International Studies & Programs

Global Professional Education Program

The Global Professional Education Program (GPEP) is best suited to early or mid-career professionals in any field who want to elevate their careers. 

Program Features

For a period of three months to one year, participants may take VIPP classes, special lectures and seminars, conduct independent research, and participate in many cultural events. VIPP course offerings include Communication Skills, Business English, Public Speaking, American Culture and Society, Current Affairs, Organizational Development, etc.

In addition to courses, GPEP offers a series of guest seminars and lectures and local field trips. Popular destinations include the Michigan Capitol, Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center, Library of Michigan, local schools, and Fenner Nature Center.

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a Global Professional Certificate.

Program Components  

English Language training, Communication, Professional Development, Leadership Development, Global Awareness  

VIPP Course Offerings 

Check our academic calendar and course offerings

Funding Source 

Participant may be funded by individual or sponsoring organization.


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 funding, you are eligible for a J-1 non-degree student visa. 

Program Fees

Our GPEP fee structure includes academic service as well as logistics support.

  • 12 months: $8,500  
  • 6 months: $5,500
  • 3 months: $3,800 

Due to the individuality nature of VIPP Program, precise fee for each participant may be different based on the number of courses and the type of courses taken (whether VIPP courses, English Language Center courses, regular MSU courses or specialized courses including lab based work and field trips), and the length of your stay.


Visit our Participant Resources page to find information on mandatory health insurance, immigration, academic forms, and conference travel support. Life at VIPP page include information about what we offer for your academic life and cultural learning.

Apply for the GPEP program. 

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