The mission of the International Academy of Sport Science and Technology (AISTS) is to bring a positive contribution to the management of sport through post-graduate and executive education, as well as applied research, consulting and services by developing, integrating and delivering multidisciplinary knowledge from human sciences, life sciences and engineering sciences.

The AISTS is located on the campus of the University of Lausanne and EPFL in the new Synathlon building, a unique venue for sport, training and research opened in 2018.

AISTS Synathlon building in Lausanne
Synathlon (Lausanne)

The AISTS focuses its activities on three key pillars:

Mission Education


Developing higher education in sports through adapted programs for both individuals and organisations.

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Consulting Services

Applied research, studies, expertise and consulting; providing knowledge and expertise to sport stakeholders by applying a multi-disciplinary approach.

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Rich Network

Acting as a connector inside the world of sport as well as an interface connecting actors outside the sports domain with sport stakeholders.

What are the objectives of the AISTS

  • To design, develop, administer, and run educational sports programs, in particular for sport leaders and sport managers
  • To conduct studies and mandates
  • To provide consulting services at regional, national and international levels
  • To interface between sport federations and research institutions
  • To facilitate sport innovation and technology transfer
  • To promote Lausanne, the Olympic Capital and its areas as an international hub for sports institutions

Why is the AISTS so unique?

  • The International Olympic Committee is a founding member of AISTS foundation
  • Strong links to the Olympic Movement through many projects and partnerships
  • Main headquarters in Lausanne, the Olympic Capital
  • Connections in the sports world
  • Swiss universities with top World rankings are founding members: IMD Business School, EPFL, EHL (Lausanne Hotel School), UNIL (University of Lausanne), University of Geneva
  • Multidisciplinary expertise with over 100 lectures
  • Scientific knowledge and real-world expertise
  • Swiss quality of excellence


Am I too young to apply?

The average age of our participants is between 27-30 years old, but that does not mean that most participants are of that age. We have no real limits with regard to the age of the candidates, and each application is reviewed in a case-by-case manner. The main issue with being of a young age (20-22 years old) is that it tends to be tied to the fact that you have little professional experience. However, we have made exceptions in the past and accepted younger participants into the programme. Essentially it is about balancing all the requirements. We may find that your application has strengths elsewhere, in which case your age will no longer be seen as a disadvantage. The AISTS MAS in Sport Management Scientific Committee, who is in charge of the selection process, looks at a combination of factors with equal measure: professional experience, education, motivation, background in sport, age (e.g. not too young), nationality (to ensure a reasonable mix of nationalities in the class), level of English (fluency necessary), etc.

Are the requirements the same for international applicants?

The AISTS MAS in Sport Management & Technology is truly an international programme. The class counts each year over 20 different nationalities from all 5 continents for approximately 35 participants. The requirements are the same for all participants, regardless of the nationality or country of origin.