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Supply Chain Management in Hong Kong

Application Open: Nov 1-15

Quick Info

  • Academic Term: Summer First
  • Tentative 2020 Program Dates: June 12-15 (LA), June 17-July 18 (HK)
  • Credits: 6 UT credits
  • Eligibility: UT students* with minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Prerequisites: Math 408K/408C;Math408L/408D or Completed Calc/Eco Plan and STA309 (or AP credit/equivalent)
  • Course Language: English
  • Faculty & Staff: McCombs & UT
  • Student Body: 30 students
  • Housing: On-campus residence hall
  • Meals: Not included
  • Financial Aid: Eligible; scholarships available
  • Program Code: 350087

*Priority given to current McCombs students

Hong Kong's Symphony of Lights

The award-winning Supply Chain Management program in Hong Kong offers students the opportunity to follow a series of products through the supply chain from store to source in partnership with Target. The journey begins in Los Angeles, California where students will visit a Target store, distribution centers and the Ports of LA & Long Beach. Once abroad in Hong Kong, participants will take a trip to Mainland China to visit factory facilities. Students will go beyond the textbook and see supply chain management in action while earning six UT credits at the prestigious Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a comprehensive research-led university delivering high-quality education on both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and serving the community with its cutting-edge research capability. Boasting prominent faculty—including Nobel Prize winners—CUHK currently ranks #2 in Hong Kong and #5 in Asia. 

About the Program



  • UT undergraduate with a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • Successful completion of STA 309 (or AP credit/equivalent) by the summer you participate. 
  • Please note, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

About the Program

Program Duration: Five weeks, Whole summer session in June 

Company Visits: The program includes required company visits in LA prior to departure to Hong Kong. View a past Pre-HK Itinerary here as an example.

Check-in to L.A. dorms:   June 12, 2020
Check-in to Hong Kong dorms:  June 17, 2020
Check-out of Hong Kong dorms:  July 18, 2020

Note: Due to the pre-Hong Kong itinerary of this program, students are discouraged from purchasing airfare before receiving detailed information on the L.A. schedule from the program coordinator. From December to January, students will be sent recommended flights from L.A. to Hong Kong that fit in with the L.A. portion of the trip.

About the Courses

Operations Management – Taught by University of Texas, McCombs faculty 
OM335 (may be substituted for OM335H)

Doing Business with Chinese Suppliers  – Taught by CUHK faculty
IB372 or OM340S or IB320F

Classes take place Monday-Thursday (usually 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Some afternoon or Friday classes possible. Students are strongly urged to refrain from making weekend travel plans until receipt of finalized schedule. Absence from class will not be permitted.

Cultural Analysis Assignment

You will be responsible for completing a short analysis of the local culture. You will receive instructions and guidance throughout the process. Each student will receive a set of materials they can use during this assignment and in their future careers.

The assignment is designed to be a short, fun and enriching group activity. You will receive valuable feedback on your analysis, and all contributions will be compiled into the class' group observations of the culture. 

During the re-entry session, you will receive feedback and guidance from the assistant director. You'll learn how to leverage this project and the skills you have developed while abroad to distinguish yourself during the recruitment process. 



Fees and Tuition

2020 BBA International Programs Fee $5700
In-State Tuition for UT-taught courses abroad (3 credits) $2134
Affiliate Studies Fee for CUHK Course (3 credits) $600
Total Program Cost $8434

What is included in the BBA IP Fee?

  • Tuition for CUHK Course 
  • Accommodations in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Los Angeles
  • Pre-Hong Kong visit in California 
  • Round trip transportation from Hong Kong to Mainland China
  • Weekly cultural activities
  • Welcome/farewell receptions
  • Visits to local companies and/or organizations
  • On-site UT staff familiar with language/culture
  • Pre-departure sessions during spring semester
  • Re-entry guidance for recruiting

What is NOT included in the IP Fee?

  • UT tuition for UT course (3 credits)
  • UT affiliate studies fee  (3 credits)
  • Study Abroad Office Fee 
  • Overseas Insurance
  • Textbooks
  • Meals
  • Local transportation
  • Personal expenses (toiletries, shopping, traveling, etc.)
  • Flight


Weekday Trips

Cultural excursions provide students with an opportunity to experience the local flavor. Weekly outings, including admission fees, are coordinated on behalf of the group. These events are built into the program, and participation at each event is mandatory. With this in mind, cultural excursions are designed to fit into the program schedule and will usually take place Monday through Thursday in the early evenings, so as not to interfere with courses or weekend travel.

Past excursions include:
  • Pink dolphin watching
  • Big Buddha visit
  • Traditional tea tasting
  • Dim sum tasting

Five-Day Weekend Trip

This is the only BBA program with a trip included. As part of the program, students will take a five-day trip to the Southern Chinese province of Guangdong where they will visit companies, institutions and production facilities.

Students will also be invited to experience a different China, and gain firsthand understanding of local cultures and customs. Transportation and accommodations are included as part of the program.

Housing and Transport


Participants reside in CUHK student residences. The dormitories are double- or triple occupancy rooms, and students will be able to request a roommate. The residences are centrally located within the CUHK campus: a five-minute walk to the local train, and a 10-minute walk to class.

L.A. Accommodations

Students will reside at the USC student residences. All rooms are double occupancy, and students will be able to request a roommate.

Mainland China Trip Accommodations

Students will reside in a local hotel. All rooms are double occupancy and students will be able to request a roommate.


Transportation from the Airport

When flying into Hong Kong, you will arrive at the Hong Kong International Airport. The campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong is located north of the Shatin stop in the New Territories. Transportation to/from downtown via public transport is easily accessible though reaching the island may take 45 minutes. Detailed instructions will be provided during the Pre-departure session in April.

Helpful Tips

Helpful Tips from Previous Students

  • Withdraw large amounts of money from the ATM at one time to avoid countless transaction charges. Since there is limited availability to use debit/credit card, you spend tons of cash. You WILL spend everything you withdraw! I probably wasted at least $100 USD in transaction charges alone.
  • Tipping isn’t customary. The only time we really tipped was in Beijing for our tour guide and driver.
  • Always carry an umbrella. An entire day of blue skies is a rarity.
  • Make sure to pack lightly before leaving the U.S. Some people packed one suitcase and brought an empty suitcase or left half of one suitcase empty. I, however, left the U.S. with a 48 lb bag and a 46 lb bag when the weight limit is 50 lbs/bag. Needless to say I had to pay $200 for overweight bags on my way back.
  • Buy two towels when you get there. Towels are cheap in HK and they take up unnecessary space in your luggage anyway. They can be found at the University Park N Shop by the canteen. Buy two because things get gross quickly due to high humidity.
  • Take lots of deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, etc. These items are difficult to find in normal American brands.
  • City Super in Sha-Tin has everything that you forgot/miss, including Dr. Pepper!!
  • Split a blow dryer and straightener with other girls on the trip. You will most likely have to buy them when in HK (most of our American blow dryers and straighteners didn’t work and some straighteners were ruined). The blow dryer is most worth it because there's nothing worse than hot and humid weather except having wet hair in hot and humid weather!
  • Aim EXCESSIVELY low when extending the first offer in a bargain. You can usually win the bargain with your initial price, if not, you can always go up. For example, a woman told me HKD $1500 for a purse. I told her $300. I paid $375.
  • Buy pearls if you can; it’s an incredible deal!!
  • Be adventurous! Travel to Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) early on just to get a feel of the entirety of Hong Kong. I thought we missed out on a lot in the beginning because we didn't make frequent trips to TST or Central until late in our trip.
  • Get a guide book and hit all of the popular sites. Ride the Midlevel Escalators, go to SoHo, go to every market (Ladies, Temple Street, Jade, Stanley, etc.), go to Ocean Park, visit Big Buddha, go to the beach, take a hike, go on a bus tour...the list goes on and on.
  • Bring a big bag/purse because you are usually gone all day and anything you buy you will have to carry.
  • Bring a water bottle and filter; you'll save money not buying water.
  • Bring stuff like cereal bars. The I-house is kind of far from any places for food(and imports are expensive) so you'll want them for breakfast or snacks.

Visa and Passport Information

General Information

Visa requirements and procedures for Hong Kong and mainland China may seem a bit confusing. After all, isn’t Hong Kong a part of China now? Yes and no. Although Hong Kong, a former British colony, reverted back to the People’s Republic of China in 1997, Hong Kong is considered a Special Administrative Region (SAR). That means it is quasi-independent and has its own visa requirements. Please read the information below carefully.

  • Hong Kong Entry Requirements: Everyone participating in the SCM Program in Hong Kong must have a STUDY VISA for Hong Kong SAR. 
  • Mainland China (PRC) Entry Requirements: Everyone participating in the SCM Program in Hong Kong must have a TOURIST VISA for mainland China.

The process for obtaining your two visas is different, and is managed separately. Please read all information carefully and feel free to ask us any questions. 

Before You Start

The most important thing is to ensure that you have a valid and signed passport with at least six months of remaining validity. Please note the visas will be affixed onto the passport itself, and you will need at least three blank visa pages in your passport for the visas to be processed.

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your study abroad trip.

Study Visa to Hong Kong

Visa Processing through BBA International Programs 

As a service, and in order to provide students with the smoothest visa process, Hong Kong Study Visas will be managed centrally via the BBA International Programs Office/CUHK who will then remit your visa applications to the Hong Kong Immigration Department. Detailed instructions will be provided.

  • Deadline: All required materials must be submitted to the BBA IP office by the requested deadline. Since the process is fairly lengthy, and may take a minimum of eight weeks, failure to bring all required documents by the deadline will mean that it will be the student’s sole responsibility to submit necessary paperwork directly to the Hong Kong Immigration Department. Late applications will not be accepted. No exceptions will be made.
  • Cost: $120 per student, which will be automatically charged on your “What I Owe” as an additional fee. This cost reflects the Hong Kong Immigration Department Fee of $30 + CUHK Processing Fee + all express mailing fees.
  • Important Notes: If BBA IP does not receive your complete application by the deadline, BBA IP will not be held responsible for the student not acquiring their visa in time.

Tourist Visa to Mainland China

Unlike the Hong Kong Study visa, which may be processed centrally via UT, the China Tourist visa will be processed by each student individually through the nearest Chinese Consulate or Embassy or a visa issuing service. It is the student’s sole responsibility to ensure that the visa is processed in a timely manner. Detailed instructions will be provided. 

Submitting in person at the Chinese Consulate

Applications must be personally delivered by you or someone you trust (friend, relative). The nearest Chinese Consulate is located in Houston, Texas. For questions on the Visa, call the Chinese consulate visa hotline 713-521-9589 from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. every working day, or visit the consulate's website.

Submitting via a Visa Issuing Service

You can also utilize a visa issuing service. They process your visa application on your behalf for an additional fee. This is often the easiest route if you are looking to avoid the drive to Houston. Please review the recommended visa issuing companies in the Visa Information Document.