COSTA RICA - SCM 3690: Coffee Supply Chain in Costa Rica

Program Dates
Sunday, December 28, 2014 to Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The program will focus on the complete supply chain "seed to cup" within the context of the coffee industry. Working in coordination with a local business, Bald Guy Brew, we will explore the world of coffee. The goal is to go well beyond providing a contextual knowledge of a commodity-based supply chain by providing extensive opportunities for experiential learning. Program participants will actually help harvest berries on an organic (sustainable) farm in Costa Rica, observe the processing of berries into raw beans at a "beneficio", participate in a focus group with organic farmers to discuss issues such as "fair trade", meet with distributors and shippers who export raw beans, roast raw coffee beans, and "cup" roasted beans for a coffee tasting.

If you would like more programmatic information not included in this standardized description, please contact the program leader directly.

Dates: December 28, 2014 - January 8, 2015, plus two pre-travel and two post-travel meetings(dates TBD)

Cost: $2700 (No additional cost for tuition if you are a full-time student in the Fall)

The Walker College of Business offers a limited number of undergraduate scholarships to assist students with the cost.

Course: SCM 3690-101: Global Supply Chain and Logistics (3 credits)

Credits: Course fulfills  3 sh of IB major or IB minor elective credit, COB elective credit, is an SCM minor required course and fulfills the Global Issues Requirement.  

Prerequisites: 60 earned hours at the end of fall semester and ECO 2100/STT 2810 or permission of Dr. Corley or Department Chair


Please contact Dr. Corley before applying and fill out the online COB Study Abroad Eligibilty Form. You will then be given access to the on-line application.