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VIPP Services

VIPP programs are normally a one-year and many participants bring their family with them. We understand moving to a new country for study can be daunting, and that is why we provide 360 degree services from academic support to settlement to help you and your family make transition to the US as smooth as possible. 


Academic Support

We provide individual consulting and advising services for your academic and professional goals to help you make progress and meet program requirements. In addition to your program curriculum, we provide extra seminars, workshops, field trips, and events all year round to enrich your learning experiences. Our academic support includes, but is not limited to:

  • VIPP's own classes and dedicated faculty.
  • Special seminars, workshops, speaker series, domestic and local field trips, and events.
  • Academic advising and research support.
  • Liaison services to connect you to academic and professional resources and opportunities at MSU and in Michigan.
  • An opportunity to present and share your work with professional peers.
  • Support for conference travel upon approval.

Logistic Support

We provide logistic support to make sure you're quickly settled to jumpstart your study. We will help with following (service may vary depending on programs you enroll):

  • Visa processing for a participant: DS 2019 for J-1 non-degree student visa 
  • Visa processing for accompanying family members: J-2 dependent visa 
  • Pick up at the airport: Capital Regional International Airport (LAN) for a GPEP participant or Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) for a SGPEP participant only
  • MSU ID 
  • MSU computing system - email account, D2L access 
  • Help with finding housing and signing a contract 
  • Enrolling in health insurance
  • Obtaining Social Security Number (SSN) 
  • Getting a driver's license
  • Enrolling children at local schools*
  • Help with immunization for school-aged children* 
  • Purchasing a car, and signing up for car insurance - SGPEP only 

Please note that service marked with * is only available with dependent settlement service fee $800. This service charge only applies to GPEP applicants who plan to bring school-aged child(ren.)