Amy Eisman, School of Communication

Director Media Entrepreneurship & Interactive Journalism

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  • Vietnam visa for American citizens 

    The easiest way for US travelers to obtain a Vietnam visa for American is to apply for a visa on arrival online. You can complete your visa application in just a few minutes, receive the visa approval letter by email in 2-3 working-days and print out the documents to pick up the visa upon arrival at Vietnam airport. To obtain a written approval letter, you must contact a local travel agency prior to departure for Vietnam. Please also note that to enter Vietnam, you need a valid U.S. passport with at least 06 months validity remaining beyond the date of your arrival.
    To apply for a visa, you will need:

    • entry permit form or visa approval letter. There are two categories of this form: for foreigners and for Vietnamese overseas.
    • two passport photos (4cmx6cm or 3cmx4cm)
    • Original passport
    • visa fee, which also varies from your days you stay in Vietnam.

    The following applicants are eligible for Vietnam visa on arrival:
    • Departing from a country where there is no competent Vietnamese visa-granting agency.
    • Travelling through many countries before entering Vietnam.
    • Visiting Vietnam on tours organized by an international travel agency operated in Vietnam.
    • Foreign crewmember on board vessels anchored in Vietnam’s seaport wishing to exit through another border gate.
    • Visiting Viet Nam to attending a relative’s funeral or visit a seriously ill family member.
    Entering Vietnam to engage in emergency response, search/rescue activities, disaster or epidemic control or for other special purposes at the request of a competent authority in Vietnam.

    List of countries where its citizens are eligible for Visa Exemption:
    + Not more than 30 days: for citizens of Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia and Laos.
    + Not more than 15 days: for citizens of Japan and South Korea, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, French, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Germany, Belarus and Russia.
    + Not more than 14 days: for citizens of Brunei, Myanmar.
    + Not more than 90 days: for Chile citizens

    Customs Information

    • Passengers are given duty free allowance for not more than 1.5 liters of liquor with above 22 degrees of concentration of alcohol and two liters of liquor below 22 degrees of concentration of alcohol; 400 cigarettes; 100 cigars; 500 grams of raw tobacco.
    • Other items which are allowed in accompanying baggage are duty free with value not over VND 5,000,000.
    • Passengers bringing goods exceeding the amount as above stated are required to fill in the declaration form No. HQ/2002-PMD and pay duty(ies) according to Vietnamese laws.
    • Passengers whose goods are not subject to customs declaration on page 4, 5 (For customs declaration) do not have to declare.


  • Phu Quoc island in Vietnam 

    Most Phu Quoc villas will offer you the best in tropical living. This means that you will have a residence that is serene and spacious – one that will spill out onto a tropical garden and probably a private swimming pool. It is a house that will allow you to rest in between your trekking, sightseeing and swimming. It is also one that will give you the choice of where to spend your relaxation hours – indoors or outdoors. So, you should book the best hotels in Phu Quoc island online in-advance.
    Tip: When packing your bags for a trip, you should roll your clothing instead of trying to fold it. This will allow you to save space and fit more in your suitcase.
    The village of Phu Quoc is the known for its superb diving spots so it goes without saying that this where the best villa rental would be for divers. One of the loveliest villas in this place boasts of three bedrooms, a private pool, a large terrace, two traditional gazebos and a view to die for. In select locations in the village, five Javanese volcanoes create a breathtaking view at sunset while the ocean shimmers visibly. Apart from diving spots and beautiful coral reefs, the village allows visitors a chance to swim with dolphins. The coastal area in Phu Quoc is everything that a sea lover could ever want. Apart from more than ten dive sites, it also a very tranquil place where fishermen go about their business every night so that you can have your fill of freshly caught fish every day. You can either cook the fish yourself in the kitchen of your villa or you can have your housekeeper do it. Breakfast is usually provided as part of the villas’ standard services and extra meals (lunch and breakfast) can be ordered as well.


  • Vietnam Visa on Arrival 

    This is most likely the easiest way to obtain your Vietnam visa without having to chase down embassies, consulates and the like prior to your trip in Vietnam, and is a valid alternative when applying for a tourist visa. The entry visa will be stamped on your passport as you pass through our immigration checkpoint. Though valid for thirty days, it can be extended once you enter Viet Nam. With this type of visa, you only can enter the country by air.
    To get a Vietnam Visa on Arrival: we must obtain what is called an “Approval Letter” for you from the Viet Nam Immigration Department in Hanoi. After we obtain the approval for you, we will forward you a copy by email. Copies of the same document will be forwarded on your behalf to Vietnam immigration checkpoints at International Airports only, so that when you arrive in Viet Nam , the Immigration officers will have those documents on hand and will be able to issue your entry visa expediently.

    To get your visa on arrival, please provide us some details:

    • Full names as it appears on your passport
    • Date of birth, Sex, Nationality
    • Passport number, expiry date and place of issue
    • Entry date and exit date.


  • vacations in Vietnam 

    I had the luxurious travel in this car and could reach my point of business in time. I could also make it up in time without any hassles by applying Vietnam visa online This was really a different feeling that I had because the other car rentals that I chose earlier had some or the other kind of problem that I had to face. But in this car rental I found was really very safe and reliable. I felt that the car travel was also very comfortable. At times you just remembered you have not booked a car that you will use during your vacation with Vietnam visa on arrival service. We have a solution for you. You can now book your car just before making your trip to the Vietnam. You can still have your car waiting for you when you arrive to start your vacation thanks to our twenty-four-hour booking service. Once you have you have filled in your details. Car model of choice and the payment system, we take the least possible time to make sure car arrangements are complete. By the time your plane hits the run way, your car wheels will be waiting for you at the parking bay. We have all the models that you would prefer with each model boasting of special offers. We understand the hard times and we do so by cutting you the cheapest car quotes. We also encourage you to become a member of Dulichso so that you get yourself special offers every time you book for a car, we will also be updating you on special offers so that you can save massively on car rental. We have cars that are checked every time they check in and also every time they are seen off to make sure they are in great condition every time we issue them to our clients. There is no need to worry with the last-minute arrangement. Simply make your booking and leave the rest to us we shall make sure you have your cheap car rentals, even at that eleventh our booking.


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  • MAME Reboot 

    As our stellar group of students in MAME Cohort three moves into the spring semester and the completion of their program, the Master’s program is going to take some time to review — just like a startup — what works, what doesn’t, and what is the best way to get our content to a large number of people. We have plenty of assets with which to work — strong students and alums and faculty; a great partnership with our business school; a great partnership with 1776. But we think there may be more that we can do, so we are going to hit the pause button in May and look at the best way to reboot. More to come!


  • More for our first MAME graduate 

    Dena Levitz has a career that just keeps getting more and more interesting. After her whirlwind global tour as a fellow for 1776, now she is joining a startup — in Dublin.

    Dena tells me she will be a senior researcher on the speakers team at an Irish startup called Ci Labs, a fast-growing, 100-person biz. “Ci brings together world leaders and cutting-edge thinkers to put on major tech events. Web Summit, its flagship event, takes place in Dublin each November and is the largest tech gathering in Europe,” she emails. Dena will identify the most interesting trends and stories and bring those to life.


  • How to teach Media Entrepreneurship 

    Here is the recent #EdShift talk by educators on teaching media entrepreneurship. Impressed with what I heard from colleagues …


  • Apply for AU MA/Media Entrepreneurship; Grad Open House June 20 


    Hope your summer is off to a great start!


    I wanted to share a quick update on the American University MA in Media Entrepreneurship program and ask your help getting out the word to encourage potential candidates to attend the open house taking place at AU on June 20.

    We’re taking applications for fall, for our fourth cohort of MAME students. It seems like yesterday that the first group arrived. Between the innovative ideas they bring to the program and the way they work hands-on with professors from the School of Communication and Kogod School of Business, these folks are eager to build skill sets that cross media and businesses.

    I recently asked Jessica R. Towhey, a Cohort 3 student halfway through the program, if she had thoughts to share. She came to MAME after starting a small company called 2E Communications with a few ideas of where the firm could go. “Since entering the program, my business has evolved into successful ventures that I had not previously considered,” Towhey says, adding “it’s clear that everyone involved in the program is vested in its success, and more importantly, in the success of the students.”

    Dena Levitz, who graduated in our first cohort, is another great story. Within weeks of getting her degree, she scored a fellowship with the downtown startup hub 1776 that sent her literally around the world. Over the course of six months, she visited 16 cities and heard over 400 start-up pitches. Updates on other alums are here.

    If you know someone who shares that same passion for cutting-edge ideas, but lacks the new venture creation background, skills, tools and network to bring them to market, feel free to tell them why this program could help.

    Convenient timing tailored to students. Part-time program — 30 credits, 10 courses, meets every other Saturday and one night a week. About half the courses are in SOC and half are entrepreneurship/new venture courses in the business school.

    The program intersects key new venture creation areas. SOC and Kogod are D.C. leaders in media, business, and entrepreneurship. When you come here, you can work on a startup or you can gain the mindset and skill sets for creating innovation within your current firm or nonprofit organization.

    MAME draws creative thinkers. We’ve intentionally designed the program for people who want to make a difference, have an impact and create new, exciting ventures/projects within their existing organizations or strike out to create a new profit or nonprofit venture. This program provides the multiple communication, business and entrepreneurial mindsets, skills and tools needed to pull it off.

    The courses are experiential and real world. Learn everything from creating an entrepreneurial mindset, ideation to business plans, how to operate a new venture, managing media technology to the law behind setting up a media business and a new venture.

    Networking with the best. Students in the program have access to programs and facilities at 1776, with innovative global connections. It is where President Obama stopped by when he made a speech about the economy.

    Access to the Kogod AU Entrepreneurship Incubator. Any active AU graduate or undergraduate student can apply to be accepted into the Kogod entrepreneurship incubator program. If accepted, the team receives resources and support to turn ideas into ventures.

    If you know someone who wants to learn more about the program and the incoming class that begins in September, encourage them join our upcoming Open House and Graduate Fair, Saturday, June 20, from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., or email me directly at


    Director, Media Entrepreneurship





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