The interdisciplinary curriculum of the SSP, with its emphasis on international cooperation, exposes participants to broad new perspectives on the world’s space activities - perspectives otherwise reserved for those with many years of diverse professional experience. The program is packed with a wide variety of activities, including lectures by renowned experts, hands-on activities and projects, team work and professional visits. The main elements of the SSP curriculum are the core lecture series, workshops, departments and team projects. All course work at ISU is conducted in English.
Each year the program evolves to better meet the needs of the participants and their employers. Participants are strongly encouraged to contribute their own knowledge, experience, ideas, culture and opinions as well as their energy and enthusiasm. Reflecting on ISU’s pedagogical approach and vision, interest in and respect for different cultures and backgrounds is expected from participants.
The layout of these and other elements is depicted graphically below and described in the following pages.
Academic Credit for the SSP
ISU is recognized as an institute of higher education in France of the French Ministry of Education, 27 February 2004).
In previous years several SSP students have received academic credit from their home universities for their work during the SSP. In addition, those who successfully complete the SSP and enroll in an ISU Master's program within the following seven years are exempt from Module 1 and can continue their studies starting with Module 2 of the Master's program, assuming they meet the requirements as specified in the ISU Academic Handbook and the SSP Handbook.