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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: DS 2019 for J-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, enrolling in health insurance, and obtaining Social Security Number (SSN).
  • Getting a driver's license, purchasing a car, and signing up for car insurance.
  • Family support including enrolling children at local schools.