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Supply Chain Management & Logistics in Brazil

Supply Chain Management & Logistics in Brazil
São Paulo and Santos, Brazil
Language of Instruction: 
Spring Break
Academic Disciplines: 
International Business
Supply Chain Management
Graduate Courses
Program Type: 
Faculty Led
  • Learn of the global significance of São Paulo and Santos, Brazil through a Supply Chain Management perspective
  • Earn 3 hours of business credit during five days in Brazil
  • Includes a tour of the port in Santos, visits to transportation and logistics hubs, manufacturing plants, distribution centers and the headquarters of several multinational companies.
Program Summary: 

Next program offering TBA. 

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 through exploration of supply chain and logistics practices of U.S., Brazilian, and global businesses from around the world.


São Paulo, the most populous city and one of the wealthiest states in Brazil, is home to the second largest number of multinationals among cities world-wide (second only to New York City). As the largest consumer market in Latin America, Brazil presents significant opportunities for multinational corporations to expand their operations into the Latin American market.

Santos, which is located 50 miles from São Paulo, is home to the most heavily trafficked (busiest) port facility in Latin America, making it a vital link in the supply chain to the rest of Latin America and Brazil.

Academic Information: 

Three hours of academic credit are granted by the University of Kansas upon successful completion of the program and will be posted to the student's Spring transcript. Undergraduate students will enroll in SCM 400, IBUS 500, or BBA 500: Global Business and Supply Chain in Brazil.

Course requirements include several pre-program meetings, most scheduled on campus during the Spring semester. Pre-departure meetings will allow students to learn about global trade practices, meet representatives from area companies that have operations in Brazil to understand their supply chain strategies and why Brazil is part of their business/supply chain strategy. Additionally, these meetings provide an opportunity for students to meet those with whom they will be sharing the experience in Brazil.

During the program in Brazil, students will submit a journal recording program highlights and takeaways from each day’s events, as well as a reflective paper submitted post-program.


Students will stay in double or triple occupancy rooms in Sao Paulo and Guaruja.

Life Abroad: 

Students will visit numerous sites in São Paulo and Santos in Brazil. Daily activity will be fast-paced, with many events will be incorporated into each day of the five-day program.


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.

Further Reading: 

Passport and entry requirements

All U.S. citizens are must have a passport and obtain a tourist visa prior to departure. The tourist visa can be an e-visa and takes approximately five business days to be issued.

All non-U.S. citizens must check with the Consulate of Brazil to see if a tourist visa is required. Students with residency in Kansas will work through the Consulate General of Brazil in Houston and either have to go in person or work with a visa processing agency. It can take several weeks for the visa to be issued plus mailing time if working with a visa processing agency.


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