Lasting Effects

Today, May 20th 2018, I am at home writing my last blog post about the Vietnam study abroad trip. After putting in some time and thought about the trip overall, I have realized that I have developed many different transferable skills. My time management skills have improved, my work ethic has increased, and my ability…

Jungle Adventure

Today, May 17th 2018, we took a trip to the Mekong Delta about two hours from Ho Chi Minh City. The weather was hot and very humid, but it was not unbearable because the boat we were on had a roof. We started by traveling across the water and reached the area that provided a…

Ports and Palaces

Today, May 16th 2018, our group went on two main visits. Our last company visit was this morning and we visited Cat Lai Terminal, a major port in Vietnam where many goods are imported and exported. We toured most of the yard and the facilities within the terminal and got to see where vessels come…

My Negotiating Skills Are Nonexistent

Today, May 15th 2018 was very eventful and covered a wide variety of topics. To start, we went to UEF and listened to a Buddhism lecture which talked about the history, components, and influence of the religion. I thought the philosophical ideas behind it were very interesting, and I think the cool thing about it…

Engineering Insight

Today, May 14th 2018, our group visited two different companies. The first company we visited was Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP), which perfectly represents development and globalization in Vietnam. They have seven different sites in Vietnam where they have industrial parks that also consist of schools and residential areas. They lease these facilities out to…

Strategic Tunnels

Today, May 13th 2018, we had the exciting opportunity to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels from the Vietnam War. The tunnels were located outside Ho Chi Minh City in a jungle-like setting, which was very hot and humid. The Viet Cong used these tunnels for protection from the United States during the war. Specifically, the…

Vung Tau Valuable Trip

Today, May 5th 2018, we took the entire day to visit the beautiful city of Vung Tau. It was about a three hour bus ride to the resort which consisted of one stop along the way. While traveling to Vung Tau, I noticed that there was a lot less development than Ho Chi Minh City….

Consulate – The Heart of the Trip

Today, May 11th 2018, we had arguably the most important part of the trip scheduled in the morning. We were able to visit the U.S. Consulate located in Ho Chi Minh City, and speak with two of the workers, a Press Officer and a political/economics worker. They spent a lot of time discussing some of…

Looking at Perspective

Today, May 10th 2018, our day was filled with many different activities. We went back to UEF for a lecture on Vietnamese history and culture, and we also had another language class. During the language class, the teacher taught us numbers and had me count from 1 to 60 in front of the whole class….

Glass Egg Informational Visit

Today, May 9th 2018, we had another morning session at UEF. This time we talked about many different aspects of the Mekong Delta and its importance to the Vietnamese people. I thought the discussion was very informative and I think it prepared the group well for when we actually experience it later next week. After…

Early Looks Into Development

Today, May 8th 2018, we went back to the UEF building and listened to a lecture on urban development of Vietnam, specifically Ho Chi Minh City. The discussion contained the history behind Ho Chi Minh City and then transitioned into talking about how Vietnam is currently trying to develop and build better infrastructure in the…

An Eye Opening Day

Today, May 7th 2018 was our first full day being in the country of Vietnam. After an early wake up, our group went to the welcome event that was put together by the University of Economics and Finance (UEF) staff. They were a very welcoming group of people who really made me feel at home…

Excitement Building up to the Vietnam Trip

Hello everyone! My name is Peter Lencioni and I am concluding my freshman year in the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. I am an Industrial Engineering major and I am very excited about having the opportunity to study abroad in Vietnam! Academically, my favorite subjects are the math and engineering classes,…

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…