Day 11: Industrial parks and manufacturing

Today we visited two different companies: Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) and II-IV, known as Two-Six. The first company, VSIP, was very interesting to learn about. It is a state-owned company, but the government actually does not have very much say in the running and management of the company. It is an industrial park development…

Day 10: Boats, etc.

Today, we went to the Cat Lai ship terminal. When the bus drove into the entrance of the ship terminal, we were overwhelmed by the sight of endless shipping containers. A representative from Saigon Newport Corporation talked to us about how the Cat Lai Terminal fits in relation to the global shipping industry. Vietnam is…

Day 9: Exploring the Culture of Vietnam

Today was one of the longest days of the trip so far. We started the day at the Ben Tanh market. This was an incredibly interesting yet overwhelming experience. I went in without a set plan for what to buy, and honestly not expecting to buy very much. However, the moment we stepped off the…

Day 8: VinaCapital

Today was structured in a slightly different order than usual. We got to sleep in until 9 am today, which was very refreshing. But, a few of us didn’t realize that the breakfast buffet actually closes at 9, so we were on our own for food. We decided to try to get sweet hot buns…

Day 7: The Vietnam War in the Eyes of the Vietnamese

Today we had our day trip to the Cu Chi tunnels. They are a system of tunnels used for guerilla warfare during the Vietnam War. The Viet Cong used the tunnels to transport troops without being seen by American aircraft. On our tour, we saw tunnels and underground chambers for storage, cooking, meetings, surgery, and…

Day 6: A Day of Many Boats

Today we visited the Mekong Delta. We all got up, had breakfast, and then started driving around 7:30 am. As we drove, we got to see even more of the Vietnamese countryside. Once we led the urban area, most of what we saw were rice fields and small villages. Once in a while, there were…

Day 5: American Center

Today we started the day with an in depth overview of Vietnamese culture. It was such an engaging lecture and so interesting. We learned about the history and formation of modern Vietnam, and the religious and ethnic divisions that define modern Vietnamese culture. After that, we had another hour of Vietnamese class, which has significantly…

Day 4: Beach Day

Today, we started driving to the resort town of Vung Tau at 6am for our beach day. In Vietnam, because it is closer to the equator than Pittsburgh, it gets light earlier, so when my alarm went off at 5:30 in the morning, it was already sunny outside which made getting up much more bearable….

Day 3: Glass Egg Digital Media

Today, after another morning of lectures and intense Vietnamese language learning, we went out to another delicious lunch. This time, we went to what seemed to be a fast food pho restaurant. One interesting that I’ve noticed about the restaurants in Ho Chi Minh city is that they are almost all multiple stories tall. Last…

Day 2: Urban planning and development

Today we started bright and early again with the Vietnamese breakfast buffet. We then took our tour bus to the UEF school and had a class on urban development. It was very interesting to learn about the history of the development of Vietnam, going from ancient history to today. After that, we sat with the…

Day 1 in Vietnam

Our first day in Vietnam was jam-packed with activities. After waking up with the sun at 5:30 in the morning, we sampled the hotel’s buffet breakfast that consisted of many interesting dishes ranging from mini pancakes to beef dumplings. We then took the bus to the UEF school to meet the hosting students and faculty….

A Pre-Departure Hello

Hello! My name is Carlisle Turner, and I am currently a freshman in the Swanson School of Engineering at Pitt. I am majoring in Civil Engineering, with a goal to make cities more sustainable in the future. I am from Pittsburgh, about a 10 minute bus ride from Oakland. I have always been enthralled with…

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…