International Trade between Vietnam and the US
Vietnam has been considered one of the largest beneficiaries in the US-China trade war as companies shift their production out of China to avoid tariffs. A business faculty-led program focusing on International Trade is a good way for your students to learn about the culture, how people do business as well as the key drives behind the impressive economic growth of one of Asia's new tigers.
Through the program, we hope the students will be able to experience Vietnam to the fullest and learn deeply about:
- Trade relations between Vietnam and the US through a visit to the U.S Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City or American Chamber in Vietnam
- How to invest in Vietnam through visits to U.S-owned companies in Vietnam, law/consulting firms
- How Vietnamese-owned companies start doing business with US companies and their strategies to enter the US market/ expand globally
- Different models of how Vietnamese companies in fields like financial services, tech, logistics, e-commerce, start-up, etc have prepared to faster grow and benefit from international trade opportunities (including the US-China trade war) and what are the opportunities for their peers in the US?
- Vietnamese culture: how culture affects the way people do business in Vietnam
Potential list of companies to visit: Nike, Intel, Cocacola, KMS, PwC, Momo, Lazada/Tiki, Standard Chartered, Coats
Possible Universities to exchange: Fulbright University Vietnam, University of Economics HCMC, Foreign Trade University HCMC
Tentative location: Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon or the Pearl of the far East
Duration: 13 days
Tentative Program Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival in HCMC
Afternoon/Evening: airport pick up, hotel check-in
Official check-in time is 14:00
Day 2: Orientation
Afternoon: Onsite Orientation
Students will have an orientation with the site team. Program itinerary, safety, and survival tips and a basic Vietnamese language lesson will be covered.
Evening: Welcome dinner with authentic Vietnamese foods
Day 3: City tour
The purpose of this tour is to let the students understand how resilient Vietnam and its people were throughout the Vietnam War.
Day 4: Guest Lecture & China Town Visit
Day 5: Company visits
Day 6: Day trip to the Cu Chi tunnels
Visiting one of the world’s biggest manmade network of connecting tunnels to learn how innovative and resilient the people of Vietnam were during the wartime, what community life meant back then and how people made friends with and relied on nature to protect them.
Day 7: Company visits
Day 8 & 9: Overnight tour to the Mekong Delta
A trip for students to see the biggest “rice bowl” of Vietnam, the main drive behind Vietnam being the 3rd rice exporter in the world at the same time experience life in a water world where boats, houses, and markets float upon innumerable rivers, canals, and streams. The Mekong Delta is also home to many of Vietnam’s most delicious dishes.
Day 10: Volunteer Day & Street Food Tour
Volunteer at a not-for-profit restaurant for people with low-income in the morning and discover the delicious and colorful street food scene of Ho Chi Minh City through a food tour with our local guide(s) in the afternoon
Day 11: Free
Morning & Afternoon: Free
Recommended activities: Independence Palace, Ben Thanh Market, Bui Vien Walking Street, etc
Day 12: Company visits
Day 13: Departure from Vietnam
Morning/Noon: Check out of hotel
Official check-out time is 12:00 PM
Afternoon/Evening: Flight back to the US - End of program
Activities listed are subject to change in case of unexpected circumstances and company/organization’s unavailability.
We customize the itinerary to best meet your needs and objectives; thus there will be no programs at the same price.
What's usually included in our price?
- Airport transfer
- Accommodation: 3-star hotel, twin room, same-gender/room, single room for university faculty, free Wi-Fi and room service
- Meals: Breakfast at hotel; welcome and farewell dinners; other meals as listed in the itinerary
- Program development
- Program coordinator accompanies the group in every activity for the whole program;
- Local buddies arrangement (if requested)
- On-site orientation;
- Company visits arrangement;
- Guide and entrance fees for all excursions as listed in the itinerary
- Transportation as described in the program itinerary
- 24/7 emergency contact number (SOS card);
- All gratuities to bus drivers, tour guides and/ or similar;
- Fee for at least 1 faculty or employee from the university to join in program activities with students in Vietnam.
Step 1: If you are interested in working with us for a Customized FLP, please take some minutes to fill out this online questionnaire. Our representative then will contact you for a free consultation to discuss your program in more detail.
Step 2: We finalize and send you the program proposal to ask for your institution’s approval
Step 3: Implementation
At your end:
- Market your program on campus & process students’ applications
- Finalize academic content for your program
- Collect students’ program fees
- Work closely with Abroader's representative to finalize all activities and logistics (airfare, housing, airport pickup, classroom, excursions, etc.) needed for your program
- Hold pre-departure meeting and orientation
At our end
- Finalize the whole program schedule
- Produce or support with the production of marketing materials for your program
- Arrange all necessary logistics and cultural excursions to support your program
- Support with the pre-departure meeting and orientation
Step 4: You and your students arrive in Vietnam – your program starts.
Step 5: While in Vietnam, you teach the course, and we implement the logistics and cultural excursions for your program.
Step 6: Your program ends – the group departs from Vietnam. After you return home, there will be an evaluation meeting for us to review your program for future improvements and planning.
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Overall, I think I had a really fun time and enjoyed the many different kind of activities. At first, I was quite nervous about going somewhere overseas alone to do internship but it was definitely worth it. I not only got work experience but learnt about the culture in Vietnam which I would never had a chance to do if I hadn’t come.
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