International Business Program
The international business major has been designated part of the International Business Flagship program by former UNF President John Delaney. The international business major is designed for students who are excited about the increasing globalization of the business world. Students who major in international business will be prepared not only for doing business domestically, but also for engaging in the dynamic world of global business which includes marketing, logistics, import/export and international finance. A select group of students are able to participate in the double degree program with KEDGE Business School in Marseilles, France. This unique opportunity allows students the chance to spend two years in the south of France, which includes a six month internship. Students selected for this program must have a demonstrated interest in French language, history and culture.
All Coggin College of Business students receive a solid foundation in all functional areas in business, including economics, finance, law, management, and marketing. In addition, all students develop both quantitative skills and communications skills. However, UNF international business majors distinguish themselves from other business majors in five ways.
- They learn about international aspects of functional business areas, including economics, finance, management and marketing.
- They become proficient in a foreign language at the intermediate level or above.
- They learn about a particular area of the world.
- They complete an internship with an organization actively involved in international business. This training provides international business majors with practical experience that will make them more marketable upon graduation.
- They are required to complete an international experience, which may include a four week "Coggin in" summer program abroad, a semester abroad or an internship abroad.
About the Program
On May 17, 2006, the University of North Florida's President John A. Delaney announced that the International Business Program, in the Coggin College of Business, had been selected as a flagship program.
“This program is of the highest caliber,” said UNF President John A. Delaney. “It has the potential to draw talented students from around the world, tackle cutting–edge research projects and help solve problems facing today's businesses.”
UNF's International Business Program was created in 1995 and has quickly become a leader in preparing students for careers in the global market place. A national exam that all of the University's International Business seniors take places them in the top 5%, against more than 100,000 other seniors, in understanding global business concepts.
The International Business Program prepares students by supplementing their knowledge of general business issues with courses that teach functional business areas from an international perspective. As a result of the flagship designation, the International Business Program received $300,000 annually until 2011 to expand and enhance study abroad activities, starting with new opportunities for language study, including collaboration with the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
The International Business Program also plans to expand its award winning GlobalMBA program, which won a national Best Practice in International Education award. This program currently focuses on Europe and Asia. A second version of the international double-degree program was launched in 2011, the Global EntrepreneurshipMBA. Additional graduate and undergraduate initiatives will be undertaken as the program looks to the future.