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What is the International Space University?

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The International Space University provides graduate-level training to the future leaders of the emerging global space community at its Central Campus in Strasbourg, France, and at locations around the world. In its two-month Space Studies Program and one-year Masters program, ISU offers its students a unique Core Curriculum covering all disciplines related to space programs and enterprises – space science, space engineering, systems engineering, space policy and law, business and management, and space and society. Both programs also involve an intense student research Team Project providing international graduate students and young space professionals the opportunity to solve complex problems by working together in an intercultural environment.


Since its founding in 1987, ISU has graduated more than 2900 students from 100 countries. Together with hundreds of ISU faculty and lecturers from around the world, ISU alumni comprise an extremely effective network of space professionals and leaders that actively facilitates individual career growth, professional activities and international space cooperation.

ISU Masters Course

The ISU Master of Science (M.Sc.) programs are designed for students looking for the competitive edge that will help them obtain a career in the space sector, professionals interested in making a career move into or within the space sector, and researchers wishing to broaden their knowledge or make the move from academic life into the space industry.

For this ISU offers two post-graduate Master of Science (M. Sc.) degrees: 

- M.Sc. in Space Studies (MSS)
- M.Sc. in Space Management (MSM)

Both MSc programs are divided into 5 modules and share the same basic structure; this allows students to begin with the same core curriculum before entering one of two specialized streams. The MSS stream focuses on scientific and technical aspects while the MSM focuses on policy and management aspects. However, interdisciplinary interaction between the two classes is maintained through common team activities and assignments.

Find more information in the M.Sc. 2010 Handbook.

ISU Summer Space Program

The SSP's interdisciplinary curriculum emphasizes international cooperation and provides students with varied perspectives on the world’s space activities—perspectives normally reserved for those with years of diverse professional experience. The program includes a wide variety of activities, including lectures by renowned experts, hands-on activities and projects, team work exercises and professional visits, and each year it evolves to better meet the needs of its students and their employers.

Throughout the course, students are encouraged to contribute their own ideas, knowledge and enthusiasm, while—in accordance with ISU's philosophy—being open to and learning from others' unique perspectives.

ISU Executive MBA Program

Intended to provide in depth understanding of business in the context of the special challenges of the space sector and similar fields, this MBA will attract students from broad cross-section of the specialties on which successful space missions and activities depend. Thus, although the first module will provide material on specific business topics, it is also designed to provide technical knowledge to allow participants with nontechnical backgrounds (e.g., law, economics, social sciences) to follow the entire program successfully.
Over the years ISU has been very successful in helping students with technical as well as non-technical backgrounds to understand critical aspects of business, law, and social sciences. Find more info here.

ISU Executive Space Course

The Executive Space Course examines current space-related activities and the technology, science, business and policies upon which each phase of the program or mission is based.

Through an international perspective, the course provides participants with an understanding of the differences, as well as the common approaches found in space strategy across the globe. The course presents fundamental engineering and technical concepts in a clear, straight-forward manner allowing participants to develop their knowledge of space-related terminology and activities.

NOTE: These course descriptions are borrowed from the ISU website. If you would like to contribute your own description, please email it to the webmaster.


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