Student studies abroad... and then some

UNF grad student Mansenie Joseph pulling her luggage at the Jacksonville International Airport

For Mansenie Joseph, ’17, there’s nothing like traveling to a new place. 

“There is a rush when you step o the airplane in another country,” Joseph said. “I love the excitement.” 

The Haitian-born Osprey knows the feeling well having experienced 16 countries over the past two years while studying abroad in France. Joseph, who holds the distinction as the first graduate of the UNF-KEDGE double degree program, spent her freshman and sophomore years at the University of North Florida and the next year and a half at KEDGE Business School in Marseille, France. A six-month internship in Paris followed. In August, she graduated with international business degrees from both universities. 

Now Joseph is starting the next chapter in her academic career — and in her travel log — as a graduate student in UNF’s GlobalMBA program. Over the next 15 months she will study at Technische Hochschule Köln in Cologne, Germany, the University of Warsaw in Poland and Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in Dalian, China. Then she’ll spend her final semester at UNF’s Coggin College of Business. 

Other than moving to the United States from Haiti when she was 12, Joseph had traveled very little before coming to UNF. During her senior year, Joseph visited the campus with her high school French teacher to learn about the new international program with the Marseille university. 

“I had already registered at another school in Florida,” said Joseph. “But within five minutes of hearing about the program, I was set. There was no way to change my mind.” 

Dr. Jeff Michelman, director of the International Business Flagship Program at the time, remembers Joseph’s excitement during that first visit to UNF and has enjoyed watching her progress through the program. “She always visits to give me an update when she’s back in town,” said Michelman. “Mansenie is incredibly motivated and serious about school. There is a maturity and a sense of focus — it’s why programs like these are valuable.” 

Joseph said one of the greatest benefits of studying overseas was working with so many people from different cultures and backgrounds. “KEDGE has students from all over the world,” she said. “I think I have a good handle on how to communicate and work with all kinds of people now.” 

During her internship, Joseph worked in logistics for a Parisian company that produces containers for perfumes and luxury brands. She enjoyed supply chain management and is considering a career in logistics once she receives her MBA. When the time comes for Joseph to apply for jobs, one thing is certain. Her global education will definitely be a plus.