Hẹn Gặp Lại Vietnam!

After more than 72 hours in the United States, I’ve slowly become adjusted to my normal way of living again. No more photos, no more pointing, and not nearly as many inquisitive stares. As much as I found the attention to be flattering, it’s been nice to go to the grocery store without someone taking…

The Me(ade)kong Delta

Day eleven was our long-awaited trip to the Mekong Delta, a little over an hour and a half from our hotel. We applied numerous layers of bug spray, drank lots of water, and boarded the bus at around 8am. I always find myself intrigued by the sight of farmers tending their rice fields. The thought…

The World’s Largest Claw Game

I was eager to begin day eleven due to my minimal exposure to any sort of shipping port or terminal. To be honest, I didn’t know much about the logistics, entire process, or even what it looked like. I figured it would be quite the operation, but seeing Cat Lai Terminal with my own eyes…

She’s In Charge

Our ninth day in Ho Chi Minh began with an introduction to the Buddhist religion. Our presenter kept the audience very engaged while detailing the life of Buddha, the 4 Noble Truths, and Path to Enlightenment. I found it interesting to learn about the philosophies of such a different religion. As someone of a different…

UDON(e) for the Day

Despite having one of the busier schedules, day eight proved to be quite the experience. In the span of just seven hours, we managed to squeeze in two site visits, lunch, and a trip to the mall. Talk about packed! Our first site visit of the morning was at VSIP, a joint-venture business otherwise known…

A Day Spent in Cu Chi

I never really considered my fear of incredibly small, tight spaces until I found myself three meters underground Vietnamese soil, hunched over walking like I had no spine. With only minimal light and the faint outline of the person in front of me, my experience in the Cu Chi Tunnel System was nothing short of…

Oh Sweet Jesus

Today’s three hour journey began bright and early — 6am to be exact. We were off to a small Vietnamese resort town and made the world’s most interesting rest stop along the way; shockingly, the station lacked both toilet paper and above-ground toilets. Finally, we made it to the widely-anticipated resort town of Vung Tao….

Back on American Soil

Our fifth day was one filled with new sites and slightly more sleep. After breakfast, we headed over to the US Consulate, conveniently located in one of the nearby plaza buildings. Compared to the US Embassy, (which can be found in Hanoi) consulates are not placed in a nation’s capital. Most often, they are located…

Companies and Chicken Feet

Our fourth day in Vietnam began with an overview of their longstanding history. Afterward, we struggled to improve our current Vietnamese-speaking ability (we can all successfully count to ten now!) and finished off the afternoon with a quick stop for lunch. In addition to ordering our usual dishes, like rice and chicken, we decided to…

The Glass Chicken that Lays the Glass Egg

Our second site visit of day three started with Glass Egg Media. G.E.M, a predominantly Vietnamese firm, is utilized by clients in order to outsource video game and software design. While they mainly stick to the creation of vehicular models (spaceships, cars), they have started to design other elements, like characters, weapons, and so on….

Ai dậy sớm? (Surprise, it’s us)

After waking up at 6:45 this morning, we began our day with a session centered around the potential challenges associated with development in the Mekong. Our lecturer, Dr. Dang Le Hoa, was an experienced researcher who spent many years studying the rural expansion of this area. I was intrigued to learn that the acquisition of…

Vietnam: Day 1

After 30 long hours of travel, we’ve finally made it to Vietnam! Both the people and food have been exciting and extremely new — the heat, however, is quite the adjustment. We spent most of our day meeting the UEF students and becoming better familiarized with the layout of Ho Chi Minh City. Compared to…

Abroad with Ava

“Traveling — it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller” Ibn Battuta Hi everyone! My name’s Ava, and I’m currently a freshman in the College of Business Administration. I intend to study Finance (and possibly Accounting!) with a potential minor in Economics. Although my career path remains undecided, I would love to work…

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…