Sad to Be (Sai)Gone

Wow! I never though two weeks could go by so fast. I’m so thankful I was able to experience such an eye-opening, rewarding trip. As I reflect on my time in Vietnam, I realize that I’ve gained a new perspective, many new friends, and several transferable skills. Since this was my first time traveling to…

Day 11: Me and the Mekong

Today was my favorite day so far! It started out with a long bus ride to get to the Mekong Delta. I was nervous to be spending a whole day out in the sun on the water, but it was way better than I expected! Luckily today was one of the coolest days since we’ve…

Day 10: Terminal Illness (not really though)

Today was an interesting day; all the food I’ve been eating caught up with me so I didn’t really participate in much. In the morning, we had our final site visit to the Cat Lai Terminal. Cat Lai is one of the largest ports in Vietnam. Here, they store containers and load them onto and…

Day 9: Vietnam is Buddha-ful

Today started out with a class on Buddhism. I already knew most of what we talked about, but I think Buddhism is really cool anyways and I was interested to see how it was taught in Vietnam. Beforehand, I was unsure about how the government handled religion and if there were any sensitive topics. Our…

Day 8: A Walk in the Park

Today, we visited two companies instead of having class at UEF. We first visited the Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park, located an hour outside of the city. The industrial park leases land and buildings for companies, along with providing many other benefits. Renting property from VSIP has many pros, but it comes with its own set…

Day 7: Cu Chi Tunnels

Two things to know about me: I don’t like small spaces, and I hate bugs. Today, I walked through a jungle filled with large centipedes, spiders, and beetles, and voluntarily lowered myself into holes I barely fit into so that I could explore some of the vast 200 km tunnel system known as the Cu…

Day 6: On Top of the World

Today we had an early start, boarding the bus at 6 am for a trip to Vung Tau. In Vung Tau, we hiked up to an outlook and relaxed at a resort. After five days of classes and site visits, I was excited to have a whole day dedicated to sight seeing and relaxing. The…

Day 5: Diplomacy and Desserts

Day Five started with a visit to the United States Consulate. We spoke to two Foreign Service Officers (FSOs), one of whom was involved in public affairs and one in economics. It was an interesting experience to hear from Americans living in Vietnam. We asked questions about their jobs at the consulate as well as…

Day 4: War Remnants Museum

Today was an interesting day, and not just because we saw a man with a whole litter of puppies on the street this morning. We started off with a Vietnamese history and culture class, taught by our usual language teacher. We learned about the demographics of the country, including the fact that there are a…

Day 3: Glass Egg Visit

Today, we started off with a lecture about the Mekong Delta and another language class. Learning the tones and the alphabet yesterday helped a lot in class today, but trying to learn to speak full sentences of Vietnamese without really understanding any of it was still a challenge. In the afternoon, we spoke to the…

Day 2: Blue Soda, Sushi, and Phu My Hung

Today we attended a class on the urban development and planning of Ho Chi Minh City. The class was interesting, especially since our teacher, although born after the war, gave us more insight into how the Vietnamese view the Vietnam War. After lunch, the Vietnamese students took us over to a coffee shop next door…

Day 1: Tạm biệt USA, xin chào Vietnam!

Today was an exciting first day in Vietnam! I had no idea what to expect from the welcome ceremony and the energy and excitement of the Vietnamese UEF students blew my mind. After a couple hours of singing, dancing, speeches, and games, we headed off to our first Vietnamese language class. The class was very…

Ready for Vietnam!

Hi everyone! I’m Emily Zuris, a freshman bioengineer in the Swanson School of Engineering. I also plan on minoring in computer science and neuroscience. I’m from Rochester, New York and at home I live with my mom, dad, sister, and dog (guess who I miss the most- just kidding!). My family has always been big…

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…