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Academic Calendar

The VIPP academic year consists of a fall semester, a spring semester, and a summer semester. VIPP follows MSU's academic calendar but VIPP courses begin one week after the start of the semester. Download VIPP 2018 academic and cultural event calendar (PDF).

  • August 29, 2018 - MSU Fall 2018 Semester Begins 
  • September 5, 2018 — VIPP Fall 2018 Semester Begins
  • September 7, 2018 — Fall Welcome Luncheon (New participants only) 
  • September 29, 2018 — VIPP Football Tailgate
  • October 22, 2018 — VIPP Half-semester Courses Begin
  • November 16, 2018 — Thanksgiving Potluck 
  • December 7, 2018 — MSU & VIPP Fall Semester Ends
  • December 9, 2018— VIPP Graduation (Graduates only) 
  • January 7, 2019 — MSU Spring 2019 Semester Begins
  • January 14, 2019 — VIPP Spring 2019 Semester Begins
  • March 4 – 8, 2019 — MSU Spring Break (No VIPP classes)
  • March 12, 2019 — VIPP Half-semester Courses Begin
  • April 1 – 5, 2019 — VIPP Spring Break (No VIPP classes)
  • April 26, 2019— Last day of classes for MSU & VIPP
  • May 13, 2019 — MSU & VIPP Summer Session 1 Begins
  • May 27, 2019— Memorial Day (MSU closed)
  • June 28, 2019 — MSU & VIPP Summer Session 1 Ends
  • July 1, 2019 — MSU & VIPP Summer Session 2 Begins
  • July 4, 2019 — Independence Day (MSU closed)
  • August 15, 2019 — MSU & VIPP Summer Session 2 Ends
  • August 28, 2019 - MSU Fall 2018 Semester Begins 
  • September 4, 2019 — VIPP Fall 2018 Semester Begins
  • September 2019— VIPP Football Tailgate (TBD) 
  • October 21, 2019 — VIPP Half-semester Courses Begin
  • November 15, 2019 — Thanksgiving Potluck 
  • December 6, 2019 — MSU & VIPP Fall Semester Ends
  • December 8, 2019— VIPP Graduation (Graduates only) 

VIPP Fall semesters generally begin in the first or second week of September and end the first week of December. VIPP Spring semesters generally begin in mid-January and end the last week of April. VIPP Spring semesters observe two 1-week breaks: MSU spring break the second week of March and area schools' spring break the second week of April.

Ideally, participants should arrive at the beginning of MSU's Fall or Spring semester since most VIPP courses are a semester long. To accommodate visiting professionals who may arrive in the middle of the semester, we also offer half-semester long courses which normally begin mid-March or late October. 

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