Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program

The Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program (SHSSP) is designed for students, academics and professionals from all disciplines.


‘’ISU has been a career-altering ordeal for me, opening up incredible opportunities and connections with like-minded individuals. It has instilled in me a passion for the endless cosmos where space is now an integral part of my life.’’

Amanda Sathiaraj

SHSSP18, India, Student/ Aerospace Engineer

Online - 18 jan. to 19 Feb. 2021

The Southern Space Studies Program (SHSSP) has been running since 2011, provided in partnership by ISU and the University of South Australia. The program is designed with a particular eye to the southern hemisphere space environment and is built around the themes of space exploration, space policy and space services, while giving a well-rounded exposure to the principles and concepts involved in space science, space systems engineering and technology, space business, project leadership and space legal and regulatory issues. The program is designed to be a catalyst to boost the role of space for countries in the southern hemisphere and those cooperating with them, and to build human capability and capacity.

SHSSP Structure

The program uses the interdisciplinary educational method for which ISU is renowned, and includes core lectures from international and Australian experts, workshops and ‘white paper’ team projects lead by faculty and invited experts. It will take the form of an intensive five-week program, providing the International, Intercultural, and Interdisciplinary ISU experience in a format and schedule suited to the Southern Hemisphere. As in other ISU programs, participants will benefit from the shared experience of an international, interactive working environment with other professionals, graduate researchers and senior undergraduate students. Successful completion of the program can lead to a graduate qualification or credit towards undergraduate programs in Australia and internationally. Program graduates will become part of the professional networking forum of ISU alumni, faculty members and visiting lecturers.

The SHSSP’s interdisciplinary program delivers an expertly designed curriculum suited to the space education needs of professionals seeking additional knowledge of international space systems and services, graduate researchers in all fields seeking a broader understanding of the context of their work, and undergraduate students seeking exposure to the International, Intercultural, and Interdisciplinary aspects of space that are not available in their home institution studies.

The program forms part of an accredited Australian Graduate Certificate (through UniSA) for local and international students who desire it. An Executive Certificate will be awarded to all participants on successful completion of the program. Holders of the Executive Certificate will receive a 50% credit in the UniSA Graduate Certificate in Space Studies. Holders of the UniSA Graduate Certificate in Space Studies may receive credit for the first module of the ISU Master of Space Studies program held in Strasbourg, France.
Nine units (or the equivalent of one quarter of one academic year) of elective credit in a UniSA undergraduate program may be granted by UniSA for successful completion of the SHSSP. The obtaining of equivalent credit in graduate and undergraduate programs in other Australian and overseas universities will be the responsibility of the individual participant.

The SHSSP’s core lecture series will comprise one third of the program, presenting 40 lectures covering the world’s space activities with a focus on space applications, services and policy. A broad understanding of the role of space, the current status of our capacity to use it and future directions, opportunities, and challenges for the space sector will be presented in a manner clearly understandable to participants from a broad range of backgrounds.

Another one third of the program will be allocated to hands-on workshops, public space events, and professional visits in the area. Workshops will often be linked with lectures, with hands-on activities using local remote sensing data, GPS field exercises, collecting satellite data, and other topics. There will be several public events with invited speakers and we will make several professional visits to space-related facilities in the local region.

The final one third will be the group White Paper Team Project assignments to be completed in week 5. Each year the assignments will focus on selected themes or application areas. The participants will, in groups, research an issue of interest to the Southern Hemisphere nations and then jointly author a Team Project report on the subject which will be suitable for sharing with interested organizations and agencies or for submission to international professional conferences.

SHSSP Admissions Requirements

Applicants are assessed on the basis of their academic and professional qualifications and their achievements, as well as on their proficiency in English. The decision on admission is made by the ISU Admissions Committee.

This program is designed for professionals in the industry, government and defense services, graduate researchers and undergraduate students having completed at least 2 years of university studies.

FEES: the full fees for SH-SSP21 are AUD 9,000 for 5 weeks, including all tuition fees for the program which will be delivered online.

SH-SSP21 applicants should apply online on the ISU website and send the requested documents by 31 October 2020. Financial aid support may be provided based upon merit and need, depending on funds available. Applicants not in need of financial aid may apply until 30 November 2020. Early applications are highly recommended, especially for non-Australians because of visa issues.

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