Community Volunteers for International Programs (CVIP) aims to increase mutual understanding and goodwill between Michigan State University's international students, visiting scholars and their families, and members of the greater Lansing community. By organizing a variety of enriching educational and cross-cultural activities, CVIP seeks to supplement and enhance the University's own services and specialized programming for members of MSU's internationals.
A nonprofit volunteer organization, CVIP has the opportunity to extend a warm and generous welcome to over 5,000 MSU internationals from more than 130 countries.
CVIP offers programs to help meet the needs of international students and their families, including the following:
- Friendship Program, matching U.S. families with international students to give them all an opportunity to become well acquainted;
- Lending Center, loaning household items to MSU's newly-arrived internationals living in University apartments;
- Home Visits Program, offering international ESL students a chance to visit a variety of typical American homes;
- Scholarship Program, awarding need-based partial tuition scholarships to the spouses of international students and scholars;
- Speakers Bureau, arranging for MSU international students to speak to local school children and community organization
- Global Festival, offering MSU's international clubs an annual opportunity to share their various cultures with the American community through exhibits, performances, demonstrations, children's games, international cuisine, and an international gift shop.
CVIP is supported by the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) at MSU.
CVIP sponsors Global Festival, an annual international celebration on campus. The event includes a World Gift Shop, which boasts a wide variety of international art work, jewelry, glassware, clothing and gift items.