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International Business at UNF

The Coggin College of Business embraces the role of internationalization in both the academic and practical spheres of commerce today. Cultural awareness and an understanding of the global economy are infused throughout the curriculum and reinforced by opportunities offered through the International Business Flagship Program.

UNF's International Business Flagship Program

UNF's International Business (IB) Program was created in the Coggin College of Business in 1995 and quickly become a leader in preparing students for careers in the global marketplace. On May 17, 2006, the University of North Florida's former president John Delaney announced that IB had been selected as a flagship program. "This program is of the highest caliber," said 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."


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 Flagship 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 IB Flagship 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 IB Flagship Program is currently expanding its dual degree portfolio beyond the GlobalMBA program, which won a national Best Practice in International Education award. The KEDGE-UNF and Valencia-UNF bachelor's level programs are the newest additions to the IB Flagship Program, taking place in France and Spain, respectively.

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International Business Advisory Council

Our Advisory Council is a link to the professional community and industry practices for our program. These dedicated individuals provide input on relevance of our overall programs of study and specific aspects of the curricula in today’s global business landscape. They assist us in pinpointing specific competencies and skills students should possess to make the International Business Flagship Program more competitive and generate better informed, more interculturally aware graduates. Our members also help assess the college’s competitive environment by advising on strategies to not only recruit students to the major or degree programs, but also to identify internship and career opportunities.

Earle Traynham Headshot   Earle Traynham, Ph.D. 
Emeriti Professor

Previous Provost

University of North Florida

  John R. Duda Headshot   John R. Duda
Chairman and CEO

Summit Exercises and Training

Kerry Flack Headshot   Kerry Flack
Vice President

National Account Management

Allstate Benefits

  Juan Sebastian Marentes Headshot    Juan Sebastian Marentes 

PGA Tour

Andrea Hartley Headshot   Andrea Hartley
Executive Director

GlobalJax, Inc.

  Joffrey Heine Headshot   Joffrey Heine
Director, Operations Technology

APR Energy Company

tami mak headshot   Tami Mak
Vice President

T.Mak’s International Inc.

  Jonathan Mann Headshot   Jonathan Mann
Sales Executive

Aon Risk Solutions

Karina Person Headshot   Karina Person
Senior Accountant

CIT Group

   kristin culleton headshot   Kristin Culleton 
Vice President, CIB Central Management

Deutsche Bank

maria isabel montoya headshot   Maria Isabel Montoya 
Executive Director

MiAddvantage Global Marketing & Communication

   Carsten Demuth headshot   Carsten Demuth
Demuth Capital
 Alexis Vigil headshot   Alexis Vigil

Outstanding Contract Management, LLC


IB Mission & Vision


The International Business Flagship Program aspires to facilitate the development of positive global citizens characterized by an understanding of the economic, political, social, cultural and environmental diversity and sustainability of the world.


To empower Coggin students, faculty and staff to better understand the global business environment through scholarly activities and academic programs.


  • To name the International Business Flagship Program
  • To create an International Business Flagship Community Advisory Board
  • To engage alumni of the International Business Flagship Program
  • To increase outside funding to support faculty scholarship and student study abroad

UNF Global Engagement and International Business Team

Question Answer
Location Honors Hall (Building 10), Suite 2125
Hours Monday - Thursday | 9:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Hours Cont. Friday | 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Phone +1 (904) 620-2916
Fax +1 (904) 620-5864


Andres Gallo Headshot

  Andrés Gallo, Ph.D


UNF Global Engagement and International Business Flagship Program

Professor of Economics

(904) 620 -1694

Dr. Gallo specializes in international economics issues, with focus on Latin America and economic development. He has written more than 30 research papers and participated in numerous conferences as presenter and speaker. He has focus on the political economy of property rights in diverse areas, including the US patent system, biotechnology and property rights in the context of economic development. Dr. Gallo has applied econometric techniques to address different issues in these areas of research. His teaching expertise includes international economics, econometrics, economic development, study abroad and Latin American economics. He has taught in several universities around the world and has led several study abroad courses to Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Guatemala, Spain and Ghana.

Pingying Zhang Headshot   Pingying Zhang, Ph.D

Director, Center for International Business Studies

International Business Flagship Program

Professor of Management

(904) 620-2249

Dr. Zhang specializes in the area of strategy and entrepreneurship. She has written more than 20 research papers and presented research articles in numerous conferences. Dr. Zhang is particularly interested in researching group dynamics in boards of directors and risk-taking behavior in an entrepreneurial environment. Her teaching expertise includes strategy and business policy, organization theory, entrepreneurship and venture capital, and doing business in China.

Kate Mattingly Learch Headshot  

Kate Mattingly Learch, MBA

Director of Study Abroad

UNF Global Engagement and International Business Flagship Program

(904) 620-2521


After studying Spanish in Mexico and Italian and art history in Italy, Kate completed her undergraduate program in Linguistics at the University of Florida, and spent two years teaching English in Kazakhstan as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer. She then returned to UF to earn an MBA with a concentration in Marketing and spend a summer studying the economics of the EU through the University of Manchester.  Kate joined the UNF International Business Flagship Program in 2007 and maintains membership in NAFSA Association of International Educators and the Institute of International Education. She has studied Spanish, Italian, and Russian (though she speaks none of them fluently, unfortunately!) and has given conference presentations on topics such as UNF’s GlobalMBA program, creating undergraduate dual degree programs, and building international alumni networks. Kate cherishes the relationships she builds with colleagues overseas and the exciting international, transformational, academic opportunities she helps create for students in Northeast Florida and beyond.

 Stephanie Worley Headshot   Stephanie Worley, MA

Advisor for Short Term Study Abroad

UNF Global Engagement and International Business Flagship Program

(904) 620-5124


Stephanie's first international experience was in 2008, when she and her former high school orchestra were invited to Beijing, China to perform in a music festival held in honor of the Summer Olympic games. Afterward, she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where she received a BA in English Literature. Since then, she has traveled to Japan, England, France, Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina. She graduated from UNF's Master of Arts in International Affairs program in 2018, and has participated in a faculty-led study abroad program in Brazil as well as a summer in Cuernavaca, Mexico. 



Advisor for Semester Study Abroad

UNF Global Engagement and International Business Flagship Program


    Nezha Elabbassy

Graduate Assistant

UNF Global Engagement and International Business Flagship Program


Globi Headshot   Globi

UNF Global Engagement and International Business Flagship Program

After numerous years travelling and studying overseas, Globi decided to return to its alma mater, UNF. Globi graduated from UNF summa cum laude with major in International Business and a minor in Global Studies. UNF students and staff alike have fallen for Globi's bubbly personality, willingness to adapt to new environments, and love for learning. Besides hanging out on campus and promoting the IB office, Globi enjoys checking for new friend requests on Facebook.