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Welcome to the 2023 VIPP Global Virtual Winter School

Applications Open Now through December 16, 2022!

Join VIPP’s Global Virtual Winter School for an immersive international exchange experience without leaving your country. VIPP’s Global Winter School provides a cost-effective way to study abroad virtually. Enjoy cross-cultural collaborative learning, work in real-time with classmates from MSU and around the world, and learn from MSU’s world-class faculty. All of the innovative programs in the Global Winter School feature hands-on experiential learning, teach real-world problem solving and are led by expert instructors. VIPP has trained over 4,000 international professionals over the last 30 years. We understand what students and young professionals need to build a successful career. Expand your academic knowledge and enhance your career competitiveness with a Global Virtual Winter School program.

Winter 2023 Programs

This winter VIPP is offering the courses Creative Entrepreneurship (PDF) and Social Media for Social Change (PDF). Click on the tabs above to learn more about each course.

Program Dates

  • Monday, January 9 - Friday, January 20, 2023
  • 10 days in a two-week period (Monday-Friday)
  • A total of 15 synchronous contact hours and approximately 15 hours of offline project time
  • See course tabs for class meeting times

Certificate

Upon successful completion students will receive an MSU Certificate of Global Young Professional Program (GYPP) from the Visiting International Professional Program and the relevant MSU college.

Program Fees

  • $800 per person
  • Pay online by January 2, 2023
  • No refund once the program starts

Applications

Virtual Winter School online application is open November 1 - December 16, 2022. Review the admission requirements, and prepare necessary materials prior to beginning your application.

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Creative Entrepreneurship

Creative Entrepreneurship

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Creative Entrepreneurship Program Flyer (PDF)

 

Course Description

Have you ever thought about starting your own business? Do you have a problem in your daily life or in your community you'd like to solve? Do you have an idea for a new product or a new system to help improve people's lives? Creative Entrepreneurship is a 10-day course designed to help you discover the mindset of an entrepreneur while exploring creative thinking strategies. This broad view course will introduce students to the world of entrepreneurs and their principles and habits while teaching critical thinking methods so students can think-up innovative ideas. Students will prove to themselves that they can produce innovative solutions under pressure, and more than just once! Students will gain understanding of situation evaluation, ideation of solutions, evaluation of solutions and how to share the solutions successfully to a wider audience (investors), as well as how to read consumers (target markets) and how to market their innovation or start-up. Through hands-on projects, students will explore various aspects of innovation needs or catalysts.

Course Dates

  • Monday, January 9 to Friday, January 20, 2023 (10 days in a two-week period)
  • A total of 15 synchronous contact hours and approximately 15 hours of offline project time

Class Meeting Times

Japan and S. Korea Standard Time: 10:00am - 11:30am

China, Philippines, Malaysia Standard Time: 9:00am - 10:30am

Indonesia (Jakarta): 8:00am - 9:30am 

East Lansing, MI (EST): 8:00pm-9:30pm

(Or check your local time here.)

Course Platform

Zoom and D2L - Students must use a device with a working camera and microphone

Instructor

Ross Chowles is professor of practice in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at Michigan State University. Chowles and his independent advertising agency have received numerous awards from South African and international organizations, including Clio, Epica, and Cannes. He also has had the privilege of judging all over the globe, from Canada to South Korea and China.

Certificate

Upon successful completion, students will receive an MSU Certificate of Global Young Professional Program (GYPP) by the Visiting International Professional Program and MSU College of Communication Arts and Science. This course is equivalent to 1 MSU credit, but no official MSU credit will be awarded. However, your home institution may grant you credit for this course. Check with your institution about credit questions.

Social Media for Social Change

Social Media for Social Change

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Social Media for Social Change Program Flyer (PDF)

 

Course Description

This short course explores relationships between social media and social movements in global contexts. The topics covered focus on the uses of social media (also referred to as new or digital media) to mobilize masses of people in various locations over the last 30 years. Specific cases, such as the Zapatista uprising of 1994, Greta Thunberg’s climate change movement, Reddit and the GameStop story, Brexit, and cryptocurrencies, illustrate the role of social media across global contexts. We will be using a workshop format to define concepts, analyze case studies, and develop collaborative online projects. The course will address the following questions:

  • Could the movement propagate or even exist without contemporary internet technology and social media platforms?
  • Is the movement governed/coordinated by a central agent, or is it decentralized?
  • Who is the target audience for the social media campaign?
  • How do individuals participate in the social movement through social media?
  • What are the fundamental discursive devices (slogans, catch phrases, themes, memes, etc.) used on social media platforms to create a social movement?

Course Dates

  • Monday, January 9 to Friday, January 20, 2023 (10 days in a two-week period)
  • A total of 15 synchronous contact hours and approximately 15 hours of offline project time

 Class Times

Japan and S. Korea Standard Time: 9:30pm-11:00pm

China, Philippines, Malaysia Standard Time: 8:30pm-10:00pm

Indonesia (Jakarta): 7:30pm-9:00pm

East Lansing, MI (EST): 7:30am-9:00am

(Or check your local time here.)

Course Platform

Zoom and D2L - Students must use a device with a working camera and microphone

Instructors

Dr. Ivan Maksymyk, PhD, CFA teaches high level courses in machine learning and programming at the HEC Montreal Department of Information Technology, with a focus on deep learning and neural networks, and machine learning applications in finance. He holds a PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics from the University of Montreal, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Dr. Maksymyk has expertise in web development and programming, as well as cybersecurity and intellectual property protection.

Dr. Salah D. Hassan, PhD is an associate professor in the Department of English and Director of the Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities Program at Michigan State University. He is also a core faculty member in the Muslim Studies Program. He teaches courses that focus on literatures of empire, anticolonial intellectual movements, and Arab American and Muslim American cultural production.

Certificate

Upon successful completion of the program, a joint certificate will be awarded by the Visiting International Professional Program and Michigan State University Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities. This course is equivalent to 1 MSU credit, but no official MSU credit will be awarded. However, your home institution may grant you credit for this course. Check with your institution about credit questions.

Program Details

Winter School Program Details

Admission Requirements

The VIPP Global Virtual Winter School Program looks for mature, academically motivated, and curious students who are willing to experience different cultures and broaden their horizons.

Admission Requirements:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited university or college, or a high school senior (must upload a copy of valid student id)
  • Intermediate English skills
  • Any major
  • Have a modern laptop or desktop computer and access to a reliable internet connection
  • Have a webcam
  • Commit to participate in all scheduled online meetings, and complete all assignments on time

Application

The Virtual Winter School online application is open November 1, 2022 - December 16, 2022. Review the admission requirements, and prepare necessary materials prior to beginning your application.

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Program Dates and Delivery

Program Dates

  • 10 days in a 2-week period:
  • Monday, January 9 to Friday, January 20, 2023

Time Commitment

  • A total of 15 synchronous contact hours and approximately 15 hours of offline project time
  • See the tab of the course you are interested for class times.

Course Platform

Zoom and D2L - Students must use a device with a working camera and microphone

Fees and Payment

  • $800 per person.
  • Pay online by Monday, January 2, 2023.
  • No refund once the program starts.

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  • 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.

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We invite you to come back in person for future courses to enjoy all that Michigan State University and its campus have to offer.

Some highlights of the MSU experience include:

  • Picturesque Campus: Our huge campus occupies a 5,200 acre 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 hall offers great food options, high-speed internet, cable TV, exciting sports, recreation, and entertainment opportunities. 

  • Central Location: Our great location in East Lansing offers exciting field trips to the city and nature. We will take you to Lansing, Michigan's capital city as well as Detroit, the reviving auto city. Lake Michigan, the world's fifth-largest lake in the world is only one hour away. You can visit Chicago by car or by train over the weekend. American Culture and Social Science summer programs even include a trip to the East Coast!   

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