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International Space University

Address: 1 Rue Jean-Dominique Cassini, 67400 Illkirch-Graffenstaden, France

Description International Space University

International Space University (ISU) was founded in 1987 and is a higher educational institution in France. ISU alumni form an extremely effective network of space specialists and leaders, which actively promotes individual career growth, professional activities and international space cooperation. The educational institution offers its students a unique basic curriculum, covering all disciplines related to:

  • space programs and enterprises
  • space science
  • space technology
  • systems engineering
  • space politics and law
  • business and management
  • space and society.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in International Space University

Program name

Master of Space Studies Program

  • Dates: year-round
  • Duration: 1-2 years.

The ISU Master of Space Studies Program (MSS) is intended for individuals seeking professional development and / or further academic studies.

The first year of study in the program is more theoretical and is conducted mainly on the ISU Central Campus in Strasbourg. The second year provides for the implementation of one extended research or scientific work.

from 18 500 € / 2 months

The space studies program

  • Dates: year-round
  • Duration: 2 months
  • Tuition: 18 500 € / program.

The Space Research Program (SSP) is specifically designed for professionals starting their space career, or for people working in space-related fields who want to expand their knowledge and skills.

The exchange of experience within an international, interactive work environment is an ideal online forum leading to the creation of an extensive, international, multidisciplinary professional network consisting of program graduates, faculty and visiting teachers.

The Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program

  • Dates: year-round
  • Duration: 5 weeks
  • Tuition: $ 14,000 AUD / program.

The Southern Space Research Program (SHSSP) has been implemented since 2011 in partnership with the University of South Australia. SHSSP is designed with a special focus on the southern hemisphere space environment and is built around the topics of space research, space policy and space services, while providing comprehensive coverage of the principles and concepts related to space science, space engineering and technological systems, space business, project management and space regulatory issues. This program is designed to be a catalyst for enhancing the role of outer space for the countries of the Southern Hemisphere and developing human potential in this area.

Short space courses

  • Dates: year-round
  • Duration: 1 week
  • Tuition: 3750 € / course.

ISU organizes a series of short-term courses upon request that are tailored to the specifications of the company in need. These courses can be prepared in collaboration with partner organizations and conducted at locations selected by the client.

For example, as part of the Executive Cosmonautics training course, the current space and related activities are examined and the technologies, science, entrepreneurial activities and policies on which each stage of the space program or mission is based are explained.

Commercial space program

  • Dates: year-round
  • Duration: 4 courses.

The purpose of the Commercial Space Program is to provide students from various fields of science, technology and business with an intensive series of courses focused on commercial space, with an emphasis on technical and entrepreneurial management, public-private partnerships and activities in the New Cosmos.

Upon completion of all four courses, students will receive a Florida Tech graduate certificate.


  • The global networking capabilities and intensive teamwork at ISU give its diverse student body an edge in competitive and collaborative international space programs
  • Each educational program includes an intensive student research project that provides international graduate students and young specialists in the field of space with the opportunity to solve complex problems, working together in an intercultural environment
  • Since its founding in 1987, ISU has graduated more than 4,600 students from more than 105 countries.

Equipment International Space University

ISU is located in Strasbourg, Alsace, northeastern France and borders the River Rhine in the east, the Vosges mountains in the west, the German Plain in the north and Belfort territory in the south.

The logistics of the university includes:

  • Space Payload Laboratory (SPL)
  • The reusable Excalibur Almaz (RVV Diamond), which is the Russian equivalent of the NASA spacecraft delivering astronauts from the International Space Station
  • Terrestrial satellite station
  • Laboratory of Physical Sciences
  • Radio telescope observatory
  • Workshop "MAKE-IT SPACE"
  • The library.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The cost of living in Ilkirsh-Graffenstaden = 629 € -1156 € / month.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

To enter the university you must:

1. Submit an online application

2. Send documents in electronic form (* pdf):

After receiving the documents, the applicant's application is sent for examination to the selection committee.

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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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