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ISU Center for Space Entrepreneurship

How To Apply

Due to COVID-19, the 2021 cohort is a hybrid online program. (Visit "About the Program" for details")

Ready to spend the summer focused on commercial space? To apply to the Commercial Space Studies graduate certificate program, please email the following documents to with the subject line "(your last name) Application Documents"

  • Letter of Intent (800-1000 words) including your personal goals, future plans in the space industry, and what you hope to take away from this academic program. 
  • Contact information for two references who know you in a professional or academic capacity. Please include their email address, phone number if applicable, and their your relationship to the person.
  • Unofficial Transcript confirming that you posess minimum of a bachelor's degree (or will have earned a bachelor's degree before June 1, 2021), and academic GPA of minimum 3.0 on a 4-point scale.

The admissions process is as follows:

  1. Student submission of application documents
  2. ISU-CSP team (Shawn) helps student navigate the Florida Tech online registration portal.
  3. Student receives email response confirming their application was received. (if you do not receive a response within a few days, please re-send or contact us)
  4. Admissions committee review of student documents and references
  5. Student receipt of email confirming if they have been accepted for the summer 2021 session. If the student has been accepted, this email will contain detailed instructions for how to proceed.

A maximum of 50 students will be admitted.

Due to COVID-19, the application period has been extended. Please have your full application completed by May 14, 2021. This is the absolute latest we can allow qualified students to join the program. 


For International (non-U.S.) Students:

We understand that the travel document and visa process can be confusing, and are here to help.

Once your application is processed, our staff will provide you with paperwork needed to apply for the correct visa that allows you to study in the United States for the ISU-CSE summer program.

If you are a continuing student in the U.S. and you have had at least one semester of study before this summer program, you should continue to operate under your existing visa.

If you are coming to the U.S. specifically for this program and then returning to your home country after the program’s completion, Florida Institute of Technology’s Office of International Student & Scholar Services Office has determined the appropriate visa for this program is the “J” visa: Non-Degree student.

Once you receive the DS-2019, you will need to:

  • Pay SEVIS fee online. Please follow this link to the Student and Exchange Visitor fee processing website:
  • Print out your receipt. (Please also save a digital copy of the receipt for your records)
  • Make visa appointment and secure the J-1 visa.
  • Make flight/travel arrangements.
  • Upon arrival at a U.S. port of entry, present the following documents
    • DS-2019 Document
    • Your Passport
    • Your J-1 Visa
  • Check in at the ISSS Office at Florida Tech with your DS-2019, passport, and visa. (NOTE: failure to check in can cause your immigration status to be terminated by immigration.)

The DS-2019 document permits arrival/residence in the United States up to 30 days before the start date of the program, and residence/departure up to 30 days after the end date of the program. It permits admitted international students to reside in the U.S. at maximum, from Saturday, June 13, 2020 until Monday, August 24, 2020. (In-person program dates are July 13 - July 25, 2020)

ISU-CSE faculty and staff will primarily handle your travel documentation, and strive to make the process as simple as possible. Once your application for the ISU-CSE summer program is approved, we will provide all the documents to assist in your visa process.

The “F-1” visa is not appropriate because “F” students must be degree-seeking.
The “B” visa is not appropriate because “B” visa holders are not allowed to study.

Please contact us with further questions.

*FIT is first and foremost concerned for the health of our students, faculty, and speakers. We will take every precaution consistent with CDC guidelines to ensure the health of our students. If conditions in late June do not support safe operation of in person classes, the program will be completed with all coursework online.