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GYPP in Urban Planning

                        6 Month GYPP in Urban Planning

                                    Deadline for Summer 2018 program is May 1, 2018.  

For international educational institutions interested in an intensive and focused academic program for their students, VIPP offers Specialized Global Young Professional Program (SGYPP). Many SGYPP components are designed in collaboration with MSU Schools or Institutes to meet the sponsor's particular requirements.

VIPP offers the 6-month long Specialized GYPP in Urban Planning once a year only in Summer/Fall. The program runs from July to the next January. Senior or junior 4-year college students are eligible to apply. 

The overall mission of the Urban & Regional Planning (URP) Program at MSU is to create a sustainable built and natural environment that enriches communities through leadership, entrepreneurial creativity, social responsibility and environmentally sustainable planning and policy. Urban and regional planning deals with aspects of design and regulation of the uses of space that focus on the physical form, economic functions, and social impacts of the urban environment and on the location and flow of different activities within it. It stimulates creative and systematic approaches for addressing and resolving the physical, economic and social problems of towns, cities and larger regions.

Students will audit two urban planning courses taught by MSU or affiliated faculty. Other academic and research related courses as well as English language courses will be taught by VIPP faculty. Upon successful completion students will be awarded a certificate of Specialized Global Young Professional Program (SGYPP) on Urban Planning by the Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP) at MSU.

Program Features

  • Take academic courses taught by MSU or affiliated faculty 

  • Have access to career services and advising 

  • Improve your spoken and written English skills 

  • Sharpen your knowledge and experience in business and financial management 

  • Have access to field trips to the finance districts of Chicago and Detroit at additional costs 

  • Interact with students from the U.S. and abroad 

  • Participate in MSU’s activities, seminars, and cultural events 

  • Attend seminars on graduate study and graduate school application

Course Information

Participants must take 8 courses (15 credits total) from 3 tracks. Most courses are 3 credit semester-long courses. Half-semester long short courses are 1.5 credits.

  • 1 Summer Course (3 Credits): Food, Water, and Our Community
  • Urban Planning (2 courses, 3 credits):  Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning, Methods for Investigation of Urban Systems, Planning and Design Digital Graphics, Land Use Planning, Introduction to Environmental Planning
  • General Academic and Research Skills (2 courses, 3 credits): Critical Thinking, General Research Methodology, Cross-cultural Business Communication Skills, Organizational Behavior, Leadership
  • English Language and Culture (3 courses, 6 credits): Pronunciation, Idioms, Conversation, American Culture, Business English, Public Speaking, Negotiation Skills, Professional and Academic Writing

Admission Requirements

  • Senior or junior at a 4-year college.
  • Preferably major in urban planning or any related subject.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Minimum TOEFL score 60 (internet-based) or CET Band-4 or equivalent.


J-1 or F-1 non-degree student visa.

Program Fees

Tuition is $7,500 excluding health insurance and living costs.

Apply for the 2018 Specialized GYPP in Urban Planning program.

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