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Spend an Unforgettable Summer in the USA with VIPP!

Application for the 2018 Summer School Program opens February 1st! Join us for new amazing programs this summer to expand your academic knowledge, experience American and international culture, and enhance your career competitiveness. To give you a full American experience, the programs include a trip to either the East Coast or Chicago. Take time to explore our website for program summaries, outlines, key features and application information.

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Our Signature Programs

Global Enterprise Design

 Global Enterprise Innovation

Global Enterprise Design

This three-week intensive summer school program will introduce students to the concept, principle and process of innovation. When you step onto the campus of Michigan State University you will step into an environment where innovation is at its core. The Global Enterprise Design Summer School program 2018 at Michigan State University offers nothing less. Students will have the opportunity to conduct leading edge research and to explore the implications of the Digital Revolution. The Digital Revolution began at the turn of the 21st Century and is built on mobile Internet, the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, machine learning, and low-cost storage of information.  It connects people with goods and services, biological systems and genetics. It creates virtual currencies and virtual economies outside governmental regulatory reach. The fusion of digital technologies crossing physical boundaries able to interact with biological domains makes this revolution fundamentally different from the agrarian and industrial revolutions. 
Students will research, write-up, and present findings on the Digital Revolution. They will review modern management theories able to adapt to the Digital Revolution and study Harvard Business School Case studies. In a final group project students will develop a business management plan.

Dates

July 17, 2018- August 8, 2018 (3 weeks) 

Arrival and Check-In: July 17
Program at MSU: July 18 to August 1
East Coast: August 1 to August 8

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. 

2018 Application will be open in February 1, 2018. 

Application deadline is May 31, 2018.

Last day for tuition payment is June 15, 2018. 

Global Enterprise Outline

Smart Transportation Engineering

 

Smart Transportation Engineering

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. 

Dates

July 17, 2018- August 8, 2018 (3 weeks) 

Arrival and Check-In: July 17
Program at MSU: July 18 to August 4
Chicago Trip: August 4 to August 7

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. 

2018 Application will be open in February 1, 2018.  

Application deadline is May 31, 2018.

Last day for tuition payment is June 15, 2018. 

Smart Transportation Engineering Outline

Modern Packaging

Modern Packaging

Modern Packaging 

This is a three-week long intensive summer school program with a focus on modern packaging and the fundamentals of packaging science.  Students will be working on packaging science and design related projects in small groups, as well as explore local packaging suppliers. The program offers full insight in all aspects of packaging, including function, materials, systems and processes, distribution and more.  The program will be delivered by MSU Packaging School experienced faculty. Students will leave this course better prepared to implement virtual design and sustainability practices as it relates to packaging functions.  The course will help students prepare for graduate level study and research in any packaging, food science or material science related disciplines.

Dates

July 17, 2018- August 8, 2018 (3 weeks) 

Arrival and Check-In: July 17
Program at MSU: July 18 to August 1
East Coast Trip: August 1 to August 8

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. 

2018 Application will be open in February 1, 2018. 

Application deadline is May 31, 2018.

Last day for tuition payment is June 15, 2018. 

Modern Packaging Outline

American Culture and Society

 

Statue of Liberty

American Culture and Society 

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). 

Dates

July 17, 2018- August 8, 2018 (3 weeks) 

Arrival and Check-In: July 17
Program at MSU: July 18 to August 1
East Coast Trip: August 1 to August 8

*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. 

2018 Application will be open in February 1, 2018. 

Application deadline is May 31, 2018.

Last day for tuition payment is June 15, 2018. 

American Culture and Society Outline

Food, Water and our Community

food water and community

Food, Water and our Community

This is a three-week long intensive summer school program with a focus on modern packaging and the fundamentals of packaging science.  Students will be working on packaging science and design related projects in small groups, as well as explore local packaging suppliers. The program offers full insight in all aspects of packaging, including function, materials, systems and processes, distribution and more.  The program will be delivered by MSU Packaging School experienced faculty. Students will leave this course better prepared to implement virtual design and sustainability practices as it relates to packaging functions.  The course will help students prepare for graduate level study and research in any packaging, food science or material science related disciplines.

Dates

July 17, 2018- August 8, 2018 (3 weeks) 

Arrival and Check-In: July 17
Program at MSU: July 18 to August 1
East Coast Trip: August 1 to August 8

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. 

2018 Application will be open in February 1, 2018. 

Application deadline is May 31, 2018.

Last day for tuition payment is June 15, 2018. 

Food, Water and our Community Outline

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.

Student Resources

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. 

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. For general information about U.S. visa, please visit US Department of State website. 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). 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.

Application Requirements and Before You Apply

VIPP Global Summer School Program looks for mature, academically motivated and curious students who are willing to experience different culture and broaden their horizons. 

REQUIREMENTS

To apply, you must:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be an undergraduate student at any 4 year accredited university (must provide a copy of valid student ID)
  • Have a minimum intermediate English language skills
  • The Summer School programs are not MSU credit bearing courses. However, your home institution may accept them as credits towards your degree. Consult with your home institution on credit issue.

BEFORE YOU APPLY

Before applying to our program, be sure to: 

  • Familiarize yourself with the program(s) of interest; learn about where you will study, travel, and live.
  • Carefully consider the mental, emotional, and physical challenges of the program(s) of interest
  • You will have to upload a digital copy of your student ID. Have it ready before starting an application. 

Scholarship Available for VIPP Global Summer School 2018

VIPP is pleased to announce that we will be offering scholarships to deserving students for the 2018 Summer School Program at Michigan State University.  

We will be awarding 5 students scholarships of $1,000 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 a 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, as well as a recommendation letter written and signed by an academic advisor, a professor, or a department chair.

The short essay should be focused on “How VIPP Global Summer School at MSU will Impact my Future.” In this essay, discuss why you would like to join our summer school, why you deserve the scholarship, and how this summer experience will impact your study, career planning, and life. Each essay should be approximately 500 words, double-spaced, and typewritten. One scholarship will be awarded to the best essay received from each of the five regions on competitive basis: 1) Latin and South America 2) South Asia 3) South East Asia 4) Europe or 5) 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.   

Deadline is April 15, 2018. All applications should be submitted to vippmsu(at)msu.edu. Awardees will be announced on May 29th on our website and notified individually. 

We look forward to reviewing your application. 

MSU Campus Map

This PDF shows a map of MSU main campus.

MSU_main_campus.pdf

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. The East Lansing stop is the last stop. Once you get off the bus, 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 a 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    

Using Michigan Flyer from Detroit Airport (DTW)

After arriving at the Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) and picking up your luggage, you will use the Michigan Flyer bus to travel to East Lansing. East Lansing will be the last stop the bus makes after leaving the airport. There are two Michigan Flyer stops at DTW: McNamara Terminal and North Terminal. It is very important that you know which terminal you are arriving and find out the correct pick up time in that terminal. 

You can find this information in this PDF. Airlines-by-DTW-terminal.pdf  Or visit Detroit Airport website for further information. For example, if you are flying with Delta Airlines, you will be arriving at McNamara Terminal. Locate Michigan Flyer's stop in the McNamara Terminal below and find out exact pick up time. If you are flying with United Airlines you will be landing in North Terminal. Find Michigan Flyer's stop and the pick up time in the North Terminal below. 

You can save money by pre-paying and booking online in advance. You don't have to print the ticket. When you arrive at the terminal, go to the bus stop, and just tell the driver your name. They will check you in electronically. If you choose to pay with cash, the fares are slightly higher and you will need exact change. It is best to pay in advance online through the link above. Make sure to arrive to your terminal before your departure time to ensure you don't miss the bus. For more information and a departure timetables, refer to the Michigan Flyer schedule.

Below is pickup information according to the Michigan Flyer website. Again, it is very important that you know which terminal you are arriving and find out the correct pick up time in that terminal. You can find this information in this PDF. Airlines-by-DTW-terminal.pdf  Or visit Detroit Airport website for further information. For more information about the Michigan Flyer, please visit their website.

At McNamara Terminal, Michigan Flyer stop is located at the south end of Ground Transportation/Public Transit parking garage Level 4.

After you pick up your luggage, follow the signs for Ground Transportation/Public Transit. Cross the bridge walk and take an elevator or escalator down to the Ground Transportation Center. 

At North Terminal, Michigan Flyer picks up passengers in the Ground Transportation Center (GTC). Once you come down the stairs or elevator to the GTC, exit the door to your left and proceed to Stall #1. Look for the small Michigan Flyer/AirRide sign.

For more information about the Michigan Flyer, please visit their website.

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Arriving and Living in Owen Hall

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When you arrive at MSU you will check in at Owen Hall. The Michigan Flyer bus stop is marked with a red dot and Owen Hall is marked on the map with a yellow star. A taxi from the bus stop to Owen Hall costs less than $10. If you travel individually we recommend you booking the S-cab taxi in advance (www.S-cabs.com) by emailing to John (John(at)s-cabs.com). He can be reached by cell 1-517-712-0844.  

The Owen hall is ideal for students who desire a living environment conducive to study.

Room Features:

  • Suite-style bathrooms
  • Single and double rooms
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • All rooms furnished
  • Loft beds
  • Cable TV and high-speed internet included
  • All utilities included
  • Barrier-free housing
  • Quiet floors
  • Alcohol-free floors
  • Co-ed floors
  • NOTE:Starting in summer 2017, landlines will no longer be offered in Owen Hall rooms.

 Building Features:

  • Community kitchen
  • In-hall dining at Riverwalk Market
  • Card-access security
  • 24/7 emergency maintenance service
  • Free laundry
  • Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Air conditioning in public areas
  • Classrooms
  • Study rooms
  • Computer lab
  • Music practice room
  • Game room
  • TV lounge
  • Large community meeting spaces
  • Balconies
  • Sparty's Refresh Cafe
  • ATMs

 

US East Coast or Chicago Trip Information

Our four summer school programs - American Culture & Society, Food, Water & Community, Global Enterprise Innovation, and Modern Packaging - include a field trip to US East Coast from August 1 to August 8, 2017. Following is a tentative itinerary. All travel is by bus. The detailed schedule is subject to change. 

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

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

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

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

Day 5 (Sun, Aug 5) Depart for New York Areas 

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

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

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

* Official program ends on the night of Tuesday Aug 7th and hotel rooms are booked until Wednesday morning. Students are free to arrange their own return trip anytime during Wednesday. 

The Smart Transportation Engineering Program will include a trip to Chicago from August 4th to August 7th. Following is a tentative itinerary. All travel is by bus. The detailed schedule is subject to change. 

Day 1 (Sat, Aug 4)

Morning: East Lansing to Chicago 

Afternoon: Downtown Chicago, Millennium Park, Field Museum, Art Institute of Chicago 

Day 2 (Sun, Aug 5)

Morning: University of Chicago, Willy’s Tower, Sky deck, 

Afternoon: Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain, Lake Shore, Chicago Architecture River Cruise, Michigan Avenue 

Day 3 (Mon, Aug 6)

Morning: Northwestern University 

Afternoon: Bahai House of Worship, Outlet shopping. 

Day 4 (Tue, Aug 7)

Departure

 

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