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Available Programs

CVIP's mission is to increase mutual cross-cultural understanding and goodwill between members of the Greater Lansing community and MSU's international students and visiting scholars.  Our programs offer a variety of opportunities for students, scholars, and community volunteers to learn, make connections, and thrive at MSU.

sidebyside_globalfocus.jpgGlobal Festival

The Global Festival happens once a year at the MSU Gift Shop. It offers the greater Lansing community the chance to explore cultures from around the world. MSU's international students showcase their home countries with international exhibits, performances and children's games.

To learn more, go to Global Festival

To participate or volunteer to help, please email Joy Shantz at joyks(at)

friendshipfamily_index.jpgInternational Friendship Program

The International Friendship Program (IFP) helps Greater Lansing area residents get to know and establish mutually rewarding relationships with MSU international students. It provides a chance for the international student to get to know an American individual or family and feel welcome in the community.

To learn more, go to International Friendship Program

To apply, fill out the IFP Student Application.

Please note:  We are now accepting applications for participation in the program for fall semester, 2019.


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The International Speakers Program (I SPEAK) places international students, scholars, and professionals from MSU into the K-12 classroom, senior centers, and community organizations for cultural presentations or performances.

To learn more, go to

International Speakers Program (I SPEAK)

To apply, fill out the I SPEAK Student Application.

International Spouse Connection (ISC)


The International Spouse Connection (ISC) is a group organized by international spouses/partners for international spouses. Our mission is to help international spouses make connections and to find friendship and support within the international community at MSU.

To learn more, go to

International Spouse Connection (ISC)

To become a member, just visit ISC Facebook Page and request to join.

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Participation in this program is by invitation only.

Students from the A+ English Language School and the Volunteer English Tutoring Program are invited to a variety of area homes once each semester for refreshments, conversation, and a first-hand look at the way Americans live.

To learn more, go to Home Visits


lending_index550.jpgInternational Student Lending Center

The Lending Center loans used household items in good condition to MSU international students and scholars.

To learn more, go to

International Student Lending Center

Students do not need to apply in order to borrow items from the Lending Center.

scholarship_index.jpgLillian Kumata Scholarship Program

The Lillian Kumata Scholarship Program offers a limited number of need-based, partial tuition scholarships to the spouses of MSU international students and scholars for the fall and spring semesters, up to $2,500.

To learn more or to apply for a scholarship, go to the

lillian Kumata Scholarship Program.

sidebyside_international-center.jpgVolunteer English Tutoring Program (VETP)

The Volunteer English Tutoring Program (VETP) provides free English conversation practice for Michigan State University's international students and scholars and their adult family members through conversation classes and conversation partners.

For more information or to apply, go to the

Volunteer English Tutoring Program