International Studies & Programs

Global Summer School

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Spend an Unforgettable Summer in the USA with VIPP!

Calling all international students! VIPP invites you to the 2017 International Summer School Program at Michigan State University. VIPP has trained over 4,000 international professionals for the past twenty years. We understand what college students and young professionals need for successful career building. Come to VIPP and start planning your future!

Global Enterprise Design

 

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Global Enterprise Design

Students will be given data-driven projects that address real issues in the company and work as a team to find potential solutions. We are pleased to present our industry partner, HELLA, which makes this summer school possible. HELLA is a global corporation that develops and manufactures lighting technology and electronics products for the automotive industry. Like many global organizations that employ a diverse workforce in multiple locations across the world, HELLA is facing challenges in managing effective communications and implementing efficient organizational structure. This summer school will give an opportunity for students to truly engage in meaningful work that may have an everlasting impact on an established business' development and growth.

This program awards students the MSU Certificate of Global Young Professional Program (GYPP) on Global Enterprise Design by the Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP). For more information the program flyer can be found here

Dates

July 9, 2017 - August 5, 2017 (4 weeks) 

Fees 

Tuition: $5,000

*Fee includes tuition, on-campus housing, MSU breakfast and lunch, and local transportation.
*Fee does not include international and domestic airfare, health insurance, or any other living costs. 

To secure your place make a payment no later than June 10, 2017. 

  • There is no application fee for summer school program.
  • You can submit payment one of three ways:
    • Online by credit cardClick the program you are applying and proceed. 
    • 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: DS100200
      Sender: Your Name

Apply Now  

Transportation Engineering

 

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Transportation Engineering

This is a three-week long intensive summer school program on multidisciplinary engineering research with a focus on transportation technology and engineering. Students will be working on an engineering project in small groups to practice their learning to actual application. The program aims to foster creative thinking, enhance practical engineering skills and problem-solving skills through hands-on lab experiments and supervised group projects. It will help students prepare for graduate level study and research.

Students who participate in this program will be awarded the MSU Certificate of Global Young Professional Program (GYPP) on Transportation Engineering Laboratory by VIPP. For more information the program flyer can be found here.

Dates

July 16, 2017- August 5, 2017 (3 weeks) 

Fees 

Tuition: $3,800

*Fee includes tuition, on-campus housing, MSU breakfast and lunch, and local transportation.
*Fee does not include international and domestic airfare, health insurance, or any other living costs. 

To secure your place make a payment no later than June 10, 2017. 

  • There is no application fee for summer school program.
  • You can submit payment one of three ways:
    • Online by credit cardClick the program you are applying and proceed. 
    • 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: DS100200
      Sender: Your Name

 Apply Now  

American Culture and Language

 

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American Culture and Language

This three week long summer school program will provide an opportunity for students to be immersed in American culture, improve their academic English, meet American students and MSU faculty, visit the local community, receive guidance on career planning and leadership development, and participate in many fun activities. Students will spend the first two weeks on MSU's campus and the last week on the East Coast - Washington D.C. and New York City.  

Students who participate in this program will be awarded the MSU Certificate of Global Young Professional Program (GYPP) on American Culture by the Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP). For more information the program flyer can be found here.

Dates

July 23, 2017- August 12, 2017 (3 weeks) 

MSU: July 23 to August 4
East Coast: August 5 to August 12

*For the East coast trip, the bus will depart from MSU campus to Washington DC. Bus fee is included in tuition. The trip will end in New York City (NYC) and it is students' responsibility to arrange their own departure from NYC back to their country. International airfare back home is not included in tuition. 

Fees

Tuition: $3,800

*Fee includes tuition, on-campus housing, MSU breakfast and lunch, local transportation, and all expenses of the East Coast tour.     *Fee does not include international and domestic airfare, health insurance, or any other living costs. 

To secure your place make a payment no later than June 10, 2017. 

  • There is no application fee for summer school program.
  • You can submit payment one of three ways:
    • Online by credit cardClick the program you are applying and proceed. 
    • 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: DS100200
      Sender: Your Name

Apply Now  

Exploring Social Sciences

 

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Exploring Social Sciences

This is a three week intensive summer school program at MSU's campus and on the East Coast of the U.S. Students will spend the first two weeks on MSU's campus and the last week on the East Coast including Washington D.C. and New York City. This summer school program will introduce students to a wide range of research and methods in the Social Sciences. The program is taught by a group of distinguished faculty members. Various guided field trips will put Social Sciences theories and findings in real life so that students will experience and understand the issues societies are facing today around the world. Students will approach Social Sciences from a number of different perspectives, which encourage them to explore career and professional opportunities in various fields. For more information the program flyer can be found here.

Dates

July 23, 2017 - August 12, 2017

MSU: July 23 to August 4
East Coast: August 5 to August 12

*For the East coast trip, the bus will depart from MSU campus to Washington DC. Bus fee is included in tuition. The trip will end in New York City (NYC) and it is students' responsibility to arrange their own departure from NYC back to their country. International airfare back home is not included in tuition. 

Fees

Tuition: $3,800

*Fee includes tuition, on-campus housing, MSU breakfast and lunch, local transportation, and all expenses of the East Coast tour.     *Fee does not include international and domestic airfare, health insurance, or any other living costs. 

To secure your place make a payment no later than June 10, 2017. 

  • There is no application fee for summer school program.
  • You can submit payment one of three ways:
    • Online by credit cardClick the program you are applying and proceed. 
    • 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: DS100200
      Sender: Your Name

Apply Now  

Certification 

Upon completion, all students will be awarded a certificate of Global Young Professional Program (GYPP) by the Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP) at MSU.

Why Choose MSU?

  • History & Strong Academics: Founded in 1855, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world. MSU offers more than 200 programs of undergraduate, graduate, and professional study in 17 degree-granting colleges. 
  • Picturesque Campus: Our huge campus occupies a 5,200 acre of land with 538 buildings. It is almost like a small city in and of itself. You will feel at home on our beautiful and safe campus. Summer is the best time to enjoy the beauty of our campus.     
  • American Campus Life: MSU is the largest residential college in the US. You will stay at one of residential halls and have access to all facilities. Experience American college life. Our residential hall offers great food options, high-speed internet, cable TV, exciting sports, recreation and entertainment opportunities. 
  • Dedicated Faculty & Staff: Michigan State University employs approximately 5,300 dedicated faculty and academic staff who are there to support you. 
  • Central Location: Our great location in East Lansing offers exciting field trips to city and nature. We will take you to Lansing, Michigan's capital city as well  as Detroit, the reviving auto city. Lake Michigan, the world's fifth largest lake in the world is only one hour away. You can visit Chicago by car or by train in the weekend. American Culture and Social Science summer programs even include a trip to East Coast!   
  • Diversity: Over 50,000 students come from all 50 states in the United States and more than 138 countries worldwide. You will make American as well as international friends in one location. 
  • Want to know what’s happening on campus during your visit? The MSU events calendar provides a daily list of campus events. Explore everything from art exhibitions to music concerts. 

How to get to MSU? Airports and Public Transportation

Michigan State University is located in East Lansing, a vibrant, classic college town. It is just minutes away from Michigan’s capital city, Lansing. The MSU campus is a 15-minute drive from Capital Regional International Airport (LAN). Taxicab service costs approximately $15. Ask them to take you to Owen Hall at MSU (Its address is 735 E Shaw Ln, East Lansing, MI 48825). 

The MSU campus is a 75-minute drive from Detroit Metro Airport (DTW). The Michigan Flyer Airport Shuttle offers bus transportation to East Lansing for $32. Buses run several times a day, and travel takes approximately two hours. East Lansing stop is the last stop. Once you take off, grab a taxi and ask them to take you Owen Hall at MSU (Its address is 735 E Shaw Ln, East Lansing, MI 48825). It is only 5 minute drive. 

Another way to get to MSU campus is to fly to Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and then take an AmTrak train from Chicago downtown Union Station (CHI) to East Lansing, Michigan (LNS). It is approximately 4 hour ride. It takes 5 minutes from East Lansing train station (1240 South Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI 48823) to Owen Hall. You can check AmTrak daily schedule on its website www.amtrak.com    

An Important Message about the U.S. Visa

All foreign citizens who wish to travel to the United States must obtain a U.S. visa. After we review your application we will send you an invitation letter. However, this letter is not a U.S. visa nor does it guarantee your entry to the U.S. You must check the U.S. embassy website in your home country to find out all necessary documents to apply for a non-immigrant visitor visa (B1, B2).

  • B-1 visa classification is for business travelers to consult with business associates, attend a conference, settle an estate, or negotiate a contract.
  • B-2 visa classification is for tourists on vacation and, people coming for medical treatment, a social event, or participation in amateur contests for no pay.

A short-term training workshop like the summer school program will be classified for B-1 visa type. To obtain a B visa, You must fill out a 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.  

The following documents will be helpful to pass the visa interview:

  • Formal invitation letter from VIPP 
  • Program fee payment receipt. This will be issued by VIPP once we receive your payment.
  • Your valid student ID.
  • A supporting letter from your home institution signed by the international office or your department chair.
  • Your bank statement or parent's (or other sponsor's) bank statement to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to purchase a return air ticket. Any other asset-like properties and cars belonging to the family may be useful too.
  • Booking confirmation of your return air ticket. 

 

Some countries such as the Republic of Korea, Japan, and the European Union participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) (check the full list here). VWP enables most citizens of nationals of participating countries to travel to the U.S. for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without first obtaining a visa. Still, in order to travel without a visa on the VWP, you must have authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). Please check the details of requirements from the U.S. embassy site in your home country before travel.

Obtaining a visa does not guarantee 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.

Tuition Payment Information

Deadline for tuition payment is June 10, 2017. 

  • There is no application fee for summer school program. 
  • You can submit payment one of three ways:
    • Online by credit cardClick the program you are applying and proceed. 
    • 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: DS100200
      Sender: Your Name

Limited Scholarship Opportunity

VIPP is pleased to announce that we will be offering scholarships to deserving students for the 2017 International Summer School Program at Michigan State University.  

We will be awarding 3 students scholarships of $1,500 each towards their summer school program. This scholarship is not a cash prize, instead it will go towards your program fee to cover your lodging and meal cost at MSU. In other words, you will receive discount on your program fee. If you fail to secure a US visa to enter US or fail to pay the remaining program fee balance this scholarship will be forfeited and awarded to other students.

How to apply:

We invite you to apply for these scholarships by submitting a short essay on “How VIPP International Summer School at MSU will impact my future.” The essay can be submitted together with your online application. The deadline for the scholarship application is May 15th, 2017. Awardees will be announced on May 29th on our website and notified individually.

In this essay, discuss why you would like to join the summer school, why you deserve the scholarship and how this summer school will impact your study, career planning, and life. Each essay should be approximately 500 words, about 2 typewritten double-spaced pages in length. One scholarship will be awarded to the best essay received from each of the three regions: South and Latin America, South Asia and South East Asia.

A short supporting letter signed by your academic advisor or department chair in your university must be included in your submission. Their name, title and contact information including email address and telephone number must be provided for verification purpose.    

If you have already applied for our summer school, and wish to apply for the scholarship, you may simply email your essay and supporting letter to vipp(at)msu.edu.

 We look forward to reviewing your application. 

US East Coast Trip Information

Our two summer school programs - American Culture & Language and Social Science - include a field trip to US East Coast from August 5 to August 12, 2017. Following is a tentative itinerary. All travel is by bus. The detailed schedule is subject to change. 

Day 1 (Sat, Aug 5) Depart from MSU campus, travel to Washington DC  

Day 2 (Sun, Aug 6) Washington DC Tour including White House, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, etc.

Day 3 (Mon, Aug 7) Washington DC Tour including Smithsonian Museums 

Day 4 (Tue, Aug 8) Depart for Niagara Falls, Tour in Niagara Falls

Day 5 (Wed, Aug 9) Depart for New York Areas 

Day 6 (Thur, Aug 10) Shopping at Woodbury Outlet in New Jersey 

Day 7 (Fri, Aug 11) Tour in New York City including Wall Street, World Trace Center Memorial, Time Square, Statue of Liberty 

Day 8 (Sat, Aug 12) Return to home country on your own 

* Official program ends on the night of Friday Aug 11th and hotel rooms are booked until Saturday morning. Students are free to arrange their own return trip anytime during Saturday. 

 

                                           

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