STUDENT PROFILE: Stefan Vasilevski

Stefan Vasilevski

I heard about VIU while pursuing my undergraduate studies at American College Skopje (Macedonia). I had been in the US twice as a J-1 student visitor (work and travel programs), and I liked the way of life here. After I graduated with my bachelor’s degree, I wanted to come back to the US for my MBA studies. I spoke with my professors in Macedonia and they told me of an opportunity to study abroad. I learned of the exchange program for students at my university to study at VIU, and that’s how I ended up here! I am proud to be the first Macedonian student at VIU. It is a very nice feeling and very challenging also.

Living in America is a great experience. You learn about many different cultures, you meet people from all over the world, and if you like to travel there are so many places that you can visit. My advice to new students would be don’t be afraid to come here. At the beginning, it’s a little challenging because of the style of living in America; but once you get over the cultural shock you will enjoy your time here. College life in America is an unforgettable experience, so if you have the opportunity to come here, don’t miss it – especially if you can come to VIU. This university gives students real preparation for the real world while also making your studies fun.

The professors at VIU come from different parts of the world and they’ve been where we, the students, are now. They offer great advice. They are very supportive and encouraging, and they are not just trying to teach us what is written in the books but also real life values based on real situations. The best part is that the professors have helped many of my colleagues find internships and jobs. Our class projects are presented to real companies, so every student has the opportunity to show their skills and qualifications.

An American degree is one of the essential things in starting a good career. Of course, it’s up to you how well you will perform, but in my opinion you will have the chance to be part of very successful companies and build a great career – especially with a degree from VIU. Investing in your knowledge will widen your horizons.

Stefan Vasilevski
MBA in International Finance

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