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  • Locations: Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Fall
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2022 06/07/2022 06/21/2022 11/07/2022 11/11/2022
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Professor(s): Dr. Simon Croom Disciplines and Core Offered: Master of Science in Global Leadership (MSGL), Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MSCM)
Graduate Courses Offered: Yes Program Advisor: Ahlers Center -
Program Type: Graduate Business - Ahlers Center
Program Description:
Location Course Professor Dates/Times Pre-Departure Meeting
MSGL 515 Global Supply Chain Management (3 units)

MSCM 514 Sustainable Global Supply Chain Management (2 units)
Simon Croom, PhD Students must arrive in our determined location (Birmingham) far enough in advance of the first day of class (November 7) to successfully comply with and complete in-country testing and isolation requirements for international travelers. Please see the section below on "Entry Requirements" for more information.

Official program activities abroad take place Monday, November 7 - Friday, November 11, 2022.

Students will be free to depart on Saturday, November 12, 2022.

Students will have post-travel coursework online.
Friday October 7, 2022
5:30 - 7:00pm PST
via Zoom (accepted students, please check your USD email for a calendar invite and Zoom link)


Course Description



This course examines the operational processes of the logistical chain from acquisition of materials through conversion to physical distribution of goods and services. Topics include supply systems, workflow systems, inventory systems, quality systems logistics systems, cost estimation, optimization tools, and continuous improvement. Common business processes and business skills practiced are production planning, workflow scheduling, cost estimation, resource allocation, work methods design, inventory management and continuous improvement methods, with an overarching emphasis on sustainable practices.

  • For MSGL Students - Prerequisite: MSGL 513 with a minimum grade of C-


Program Costs

Tuition Regular Program Tuition
Program Fee $650
Accommodations For MSCM Students - $600 lodging fee will be applied to your student account. Double Occupancy hotel rooms will be booked for participants for November 6 (check-in) through November 12 (check-out)
For MSGL Students - Lodging is incorporated into your tuition bill through CETYS. Double occupancy hotel rooms will be booked for participants for November 6 (check-in) through November 12 (check-out).   
Airfare Purchased on your own
Visa Fees No visa required for Mexican and US passport holders; if your passport is from another country, see "Passport & Visa Information" information below

Notes about estimated program costs:

  1. TUITION for this program is the regular MS in Global Leadership tuition per unit for CETYS students. MS in Supply Chain Management students pay the regular USD graduate tuition rate per unit minus a 25% study abroad discount.
  2. PROGRAM FEE is non-refundable once you apply and are accepted to the program. This fee is not a deposit toward tuition, but rather a separate payment toward on-site logistical fees for group cultural activities and some meals, and group transportation (see more on included accommodations below). Should this program convert to a non-travel program, the program fee will be returned. More information on such a scenario can be found below in the section titled "COVID-19 Contingency Plan".
  3. AIRFARE is to be purchased on your own. It is recommended that students use Google Flights ( to estimate the cost of their airfare. Students should wait to book flights until they have been accepted to the program and been provided with the Flight Booking Calendar.
    1. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, students are strongly encouraged to purchase flights from carriers that have extremely flexible cancellation and/or credit policies. Students may wish to consider purchasing flight insurance. Should the program be canceled at any time before the first day of the course abroad, either should conditions warrant as USD determines in its discretion, or due to circumstances outside the University's control, students are solely responsible for recouping the cost/credit of their purchased flights.
  4. ACCOMMODATIONS in the form of double occupancy rooms (two students sharing a room) will be booked for participating students and costs are applied to each program or student based on individual program policies. (check-in on November 6 and check-out on November 12). Students will have the option of paying extra in order to obtain a single or private room. Students will need to acquire their own accommodations before and/or following the dates of the group accommodations (November 6 - 12) should they need to 1) arrive early to comply with testing/quarantine requirements, and/or 2) should they undertake personal travel before or after the official program abroad, and/or 3) should they need to quarantine or isolate for any period of time following the end of the group accommodations. Details on the group hotel will be provided to accepted students.
  5. In addition to the tuition, round-trip flight ticket, accommodations beyond the program dates, and program fee, participants are responsible for paying for ground transportation (including but not limited to, to/from airports, some company visits, and accommodations), meals not on the group itinerary, and personal spending money.

Course Cap & Enrollment

Study abroad courses offered through the Ahlers Center for International Business require a minimum enrollment of 12 students in order to run. Study abroad courses that do not meet minimum enrollment will be canceled.

Due to study abroad space limitations, this course is capped at 30 students. Students will be accepted to the program in order of anticipated graduation date, and then on a first-come basis - based on the time their initial application is completed and successfully submitted. 



To start your application, click the yellow "Apply Now" button at the top of the page. If you have already opened an application and wish to continue working on it, do not click the button above, but rather login via the direct application login page.

The application deadline for this program is Tuesday, June 7, 2022. To be considered for acceptance, your online application must be complete and successfully submitted by this date. Once you apply for the program, you commit to paying the non-refundable program fee if accepted.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance on or before Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Once accepted, information will be provided on completing your post-acceptance requirements. All post-acceptance requirements (including housing assignments) are due by Tuesday, July 12, 2022, with the exception of flights. Students will have through Sunday, October 2, 2022, to purchase and upload proof of flight bookings to their application.

Passport & Visa Information

England requires travelers to carry a passport that is valid for the duration of their stay. (Travelers considering undertaking personal travel to other locations before or following the program should be aware that at least 6 months of remaining validity is required in many other surrounding countries.) It is the responsibility of students to ensure that their passport is valid for the necessary duration of time.

Travelers holding Mexican and/or US passports are not required to obtain a tourist visa for entry into the UK. If you are not a Mexican or US passport holder, please visit for British visa requirements to see if you will be in need of visa.

Students are solely responsible for obtaining their own visas. If you are required to obtain a visa, you should apply directly through the host country's consulate for a tourist visa.

COVID-19 Travel Information

Updated as of January 5, 2022.

USD Requirements for Study Abroad Participation

USD requires that all faculty, staff, and students traveling internationally on a study abroad program be in compliance with USD's Vaccination Requirement. This means that no later than 14 days prior to departure:

  1. participants must have received the full vaccine series of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO), and that participants eligible to receive the booster shot for their vaccine series have received it.
  2. OR participants must have received an approved exemption to the Vaccination Requirement from the USD Student Health Center (exemptions available for medical and religious reasons only).

All participants will be required to confirm their vaccination status by either uploading their vaccination cards, or by confirming their receipt of a Student Health Center exemption, via their online study abroad application.

IMPORTANT: Although USD allows for unvaccinated students with an approved exemption to participate on programs abroad, unvaccinated students may encounter additional restrictions for entry into or for activities within the host country, and thus should take care to review the host country's entry requirements and on-ground restrictions and safety measures (see next section). Unvaccinated students may also encounter restrictions or additional requirements for certain group activities that are at the discretion of the third part host (for example, company visits, guest lectures, etc.).

England: Entry Requirements & In-Country Safety Measures

Study abroad participants are responsible for staying apprised of entry requirements and in-country safety measures for the host country the program plans to travel to. By applying to study abroad, participants commit to complying with the regulations of the host country. This means that participants also commit to completing any testing and quarantine requirements imposed by the host country in time to participate in the first day of course and program activities.




USA Re-Entry Requirements

For All Travelers: The CDC currently requires all travelers entering the United States to show proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test taken no more than 1 day before your returning travel. For more information, see the CDC announcement here

Additional requirements may apply depending on your US citizenship/residency status. Please review the relevant information at the links below to learn more.

US Citizens, US Nationals, US Lawful Permanent Residents, and Immigrants:

Non-US citizen, Non-US immigrants:

COVID-19 Contingency in Case of Travel Cancellation

Although we certainly hope this program will run, due to the fluid and disruptive nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, it remains a possibility that travel could be cancelled. By choosing to apply for study abroad, students acknowledge that while travel may be approved at the time of application, travel may be suspended or restricted by USD at any time should conditions warrant as the University determines in its discretion, and/or due to circumstances outside the University's control.

If the travel component of this course gets canceled, the department chair of your respective program (MSGL or MSSCM) will relay details of course delivery as soon as we pivot from travel. 

Additional Questions

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Ahlers Center for International Business
Knauss School of Business
University of San Diego
Coronado Rooms 113-118
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110