification Palace in the afternoon after eating at a food court for lunch. The Cat Lai Terminal is a shipping port that handles the customs process and the loading and unloading of all cargo. What was interesting…

Only 3 Days Left in Vietnam? Sorrow.

Today was a very interesting day, with a lecture all about Buddhism in the morning and a visit to a Buddhist temple immediately after. Then, we were able to eat at an amazing Vietnamese food court that had more food options than I ever knew could exist. Later, we went to VinaCapital and were able…

2 Site Visits, 1 Day

Today was a very long day with an early start of 7:30 am and two site visits during the day. Our group visited the Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park and II-VI today because II-VI is actually located on the industrial park. I really enjoyed both site visits because VSIP is actually my company so it was…

Crawling Past My Fear of Bats

I can finally say that I conquered my fear of the Cu Chi Tunnels. The last time I was in Vietnam, I went to the tunnels and did not make it more than two steps into the first tunnel before I ran backwards screaming because a bat flew into my face. Today, though, I made…

From the Classroom, To the City, to Jesus

After 5 days of professionalism and fancy dresses, today was a day where we could finally dress casually and go to Vung Tao (beach day!!). Waking up at 5:30 am may not have been the most fun experience, but the day overall was amazing. The 3-hour bus ride to the beach was interesting because for…

A Little Taste of Home

To break out of our routine of having classes in the morning then a site visit in the afternoon, today we visited the US Consulate then went to classes afterwards (big change, I know). Visiting the US Consulate was very interesting and being able to talk to people who have not lived in Vietnam for…

Change of Plans…

Going into today, the group thought we would be learning about the Vietnamese history, culture, and language in the morning and then going on a site visit to VinaCapital in the afternoon. To our surprise, though, as we all waited in the VinaCapital conference room, we were informed that the presenter was not actually there…

Glass Egg Digital Media

Working our way through the week, today was a day almost identical to that of yesterday, with a lecture about rural development in the morning, a Vietnamese language classes immediately following, and then a site visit to Glass Egg Digital Media company in the afternoon. Glass Egg is an interesting digital company that designs cars,…

Phu My Hung and Development

Today was a shorter day than yesterday, with a lecture in the morning about urban planning and development, a Vietnamese language class after, lunch at a sushi restaurant, and a site visit to Phu My Hung in the afternoon. Phu My Hung is an urban development corporation that strives to “develop a city south of…

Good Morning, Vietnam!

Today our group had an exciting first day in Vietnam! In the morning, we were welcomed at the University of Economics and Finance by all of the students during an amazing opening ceremony. After, we went to lunch and ate the traditional Vietnamese “pho”. Straight from lunch we drove around Ho Chi Minh city during…

I’m Going to Vietnam!

Hi! My name is Lauren Harker and I am currently a freshman in the College of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh. I am majoring in Accounting and minoring in Economics while also pursuing certificates in Business Analytics and International Business. I am from Huntington, New York, which is on Long Island. Growing up,…

Meet Plus3 Vietnam 2018!

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