Carnegie Mellon University

Elena Gruzdeva

Associate Director, Foreign Student & Scholar Services

Elena Gruzdeva serves as OIE’s Associate Director for Foreign Student and Scholar Services. Elena was born and raised in Russia where she received a B.A./M.A. in Foreign Language and Literature (English) and taught English as a Second Language. She first came to the U.S. in 1993 as a J-1 exchange student and then in 1995 as an F-1 international student. She holds an M.S. in Information Science from Indiana University. Elena started her career in the field of international education at the end of 2003 at Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as an International Student Advisor and then Assistant Director of the International Services Office. She later worked as an International Student and Scholar Advisor at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and at Northeastern University, in Boston, Massachusetts, as an Associate Director of the Global Services Office, advising both F-1 and J-1 students and scholars.

Elena enjoys traveling and meeting students and scholars from around the world. 

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