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Program Types

VIPP's Long-term Programs are designed for individuals in any discipline or sector looking for 3 to 12-month focused professional development opportunities. Gain a competitive edge and prepare for new responsibilities or a leadership role through VIPP's unique long-term visitor programs. These programs allow visiting professionals an extended stay in the United States to connect to academic and professional resources and opportunities at MSU and in Michigan.

car carriage side-by-side.jpgGlobal Professional Education Program (GPEP)

The GPEP is best suited to early or mid-career level professionals in any field who want to elevate their performance. Participants may take VIPP classes, special lectures and seminars, conduct independent research, and participate in many cultural events that VIPP offers. VIPP's signature courses include Communication Skills, Business English, Public Speaking, American Culture and Society, Innovation and Leadership, and Organizational Development. 

sidebyside_professional-lecture.jpgSpecialized Global Professional Education Program (SGPEP)

SGPEP provides a more personalized and intensive educational service and training program. It is best suited for business professionals, public officials, or any individual or group whose training is fully or partially supported by external sponsors. We provide tailored programs based on the sponsor agency's specific training goals and desired learning outcomes. 

Chem building.jpgGlobal Professional Research Program (GPRP)

The GPRP is best suited for well-established academics and professionals who want to be a visiting scholar to MSU departments. Admission to this program is subject to an agreement with the MSU academic unit hosting the participant. VIPP can connect you to MSU experts in your field, process a visa, and provide settlement services. 

Court House.jpgBolashak Program

The Bolashak Program brings professionals and scholars from Kazakhstan to Michigan State University for innovative education opportunities. The Bolashaq International Scholarship is the flagship scholarship program of the government of Kazakhstan. Bolashak scholars have a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to take advantage of MSU's prestigious resources and elevate their skills, knowledge, and expertise.