All Good Things Must Come to an End

Day 11: Today was the final day of my trip at Vietnam. Yesterday, we traveled to two company visits, VSIP and II-VI. VSIP is known as the Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park and supports creating a great number of facilities such as factories and other things for companies to set up on. II-VI however is an…

From Business To Beauty

Day 10: Today we went to the Cat Lai terminal and traveled to the Reunification Palace. The Cat Lai terminal is probably the biggest port in Vietnam. From this port, many goods are brought and shipped to various places. Many different big companies use this port, one big one being mentioned is Samsung. The terminal…

The Birth of a Bargaining Genius

Day 9: Today, first we went to the Ben Tanh Market, then had our last Vietnamese class and history class, traveled to a Buddhist temple and finally visited the War Remnants Museum. Today started out pretty standard as a learning experience, with the visit to the market being a little different, but ended out pretty…

The Financial Side of Vietnam

Day 8: Today we visited the company named VinaCapital, had our Vietnamese lesson, then had a lesson on history, religion and the philosophical principles of Vietnam. The visit to Vinacapital enlightened me on a number of things, such as investments and finance in general. My background on the subject is a little shaky, so bear…

The Heart of Vietnam

Day 6: Today, we went to the Mekong Delta and traveled to multiple islands. The entirety of what happened was a massive assortment of activities, so many in fact that it is hard to keep track. We went to the first island, rode on a boat as well as in a motorcycle-pulled wagon. We traveled…

Considering a New Career Path

Day 5: Today, we slept in 15 more minutes than usual, had a Vietnamese class as well as a history lesson and made a trip to the Us Consulate, or the American Center. The US consulate was a very surreal experience. Originally, I had thought it to be another trip where we just go, and…

A Vacation from a Vacation

Day 4: Today was the grand relaxation day. We ate a bagged lunch from the hotel, climbed up Jesus Mountain and relaxed down by the beach. The bus ride was vaguely long but it was soon over as we approached the Jesus statue, rising up on the horizon. The mountain itself wasn’t a bad hike,…

Exploring the Digital Media Industry in Vietnam

Day 3: Today, we watched a lecture on the Mekong Delta, had another Vietnamese lesson, ate pho at a restaurant, had a group visit to Glass Egg Digital Media, ate dinner at a Korean barbecue and walked around and explored Vietnam at night. The visit to Glass Egg was probably my favorite visit to a…

Development in Action

Day 2: Today we took another Vietnamese class, attended a lecture on Urban Planning and Development ate at a genuine sushi restaurant (the Tokyo Deli), and had a visit at the housing area around Phu My Hung. The visit to the Phu My Hung was very professional and well done. Phu My Hung is mostly…

Exploring Vietnam: The First Steps

Day 1: Today I ate a great breakfast at our hotel, The Victory Hotel, met up with some students from the University of Economics and Finance, started learning the Vietnamese language, took a tour around the city via bus and walking and had a very filling, multiple course meal at Nhà hàng Ngon. The dinner…

Journey to the East

Hey folks, my name is Brendan Marani, and this summer I’m going to the country of Vietnam. I was originally born in Tennessee, but after moving when I was very little, I spent almost all of my life in the town of Landenberg, in Pennsylvania. It’s about an hour south of Philadelphia, and is right…

Meet Plus3 Vietnam 2017!

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…