Thanks to Vietnam

Plus3 Vietnam exceeded all my expectations. Since we had an itinerary, I relatively knew what we would be doing each day and it got me excited pre-departure. However, nothing could prepare me for being in the moment, in Vietnam, and visiting companies and sites that were so fascinating and spectacular. Our time spent at UEF…

Not Rattled By The Snake

Our visit to the Mekong Delta was a unique, entertaining experience. We took a boat around the river, stopping at different sites along the way to embrace Vietnamese culture and food. We didn’t hear much about how the Delta was developing environmentally, which I am curious about, so our main focus was to embrace the…

Sledgehammers and Food Courts

Cat Lai is massive. The amount of containers that I saw and the fact that they weigh tons didn’t even do the place justice in terms of large scale. They provide terminal service to ship out goods and also take goods in from their respective companies, as well as logistic services. They have huge magnets…

Capitalizing on Our Site Visit

Today was my group’s site visit at VinaCapital, which is a corporation and a non-profit foundation. We covered what the non-profit does, how it is to live in Vietnam as an expat, and how development has affected Vietnam in recent years. The speakers were very enjoyable to engage with and I even talked with one…

Just Another Day in the Park

Today we visited VSIP, a very intriguing industrial park based one hour out of Ho Chi Minh City. The Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park is a joint venture because Singapore is a more financially well off, smaller, more expensive country and Vietnam is looking to develop their country and attract international business. Therefore, they worked together…

The Site of the Ghost Army

The Cu Chi tunnels we visited today were just brilliant. The Viet Cong were so smart on the fly by digging these complex tunnels by hand, which included places to hide, along with functional rooms like kitchens and medical rooms. The tunnels were covered by leaves and there were exhibitions outside of the tunnels showing…

Vietnam from Jesus’ Point of View

As we drove for around two and a half hours from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau, the scenery changed from city to town to marsh to resort town. While not being a known destination for beach-goers worldwide, Vung Tau had the whole package of a five star resort town. There were tons of…

ConsulATE Delicious Desserts

We began today at the U.S. Consulate of Vietnam, rather than a business site visit. I was honestly quite uneducated about what a consulate did and the visit was luckily very informative. The U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City helps distribute non-immigrant and immigrant visas, looks into privatization and the investment environment for the…

Mickey D’s and Selfies

Today we learned about the history of Vietnam and I was shocked to learn how old the history was, as it goes all the way back into BCE time. The guy pictured with me was “The King” in the fashion show we saw to learn about the different cultures within Vietnam. I am quite excited…

Our Eggcellent Site Visit

Glass Egg Digital Media is in a very small, but difficult industry. They make art for video games and they specifically specialize in cars, as they made most of the cars in the games Forza and Need For Speed. Since they are a project-based company, they often have a couple large games that they’re working…

Pho & Phu

Urban development has increased since the Vietnam War and was helped in a huge way by Bill Clinton’s visit to Vietnam, which sparked normal relations between the United States and Vietnam. American influence in Vietnamese development is shown in the current Vietnamese architecture, as it is a mix of American and French styles. Our lecturer…

No Rain, No Gain

Ho Chi Minh City struck me as a city in transition. I saw little shacks and markets, but I also saw high-rises and small businesses lining the main streets. Small businesses are a standard mark of growth in an economy, and there were restaurants and craft shops that popped up everywhere I looked. There were…

Xin chào Vietnam!

Hello! My name is Ben Fleisher, and I am a freshman in the College of Business Administration. I am currently a finance major and am thinking of adding marketing to double major. I don’t know what I want to do after college yet, but I am interested in sports business and am active in Sports…

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…