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All applications should be submitted online. 

All Professional Programs: Apply Here (GPEP, SGPEP, GPRP, GYPP, SGYPP).

Please check program fees before you apply. 

Global Executive Workshop is for groups only. To arrange a Global Executive Workshop, email us at vipp(at)msu.edu.


Application Materials

Before you apply, please check program fees you're applying. Please gather these important documents you'll need to complete your application. When you apply online, enter your name exactly as it reads on your passport. Use the same name on all additional documents, including your curriculum vitae. 

  • 1 digital photo (headshot)
  • Passport copies (scanned, not photographed) for yourself, your spouse, and any dependent(s) (unmarried children under the age of 21) who will be accompanying you. We cannot process your application unless all passports are attached.
  • CV or resume
  • Statement of Purpose (1 page) Describe your personal and professional background and experiences as well as your goal during the program. 
  • Copy of certificates of graduation from the colleges or universities you have attended at the highest level only. 
  • Copy of English test scores that demonstrate English proficiency.
    • The minimum requirement is TOEFL: 60-78 (internet-based test) or 500-549 (paper-based test), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 6.0 with no element below 5.
    • If you do not have test scores or you don't meet our minimum requirements, we will conduct an interview by Skype or by telephone. 
  • Copy of financial support letter from your sponsor is the most important part of application. The amount of financial requirement varies depending on your program type and fees. The total funding must cover your program fees, living expenses, and health insurance. VIPP processes a J-1 non-degree student visa for applicants. The type of financial guarantee document you will need depends on your visa type. 
    • J-1 non-degree student visa: 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 total cost, you are eligible for a J-1 non-degree student visa. In this case, you can submit your sponsor letter online at the time of application and we will process a DS-2019 form for you and your family.
    • The financial support letter from your sponsor must be written in English, printed on the official letterhead of the sponsor, and signed and dated no more than 6 months prior to submission. It also should indicate the funding amount and duration of support. 
    • If your sponsor does not cover all expenses of your stay and you're partially self-funded, you must submit your personal bank statement to prove you have enough financial means to support your study. Your personal bank statement should be submitted to a designated program coordinator later on. Our program coordinator will inform you whether you need to submit the personal bank statement and how much fund you must prove. 
       
  • A non-refundable application fee of $125. This must be paid before your application can be processed. You can submit payment one of three ways:
    • Online by credit or debit card.
    • A cashier's check, payable to Michigan State University. Mail the check to the following address:
      Visiting International Professional Program
      427 N. Shaw Lane, Room 1
      Michigan State University
      East Lansing, MI 48824
      U.S.A.
    • Bank transfer to MSU designated bank account:
      Bank Name: Bank of America 
      Address: 2600 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, MI 48084
      Account Name: The Board of Trustees/Michigan State University
      ABA Routing Number: 026009593
      Account Number: 1935-218139
      SWIFT Code: BOFAUS3N
      CHIPS (Clearing House Interbank Payments System) participation number: 0959
      Special notes on the wiring form:
      Department: ISP/VIPP - Joe Murphy
      VIPP Account Number: DS100201
      Sender: Your Name

Following documents should be sent to a designated program coordinator once your application is processed. Our coordinator will get in touch with you when you need to submit them.  

  • Copy of personal bank statement 
    • J-1 non-degree student visa: When your sponsor does not fully cover all expenses of your study, you must demonstrate you have enough personal fund to support your study in the U.S. You should submit your personal bank statement, written in English on the official letterhead, signed, and dated no more than 6 months prior to submission. 
  • Copy of transcripts only if you apply for college student programs such as GYPP (Global Young Professional Program), SGYPP (Specialized Global Young Professional Program), Summer School or SGPEP Public Policy and Government Leadership: Track 2. If possible, please submit copies in English. 

 

VIPP Semester Start Dates and Deadlines for Application

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis. The VIPP academic year consists of a fall semester, a spring semester, and a summer semester. VIPP follows MSU's academic calendar but VIPP courses begin one week after the start of the MSU semester. 

Participants can choose any one of six program starting dates below but in order to start your program on time, all application should be submitted at least three months prior to each starting date. Please see following deadlines for each semester starting dates:

2017 Fall I - starting September 6, 2017 - Application due by June 6, 2017

2017 Fall II - starting October 23, 2017 - Application due by July 23, 2017

2018 Spring I - starting January 16, 2018 - Application due by October 16, 2017                                    

2018 Spring II - starting March 12, 2018 - Application due by December 12, 2017                   

2018 Summer I -starting May 14, 2018 - Application due by February 14, 2018                                     

2018 Summer II - starting July 2, 2018 - Application due by April 2, 2018 

What's Next? Review Process

Once we receive your application we go through two stages of approval process within MSU. We submit your detailed study plan, visa application, and financial proof to OISS (Office of International Students and Scholars). They review documents to ensure that you are eligible for J-1 visa and have a concrete plan to meet the requirements to maintain J-1 visa status. Normally it takes at least one month for them to review and get back to us.

Simultaneously, we submit your application to Export Control at MSU. The U.S. government regulates the transfer of information, commodities, technology, and software considered to be strategically important to the U.S. in the interest of national security, economic and foreign policy concerns. Export Control Office at MSU reviews if you study plan comply with US governments’ laws and regulations related to these matters. This is critical part of approval process and it takes time. They thoroughly review your resume, affiliation, funding source, and professional background.

Please note that these two offices are independent units at campus and operate on their own schedule. We respect their time and we hope you understand that it takes time to complete this review process. This is why it is important to apply early- at least three months ahead. 

Important Information About the U.S. Visa

Once your application is fully approved by VIPP, OISS and Export Control at MSU, we will send you our invitation letter and DS-2019, the Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status to apply for a J visa (exchange visitor visa). DS-2019 itself is not a U.S. visa nor does it guarantee your entry to U.S. All foreign citizens who wish to travel to the United States must obtain a U.S. visa. You must check the U.S. embassy or consulate website in your home country (https://www.usembassy.gov/) to find out all necessary documents to apply for a non-immigrant J visa for temporary stay. 

There are several steps to apply for a visa. To obtain a J visa, you must fill out DC-160 form, pay the visa fee, schedule your visa appointment, and pass the visa interview. It is your responsibility to check the process and prepare all documents needed. You also must have a valid passport from your home country when you apply for a U.S. visa.  

Obtaining a visa does not guarantee an automatic entry to the U.S. When you arrive in the U.S. officers from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the airport will interview you to check the purpose of your visit. It is always a good idea to prepare our invitation letter and your return flight ticket back to your country. 

After you pass the interview and pick up your luggage, your journey to American way of life and learning is now officially off to a good start.  

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