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Welcome to the 2024 VIPP Global Virtual Winter School

Join VIPP’s Global Virtual Winter School for an immersive international exchange experience without leaving your country. 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 2024 Programs

This winter VIPP is offering three courses. Click on the tabs above to learn more about each course.

  • Creative Entrepreneurship
  • Social Media and Social Change
  • AI in the Era of Language Models

Program Dates

  • Monday, January 22 - Friday, February 2, 2024
  • 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 program tab for class 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 (Creative Entrepreneurship, and Social Media and Social Change)
  • $1,000 per person (AI in the Era of Language Models)
  • Pay online by December 31, 2023
  • No refund once the program starts

Winter School Application

Virtual Winter School online application is open November 1 - December 16, 2023. Review the admission requirements in the "apply" tab, and prepare necessary materials prior to beginning your application.

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Winter School Scholarship

With the support of the VIPP Endowment Fund, we are delighted to offer a full scholarship to participants from Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Myanmar, Mongolia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar. This scholarship will not only provide financial assistance but also contribute to a more diverse and enriching learning environment for our Virtual Winter School program. We strongly encourage eligible applicants from these countries to submit their applications for consideration.
 
To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must be currently registered undergraduate students at a recognized university from one of the above countries. Please first submit the winter school program application as normal, and then also email the following supporting documents to vippmsu(at)msu.edu to apply for the scholarship:

•    A photocopy of your student ID card
•    Your official transcript with current GPA
•    A letter of recommendation from your academic advisor or professor

Please use the email subject line: Your application ID, the course you are applying for.

The scholarship application deadline is December 16, 2023.

Special Offer for Winter School Students

Students who take part in the 2024 Global Virtual Winter School program will receive a $300 discount for any 2024 VIPP Global Summer School Program. Join us this winter online, and then join us again this summer on the beautiful campus of Michigan State University for our in-person program! Go Green!

Entrepreneurship

Creative Entrepreneurship

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Creative Entrepreneurship Program Flyer (PDF)

 

Course Description

MSU is recognized by the Princeton Review as a leading institution in entrepreneurship education! This course will explore creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. We will examine the habits and actions of innovative thinkers, the work of successful entrepreneurs, and situate creativity specifically by focusing on inquiry, observation, experimentation, and other creative processes. In a world where AI is eating up technical areas like accounting and law, creative/critical thinking is the last bastion of humanity – the ability to solve problems and innovate, with a focus in the world of ideation and evaluation of your ideas.

This course will teach creative/critical thinking in the context of invention and innovation by:

  • engaging you in thinking creatively
  • equipping you with entrepreneurial habits
  • involving you in approaches to “failing forward”
  •  developing critical thinking and analysis skills
  • building connections between creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship

Course Dates

  • Monday, January 22 to Friday, February 2, 2024 (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: 10:00pm - 11:30pm

China, Philippines, Malaysia Standard Time: 9:00pm - 10:20pm

Indonesia (Jakarta): 8:00pm - 9:20pm

East Lansing, MI (EST): 8:00am-9:20am

(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 & Social Change

Social Media and Social Change

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Social Media and 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 22 to Friday, February 2, 2024 (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: 10:00pm - 11:20pm

China, Philippines, Malaysia Standard Time: 9:00pm - 10:20pm

Indonesia (Jakarta): 8:00pm - 9:20pm

East Lansing, MI (EST): 8:00am-9:20am

(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.

AI & ChatGPT

 AI in the Era of Language Models

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AI in the Era of Language Models Program Flyer (PDF)

 

Course Description

Artificial intelligence is rapidly changing our world. This course will delve into this dynamic field, with a particular focus on the era of language models such as ChatGPT. Gain a broad understanding of AI and machine learning and explore natural language processing (NLP) to understand the evolution of language models.

One of the central themes of this course is the transformative impact of transformer-based language models. We will examine their foundational components and their versatile applications in addressing a diverse array of challenges across language, vision, and more!

Furthermore, we will explore the intricacies, obstacles, and unsolved problems within this ever-evolving field, offering you a glimpse into the exciting future of AI, as well as its impact on our lives and work today. The course will feature an interactive hands-on project, allowing you to choose an NLP problem of your interest. You will have the opportunity to design a customized model to tackle your chosen problem, followed by conducting experiments to gain practical experience and insights.

Course Dates

  • Monday, January 22 to Friday, February 2, 2024 (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: 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

Instructor

Dr. Parisa Kordjamshidi is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Michigan State University, and director of the research lab on Heterogeneous Learning and Reasoning (HLR). Her research interests include artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing, and declarative learning based programming (DeLBP). Dr. Kordjamshidi holds an affiliated position with the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition as a research scientist. Prior to joining MSU, she was an assistant professor at Tulane University and a Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Kordjamshidi obtained her PhD from KU Leuven, Belgium, in July 2013. She was a recipient of a National Science Foundation Career Award in 2019. Dr. Kordjamshidi is a member of the of Editorial Board of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR) and a member of the Editorial Board of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, part of the journal Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Frontiers in Big Data.

Certificate

Upon successful completion of the program, a joint certificate will be awarded by the Visiting International Professional Program and Michigan State University Department of Computer Science and Engineering. 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.

Apply

Winter School Program Details & Requirements

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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, 2023 - December 16, 2023. Review the admission requirements, and prepare necessary materials prior to beginning your application.

Step-by-Step Online Application Instructions (PDF)

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Program Dates and Delivery

Program Dates

  • 10 days in a 2-week period:
  • Monday, January 22 to Friday, February 2, 2024

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 in for class times.

Course Platform

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

Fees and Payment

Program Fees:

Creative Entrepreneurship: $800

Social Media and Social Change: $800

AI in the Era of Language Models: $1,000

Payment Deadline:

  • Pay online by December 31, 2023.
  • No refund once the program starts.

 

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Winter School Endowment Fund Scholarship

With the support of the VIPP Endowment fund, we are delighted to offer a full scholarship to participants from Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Myanmar, Mongolia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.
 
To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must be currently registered undergraduate students at a recognized university from one of the above countries. Please first submit the winter school program application as normal, and then also email the following supporting documents to vippmsu(at)msu.edu to apply for the scholarship:

•    A photocopy of your student ID card
•    Your official transcript with current GPA
•    A letter of recommendation from your academic advisor or professor

Please use the email subject line: Your application ID, the course you are applying for.

Please note that any incomplete scholarship applications will be disqualified.
 
The Virtual Winter School online application is open from November 1 to December 16, 2023. The scholarship application deadline is December 16, 2023.

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  • 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. 

  • Dedicated Faculty & Staff: Michigan State University employs approximately 5,300 dedicated faculty and academic staff who are there to support you.

  • 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.

  • Read more about Michigan State University.

 

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!   

Student Experiences

Winter School 2023 Student Experiences

Students in the 2023 Global Virtual Winter School enjoyed learning, collaborating, and sharing ideas. Students explored the relationships between social media and social movements in global contexts, and how technology has changed the way people mobilize around current events. For their final presentations they researched and shared about a wide range of fascinating topics. Read about some of our VIPP Winter School students, and check out their final project presentations below!

Yixuan WuYixuan Wu

Hello, my name is Yixuan Wu, you can call me Ava. I study in Zhejiang University, majoring in law. I like traveling, reading nonfictional literature and watching movies. I am also interested in social media and social movement. I have joined a club at school themed at news. In the future, I want to be a lawyer to pursue justice.

Presentation: "Fake News and the Morality Police in Iran" (PDF)


Tianlan XiaTianlan Xia

I am Tianlan Xia, a year two university student majoring in Political Science in Zhejiang University. I have always been interested in the role of social media in social movements, so I took this course and got a lot out of it.

Presentation: "The Sanitary Napkin Movement on Weibo" (PDF)


Yixuan XieYixuan Xie

My name is Yixuan Xie, a freshman from Jimei University majoring in Japanese. Having a fascination with music, language and especially sociology, I dream to do some research related to language use and gender research. Though I'm an introverted person who is not very good at talking, multicultural communication is still very interesting for me, so it was an amazing experience to participate in VIPP Winter School, I did have a lot opportunity to discuss and deepened my understanding of social media and its social impact in this program, also I met professors and classmates who were always kind and inspiring.

Presentation: "LGBTQ Online Movements in the Face of Censorship" (PDF)


Jing Li1.jpegJing Li

My name’s Jing Li, and I’m a senior student from Communication University of China. My major is communication engineering, but I also took some courses related to film shooting and convergence media for my hobby. Besides movies, I love singing and dancing, everything to do with music. I have joined this course because I want to learn more about media and I really love this course.

Presentation: "What is Your Tone on Social Media" (PDF)


Xiaowen GongXiaowen Gong

Hi there! My name is Xiaowen Gong. I am 19 years old and I’m a sophomore in the Communication University of China. Meanwhile, my major is Television Editing and I’ve learned a lot of theory in subjects like mass-communication and documentary. In my spare time, I always enjoy watching movies and playing the violin. As for my future plans, I hope I can make a little bit contribution to the development of human society with my professional knowledge and real actions.

Presentation: "The Microaggression in Social Media" (PDF)


Hu ZHU resize.jpgHe Zhu

I am He Zhu, English name is Congratulations, majoring in Broadcasting and Anchoring in Communication University of China. I love art, singing, painting and Chinese calligraphy. I am curious about everything. I yearn for freedom and knowledge. It is enough for me to have a job that can realize my self-worth in the future.

Presentation: "Is the Social bot Good or Evil?" (PDF)


VIPP Student Experiences