Final Thoughts

In reflecting upon my experience in Vietnam, I have come to recognize my most valued takeaways from the experience. The first of these is a new insight into professionalism and what it means to take part in the global economy. Our visits to the companies provided a new experience for me as I was able…

05/17/18: The Mekong Delta

On our trip to the Mekong Delta, we were able to see a part of Vietnam that is different from Ho Chi Minh city and the area surrounding it. The delta region is obviously far more rural than the massive urban center that it is Ho Chi Minh City but it accounts for much of…

05/16/18: Cat Lai Terminal and Reunification Palace

  I was blown away by the sheer number of shipping containers at the Cat Lai Terminal visit today. The terminal provides the things that a company needs in order to ship its goods on a waterway: a place for the ship to park, access to the boats with cranes, and also an organized crew…

05/15/18: VinaCapital

Today’s visit to VinaCapital was interesting as I feel that it allowed us to see into some of the issues that Vietnam faces as a developing nation at a very grassroots level. We were able to discuss the types of services that people currently lack but need in order to survive and to excel. An…

05/14/18: VSIP and II-VI

In our visit to Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) we were able to learn about what exactly the industrial park is and what it does. The industrial park provides the infrastructure that other companies need to operate in Vietnam and acts as a “one stop shop” where these companies can go to receive the essentials…

05/13/18: Cu Chi tunnels

In visiting the Cu Chi tunnels, I felt that history was brought to life and made much more relevant. It was impactful to be able to see and experience things that were actually used during the war in fighting. The Viet Cong made use of the tunnels as places to hide from American forces, so…

05/12/18: Vung Tau

The visit to Vung Tau today required us to drive three hours each direction, however the rides there and back were uneventful especially because I slept for the majority of the ride. What I noticed of the area we drove through when I was awake was that it looked more run down than the area…

05/11/18: US Consulate

Our visit to the US Consulate here in Ho Chi Minh City surprised me as one of the most interesting things we have done in Vietnam so far. I fully expected the visit to be a stiff meeting with government officials who would either baffle us with jargon, bore us with uninteresting information, or speak…

05/10/18: I’m Lovin’ it

Today was interesting because we got to witness firsthand some of the effects that the United States has had on Vietnam. This was most clearly demonstrated in today’s lunch at McDonald’s. Although this might not seem like the most glamorous place to partake in a meal, I believe there was great value in such a…

05/09/18: Glass Egg

Today we visited Glass Egg which is primarily a video game graphics company that hires itself out to larger companies that request 3D modeling or other art for their games During the visit, the speaker discussed with us some of the pros and cons of being based out of Vietnam. For Glass Egg, the greatest…

05/08/18- Phu My Hung company visit

  Phu My Hung is a development corporation that has been working to develop land south of Ho Chi Minh City which will be a part of the new developing city of South Saigon. The construction of this city will hopefully alleviate some of the overcrowding in Ho Chi Minh city while also bringing in…

Day 1: City tour and welcome dinner

  Today during out tour of Ho Chi Minh City something that stood out to me was the amount of American fast-food restaurants present. I spotted at least one Popeye’s and as well as one Pizza Hut amongst other. Overall this demonstrates globalization in Vietnam as foreign companies, in this case the American fast food…

Vietnam bound!

Greetings! My name is Sarah Fritzsche and I am a student from the Swanson School of Engineering (SSOE) at the University of Pittsburgh. I am originally from northern Virginia and am attending the SSOE to study mechanical engineering. Since coming to Pittsburgh, I have made it my goal to explore as many of the city’s…

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…