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Muskie Program Brings Two MBA Students to IUP

Anastasia Vylegzhanina and Natalya Vodopyanova

Two MBA students from Eurasia study at IUP thanks to a program that aids students in academic opportunities.

Anastasia Vylegzhanina and Natalya Vodopyanova, from Siberia and Kazakhstan respectively, are MBA students studying at IUP through the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program. The program is a vision of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. Approximately sixty-six master’s-level fellowships are chosen each year to study in the United States, according to the Muskie program website.

This year marks Anastasia’s second year of study on campus, and she says the program has allowed her access to many different opportunities.

“I get to see the American mentality, get some new friends and professional connections,” she said. “I just see general opportunities to connect with business people and participate in conferences and just to get new knowledge.”

Natalya arrived in early August and says the up-to-date knowledge and skills and the impressions of how business is done in America are important to her development. She also says studying in a different country can be a tough transition.

“All people are alike, the cultures are very different,” she said. “It’s sometimes difficult to be here without all the people you know and you love back home.”

Vylegzhanina and Vodopyanova appreciate the opportunity to study in America and gain new skills and knowledge that otherwise would not be available to them, all because of the Muskie Program.

—By Alycia King

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