Can We Go Back?

               It hasn’t even been a week, but I’m already missing everything and everybody in Ho Chi Minh city. Plus3 was truly the opportunity of a lifetime; I couldn’t have asked for more. I was able to learn so much about both globalization/development in Vietnam and Vietnamese history and culture in a short amount of…

The Magnificent Mekong

               Today was somewhat of a change of pace as we spent the day traveling through the Mekong Delta. We first took a boat across the river to a smaller island. Here, we got to try tropical fruits and hear traditional music of the region. Afterwards, we got to try tea made with locally produced…

Ports and Palaces

Our morning began with a trip to Cat Lai Terminal, one of the biggest ports in Vietnam. I was surprised to hear that Cat Lai is almost as big as the biggest port in the United States, which goes to show just how important imports and exports are to the economy in Vietnam. As we…

Day 9 Already?

Today was packed with a variety of activities. We began the day with a lesson on Buddhism. We didn’t directly address how the government interacts with religion, but the diversity of religion in Vietnam makes me think that it is tolerant of diverse religions. Our lecturer explained that even people that don’t consider themselves religious…

The Last Two Site Visits

               Today we headed a little bit outside of the city to Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP). This is a joint venture between the governments of Vietnam and Singapore. When it was formed, Singapore had lots of money but not enough land, and Vietnam had the opposite, so the pairing worked well. The company is…

A Day in the Jungle

We took another day trip today to the Cu Chi Tunnels. This was our first visit to a Vietnam War site, and it was definitely an eye-opening experience. The tunnels were an underground network used by the Viet Cong during the war. The soldiers were able to use this tunnel network to effectively camouflage during…

Xin chào, Vũng Tàu

               After a bright and early start at six o’clock sharp, we were off to Vung Tau for a relaxing day at the beach. During out drive, we got a taste of a different part of Vietnam than we’ve experienced so far. The towns we drove through were smaller and more rural. There didn’t seem…

Day Năm

Today, rather than visiting a company, we went to the US Consulate to hear about the work they do and the relationship between the United States and Vietnam. Both presenters work to fix issues in the relationship between the countries, but one focused one economics and one focused on public relations. I was very surprised…

Day 4: VinaCapital

               We began today with classes at UEF again, but rather than focusing on development we discussed Vietnamese history and culture. Vietnam has such a long history that we were unable to focus on small details in the allotted time, so we did more of a general overview. Vietnam has been influenced or controlled by…

Gaming at Glass Egg

Today started off with a lecture about development in Saigon. We looked at the history of the city, what it is like today, and where development is heading. After yesterday’s lecture on rural development in the Mekong, it was interesting to hear about urban development in Saigon. Even though the results of the rapid development…

Rural Rivers and City Centers

After spending yesterday in the heart of crowded and bustling Ho Chi Minh, today we got some perspective on different aspects of life in Vietnam. We began our second day with an engaging lecture about rural development in the Mekong Delta. In contrast to Saigon, the Mekong delta consists of small-scale businesses and farming. I…

So it Begins!

After over thirty hours of travel, we have finally arrived, and I couldn’t be more excited! We had a busy day today, from welcoming ceremonies at the University of Economics and Finance to the city tour to our welcome dinner boat ride. Our first taste of the city was a delicious lunch of pho. After…

Happily Awaiting Ho Chi Minh

Hi everyone! My name is Maria Thorpe, and I am a freshman in the Swanson School of Engineering. I am majoring in chemical engineering. I am so excited to be travelling to Vietnam this summer on the Plus3 program! Originally, I am from Eldersburg, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore. I have one brother and two…

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…