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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. 

  • 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
  • August 15, 2019 — MSU & VIPP Summer Session 2 Ends
  • August 28, 2019 — MSU Fall 2019 Semester Begins 
  • September 4, 2019 — VIPP Fall 2019 Semester Begins
  • October 21, 2019 — VIPP Half-semester Courses Begin
  • December 4, 2019 — MSU & VIPP Fall Semester Ends
  • December 6, 2019— VIPP Graduation (Graduates only) 
  • January 6, 2020 — MSU Spring 2020 Semester Begins
  • January 13, 2020 — VIPP Spring 2020 Semester Begins
  • March 2 - 6, 2020 — MSU Spring Break (No MSU & VIPP classes) 
  • March 9, 2020 — VIPP Half-semester Courses Begin
  • April 6-10, 2020 — VIPP Spring Break (No VIPP classes) 
  • April 24, 2020— Last day of classes for MSU & VIPP
  • May 11, 2020— MSU & VIPP Summer Session 1 Begins
  • June 26, 2020 — MSU & VIPP Summer Session 1 Ends
  • June 29, 2020 — MSU & VIPP Summer Session 2 Begins
  • August 14, 2020 — MSU & VIPP Summer Session 2 Ends 
  • September 2, 2020 — MSU Fall 2020 Semester Begins
  • September 9, 2020 — VIPP Fall 2020 Semester Begins
  • October 21, 2020— VIPP Half-semester Courses Begins
  • December 11, 2020 — MSU & VIPP Fall Semester Ends
  • December 13, 2020— VIPP Graduation

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 is 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.