Goodbye for Now, Vietnam

Almost a month after leaving Vietnam, I still believe that our two-week journey was one that I will never forget. Despite being bedridden and ill for a week afterwards, there is almost nothing I would change about the trip. I am so thankful and happy that I had the opportunity to have such an amazing…

Day 11: The Marvelous Mekong Delta

Today we visited the Mekong Delta, and it was by far my favorite day of the trip! We got to the area around 10am and then boarded a boat to cruise off down the river. Our first stop was at a local home. We were served watermelon, mango, jackfruit, pineapple, finger bananas, and tea while…

Day 10: Cat Lai Terminal and the Reunification Palace

Today we began our day with a tour of the Cat Lai Terminal! The Cat Lai Terminal is one of the largest shipping ports in Vietnam. This port is located near Ho Chi Minh City and exports massive amounts of products. Although the port exports more than imports, it also imports products. The terminal exports…

Day 9: Buddhism and VinaCapital

Today began with a trip to UEF and a lecture on Buddhism. Buddhism is one of the most popular religions of Vietnam as well as East and South Asia in general. The creator of Buddhism was a man named Buddha. He was a real historical figure who was born near the border of modern day…

Day 8: The Convenience and Companies of VSIP

Today, we spent our day inside the Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP). The industrial park is compromised of a variety of commercial and residential sites. Companies can rent prepared industrial land for up to 50 years or ready-built factories for shorter periods of time. The industrial park also offers residences and schools for employees. The…

Day 7: Crawling in the Cu Chi Tunnels

Today we didn’t have any class or a site visit. Instead, we took a day trip to the Cu Chi Tunnel System. The tunnels were originally built by farmers who were trying to hide from French attack and they were used extensively by the Viet Cong soldiers and guerrillas of the Vietnam War. The tunnels…

Day 6: Sun and Smiles

Today, we took a day off and drove south to the resort town of Vũng Tàu. Along the way, we drove through both big and large suburbs filled with shops and homes. Some of the stores were grandiose and seemed expensive whereas others were merely metal shacks. It was interesting to see the types of…

Day 5: Consulate Visit

This morning began not with class, but with a visit to the United States Consulate! The USA has many embassies and consulates scattered throughout the world. The USA embassy is located in Hanoi, but the consulate is in Ho Chi Minh City. The foreign service workers of the consulate and embassy work to build security…

Day 4: America in Vietnam

Like both yesterday and the day before, today began with classes at UEF. First, there was a lecture on the history and culture of Vietnam. We learned briefly about the early expansion of Vietnam and the different cultural regions of Vietnam. The UEF students put on a fashion show and dressed in traditional ao dai…

Day 3: Glass Egg’s Speedy Development

By our third morning, I felt in the swing of things. Today began with a lecture on the development of the Mekong Delta. We learned about the exports and the lifestyle as well as the climate change and upstream development. The Mekong Delta produces 90% of the rice that Vietnam exports and is essential to…

Day 2: Urban Planning with Phu My Hung

From the moment we got off the bus at UEF, I immediately knew today was going to be a calmer day. After a hectic and high-energy welcome the day before, everyone was much calmer on day two. We started the day with a lecture on urban planning and the development of Ho Chi Ming City….

Day 1: Xin Chào Vietnam! Xin Chào UEF!

Today started off with a delicious breakfast at the hotel and then a spectacular reception at the University of Economics and Finance (UEF). Everyone told me in advance that the students and staff at UEF would be extremely kind and welcoming, but I was completely unprepared for the energy and friendliness of the Vietnamese students!…

Off to Vietnam!

Hi everyone! My name is Maia Perks and I am a freshman in the University of Pittsburgh’s College of Business Administration. I am majoring in Accounting with a minor in French. I am not quite sure exactly what I want to do with my future yet, but that is what college is for! I spent…

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…