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Undergraduate Global Enrichment in China

SCO 2950: Tracing the Global Supply Chain - PROGRAM FULL

Location: Los Angeles, U.S.A.; Hong Kong & Shenzhen, China

Date: January 4-17, 2015; Friday mornings 8:30-11:30am during Fall B-Term

Term: 2014 Fall 2-8 weeks

Objective: This course is based on the concepts, principles and techniques for managing global supply chains. SCO 2950 emphasizes decision-making in global supply chain strategy through hands-on experiential learning as students follow selected products back up the supply chain from local retail operations and distribution centers, to logistics operations, to deconsolidators, to Los Angeles port operations, to Hong Kong and China port operations, to raw materials suppliers.

Program Benefits: The benefits to students participating in this program may include:

  • Experience unique hands-on learning by following an international supply chain from local retailers to raw materials in China.
  • Learn about supply chain issues through meeting with leaders from U.S. multinational logistics companies.
  • Expand your knowledge of business in China and the opportunities for growth in a developing economy.
  • Develop life-long friendships with Carlson students.


  • 20-30 University of Minnesota undergraduate students
  • SCO 2950 is meant to be a pre-cursor for SCO 3001

Academic Credit

  • 2 credit
  • Grading is A-F basis


  • This program is open to University students in good academic standing, with a GPA of 2.5 at the time of application or instructor permission. SCO 2950 is designed as a pre-cursor for SCO 3001. Preference will be given to Carlson School students.


The course consists of local site visits prior to domestic/international travel. The local site visits are conducted at production facilities, distribution centers, logistics operations, and retail locations in the Twin Cities and surrounding area. The domestic/international travel components are based on experiential learning going back up the supply chain to production facilities and raw materials suppliers in the country of origin. Travel to the ports of Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Shenzhen are followed by site visits at logistics providers, and production facilities in China.


The class begins with the end of the supply chain and retail location site visits at a Target store. Then back up the supply chain to the Fridley MN Target Distribution Center. Local site visits include retail operations, warehousing, transportation and logistics, plant operations at companies such as Best Buy, C.H. Robinson, Target, and General Mills.

Two week travel. Two components for travel include domestic site visits and international site visits. Domestic travel is to Los Angeles to study Long Beach Port Authority Terminal operations and the process of moving materials through the port. Site visit is made to a deconsolidator operation where containers are split up into shipments for warehouse/retail locations. Global travel is to international port operations at Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Site visits are made to warehouses, production facilities, and raw material suppliers in China.

Housing & Food

Students stay in conveniently-located hotels and will share a room with one or two classmates of their same gender. Because networking and community-building are key parts of the program, students will not have the option of a single room. Guests are not permitted during the program. Breakfast daily, a welcome dinner, and a closing dinner are provided.

Cost Estimate

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs.

2014-2015 Tuition for 2 academic credits (included in the 13+ credit tuition plateau) $0
Program Fee (including group flight, lodging, program events, Chinese tourist visa, breakfast daily, two group meals, and int'l health insurance*) $5,300
International airfare between Minnesota and China (included in Program Fee) $0
Passport and Photos $145
Textbooks $135
Hotel Accommodation (included in Program Fee) $0
Daily Living Expenses (local transportation, incidentals, internet, laundry, etc) $350
Meals (lunch and dinners not included in Program Fee) $350
Total $6,280

*Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.


Financial Aid & Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Costs & Billing for additional information on financial aid and scholarships.

Application & Admission

To apply, please visit the Apply page. Students will be charged a $50 application fee. The application cycle starts on March 1 and the priority deadline is April 1. Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full. Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their status within 4 weeks of the priority deadline.

Faculty Leader

Steve Huchendorf
Senior Lecturer
Supply Chain & Operations
Faculty Profile

Contact Information

Carlson Global Institute
CSOM 2-210
Phone: 612-625-9361
Fax: 612-624-8248

Kevin Clancy
Associate Program Director
Phone: 612-624-2275
Fax: 612-624-8248



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