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Academic Calendar

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 semester. Download VIPP 2018 academic and cultural event calendar (PDF).

  • January 8, 2018 — MSU Spring 2018 Semester Begins
  • January 16, 2018 — VIPP Spring 2018 Semester Begins
  • January 26, 2018 — Spring Welcome Luncheon (New participants only) 
  • March 3 – 11, 2018 — MSU Spring Break (No VIPP classes)
  • March 12, 2018 — VIPP Half-semester Courses Begin
  • April 2 – 6, 2018 — VIPP Spring Break (No VIPP classes)
  • April 27, 2018— Last day of classes for MSU & VIPP
  • May 14, 2018 — MSU & VIPP Summer Session 1 Begins
  • May 30, 2018 — Memorial Day (MSU closed)
  • June 28, 2018 — MSU & VIPP Summer Session 1 Ends
  • July 2, 2018 — MSU & VIPP Summer Session 2 Begins
  • July 4, 2018 — Independence Day (MSU closed)
  • August 17, 2018 — MSU & VIPP Summer Session 2 Ends
  • August 29, 2018 - MSU Fall 2018 Semester Begins 
  • September 5, 2018 — VIPP Fall 2018 Semester Begins
  • September, 2018 (TBA) — VIPP Football Tailgate
  • September 14, 2018 — Fall Welcome Luncheon (New participants only) 
  • October 22, 2018 — VIPP Half-semester Courses Begin
  • December 7, 2018 — MSU & VIPP Fall Semester Ends
  • December 9, 2018— VIPP Graduation (Graduates only) 

VIPP Fall semesters generally begin in the first or second week of September and end the first week of December. VIPP Spring semesters generally begin in mid-January and end the last week of April. VIPP Spring semesters observe two 1-week breaks: MSU spring break the second week of March and area schools' spring break the second week of April.

Ideally, participants should arrive at the beginning of MSU's Fall or Spring semester since most VIPP courses are a semester long. To accommodate visiting professionals who may arrive in the middle of the semester, we also offer half-semester long courses which normally begin mid-March or late October. 

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