Field experience in Fresno Pacific University’s MBA program can be as far afield as international business can be—this spring it was Spain.

A cohort of 14 students, faculty and guests made the round trip from June 4-13, 2022. They met with local business leaders and increased their understanding of global business issues and how they affect local businesses, according to Katie Fleener, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business, who was part of the group.

Destinations included Barcelona and Madrid, where students had the chance to sharpen their international focus by meeting leaders at:

  • Tech Barcelona—A private, nonprofit organization dedicated to making Barcelona a benchmark on the international digital and technological scene. Similar to Fresno’s Bitwise Industries.
  • Ronald McDonald House of Madrid
  • AYCE Laborytax—A firm that provides business services to organizations such as auditing, consulting, advising and outsourcing.
  • BNZSA—A marketing agency specializing in tele-based demand generation. The company also hosted FPU visitors to a rooftop BBQ lunch, which it provides to employees every Friday.
  • USDA in Madrid

Students traveled from Barcelona to Madrid by train, enabling them to see the beautiful countryside between the two cities. Between business visits, the group squeezed in sightseeing at places such as Park Guell, Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter & Sagrada Familia and the Medieval City of Toledo.

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PHOTO: Members of the Fresno Pacific University Spring 2022 MBA trip on the rooftop at Tech Barcelona. Back row, left to right: Darrin Person, Eric Medina. Front row, left to right: Elizabeth Garza, Priscilla Quintana, Michelle Bradford, Lacey Norman, Jessica Leon, Katie Fleener.


Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations