International Studies & Programs

Program Overview

VIPP understand each professional has different career goals, needs and expectations. We provide a range of non-degree certificate programs with distinctive features. Regardless of which program you study, you will have a choice of learning from taking VIPP classes, specialized lectures, seminars to engaging in independent research, field trips and a variety of cultural events and activities. For detailed information about fees and program components, visit each program page. 

car carriage side-by-side.jpgGlobal Professional Education Program (GPEP)

The GPEP is best suited to early or mid-career professionals in any field who want to elevate their careers. Participants may take VIPP classes, special lectures and seminars, conduct independent research, and participate in many cultural events that VIPP offers. VIPP's signature courses include Communication Skills, Business English, Public Speaking, American Culture and Society, Current Affairs, and Organizational Development. 

sidebyside_professional-lecture.jpgSpecialized Global Professional Education Program (SGPEP)

In addition to the GPEP offerings, SGPEP provides a more personalized educational service and intensive professional development. It is best suited for business professionals, public officials, or any individual or group whose training is fully or partially sponsored by external funding. We tailor each program to sponsor agency's specific development goals. SGPEP is also available for a self-funded individual with ambitious career aspirations.

sidebyside_eastlansing.jpgGlobal Professional Research Program (GPRP)

The GPRP is best suited for well-established academics and professionals who want to be a visiting scholar to MSU departments. Admission to this program is subject to an agreement with the MSU academic unit hosting the participant. 

sidebyside_lecture.jpgGlobal Young Professional Program (GYPP)

The GYPP serves as a bridge program for young professionals before applying or transferring to graduate or professional degree programs at MSU or elsewhere. GYPP offers various levels of English language training and a customized academic program in conjunction with academic units on campus.

sidebyside_campus-flowers.jpgGlobal Summer School

The Global Summer School Program is perfect for current college students who'd like to experience American college education during the summer. The program offers general English courses, leadership development, career counseling, field trips, and fun cultural events. Participants live in the MSU student residence halls (dormitories).

sidebyside_students.jpgGlobal Executive Workshop (GEW)

The GEW is an customized, intensive group training program for groups who want a shorter, more focused program. Ranging from three days to six weeks, GEW offers a combination of lectures, professional meetings, on-site visits, and cultural excursions. The scope, length and location of programs depend on participants' needs.

Settlement/Logistics Services 

VIPP can assist you with the logistics of moving to the East Lansing area. Services include:

  • Visa processing: DS 2019 for J-1 non-degree student visa or I-20 for F-1 non-degree student visa.
  • Pick up at the airport: Capital Regional International Airport (LAN) or Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW).
  • On-campus badging and computer system authorizations.
  • Finding housing and enrolling in health insurance.
  • Getting a driver's license, purchasing a car, and signing up for car insurance.
  • Family support including enrolling children at local schools. 

Federal Programs

VIPP proudly supports MSU colleges and departments in the administration of federal programs. We play various roles in these competitive programs, providing logistical support, program delivery, or both.

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