SCO 2950: Tracing the Global Supply Chain

Undergraduate Global Enrichment in China
January 1, 2017 to January 14, 2017

January 1-14, 2017; Friday mornings 8:30-11:30am (TBC) during Fall B-Term

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 Shanghai port operations, to raw materials suppliers.

Program schedule

The class begins with the end of the supply chain and retail location site visits.  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 Shanghai, China. Site visits are made to warehouses, production facilities, and raw material suppliers in China.

Application and Admissions

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.


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.

Location details

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 and Shanghai are followed by site visits at logistics providers, and production facilities in China.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. Please see Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information.


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

Academics and credits

  • 4 credit
  • SCO 2950 fulfills the following LE requirement: Global Perspectives
  • Grading is A-F basis

Friday mornings 8:30-11:30am during Fall B-Term

Cost estimate (Summary)

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.

Cost table

2015-2016 Tuition for 4 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
Hotel Accommodation (included in Program Fee)$0
Daily Living Expenses (local transportation, incidentals, internet, laundry, cell data plan)*$475
Meals (lunch and dinners not included in Program Fee)$350
*Includes $25 domestic baggage fee for MSP-LAX
*Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.

Faculty Leader

Program Manager

Academic term(s)



Short-Term January

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Los Angeles