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What are the application requirements?

All requirements are listed on the Requirements page.

How many students are admitted every year?

To guarantee high-quality interactions with the academic staff and maximise the use of the dedicated labs, the Interdisciplinary Space Master only accepts 20 students/year.

Can I apply if I come from a non-technical background?

Yes, but we recommend reviewing the Study programme prior to applying.

Is professional experience considered in the selection process?

Professional experience, especially in the space sector, is an asset. Experts with several years of experience working in the aerospace, mechanical, electrical, industrial, or robotics engineering sectors looking to re-skill themselves are also eligible to enrol.

Are there any age restrictions to apply?

Not at all. Students and professionals aiming to change careers and/or retrain to enter the space industry sector are welcome to apply, provided that they commit to complete the required assignments as any other student.

How can I apply to the Interdisciplinary Space Master?

Please view the dedicated Application page.

What are the application deadlines?

All application deadlines are listed on the Application page. Please note that the visa application procedure for non-EU students may take up to four months. We kindly ask non-European students to apply well ahead of the beginning of the academic year (September).

Do my documents have to be translated into English?

All motivation and reference letters need to be in English. The copy of the diploma or certificate of achievement (with apostille or double legalisation) and the copy of all transcripts obtained for the diploma (with apostille or double legalisation) will need to be accompanied by a certified translation if they are written in a language other than French, German or English. To find a sworn translator, we recommend getting in touch with the Embassy of your country of origin to Luxembourg (a list is available here).

Do I need to provide proof of English proficiency to apply?

If you are not an English native speaker, yes. We accept two types of certifications: TOEFL with a total score of 100 or above and no score less than 25 in any single skill or B2 (comprehension and speaking) in CEFR system.

Can I attend lectures of the ISM as a guest student?

Yes. For further information, please consult the Guest student page on the University website.

Online application

Is it possible to modify my online application once it is submitted?

No, unfortunately it is not possible.

Can I ask my references to send the letters to you directly?

No, all documents are to be uploaded during the online application process.

What should I do once my online application is complete?

Once you have completed the online application, please follow the steps outlined in the Application page to send all additional documents via PDF. Your application will be reviewed by the selection committee, and you will receive an answer within a few weeks. In case you have been accepted, we kindly ask you to proceed to the payment of the tuition fee for the first semester to confirm your enrollment.

My application has been rejected. Can I apply again?

Yes, you can apply for the next academic year.

I am looking for the previous webpage of the ISM, where can I find it?

You can access the former webpages of the ISM here.

Why are there two websites about the ISM?

This is the ISM’s new digital home, designed to provide you with all the information you need in one place. Here, you can find everything there is to know about the programme, discover the Master’s state-of-the-art space labs, and get to know all the lecturers. The previous webpage is still active on the University’s main website.

Costs & Funding

What are the tuition fees for the ISM?

For both European and non-European students, tuition fees for the Interdisciplinary Space Master amount to 2000 € per semester, to be paid at the beginning of each semester. There are no additional fees.

What are the payment deadlines and methods?

For the payment deadlines, please refer to the respective pages for EU students and non-EU students. Further information on the payment methods can also be found on the University website.

Apart from the tuition fees, how much will I need approximately per month to cover my living expenses and health insurance in Luxembourg?

We invite you to review the dedicated Budget page on the University website.

Do you offer scholarships?

The Government of Luxembourg offers scholarships to students fulfilling a specific set of criteria. Further information can be found on the website of the Cedies.

Is there a list of sponsoring organizations?

A number of Luxembourgish, Belgian and German organisations and institutions offer grants to students from these countries. A non-exhaustive list is available here.

Does the University of Luxembourg offer student jobs?

Yes. Please refer to the Career Centre of the University of Luxembourg (login required). The Career Centre also has a mobile app for iOS and Android: you can download it here.

Am I allowed to work in Luxembourg?

All students enrolled at the University of Luxembourg are authorised to work during their studies, irrespective of their nationality, during the school holidays (40 hours/week) and/or throughout the year (up to 15 hours/week).

After completing their degree, EU citizens enjoy freedom of movement within the EU, giving them the right to work and reside in any EU Member State, subject to certain conditions. Further information on work and residence permits in Luxembourg for EU citizens can be found here.

After completing their degree, non-EU citizens may apply for a residence permit in Luxembourg in order to carry out a professional activity. Further information on work and residence permits in Luxembourg for non-EU citizens can be found here.

Studying

Can I study part-time?

Yes, under certain conditions part-time students are admitted to the ISM, and allowed to complete their studies in up to 8 semesters. Due to the intensity of the programme, however, applications from full-time students have priority over those of part-time students.

Where are the ISM courses held?

About 80% of all ISM courses take place on the Kirchberg campus (Luxembourg City), where the five laboratories are also located. The remaining 20% of the courses are held on the Belval campus (Esch-sur-Alzette).

How can I reach the Belval Campus from the Kirchberg Campus and vice versa?

The two campuses are well connected by public transport (tram, buses and trains), which is completely free of charge in the entire country of Luxembourg. There is also a shuttle bus between the two campuses.

In which modality are the courses held (in person, online)?

The vast majority of the courses take place in person on the University campuses. The students may also be required to attend online sessions held by external lecturers.

How can I choose the topic of my thesis?

The final semester of the ISM consists of a project to be conducted at a company or at the University.