International Studies & Programs


VIPP - Home for Today's Professionals and Tomorrow's Leaders 

Are you looking for an opportunity to study in the US but do not have time or financial resources to pursue a full degree program? The Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP) at Michigan State University (MSU) is your solution. VIPP is a world leader in providing executive education and professional development training for international audiences. We offer non-degree certificate programs and short-term workshops for international professionals in any field. We connect you to the expertise of world-class faculty and resources at MSU. You will benefit from the distinct American Higher Education System without enrolling in a full degree program. 

  • Competent Professionalism – To broaden your professional knowledge base by being exposed to methodology and technology. 
  • Effective Communication– To improve your ability to use English for effective communication in a global working environment.
  • Strong Leadership – To develop and practice leadership skills in the context of higher education.
  • Multicultural & Global Awareness – To enhance your understanding of global cultural diversity and its professional and personal relevance. 

By doing so, VIPP fulfills the mission of Michigan State University and International Studies and Programs (ISP) in expanding international outreach through academic, research and strategic alliances. 

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Visiting International Professional Program staff and faculty


Founded in 1991, VIPP has trained over 4,000 professionals from 30 countries including South Korea, China, Japan, Mongolia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Russia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Turkey, and many others. 


VIPP is the brainchild of Dr. Gill-Chin Lim, the former Dean of International Studies and Programs at MSU. Dr. Lim recognized the need for professionals from around the world to gain access to MSU's diverse educational resources. To fill that need, Dr. Lim developed VIPP as a non-degree professional education program.

Dr. Dae-Bong Kwon served as the first Director of VIPP from 1991 until the summer of 1993. Under the leadership of Lim and Kwon, VIPP enjoyed its initial success and began its journey to becoming a world leader in executive education and international professional development.

Since the first group of eight participants, VIPP has expanded to include four distinct long-term programs with more than 200 participants each year, as well as tailor-made short term executive workshops on various topics. VIPP has a network of over 4,000 alumni in more than 30 countries. Our alumni are leaders of their professions and work hard every day to their workplaces and their communities for the better.

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