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Welcome to the 2024 German Fulbright Summer Institute


The Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP) at Michigan State University (MSU) is delighted to welcome the 2024 German Fulbright Summer Institute to campus July 13 – August 3, 2024! Thirty Fulbright undergraduate students from across Germany will undertake a three-week immersive intercultural exchange program with collaborative projects.

The Institute will expose the students to academic life and study in an American university through a number of distinct but interrelated curricular courses. These are Intercultural Communication and Leadership, American Culture and Society, and Creative Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Social Change. Case studies, group discussions and hands-on collaborative projects are designed to enable students to gain new knowledge and skills as well as to practice in group settings. The program will also take the students to visit some of the most iconic cities and sites in Michigan including the Michigan State Capitol Building, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Ann Arbor Arts Festival, and the city of Detroit, just to name a few.



Hosting Institution: Michigan State University

MSU -2.jpgMichigan State University (MSU) Spartans work to advance the common good with uncommon will. The nation’s pioneer Land Grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world, on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the United States. MSU is the largest residential college in the U.S. and is home to a diverse community of dedicated students, scholars, athletes, artists, scientists, and leaders. Read more about MSU and the state of Michigan.


Students will be awarded the German Fulbright Summer Institute certificate as well as an MSU VIPP certificate upon successful completion of the program.


This program is sponsored by Fulbright Germany.

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Institute Program

Students in the German Fulbright Summer Institute will participate in a full daily schedule of classes taught by MSU faculty, guest lectures by distinguished speakers, field trips around the state, networking events, and cultural enrichment activities.


Global Business Networking Event

Scheduled for July 18, 2024, the Global Business Networking Event, hosted by the Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP), the German-American Business Council (GABC) of Michigan, and the International Business Center (IBC) in the MSU Broad College of Business, and open to participating students in the German Fulbright Summer Institute, is an exciting new event offered this summer as a casual gathering of MSU faculty, staff, representatives of businesses located in Michigan, and students to engage with each other and find mutual interests and potentially lay the foundations for future collaborations. It is our hope that this event will greatly enrich all participants with opportunities for students, faculty, and state business leaders to learn about the business climate in Michigan, professionally engage with one another, experience diverse cultures, and form lasting contacts. The Global Business Networking Event will take place at the historic Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, and feature remarks by speakers representing the various participating organizations.


Intercultural Communication in a Global Context (ICC)

Course Objectives (CO):

  1. Better understand concepts related to intercultural communication
  2. Advance skill set and competencies in intercultural communication in a Global Context
  3. Have a better understanding of self through conversation and reflection in contrast with people from different backgrounds
  4. Understand the power of intercultural communication for social justice

Learning Outcomes (LO):

At the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of self in contrast to others
  • Demonstrate an understanding of intercultural communication in a global context
  • Create dialogue and communication across differences
  • Understanding other cultures and adapting communication
  • Demonstrate acceptance and appreciation for other groups through Allyship
  • Understand and implement the Intercultural Communication Praxis

Creative and Social Entrepreneurship (CSE)

This course serves as an introduction to how critical thinking drives entrepreneurship and innovation, and how entrepreneurship can thrive in the conditions of fast-changing global and interrelated local economies, while making positive impact to communities. The course is task and project-driven, so students practice critical, innovative, disruptive and entrepreneurial thinking throughout the course. Teamwork with students from different academic and cultural backgrounds will connect the intercultural communication learning experience and encourage collaborative learning and cultural exchange.   

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding the theory behind critical thinking and entrepreneurship including typical mistakes by entrepreneurs
  • Understanding key motivation factors for self, and stakeholders within the Entrepreneurial enterprise
  • The fit that emotional intelligence has with entrepreneurship, Innovation and social good
  • Understanding the movement toward an Ethical world which includes the Environment, Social Values, and Transparent Governance
  • Developing and practicing creativity within an Entrepreneurial Business Plan by understanding the fundamentals of Customer Experience, Design Thinking, The Customer Journey, and The Business Model Canvas
  • Creating a ‘pitch style’ presentation that covers the fundamentals of a Strategic Entrepreneurial Business Initiative
  • Understanding the science and art behind innovation, that includes a visit to the Henry Ford Innovation Center, Greenfield Village, and the Ford Rouge Assembly Line

American Culture and Society (ACS)

Course Objectives (CO):

  • Explore the history of race and immigration in the U.S. and its influence through media on the masses and the current American youth culture.
  • Understand the origins of American-based racism that have globally influenced history and analyze the negative impacts on current American popular and youth culture.
  • Define and discuss major concepts of critical race theory (CRT) and their relevance in current events in American society among youth.
  • Apply knowledge of the CRT tenets in group discussions focused on news articles and literary excerpts about current events in American culture and politics.

Learning Outcomes (LO):

Students who complete this course successfully will be able to:

  • Understand major terms related to critical race theory and issues related to racism and immigration, and the intersection of prejudices in American culture and society.
  • Understand histories behind current events and their links to racism and immigration.
  • Analyze and criticize forms of racism and xenophobia through American mass media and social media.
  • Demonstrate empathy and cultural critical thinking to find similarities between your own and different cultures.


Guest Lectures & Panels

See the "Instructors & Speakers" tab to learn more about each guest speaker.

Intercultural Communication and Leadership - A Conversation with Global Executives

Speakers: Henry Julicher, Marc Rosenmayr, Ph.D., Isabelle McKenzie, Nirad Pandya

Thursday, July 18, 2024, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Being the heart of the U.S. automotive industry, Michigan attracts the most talented engineers, designers, and leaders. Meet some of the industry’s top executives, all of whom have studied, worked and lived in multiple continents and countries, and are leading diverse teams to success in some of the most challenging business environments. Listen to their stories and get inspired.

Entrepreneurship and Social Good

Speaker: Faris Alami

Tuesday, July 30, 2024, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Social entrepreneurship is a process of individuals, startups or entrepreneurs develop and fund solutions that directly address social issues. Social entrepreneurship has attracted a lot of attention in recent years. It is possible to make profit while doing good with your business. Meet one fascinating Detroit-based social entrepreneur and hear his journey from a refugee to businessman, published author, mentor, and more. 


Campus Life



Students will live on campus in Owen Hall, located in MSU's River Trail Neighborhood. This dormitory is ideal for students who desire a living environment conducive to study. Read more about Owen Hall and take a virtual room tour.

Owen Hall Features

Room Features:

  • Suite-style bathrooms
  • Single rooms
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • All rooms fully furnished
  • In-room Wi-Fi
  • Cable TV and high-speed internet included
  • Barrier-free housing
  • Co-ed floors

 Building Features:

  • Free laundry
  • 24/7 emergency maintenance
  • Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Air conditioning in public areas
  • Classrooms
  • Music practice room
  • TV lounge
  • Meeting space
  • Sparty's Refresh Cafe (Summer Hours Monday-Friday: 9am-4pm, Weekends: 11am-4pm. Visit for latest dining schedule updates)
  • Bike storage


MSU Campus Maps & Information

campus2.pngThe campus of Michigan State University is located in East Lansing on the banks of the Red Cedar River, and comprises a contiguous area of 5,200 acres. Built amid virgin forest, the campus opened in 1855. Today MSU's campus is home to 538 buildings.

To see more of MSU's beautiful campus, check out this virtual tour, featuring many short video clips and stories of buildings and landmarks. Use the MSU interactive map to find various locations on campus, and read about campus safety.


More About Michigan State University

Michigan State University Spartans work to advance the common good with uncommon will. The nation's pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world and home to a diverse community of dedicated students, scholars, athletes, artists, scientists, leaders.

  • History & Strong Academics: Founded in 1855, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world. MSU offers more than 200 programs of undergraduate, graduate, and professional study in 17 degree-granting colleges.
  • Picturesque Campus: Our huge campus occupies 5,200 acres of land with 538 buildings. It is almost like a small city, but you will quickly feel at home on our stunning and safe campus. Summer is the best time to enjoy the beauty of our campus.   
  • American Campus Life: MSU is the largest residential college in the US. You will stay at one of the residential halls and have access to all facilities and experience American college life. Our residential halls offer great food options, high-speed internet, cable TV, and exciting sports, recreation, and entertainment opportunities.
  • Dedicated Faculty & Staff: Michigan State University employs approximately 5,300 dedicated faculty and academic staff who are there to support you.
  • Central Location: Our great location in East Lansing offers exciting field trips to the city and nature. Lansing, Michigan's capital city is only minutes away. Lake Michigan, the world's fifth-largest lake is only one hour away.
  • Diversity: Over 50,000 students come from all 50 states in the United States and more than 138 countries worldwide. You will make American as well as international friends all in one location.
  • Want to know what’s happening on campus during your visit? The MSU events calendar provides a daily list of campus events. Explore everything from art exhibitions to music concerts.


MSU Bike Rentals

The MSU campus is very large, and riding a bike is a great way to get around. Bike rentals are available on campus through the MSU Bikes Service Center. Learn how to rent a bike at MSU. You can even reserve your bike online prior to your arrival!

Instructors & Speakers

 Main Instructors

Anjam Chaudhary.jpgDr. Anjam Chaudhary is the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) program coordinator at MSU International Studies and Programs. With more than 10 years of national and international experience in academic and administrative education and a passion for intercultural communication competence, Chaudhary brings a multicultural and multilingual perspective to this new position. Most recently she served in professional development and graduate recruitment at Central Michigan University’s Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute, where she developed and facilitated leadership workshops and conferences on diversity and interculturality. Prior to that, she was the faculty-led program coordinator in CMU’s Office of International Affairs. Chaudhary earned her PhD in education, interculturality and student development from Central Michigan University, and she also holds a master’s degree in integrated communications, advertising and public relations from Florida International University; a certificate in advertising and global communications from Berlin’s Institute of Marketing and Communications; and a bachelor’s in South Asian studies from the National Institute of Asian Languages and Cultures.


chowles-ross.jpgProfessor Ross Chowles is professor of practice in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at Michigan State University where he teaches branding, the creative process, how to create commercial video, and ideation techniques. Chowles is co-founder of the Jupiter Drawing Room in Cape Town, Africa’s most awarded independent advertising agency. Chowles and his agency have received numerous awards from South African and international organizations, including Clio, Epica, and Cannes. In 2015, Ross was appointed to the international board of the One Club for Creativity and has since had the privilege of judging all over the globe, from Canada to South Korea and China.


Laura Bowman.jpgLaura Bowman is an instructor with the MSU Visiting International Professional Program and teaches courses about American culture and society. She has Master’s Degrees in German/Spanish and Teaching English as a Second Language. She teaches language classes at Lansing Community College and Michigan State University. Laura is also Vice President of Community Volunteers for International Programs, MSU, and volunteers with internationals at Friendship House, East Lansing.



Guest Speakers

Henry Julicher.pngHenry Julicher is currently the Regional Manager of Sales and Operations for Lufthansa Cargo Midwest and holds twelve years of professional experience in the aviation industry. Henry has been long interested in an international career since high-school and learned that learning German would open up professional opportunities abroad. After studying Economics in college, Henry joined Lufthansa Group on a management trainee program which ultimately brought him to Germany. He believes that success is linked to attitude and motivation and that anyone can succeed with the right mindset; adding travel and experience is also key to understanding perspectives and approaches and will help broaden one's horizons and abilities. Since returning to Michigan, Henry heads the membership committee for the German-American Business Council of Michigan, a professional networking organization that builds on the strong economic, cultural and commercial ties between Michigan and Germany. He lives in Metro Detroit and is passionate about the benefits of living in Michigan, which include sailing the Great Lakes and tasting the culinary scene in Detroit.

Marc Rosenmayr.jpgMarc Rosenmayr, Ph.D. was the Chief Technology Officer at Motherson Innovations, the global R&D organization of the Motherson Group, an international Tier1 automotive supplier with $9B annual revenue. Prior to this position, Marc was the Chief Executive Officer and held various other positions at HELLA Electronics Corp, responsible for development and operations in the Americas with 2,000 employees and $500M revenue. Marc brings more than 20 years of automotive experience in successfully leading and building global teams and has a broad understanding of intercultural collaboration based on his international background and global responsibilities. As Senior Advisor at Coventry Consulting, he provides strategic advisory services on innovation strategies, technology roadmaps, product management, future mobility solutions and open innovation engagements. Marc has a Master’s and Doctoral Degree in Electrical Engineering and is an advisory board member for four startups.


McKenzie, Isabelle2.jpgIsabelle McKenzie was appointed Vice President and President and General Manager of BorgWarner Morse Systems in March 2023. In this role, McKenzie is responsible for BorgWarner’s global Morse Systems business. Most recently, McKenzie served as Vice President & General Manager PowerDrive Systems, Americas. During this time, she also led the integration of Delphi Technologies’ power electronics business unit into PowerDrive Systems. McKenzie joined BorgWarner in 2014 as Vice President Global Engineering for Transmission Systems. Prior to her time at BorgWarner, McKenzie led the global fuel injection business at Continental. She held various positions at Continental and Siemens Automotive in Engineering, Program Management, Quality and Business Operations after moving to the United States in 1998. Before her time in the US, McKenzie worked as a program manager in France and an engineer in Germany, both for Siemens Automotive. McKenzie earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Toulouse. Additionally, McKenzie is co-author of 25 technical papers and nine automotive patents.


Nirad Pandya2.jpgNirad Pandya is currently Head of Strategy and Head of E-Mobility products at Vitesco Technologies, a leading supplier of automotive powertrain solutions to most of the world’s top carmakers. Over his 25-year career, Mr. Pandya has held leading roles in engineering, general management, program management and marketing at Caterpillar, Motorola and Continental. Mr. Pandya has lived in the US, Germany, China and India and has a strong appreciation for communication and leading across cultures.

Mr. Pandya earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in mechanical engineering and control systems.

Faris Alami.jpgFaris Alami is Founder & Chief Executive Officer of International Strategic Management (ISM) since 2003, and works to develop entrepreneurial ecosystem facilitating and training immigrants and ethnic minority entrepreneurs in the U.S. and abroad.

Faris partnered/worked with several incubators and accelerators globally – where he managed over 1,000 start-ups each year, and played a role in planning entrepreneurial training, talent, and several international initiatives. He is a certified FastTrac Facilitator in the internationally recognized Entrepreneurial Training program through the Kauffman Foundation.

Student Assistants

Student Assistants

Meet the MSU students who will serve as class assistants and cultural ambassadors during the 2024 German Fulbright Summer Institute.


Isabel Buckles re.jpgIsabel Buckles

MSU Sophomore

Major: International Relations

I'm Isabel Buckles and I am from Troy, Michigan. I am an International Relations major at James Madison College with minors in German and Business. I am an honors college member and will be starting my second year at Michigan State in the fall. Outside of class, I am involved in the Associated Students of Michigan State University, which is the student government on campus, I am a member of Delta Phi Epsilon which is a professional foreign service sorority, and I was also involved in Undergraduate Research during my first year. I lived in Erlangen Germany for two years while attending middle school and early in the summer, I will be studying abroad in Mayen Germany with MSU's German program. 



Destiny Kanning Image.jpgDestiny Kanning

MSU Senior

Major: Human Biology

Moin Moin! My name is Destiny Kanning. I am an international senior from Hamburg, Germany in the College of Natural Science on the pre-MD/PhD track with a minor in Korean studies. I started my undergraduate journey here in the United States four years ago, at MSU, and have been privileged to be a leading part of many organisations here on campus including ASMSU's University Council, Kappa Gamma Delta, State Singers, Undergraduate Research, and many more! I am an advanced trauma technician in our local emergency departments and a member of the Hospital Emergency Response Team here in Michigan, so you can look for me off the field during our Hockey and Football seasons. I am so excited to get in touch with all of you!


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MSU Senior

Major: Comparative Cultures and Politics and Spanish

Hello everyone!

I am a recent graduate from MSU where I studied Spanish and Comparative Cultures and Politics. I also had minors in Portuguese and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. I am originally from Fenton, MI, making me a lifelong Michigander. In my time at MSU, I have been involved in both Portuguese Club and Salsa Club. In my free time, I enjoy learning languages, traveling, and crocheting. I am looking forward to the start of the program!



Garfield Granett Image.jpgGarfield Granett

MSU Senior

Major: German

I'm Garfield Granett and I'm from San Francisco, California. I am a German major with a minor in Religious Studies. I'm a senior and will be finishing my final semester by studying abroad at the University of Mannheim. Outside of class I'm interested in social justice and volunteer with other Spartans through a group called Alternative Spartan Breaks. Alternative Spartan Breaks provides accessible, quality service opportunities, education about social issues, and exposure to diverse cultures and communities to promote the active citizenship of Michigan State University students. I lived in Kiel, Germany for two years while attending high school and studied for one year in Freiburg. I'm very excited to meet everyone.




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Harnoor Kaur

MSU Junior

Major: Accounting and Economics

Hi, I’m Harnoor Kaur, a rising junior pursuing a double major in accounting and economics. Originally from India, I’m currently an international student here at MSU.  I enjoy connecting with nature and occasionally indulge in drawing and painting during my free time. I’m thrilled to be part of this program and look forward to meeting all of you!






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Aviana Irrer

MSU Senior

Major: Arts and Humanities

My name is Aviana Irrer and I am a senior at MSU pursuing a major in Arts and Humanities at the Residential College for Arts and Humanities, with a double major in German. For the 2022-2023 academic year, I was fortunate to be able to attend Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg with the Academic Year in Freiburg program. After college, I plan on applying to the German and Austrian Fulbright programs to teach English abroad. In my free time, I enjoy drawing, reading, and being outdoors. At the moment, my favorite book is "Babel" by R.f Kuang., and my favorite places to hike are Western Michigan and Der Schwarzwald.


Meet the Students

Meet the 2024 German Fulbright Institute Students

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Final Presentations and Awards Ceremony


Painting the Rock: An MSU Tradition!


Visit to the Eaton Proving Grounds


A Day in the Life: MSU Hatch, Allen Farmers Market, Mid-SURE Research Symposium


Celebrations Spartan-Style