International Studies & Programs

Specialized Global Professional Educational Program

SGPEP is designed for companies, government agencies, educational institutions and other entities interested in a customized program for an individual or a group of employees. It's also available for self-funded individuals who are looking for a more intensive program. 


In addition to GPEP's programming, SGPEP provides a more personalized educational service and intensive professional development opportunity. SGPEP is designed to meet the specific requirements and requests of the funding sponsor, or individual by providing focused and tailored training. It may include taking regular MSU academic courses or full-semester of the ELC (English Language Center) courses; creating a specialized course or seminar on particular topics; one-on-one instruction; field trips to other U.S. cities; internships; and research collaboration opportunities. Many SGPEP components are designed in collaboration with MSU Schools or Institutes or even non-MSU entities to meet the sponsor's particular requirements.

In addition to new open-enrollment programs below, VIPP offers SGPEPs in various fields including Human Resources, Urban Planning, and Policy Making and Government Management. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a Global Professional Certificate.

SGPEP Global Finance and Leadership Program

SGPEP Global Finance and Leadership Program awards two separate certificates from the Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP) and a Professional Certificate from MSU's Eli Broad College of Business. Participants have the privilege to attend a special field trip to Chicago, one of the top ten global financial centers in the world. We will visit key financial companies, including Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Investor Services, Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT: CME Group), and/or National Futures Association (NFA). The Program also provides special guest seminars in collaboration with other universities, such as DePaul University and University of Michigan. For a certificate from the College of Business, participants should take a hybrid course which combines the existing eight week-long online course by College of Business and four offline face-to-face classroom instructions. For more information click program flyer here.

Fees

Application Fee: $125 (non-refundable)

Program Fee: $25,000 (1 year program only) 

SGPEP Global Education and Leadership Program

SGPEP Global Education and Leadership Program awards two separate certificates from the Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP) and a Professional Certificate from MSU's Eli Broad College of Business. Participants have the privilege to attend a special field trip to the East Coast of the United States, including New York and Washington D.C. For a certificate from the College of Business, participants should take a hybrid course which combines the existing eight week-long online course by College of Business and four offline face-to-face classroom instructions. Participants will choose one online course from five topic areas: Strategic Leadership, Strategic Decision Making, Strategic Management, Global Business Strategy, and Cross Cultural Management. The program flyer is available here.

Fees

Application fee: $125 (non-refundable)

Program fee:  $15,000 (12 months), $8,500 (6 months)

 

SGPEP Law Program

SGPEP Law Program offers a joint collaboration with MSU College of Law. After spending the first semester in VIPP to improve their English language and communication skills, participants will move their academic activities to the law school and may audit two College of Law courses after consulting with the Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs at the College of Law. VIPP participants will be invited to participate in multiple faculty development activities hosted by the College of Law and will have access to the Law library including electronic resources (e.g., Westlaw, LEXIS). 

Fees

Application fee: $125 (non-refundable)

Program fee:  $15,000 (12 months) 

SGPEP Digital Media and Information Program

SGPEP Digital Media and Information Program is jointly offered by VIPP and MSU's Quello Center, which is affiliated with the Department of Media and Information in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at MSU. The Quello Center will offer a special series of seminars in digital media and information technologies, policies, and practices related the internet, internet of things, social media, mobile media, games, and big data. In addition, seminars are complemented by visits to centers, labs, research groups, and exemplary business enterprises that design or use telecommunications, creative industries, new media and information in innovative ways. Potential field visits include MSU’s public broadcasting station, WKAR, which is becoming a centerpiece in a university-wide technology test bed or living laboratory; The Media and Advertising Psychology Lab (MAP Lab), the department’s Games for Entertainment & Learning (GEL) Lab, the College’s Media Sandbox, MSU’s Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP), the new Newsroom and Immersive Studio, and also local telecommunications, new media and game industry and startup companies. Visit Quello Center to find more information about seminar series and involved faculty. The program flyer is available here.

Fees

Application fee: $125 (non-refundable)

Program fee:  $15,000 (12 months), $8,500 (6 months)

SGPEP Leadership and Management Program

SGPEP Leadership and Management awards two separate certificates from the Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP) and a Professional Certificate from MSU Eli Broad College of Business. The program will offer a hybrid course which combines the existing eight week-long online course by College of Business and offline face-to-face classroom instruction. Participants will choose one online course from five topic areas when they apply: Strategic Leadership, Strategic Decision Making, Strategic Management, Global Business Strategy, and Cross Cultural Management. Participants may have an option to take more online courses but additional costs will apply.

To ensure participants get the best out of the online course, VIPP will arrange special face-to-face instructions with College of Business faculty. Every other week during online study, four times of offline Q&A session will be offered without extra cost only for VIPP participants. This benefit is possible only through VIPP. Do not register for online courses from the business school's website. We will handle your registration for online courses once you are accepted to our program. For details about the application process, eligibility, program features, and our service, click the program flyer here.

Fees

Application fee: $125 (non-refundable)

Program fee:  $15,000 (12 months), $8,500 (6 months)

SGPEP Statistics Program

SGPEP Statistics Program is jointly offered by VIPP and the MSU Department of Statistics and Probability. The Department of Statistics and Probability is home to an internationally renowned faculty with a wide variety of expertise in fundamental and interdisciplinary research, over 100 graduate students, and about 80 undergraduate students from around the world. Participants will observe American classrooms offered by the Department, have an opportunity to interact with faculty and students, and participate in seminars and professional development opportunities. This program will begin in September 2016 and participants can apply for either 6 month-long or 1 year-long program. Space is limited. Details about the program including eligibility, deadline, service, and faculty areas of expertise are available in the program flyer here.

Fees

Application fee: $125 (non-refundable)

Program fee:  $12,500 (12 months), $6,500 (6 months)

SGPEP Professional Writing Program

The Professional Writing Program is jointly offered by VIPP and the MSU Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures (WRAC). Participants will observe American classrooms, shadow one Tier 1 writing class, interact with faculty and students, and participate in seminars and professional development opportunities offered by the department. For details about the application process, eligibility, program features, and our service, click the program flyer here.

Fees

Application fee: $125 (non-refundable)

Program fee:  $14,000 (12 months), $8,500 (6 months)

SGPEP Public Policy and Government Leadership Program

SGPEP Public Policy and Government Leadership awards two separate certificates from the Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP) and a Professional Certificate from MSU's Eli Broad College of Business. Participants have the privilege to visit Michigan state and local governments. For a certificate from the College of Business, participants should take a hybrid course which combines the existing eight-week online course by College of Business and four offline face-to-face classroom instructions. Participants will choose one online course from five topic areas: Strategic Leadership, Strategic Decision Making, Strategic Management, Global Business Strategy, and Cross Cultural Management. The program flyer is available here.

Fees

Application fee: $125 (non-refundable)

Program fee:  $15,000 (12 months), $8,500 (6 months)

 

Program Components

English language training, Communication, Professional Development, Leadership Development, Global Awareness.

Intensive learning including specialized courses on specific topics, seminars, internships and field trips as requested by individuals or sponsoring organizations.

Funding Source

Funded by individual or sponsoring organization.

Visa

J-1 non-degree student visa

Program Fees

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

  • 12 months: $12,000 - $27,000 
  • 6 months: $6,500 - $15,500 

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.

Fee includes tuition and logistics. Fee does not include health insurance, international or domestic airfare, or any other living costs.

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. If your study is solely supported by yourself or your family, you are eligible for an F-1 non-degree student visa. 

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.

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