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Program Benefits

SUSE’s Academic program provides access to training, knowledge, and SUSE open source tools for schools, colleges, universities, academic hospitals, non-profit museums, libraries and more.

Participating members enjoy a number of benefits:

  • Training—Materials for certified Linux and other courses, both for trainers and students.
  • Curriculum—Campus-use of these materials for student education by faculty staff.
  • Use SUSE for education—Use SUSE products for free for educational or lab purposes.
  • Use SUSE for administrative or production workloads—make use of a highly beneficial buying program to buy SUSE products at the right level of support, including special products and terms and conditions only available and priced for educational institutes.
  • Development Resources—Access to tools and products for using in lab, software development or other education settings.
  • Support—Access to knowledgebase, forums and technical support.
  • Volume License Agreement for Education

We have specialized buying programs to streamline software licensing. Use a SUSE buying program to purchase all of your software licenses, maintenance, and receive volume discounts. VLA provides a flexible, easy, and affordable way to purchase your solutions.

The SUSE Education Buying Program awards special pricing and benefits to educational customers.

SUSE Vision

As a leading Open Source company, SUSE supports schools, higher learning institutions and the academic community in getting free access to its experience and knowledge gained over the years.

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By 2020, 90% of software vendors will have an OSS strategy to stay relevant to the market, compared with 50% in 2017.

Matthew Cheung | Gartner

Who Qualifies?

Schools, Universities & Administrations

Schools, Universities & Administrations:

  • Schools & universities accredited/recognized/approved by their local/state/federal/provincial government
  • Supervisory organizations of qualified schools or other educational institutions
  • State departments of education
  • Boards of education
  • School district administrative offices
  • Local education authorities
  • Preschools, day schools, or after school activity centers accredited/ recognized/approved by their government
Education Hospitals

Education Hospitals:

  • Non-profit teaching hospitals
  • Have its primary affiliation be with an accredited degree-granting college or university that would be eligible for participation in the ALA
  • Have a formally documented teaching affiliation with either a nationally accredited medical school for a clerkship, internship, or residency program for medical students or a nationally accredited nursing school which grants the RN or LPN/LVN degree
  • Be governed by a University Board of Regents or similar authority

NOTE: Educational hospitals must meet ALL of the above specifications to be considered qualified to participate in SUSE Education Buying Program.

Educational Public Facilities

Educational Public Facilities:

  • Non-profit museums
  • Libraries

NOTE: If questions arise on the qualified status of a specific institution, SUSE opinion will govern. It is the responsibility of the purchasing customer to ensure they meet SUSE academic qualifications. Customers not meeting these above criteria who purchase products under one of the SUSE Academic Education Program may be required to pay additional license fees to be legally licensed for such products. SUSE may cancel any license agreement used by non-qualifying customers.

Academic Support from Partners

SUSE collaborates with the following partners to provide joint benefits for academic institutions.


GroupLink, a leading provider of help desk software to academic organizations, offers their everything HelpDesk software and support for educational use including a free version available for small schools and districts. GroupLink also provides help desk software for educational use and support training.

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Now in its 21st year, the IBM Power Systems Academic Initiative (PSAI) partners with over 625 colleges and universities globally providing information technology courseware and cloud environments for teaching purposes, at no charge. Their mission is to make students aware of IBM technology and help them acquire skills needed by our clients today and into the future.

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Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences is a leading private university that aims to raise professionals and leaders of high academic caliber and commitment to serve humanity. The Department of Computer Science and Engineering embraced SUSE’s solutions to equip its students to master in today’s cutting edge technologies such as Cloud, Containers, SDS, and Linux and thrives over its motivation to provide teaching that is based on value and quality of education.

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Linux Professional Institute

Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is the global certification standard and career support organization for open source professionals. With more than 175,000 certification holders, it's the world’s first and largest vendor-neutral Linux and open source certification body. LPI has certified professionals in over 180 countries, delivers exams in multiple languages, and has hundreds of training partners.

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Academy Support Centre

Academy Support Centre (ASC) Praktijkleren is the support centre in the Netherlands that supports academies in promoting up-to-date skills in education. They bring teachers in contact with providers of relevant up-to date ICT training courses to prepare students for their professional future in the field of ICT.

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Technology Transfer Partners

The TTP is an international group of individuals from educational and research institutions that use Micro Focus, NetIQ and SUSE solutions in their workplace. It includes thousands of experienced experts who share information with each other, the software developers, and groups within the companies with the goal of promoting high quality computing environments that advance the goals of academic institutions.

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SUSE, TTP & GroupLink Recorded Webinar

In this brief 15-minute webinar followed by 15 minutes of Q&A, learn more about what’s inside the SUSE Academic Program, GroupLink's specialized product offerings for schools, and how you can take advantage of expertise, information, and events from the Technology Transfer Partners.

Academic Contacts

Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)
Asia, Pacific and Japan (APJ)