International Studies & Programs

VIPP Services

The Visiting International Professional Program offers non-degree certificate programs for international professionals in any field. Our program is normally one year program and many students bring their family with them. We understand moving to a new country for study can be daunting. That is why we provide 360 degree services from academic support to settlement support, to help you and your family transition to the United States smoothly. 


 

Academic Support

We provide individual consulting and advising services on your academic and professional goals and help you make progress and meet program requirements. In addition to your program curriculum, we provide extra seminars, workshops, field trips, and events all year around to enrich your learning experiences. Our academic support includes but is not limited to:

  • Our own small-size classes and dedicated faculty.
  • Special seminars, workshops, speaker series, domestic and local field trips, and events.
  • Academic advising and research support.
  • Liaison services to connect you to academic and professional resources and opportunities at MSU and in Michigan.
  • An opportunity to present and share your work with professional peers.
  • Support for conference travel.

Logistic Support

We provide logistic support to make sure you're settled in and in compliance with federal government visa regulations. We will help with:

  • Visa processing: DS 2019 for J-1 non-degree student visa or I-20 for F-1 non-degree student visa.
  • Pick up at the airport: Capital Regional International Airport (LAN) or Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW).
  • On-campus badging and computer system authorizations.
  • Finding housing, enrolling in health insurance, and obtaining Social Security Number (SSN).
  • Getting a driver's license, purchasing a car, and signing up for car insurance.
  • Family support including enrolling children at local schools.

 

Visa Type and Requirements

We process either J-1 or F-1 non-degree student visa for you and any accompanying family members (restricted to your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21) as legal dependents. If your study is supported by someone other than yourself (your company, government, or other external agency) and their support is more than 51 percent of your funding, you are eligible for a J-1 non-degree student visa and we will process DS 2019 for yourself and any accompanying family members.  If your study is solely supported by yourself or your family, you are eligible for an F-1 non-degree student visa and VIPP will process I-20 for yourself and any accompanying family.  

Being on J-1 student visa means you are required to conduct a minimum of 18 hours of academic activities each week throughout your stay at VIPP, including the summer semester. We typically arrange 9 hours of classroom study each week, which is likely to be 3 courses (if semester-long, 9 credits) for all the participants during fall, spring and summer semesters. The remaining 9 hours of the required 18 hours can be used for independent research and other academic activities such as attending other campus lectures, seminars, conferences, workshops, etc. VIPP informs participants of various academic events going on at MSU and also provides our own additional academic programs such as academic forums, field trips, and a seminar series.

 

Fee Structure

All VIPP programs are fee-based. We cannot provide any financial aid to applicants at this stage. When you apply for admission to a VIPP program, you need to provide a financial document to prove your source of funding: funding from yourself, employer, government or scholarship council. The funding (which may be from different financial resources) needs to be sufficient to pay for VIPP program fees, health insurance premiums, and other living expenses for yourself and your accompanying family.

 

Participant Resources

VIPP supports participants from beginning to end. You can learn more about the expenses and obligations associated with being a VIPP scholar by visit our Participant Resources page for details on visa, settlement, living expenses, health insurance and other requirements.

You can also learn about academic life and cultural learning at Life at VIPP page. 

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