International Space Summer Camps

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Note: More information about the ESA/ELGRA Gravity Related Research Summer School can be found below.

You are a Space Enthusiast?

You would like to know more about the Russian, Swiss or Chinese Space Programmes?
You always dreamed to meet cosmonauts, astronauts or taikonauts and visit space facilities?

Then you should attend one of the three joint Space Summer camps available at the Swiss Space Center in cooperation with Bauman Moscow State Technical University (BMSTU) and Beihang University, Beijing


Swiss Space Summer Camp

27 August - 03 September 2017


The HES-SO Valais/Wallis (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland) is this year's host university of the Swiss Space Summer Camp. This summer camp, organised by the Swiss Space Center, aims at providing universities students knowledge on specific topics linked to space over one week. It is open to all the students (bachelor, master or PhD) in the World. The participants take care of their visa, insurance and flight tickets. The Swiss Space Center and the HES-SO provide accommodation, meals, internal transportation, and visits to the participants.

The program of the Space Summer Camp in Switzerland is published here. For a first impression, you can have a look at the 2016's Space Summer Campthat took place at HSLU.

BMSTU Summer Camp

8-22 July 2017


Since 2008, Bauman Moscow State Technical University (BMSTU) welcomes up to 10 candidates from the Swiss Space Center partner organizations to attend the “Space development: Theory and Practice International Workshop” (more). The working language for the course will be English.

This workshop is for space enthusiasts and will provide the participants with an opportunity to discuss Russian and International space programs. The 10-day program includes:

  • Tours of Russian space centers and facilities
  • Meeting professionals working on the front edge of space science and technology
  • Lectures on various subjects related to space exploration
  • Scientific conference
  • Cultural program

We managed to obtain very attractive conditions from our Russian colleagues and all the costs to attend this course will be borne by BMSTU including hotel, meals, and participation to the workshop, and visits during your 12 days in Moscow. Not covered in this offer are the airfare to Moscow and back, the cost for any extra insurance coverage, and the visa to enter Russia.

Participation to this course is open to anybody but the special conditions described above (all the cost paid) will be offered only to registered students (Bachelor, Master and PhD level) from Swiss Universities.

This opportunity has been offered since 2008 and now 6 groups of EPFL students already participated in this program. You can find some of their reports here: [SDTP 2008] [SDTP 2011] [SDTP 2012].

Beihang Summer Camp

18-25 July 2017


Since 2013, the Swiss Space Center is organizing an exchange summer school with Beihang University in Beijing, China.  

Beihang University is the new name for the former Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. It was founded in 1952 and was China’s first university focused on aeronautical and astronautical engineering and academic research. Nowadays, it holds 26 schools in many disciplines such as sciences, engineering, economics, management, humanities, law, philosophy, education, medicine and art.

Any student subscribed at BUAA or EPFL/ETHZ/Unversities of Applied Siences in space related graduate courses is eligible for application. A detailed date and program will be published soon. The summer school will cover the lodging, meals, internal transportation and entrances to museums/events. The flight tickets are the responsibility of the applicant. More information can be found here .


Beihang Summer Camp Brochure 2017


Who can participate?

Any students in their last year of Bachelor's degree, in Master's or PhD degrees are elligible to apply.

Specialisation in aerospace is welcomed but not mandatory.

How to participate ? 

Summer Camp Date How to applicate for international students
How to applicate for Swiss Students (or enrolled in Swiss university) Deadline
Sion Switzerland 27.8.-3.9.2017
Online registration + motivation letter, CV and passport to upload Online registration + motivation letter and CV to upload 30 May
Moscow Russia 8.-22.7.2017 Online registration + motivation letter, CV, passport and BMSTU application form (DOC, 25 KB) to upload Directly with BMSTU. Information and application form on this page. 30 April
Beijing China 18.-25.7.2017 Online registration + motivation letter, CV, passport and Beihang University application form to upload Directly with Beihang University. Information and application form on this page. 30 April


For more information about SDTP International Workshop in BMSTU, Russia, please contact:
Dr Anton Ivanov

For more information about IGSS in Beihang University, China and Sion International Space Summer Camp, Switzerland please contact :
Grégoire Bourban


ESA/ELGRA Gravity Related Research Summer School


ESA/ELGRA Gravity Related Research Summer School


June 26-30, 2017

This exciting Summer School will explain the interest and benefits of performing research at different g levels, and offer an overview of the current research under microgravity and hypergravity conditions in Life and Physical sciences.

Over four and an half packed days students will attend stimulating lectures, and will work within small groups to devise ideas for prospective experiments. Gravity-related research will be introduced to these future scientists and engineers by showing the possibilities of studies and research careers in the European space sector.

The trainers will be ELGRA and ESA experts from across Europe, freely sharing their experience and know-how with the students, including their day-to-day work and research experience in biology, human physiology, and physics.

The ESA/ELGRA Gravity Related Research Summer School 2017 is open to 22 bachelor and master students in science or engineering disciplines from ESA Member and Associate States. The Summer School will take place at ESA Academy – Training and Learning Centre, ESA Redu Centre, Belgium.

Application Deadline: 1 May 2017

Detailed infromation and online application


Alpbach Summer School


Summer School Alpbach 2017

The Dusty Universe


July 18-27, 2017

This year, sixty European engineering and science students will be chosen to participate in the 41st Summer School Alpbach, a ten day learning opportunity held in the beautiful Austrian Alps. Participants will be engaged in an in-depth learning experience. Over ten days they will attend stimulating lectures on various aspects of space science and engineering and will work intensely within smaller groups to define and design a space mission under the supervision of noted scientific and engineering experts within the field.

The Summer School Alpbach is open for application to students and graduates from ESA member (i.e. Switzerland) and cooperating states.

Application Deadline: 31 March 2017

Detailed infromation and online application

The Summer School is organised by FFG and co-sponsored by ESA and the national space authorities of its member and cooperating states. A traditional partner is the International Space Science Institute (ISSI). It is also supported by Austrospace, the association of Austrian space industries and research institutions.

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