That’s a Wrap, or is it a Spring Roll?

After finishing up the trip with final presentations, sports day, and a very long trip home, it’s finally hitting me that this experience is over. It was 2 weeks of learning about the business world both in and out of Vietnam, tech developments happening in the country, and Vietnamese culture and history. It was nothing…

Boats, Bees, and a Big Bony Fish

Today was another early morning with a long bus ride to catch up on some Z’s. When we arrived at our destination, we immediately got off the bus and onto a tourism boat to take us out onto the Mekong River. The view from the river onto the shoreline was gorgeous, but the water was…

Cat Lai-in Around the Palace

Today started pretty early, so the bus to the shipping port was spent entirely asleep. Upon getting to Cat Lai Terminal, the largest shipping port in all of Vietnam, I knew today was going to be interesting, but not as exciting as others. We spent an hour or so learning about what happens at the…

Pago-to-da Market

I started the morning off with a basic breakfast of toast, eggs, and bacon since I was running a bit late and then got on the bus to go to UEF. At UEF in the morning, I learned about the history, philosophy, and culture of Buddhism, both in Vietnam and around the world. There are…

Dystopia or Development?

Today we woke up early and headed to VSIP (Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park) and II-VI Vietnam (Two-Six Vietnam.) With about an hour and a half ride out of the city to get to VSIP, I took some time to read and get some more sleep on the bus. I got off the bus at the VSIP…

Tunneling Through It

Today took a lot out of me. I woke up this morning thinking I was ready for the hard day ahead but the facing a reality of the effects of the war was heartbreaking and frustrating. I say “a reality” because the reality of the war is different depending on whom one might ask. But…

Beaching With Jesus

With a very early morning, we left for Vung Tau at 6am. Prepared for a 3 hour drive, I listened to some music and looked out the window, trying to get a little nap in after the morning wake up. It took about half an hour just to get out of HCMC since the Vietnamese…

You Only Turn 19 in Vietnam (And on US Soil) Once

Today was finally a break from the norm in terms of schedule. I got to sleep in an hour later before heading to the US consulate building here in Ho Chi Minh City, which was a very cool place to visit. I got to spend some of my birthday on US soil, which I appreciated….

Winner Winner Chicken… Feet? Investment Firms and USBs

After a late night at the karaoke bar, and downing a tired breakfast this morning, it’s time for another day of lessons at UEF. The same lecturer who teaches us Vietnamese language was our teacher on Vietnamese history. Vietnam has had a long tumultuous history of being ruled by foreign powers, with China for millennia,…

Donald, McDonald’s, and Digital Art

After a fun night out with some Vietnamese students and every student here from Pitt, I woke up this morning without an alarm to the hustle and bustle of the streets of Saigon. Going down for breakfast, I was not very excited to work with my group on questions for Glass Egg Digital Media for…

Interesting Developments

With another goooood morning in Vietnam and some more Pho in my stomach, today started with a lecture from Dr. Dang Le Hoa, an economic expert on the Mekong delta. She spoke to us about the unique culture, economy and challenges that give the people of the Mekong delta their identity. With the communist system…

Ho Chi Minh City: (Un)Like Any Other

The first thing I noticed about Ho Chi Minh City(HCMC), after a decent night’s sleep in the Victory Hotel, was that it was so much like any other city, but also so different. After getting ready in the morning, and eating my first bowl of phố, my roommate Ryan and I took a walk around…

Study for Finals? nah… Study abroad? ‘Nam.

Hi Everyone, My name is Patrick Stevens and I can’t wait until Plus3 Vietnam! I’m finishing up freshman year here at Pitt and am excited for next fall when I will be starting my Computer Engineering classes in the Swanson School of Engineering. I am from a south suburb of Chicago, Palos Heights, Illinois and…

Meet Plus3 Vietnam 2019!

Welcome to the Vietnam Plus3 Study Abroad Program! During their two weeks in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, students will experience a dynamic mix of educational and cultural activities. Plus3 participants will have the chance to be immersed into Vietnamese culture during the trip. The main academic portion of the Plus 3 program features visits…