Program Benefits

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.

SUSE has formed partnerships with companies who demonstrate a unified focus on information technology education and support tools available to academic organizations. Additionally, SUSE and our Partners celebrate customers who have taken advantage of these programs, which have positively impacted their businesses.

Program Benefits

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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.


Schools, Universities & Administration Schools, Universities & Administration

  • 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

Educational Hospitals Educational 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

Educational Public Facilities Educational Public Facilities

  • Non-profit museums
  • Libraries


Can my institute and I participate in the SUSE Academic Program? If your institute qualifies https://www.suse.com/licensing/academic/qualify.html You and your institute can participate.

We have SUSE products under support but want to use some SUSE technology in a Lab setting for educational purposes. Can we do that without software compliance issues? If you have signed up for the SUSE Academic program you gain free use of evaluation subscriptions with a long evaluation period (some products for one year, some far longer). This is specifically for the use of SUSE technology for non-profit educational lab and evaluation purposes.

When we’ve signed up for the SUSE Academic Program we would like to include SUSE Certified Administrative course in our curriculum. Would it be possible to do that? You would gain full access to Trainer and Student Material for your use for non-commercial training.

Has SUSE changed their pricing under VLA-Education with the introduction of the SUSE Academic program? SUSE Academic program product pricing and offering has been adjusted. The list price for SUSE Linux for Education with Self Support has been lowered, and additional products have been added (e.g. unlimited virtualization, Life-Cycle Management). Therefore we would strongly recommend to review the changes with your local partner or SUSE directly.