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Call for Hosting ISU’s Space Studies Program in 2026, 2027, 2028

Bring world-class space education to your country!

Since 1988, the International Space University (ISU) has pursued its mission of offering world-class space education through its renowned 2-month Space Studies Program (SSP), held in various locations worldwide. ISU is now inviting organizations interested in hosting the 38th, 39th, and 40th SSPs in 2026, 2027, and 2028, respectively.


Why should you host an SSP?

Hosting the world-renowned SSP offers the chance for the host organization and country to be associated with a highly visible, international event centered on space-related educational activities. The SSP regularly attracts leading international experts in space development and exploration to the host site, creating opportunities for future collaborations. It is an accelerator for local capacity-building and international networking.


The SSP provides a platform for local experts to network and collaborate, often meeting each other for the first time at one of the many SSP public events. Such collaborations have even led to the establishment of a national space agency in one of the SSP host countries, following a study conducted during the SSP. This is just one example of the long-term benefits of hosting an SSP.


Hosting an SSP offers both tangible and intangible benefits through exciting events, collaboration opportunities, and direct gains for the local economy. The program brings in over 300 people, including an international group of about 120 participants from over 30 countries, not to mention families and accompanying partners, to the host institution’s region during the two-month duration of the SSP. According to two local impact reports prepared by former LOCs, the total economic benefit of the program to the local economy in Australia and Brazil was calculated as 4 million Australian Dollars and 3.38 million Brazilian Reais, respectively. SSP23 LOC reported a $2.86 economic impact for every dollar invested into the program.


How to get in on the action:

Submit your Letter of Interest (LoI) to ISU no later than June 1, 2024. In response, you will receive the Request for Proposals (RfP) document, which will outline the roles and responsibilities shared between ISU and the host. Then, you will have until October 1, 2024, to submit your host site proposal to ISU. The ISU team is here to help you in preparing your proposal.


Want to know more?

Check out the dedicated webpage for all the details, or reach out to the SSP director for any further questions.


About ISU

The International Space University, founded in 1987 in Massachusetts, USA, is the premier international space education institution. ISU nurtures the future leaders of the global space community by offering interdisciplinary educational programs in an international and intercultural setting. Today, ISU boasts a unique network worldwide with a Central Campus in Strasbourg, a permanent office in the USA, a global network of supporters, and partnerships with leading space organizations worldwide.

ISU is a 37-year success story, with more than 5600 alumni shaping the international space ecosystem in over 110 countries, including astronauts, entrepreneurs, and current and former leaders in the space industry and government.