Last Day – 5/19 – Farewell Vietnam :(

My experience on the Plus3 Vietnam trip cannot be described by any single word. Eye-opening, inspiring, exciting, and one-of-a-kind are just a few of the many adjectives that I would use to describe this trip. I loved every minute of my adventures here, and I tried plenty of new things along the way. Despite staying…

Day 11 – 5/17 – Smooth Sailing

The last normal blog post of the trip! It’s crazy to think that we have been here for almost two weeks. I feel like we just arrived. For our final day before our pre-departure celebrations, we traveled two hours to the Mekong Delta – the farm production capital of Vietnam. The delta is a part…

Day 10 – 5/16 – Well-Suited for Vietnam

Our last normal day of the trip is coming to a close. This morning, we had our final site visit of the trip when we visited Cat Lai Terminal. The terminal is essentially a massive plot of paved land with ten docks where massive ships and trucks haul 20 or 40-foot metal containers of goods…

Day 9 – 5/15 – VinaCapital-izing on What the City has to Offer

What a long day. While it wasn’t our earliest start time of the trip (we actually got to sleep in until 7:15!!), we had a more jam-packed, sweat-inducing schedule than any of our previous days. In the morning, we headed to UEF for our final lesson at the school. Today, we were told about the…

Day 8 – 5/14 – Laser Focused

After a brief hiatus from site visits, we returned to our more usual routine today. Our host students at UEF had last week off following their testing, but this week many of them are back in classes, so we did not visit for a language and culture lesson. Instead, we had two site visits: one…

Day 7 – 5/13 – Tunnel Vision

If I thought yesterday’s hike up to Jesus was a sweaty trip, today proved me wrong. This morning we traveled to the jungle to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. The tunnels are a complex 200km of tight, winding tubes chiseled tirelessly in the rain forest. During the Vietnam War, these tunnels were used by Vietnamese…

Day 6 – 5/12 – Viet “Guam”

Best day of the trip! Despite loving a few of our site visits, it’s hard to top a relaxing day filled with sight-seeing and five-star resorts. Although the heat caused me to literally drip sweat for hours and we had to wake up before 6am for a lengthy bus ride, the day was completely worth…

Day 5 – 5/11 – Home Sweet Home?

Five days down and only a week to go?!? Somehow a week from today will be our last day in Vietnam. Although we still have more than half of our trip left, time already seems to be flying. That being said, we mixed up our standard routine today. Rather than visiting our university in the…

Day 4 – 5/10 – “Eye-Opening” Doesn’t Even Come Close

Our fourth day played out quite differently from our first few despite starting similarly. We took our daily trip to UEF where we observed a presentation about Vietnamese history. The presentation was very broad and mainly highlighted history that we covered before we departed for the trip. After the history portion of the lecture, we…

Day 3 – 5/9 – Need for Speed

With three days and two site visits under our belts, I think everyone is beginning to adjust to the culture of Vietnam. I had a fantastic time at both site visits that we have attended, and I cannot wait to visit my “assigned” company next Monday. This morning, we had our usual language lesson at…

Day 2 – 5/8 – The Master Plan

Day 2 provided a transition from a social focus to a more educational focus, but I was still thoroughly entertained by the day’s activities. In the morning, we returned to UEF and received a lecture about urban planning and development before our daily Vietnamese language lesson. While our language skills are developing very slowly as…

Day 1 – 5/7 – That was “pho”-n

Day 1 is finally complete! After nearly two full days of travel, this feels like it has been quite a while in the making. Everything we experienced today lived up to the pre-departure hype. Our arrival at the University of Economics and Finance (UEF) was simultaneously hectic, exciting, and welcoming. A wide variety of musical…

T-Minus 18 Days to Vietnam

Hello everyone! My name is Campbell Niehaus, and I am a freshman marketing major! I grew up in Northern Virginia, but I was drawn to the University of Pittsburgh because of the high-quality business school, the opportunities offered by the city, and the professional sports teams in the city among other factors. Ultimately, my goal…

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…