Supply Chain Management in Northern Europe
- Study supply chain management and logistics in two of Northern Europe's biggest ports - Cologne, Germany and Delft, Netherlands
- Earn three hours of academic credit through completion of this program
- Program also includes visits to several cities in Germany and the Netherlands, including Dusseldorf and Dortmund
KU Business students, primarily those majoring or with a concentration in supply chain management or international business, will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of supply chain management in the global market. The largest ships carrying over 19,000 containers port in Rotterdam, one of the world’s largest and most important ports, and drive the supply chain and logistics activities for all of Europe.
Europe constitutes one of the most important economies in our world today. Business in Europe is critical to the world economy and the European Union plays a vital role in the health of the global economy. The Port of Rotterdam is one of the world’s largest ports. All major ocean shipping companies use Rotterdam as a major part of their global business strategies. Students in supply chain management and logistics and international business will not only gain an understanding of the importance of the Port of Rotterdam to global business activities, but will also gain an understanding of the unique characteristics of supply chain management and logistics throughout Europe.
Three hours of academic credit are granted by The University of Kansas upon successful completion of the program. Students will enroll in either SCM 400 or IBUS 500: Global Business and Supply Chain in Northern Europe. Course requirements include several pre-program meetings, most scheduled on campus during the spring semester. The meetings will allow enrolled students to learn about global trade practices, and to meet representatives from area companies that have operations in Europe to understand their supply chain strategies. Additionally, these meetings provide an opportunity for students to meet others who will be participating in the program.
While in Germany and the Netherlands, the group will visit with businesses of varying size and industries to discuss their supply chain strategy and execution and also visit the ocean port terminal in Rotterdam. Additionally, students will visit the UPS WorldPort hub, the largest inland water port, and other value-added services facilities.
Roger W. Woody, Executive Lecturer and Director- Supply Chain Management Center of Excellence, will lead the program. He has previously taken students on other SCM-focused study abroad programs in Panama.
Students will stay in four to six person occupancy rooms in a Cologne hostel the first six nights and in a hotel in Delft for the last four nights of the program.
Students will enjoy visits to multiple cities in Germany, including Cologne, Dusseldorf, Dortmund, and Duisburg, and will also have the opportunity to visit cities in the Netherlands. Each country provides unique historical, architectural, and cultural exposure for students.
This program targets students who are majoring or have a concentration in supply chain management or international business. Open to students from accredited U.S. colleges or universities who have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Exceptions considered after submission of a petition
Business School Scholarship
Scholarships will be available from the KU School of Business. Students who have not previously received study abroad scholarships from the Business School will have priority for scholarship awards. The Statement of Purpose essay students submit as part of the online program application will be used to determine acceptance into the program AND to determine eligibility for a School of Business Scholarship. Students who have questions about the scholarships should contact Nichole Valliere, Administrative Associate in the Center for Global Business Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org.