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Bolashak Program (500 Scholars)

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About

The Bolashak Program

The Visiting International Professional Program is proud to partner with the Bolashak Program to bring 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 and is designed to train the country's future leaders. 

MSU -2.jpgVIPP connects Bolashak scholars with the expertise of world-class faculty and resources available at MSU and the distinct American Higher Education System. As the US's pioneer land-grant university, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world and home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs. Through our innovative programs, Bolashak scholars have a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to take advantage of MSU's prestigious resources and elevate their skills, knowledge and expertise to become tomorrow's leaders.

Programs

In collaboration with MSU colleges, VIPP offers the following programs for Bolashak scholars (click on the tabs above to read about each program in detail)

  • Higher Education Teaching and Learning (4 months)
  • Law Faculty Professional Development Program (12 months)
  • Agricultural Engineering (12 months)
  • Higher Education Pedagogy (12 months)
  • Second Language Studies & TESOL (12 months)
  • Personalized Program: A program tailored to the individual in another discipline (subject to mentor agreement)

Learn More or Apply

For questions about the Bolashak Program at VIPP contact Dr. Xiaoqing Chen:

Email: chenxia6(at)msu.edu

Tel: 517-884-3487

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H.E. Teaching & Learning

Higher Education Teaching & Learning for University Instructors

Program Description

This program is designed for university instructors engaged in developing their own innovative practices, both in curriculum design as well as teaching and learning. During their time at Michigan State University, Bolashaq Fellows will participate in well-structured courses, and will be guided to work on their own teaching and learning research project that leads to an action plan for implementing in their home institutions. Participants will use MSU as a case study to explore the best practices of U.S. higher education teaching, learning, and curriculum development, including:

  • Student-centered teaching, learning, and curriculum design
  • Digital technology in higher education

Program Duration and Dates

  • 4 months
  • August 26, 2024 to December 25, 2024

Why VIPP for Higher Education Teaching & Learning

Michigan State is the ideal institution for world-class professional development for educators. The Visiting International Professional Program, in collaboration with MSU academic units and faculty, has been offering the Higher Education Teaching and Learning certificate program for international faculty for the last five years. A few hundred young scholars and educators from Asia and Africa have successfully completed the program and are making a significant impact on their countries and institutions’ higher education curriculum reform and teaching and learning innovation. We are skilled at working across disciplines and will connect our visitors with colleagues in various disciplines whenever possible.

Program Structure and Activities

The program consists of a series of workshops that provide an overview of U.S. higher education and the concepts of curriculum design, student-centered teaching and learning, and digital technology usage. Participants will also have the opportunity to enroll in a small number of skill-based courses such as Academic Writing, Critical Thinking, Leadership and Organization Change, U.S. Legal System and Government, American Culture, etc.

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Law

Law Faculty Professional Development Program

Program Description

Hosted in collaboration with the MSU College of Law, this interactive course training and American cultural experience provides participants with complete immersion into American law school culture, legal language, and legal educational system to benefit their careers back in Kazakhstan. The program provides access to expert faculty at the Law College and throughout campus, and exposure to critical American and state-specific legal institutions such as the Michigan Supreme Court, the Michigan One Hall of Justice, and the Michigan Legislature. Participants will enjoy hands-on practice and networking, and integration with the MSU College of Law regular program.

Program Duration and Dates

  • 12 months
  • August 26, 2024 – August 25, 2025

Program Components

VIPP Courses (Fall and Summer Semesters)

VIPP courses are designed to give the participants the opportunity to improve academic English communication abilities specifically in the law area, a deeper understanding of cross-cultural and global issues, develop strong and practical leadership skills, and enhance professionalism regardless of participants' backgrounds. The participants can choose 1-2 courses from a wide variety of courses based on their interests, language ability and timetable. Some example courses include: English for Law Professionals, Academic and Professional Writing, American Culture – Education, Family and Society, Critical Thinking, Leadership Through Change and Innovation, etc. For a full list of VIPP courses, please refer to vipp.isp.msu.edu/long-term-programs/curriculum/vipp-curriculum/

Higher Education Teaching & Learning Workshops (Spring Semester)

This ten full day or half-day workshop series is taught by distinguished MSU faculty. The intensive program will provide a systematic introduction to teaching and learning in higher education. Each workshop will last about four hours including lecture, hands-on practice, interaction with faculty, and Q&A.

  • U.S. Higher Education Overview
  • Best Practice in University Teaching: Student Centered Active and Interactive Learning
  • Curriculum Design and Assessment of Student Learning
  • Document and Evaluating Teaching
  • Introduction to Leadership in Higher Education 
  • Effective Faculty Mentoring and Reflection
  • MSU Overview (Tenure system, faculty evaluation, promotion, student success, program approval process etc.)
  • MSU Desire 2 Learn (D2L) System and Online Resources
  • REAL – Rooms for Engaged Active Learning
  • Technology Resources for Teaching and Learning

Law School Immersion (Spring Semester)

A wide range of master-level and JD courses are available, and typically scholars can choose up to two courses based on their interests and experiences. Visiting scholars in the program may audit up to two classes per semester, including online offerings, subject to visa regulations.  Some examples include: Contract Law, Property Law, Criminal Law and other critical courses from the required Juris Doctor curriculum (taken by U.S. attorneys in training) as well as electives like Antitrust Law, Agricultural Law, Communication Law and Policy, Cyber Law, International IP Law, International Food Law and Regulation, etc. View the College of Law's full course list.

Scholars will have access to the Law College library and electronic resources, such as the Westlaw and LexisNexis online research systems. They will also be welcome at law college events and be able to participate in law student groups. Michigan State University has a wealth of activities, groups and resources open to all students, whether enrolled in law classes or not, which would also be available to the scholars.

Capstone Project (Summer Semester)

A dedicated faculty member will supervise and support the participant to independently complete a capstone project which could focus on different topics such as:

  • International business matters
  • Food law-focused subjects like international trade, food labeling, and regulation of Halal foods

Participants will be required to give a 20-30 minute presentation to the MSU Law community and colleagues in the visiting scholar programs. Written reports on each of the topical areas will also be required. Feedback from MSU faculty will be provided and discussed throughout the summer and fall semesters via regular meetings. 

Field Trips (Throughout the Year)

Professional visits and meetings to relevant law schools, law firms, legislative offices, the Michigan legislature, local and state courts, and private organizations will be arranged during the program to provide maximum exposure and networking opportunities to the participants. Out-of-state travel may also be arranged if budget allows, to include visits to Washington, D.C. and other critical legal destinations.

 

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Agricultural Engineering

Agricultural Engineering

Program Description

Hosted by the Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP) in collaboration with the MSU College of Agricultural and Natural Resources (CANR), and the MSU College of Engineering (EGR), this 12-month research internship (visiting scholar program) at MSU aims to build faculty’s research capacity with a clear goal to translate research into solutions, and in the process to publish high quality research papers and develop grant proposals to secure national and international funding. Participants will have the chance to take courses and pursue research opportunities focused on their unique academic interests. Opportunities to learn the latest research and practice models in food-energy-water-health nexus area will be provided, as will chances to network with faculty, students and professionals. Cultural and social activities across campus are great ways to learn the U.S. campus culture and fully engage with the academic community.

The purpose of this intensive program is to leverage MSU CARN and EGR academic resources, to build Kazakhstan agricultural engineering faculty’s research capacity. Participants will also Improve relevant disciplinary knowledge, build research collaborations and professional networks, and develop cultural awareness. They will also be able to observe Michigan agricultural industry in action through excursions.

Program Duration and Dates

  • 1 year
  • August 26, 2024 – August 25, 2025

Program Objectives

  • Gain a deep understanding of U.S. university campus culture, structure and governance with a focus on Agriculture or Engineering disciplines
  • Attend classes at relevant academic units while gain critical substantive knowledge in varied or specific fields of Ag and Engineering
  • Enhance academic English proficiency for research and teaching
  • Develop critical thinking and leadership skills to lead educational programs and research development at home institution 
  • Learn about various ongoing research projects in food-energy-water-health nexus area at MSU CANR and EGR (and other colleges) and explore potential research directions and partnerships for the home institution
  • Develop research capacity in terms of paper and proposal writing, and grant management    
    Develop strategy to improve home university’s research capacity

Program Components

  • Research and language skills development – academic writing & proposal development  
  • Academic skills development in biosystems and agricultural engineering area – course observation and special workshops  
  • Research projects in food-energy-water-health nexus topics – mentored by relevant MSU faculty with a potential outcome of a draft paper or funding proposal
  • Cultural awareness and understanding of U.S. higher education – courses & cultural site visit & professional meetings, and social engagement

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Pedagogy

Pedagogical Innovations for University Instructors

Program Description

Hosted by the Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP) in collaboration with the MSU College of Education's Global Education Engagement in the Office of International Studies in Education, this program is designed for university instructors engaged in developing their own innovative practices, both in pedagogy and research. During their time at Michigan State University, Bolashak Fellows will participate in a guided process of goal-setting and inquiry, resulting in an action plan for implementing needed pedagogical change in their home institutions. Each participant will be assigned an MSU faculty mentor to guide them through their independent study and research. Fellows will use MSU as a case study to explore the best practices of U.S. higher education teaching, learning and pedagogy, including:

  • Student centered teaching, learning and curriculum design
  • Digital technology in higher education
  • Pedagogical innovations and reforms across disciplines  

Program Duration and Dates

  • 12 months
  • August 26, 2024 to August 25, 2025

Program Structure and Components

The program will begin in the College of Education with a series of workshops that provide an overview of the U.S. higher education system and foundational concepts such as adult learning theory, psychology of motivation among adult learners, and curriculum design. This will be followed by a deeper look into the implications of these ideas for cutting-edge pedagogy, and opportunities to see these put into practice in MSU courses. The Fellows will then be paired with MSU faculty mentors in their subject areas, and spend most of their time in their subject-area departments. Throughout the program, they will engage in workshops to support their independent academic work, setting goals for individual projects, and building their capacity to engage in research. Fellows will also have the opportunity to enroll in a small number of skill-based courses through the VIPP program, such as Research Methodology, Critical Thinking, U.S. Legal System and Government, American Culture, etc. 

Why the Pedagogy Innovation Program

Michigan State University is the ideal institution for educators for world-class professional development. The MSU College of Education is well-respected across the United States and the world, ranking number 2 in education worldwide in the Shanghai Global Ranking, while eight of the College’s graduate programs are rated among the top ten in the US in the prestigious US News and World Report rankings. The Bolashak Fellows will have the opportunity to attend seminars given by top researchers and scholars in the College of Education, observe courses taught across the university, and pursue their own teaching and research interests.

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SLS & TESOL

Second Language Studies & TESOL

Program Description

The SGPEP Second Language Studies & TESOL Faculty Professional Development Visiting Scholar Program is hosted by the Visiting International Professional Program and the Applied Linguistics (Second Language Studies & TESOL) Program at Michigan State University. The learning outcomes of the program include:

  • Improve English communication skills including teaching subject specific courses through the medium of English. Gain deep understanding of U.S. university campus culture including TESOL program management.
  • Enhance intercultural communication capacity, critical thinking skills, and leadership skills.
  • Enhance discipline specific knowledge, explore new research trend and areas, and build professional networks.
  • Reflect on teaching and pedagogy by observing American classrooms.
  • Aim to improve home university’s curriculum, student learning support, improve teaching quality, and research capacity.

Program Duration and Dates

Academic Year program (12 month), Summer to Summer, annually*

*Note that for scholars with minor children expected to enroll in local public schools, a start date at least by early August is recommended to allow for timely school registration and an on-time start for the child/children.

Program Components

VIPP Courses (Fall Semester)

VIPP courses are designed to give the participants the opportunity to improve academic English communication abilities specifically in the Second Language Studies and TESOL area, a deeper understanding of cross-cultural and global issues in English language education, develop strong and practical language program leadership skills, and enhance professionalism regardless of participants' backgrounds. The participants can choose 1-2 courses from a wide variety of courses based on their interests, language ability, and timetable. Some example courses include: English for Teaching Professionals, Academic and Professional Writing, Research Methodology, American Culture: Education, Family and Society, Critical Thinking, Leadership Through Change and Innovation, etc. For a full list of VIPP courses, please visit vipp.msu.edu/curriculum.

Second Language Studies & TESOL Teaching and Learning Workshops (Spring Semester)

Participants will take part in 15 three-hour-long, weekly workshops, usually on Thursdays (9:30 AM to 12:30 PM) or on Friday afternoons, taught within the prestigious Applied Linguistics (TESOL Program and Second Language Studies Ph.D. Program) in the spring semester (15 workshops total). This intensive program will provide a systematic review of current and state-of-the-art methodologies in teaching and learning TESOL and language studies in high school and college settings. Each three-hour workshop will including lecture, hands-on practice, interaction with faculty, and Q&A.

  • U.S. TESOL/Second Language Studies Education Overview
  • Best Practice in University TESOL/Second Language Studies Teaching: Student Centered Active and Interactive Learning
  • Curriculum Design and Assessment of TESOL/Second Language Studies Student Learning
  • Document and Evaluating TESOL/Second Language Studies Teaching
  • Introduction to Leadership in TESOL/Second Language Studies Programming
  • Effective Faculty Mentoring and Reflection on research and instruction in TESOL/Second Language Studies
  • MSU Overview (Tenure system, faculty evaluation, promotion, student success, program approval process etc.)
  • Online Resources for TESOL/Second Language Studies
  • REAL – Rooms for Engaged Active Learning
  • Technology Resources for TESOL/Second Language Studies Teaching and Learning

Applied Linguistics (TESOL & Second Language Studies) Immersion

A wide range of master-level and Ph.D. courses are available. Typically scholars choose to take one course in the Spring semester based on their interests and experiences. Some examples include: Language Teaching Methods (and Task-based Language Teaching); Teaching and Learning Vocabulary; Speech Perception: Pronunciation and Phonetics; Foreign and Second Language Assessment, Instructed Second Language Learning, Corpus Linguistics in Second Language Acquisition; Eye-Tracking Methods within SLA Research; TESOL Practices; Identity and Ideology in SLA; Individual Differences in SLA; Interlanguage Analysis; Introduction to SLA, etc.

Scholars will have access to the MSU library and electronic resources, such as the Linguistics, Languages, and Behavior Abstracts (LLBA) and the Modern Languages Association (MLA) online research systems. They will also be welcome at Applied Linguistics (TESOL and SLS), College, and University events, and be able to participate in Applied Linguistics student groups, such as the Student Organization of Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy (SoSLAP). Michigan State University has a wealth of activities, groups, and resources open to all students, whether enrolled in TESOL/Second Language Studies and Applied Linguistics classes or not, which would also be available to the scholars. Each spring the VIPPs are invited to participate in the Applied Linguistics (Second Language Studies and TESOL) Spring Symposium, which attracts scholars from around North America.

Capstone Project (May)

A dedicated faculty member will supervise and support the participant to independently complete a capstone project which could focus on different topics including:

  •  Current TESOL/Second Language Studies curricular design: Improving one’s own academic programming
  • Current TESOL/Second Language Studies research design: Designing a study for research in TESOL
  • Current TESOL/Second Language Studies assessments: Designing or improving an assessment in TESOL/Second Language Studies

Participants will be required to give a 20-30 minute presentation to the MSU Applied Linguistics (TESOL and Second Language Studies) community and colleagues in the visiting scholar programs. Written reports on each of the topical areas will also be required. Feedback from MSU faculty will be provided and discussed throughout the summer and fall semesters via regular meetings.

Field Trips (Throughout the Year)

Professional visits and meetings to relevant conferences, cultural sites, and talks important for teaching TESOL and foreign and second languages will be arranged during the program to provide maximum exposure and networking opportunities to the participants. Out-of-state travel may also be arranged if budget allows, to include visits to the International TESOL conference or the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) conference, which will be in Chicago in November 2023 (a four-hour drive away or a shorter Amtrak train ride direct from East Lansing).

 

Program Advantages & Features

  • Immersive, interactive course training and American cultural experience;
  •  Participatory, hands-on practice and networking;
  • Complete immersion in the Applied Linguistics (TESOL and Second Language Studies) Programs to benefit careers back home;
  • Access to expert faculty in the Applied Linguistics (TESOL and Second Language Studies) Programs and throughout campus;
  •  Exposure to critical American and state-specific TESOL and Applied Linguistics educational systems, such as the Michigan TESOL Organization and the American Association of Applied Linguistics;
  •  Integration with the Applied Linguistics (TESOL and Second Language Studies) regular programming, including its workshops, symposia, and guest speakers series;
  • Complete overlap of the program timeline with the East Lansing Public Schools calendar so that Visiting Scholars with school-age children can have their children fully attend one full academic year in the East Lansing Public Schools free of charge, where there are excellent English-language support services for English-learning children and a vibrant, international student and family community.

 

Why the Second Language Studies & TESOL Program

The MA TESOL and the Second Language Studies Ph.D. Programs at MSU draw from a number of disciplines (TESOL, ESL, foreign language education, applied linguistics, cognitive science, applied measurement, statistics, language policy, bilingualism, foreign and second language pedagogy) as students and faculty within the programs create teaching materials, workshops, and training sessions, and conduct research in these areas and beyond. The faculty includes prolific book authors and researchers of a vast number of empirical studies. The faculty are also the Editors of the most prestigious academic journals in the field, including “TESOL Quarterly,” “Language Learning,” “The Modern Language Journal,” “Language Testing”, and “TASK: The International Journal on Task-based Language Teaching.” The SLS Program was awarded the “Outstanding Graduate Program Community Award” from the MSU Graduate School in 2018. Faculty with the Applied Linguistics Program have won multiple awards, including the TESOL International Distinguished Research Award (2 times), the Paul Pimsleur Award for Distinguished Research in World Language Education (3 times), Fulbright Scholar Awards (3 times) and the American Education Research Association Distinguished Research Award (1 time). The faculty in the programs strive hard to have an inclusive and friendly learning and research community that promotes each individual and their unique contributions, while the programs also strive for excellence in materials design and academic achievement.

Learn more:

https://sls.msu.edu/
https://lilac.msu.edu/tesol/

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Other

Personalized Program for Individual Scholars

VIPP facilitates individualized research programs for Bolashak Scholars who would like to pursue a 12-month research program at MSU. Interested scholars must have a PhD with a minimum of 5 years of research experience. To apply as an individual scholar, submit your application with a full research proposal and most recent publications.

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