About the Program

Space is for everybody. It’s not just for
a select group of astronauts. That’s our
new frontier out there.

Colin Burgess, Teacher in Space: Christa McAuliffe and the Challenger Legacy

Expanding Experiential Learning into the Solar System

It is with great support from the Canadian Space Agency that this dream is coming to fruition.  SFU has always prided itself on providing deeply engaging, immersive, and transformative education. The new SFU Orbit Campus, currently in testing stages, will harness the transformative power of the space frontier to offer out-of-this-world educational opportunities. The campus will soon open its doors with the goal of promoting, diversifying, and growing SFU’s experiential activities. The field school setting will allow students to immerse fully into an exciting space adventure with all its challenges and rewards.

Because of increasing pressures on universities to provide measurable learning outcomes that prepare students for immediate entry-level jobs in the resource development sector, the students will receive training in the areas of self-reliance, space industrialization, asteroid mining, and recycling of disused satellites.

We would like to thank all members of the Advisory Group and especially former astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk, who has shown vast engagement and leadership in the advising and planning of this project.

Selection Process

Many factors are taken into consideration when making the final selection in establishing a pool of qualified candidates. These factors include initial application form; interview/reference checks; and the candidate's performance during the rigorous training stages that will push students to their limits emotionally, mentally, and physically. Above all, we are looking for candidates that will share our vision and passion for exploration and discovery.

The SFU Orbit Campus is committed to having a skilled, diversified group of explorers, reflective of SFU community and to ensuring the equitable representation of women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability, and members of a visible minority group. We encourage members of these designated groups to self-identify.

To apply for this program, please fill out the online application form.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees will follow the established rates for SFU credit courses, but students will be responsible for paying travel costs. Each seat to fly to space is $228,619.00. Deposits are refundable. Limited scholarships are available through Canadian Space Agency for all or part of the fee in cases of genuine financial need.