Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program blasts off at UniSA

The Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program (SHSSP) officially opened at the University of South Australia on 14 January 2019, bringing together 45 participants from 13 countries. Now in its 8th year, the prestigious program is conducted by UniSA in partnership with ISU.

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ISU and UniSA Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program - Follow Us

We are excited to announce that the International Space University will be continuing the traditional Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program blog!

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ISU Representatives Awarded World Famous Legion of Honor

France's highest decoration, the Legion of Honor, or "Legion d'Honneur", was recently awarded to two representatives of ISU for their outstanding and many years of service:

  • Alain Wagner, MSS98 and ISU Trustee
  • Walter Peeters, President Emeritus of ISU
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Master of Space Studies

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.

Space Studies Program

Two-month course for postgraduate students and professionals of all disciplines. The curriculum covers the principal space related fields, both non-technical and technical. The shared experience of an international, interactive working environment is an ideal networking forum leading to the creation of an extensive, international, multidisciplinary professional network.

Southern Hemisphere Program

Intensive five week, live-in experience built around an international, intercultural, and interdisciplinary educational philosophy for which ISU is renowned. The program provides a multidisciplinary understanding of the key activities and areas of knowledge required by today’s space professions.

Executive Space Course

Provides an overview of space-related subjects for professionals of diverse backgrounds, including marketing, finance, law & contracts management. Professionals leave with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to communicate more effectively with their technical colleagues.

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Payback Scheme - ISU Alumni: Support your Future Partners

Every year more than 500 people open applications for ISU’s three main programs, the Master of Space Studies, the Space Studies Program and now also the Southern Hemisphere-Space Studies Program.

However, although they are opened, a large number of these applications are never completed. This is because participants, mainly from emerging countries with low pay rates, discover the size of the contribution that ISU is forced to ask them as a private, non-profit university.

Even if ISU asks only for the marginal costs (e.g., the cost of housing and meals at SSP/SH-SSP), these plus the cost of flight tickets, mean that emerging space country participants are faced with paying amounts which often around two years’ salary…

It is hard for ISU to see these brilliant and motivated young space professionals abandoning their application for these reasons, and it also explains the continued discrepancy in geographical distribution (see pie chart) of our alumni.

As one potential remedy ISU introduced the payback mechanism recently:

  • We are asking alumni who can afford it to pay back half of the scholarship received
  • We propose modest payback timing and postponement in case of certain circumstances (such as further studies)
  • We guarantee that all payback from ISU loans will be dedicated to support participants from emerging countries
  • We have several mechanisms to make sure that the payback can help you to reduce your taxes. ISU can issue tax receipts directly to French (an official CERFA 11580 form) and US resident donators (a letter that serves as tax receipt).  Those alumni or donators who pay income tax in one of the 15 European countries partners of Transnational Giving Europe (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Switzerland) can donate to ISU through the local foundation in their country. They get a tax receipt from the foundation for their donation, and the foundation transfers the amount received to ISU less 5% fees (

At the moment payback is modest. We are working with your alumni Board of Trustees representative on how to improve this; we will also assist you by putting in place a system of reminders, as we are aware that as young professionals you face several challenges.

Nevertheless, International outreach is a key part of ISU’s 3Is philosophy. Please try to help us to improve the international distribution of our alumni - your future partners in the space world if they are given the right chance!

Pie Chart Illustration Credit: Didier Guillaume, ISU


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