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Student Install Option for Academic Volume Licenses

Updated Feb 14, 2022

Reported In


  • LabVIEW
  • Academic Site License
  • Multisim

Issue Details

  • How do I set up my students with the student install option for NI Academic Volume Licenses (AVL)?
  • My students want to activate LabVIEW, Multisim, or other NI software on their personal computers. How can they do this?
  • Can I activate my NI software using my college's or university's license?
  • My NI software cannot be activated using my student install option serial number. How do I activate my software?


NI now offers Student Install Options for most teaching Academic Volume Licenses (AVL) to give students access to the same software used in the laboratory. Student installs can be included with any “Teaching Only” and “Teaching and Research” AVL contract. However, any “Research Only” AVL will not include student installs.

With the Student Install Option serial number, students will be able to download NI academic software and activate through the NI Activation Wizard. The Student Install license will automatically expire after one year. If you want to renew the license or haven't received the new one, please contact us


If you are the site administrator and do not yet have student install added to your existing AVL contract, please contact either your sales representative or NI Technical Support to request adding the student install option to your AVL.

End Users

If you are a student and are looking to download software or activate your student install option, contact your IT Help Desk or Service Desk. Ask them for the Student Install serial number (activation code) and use it to activate NI software. Your IT staff may need to contact NI if they can’t find the serial number or if they aren’t sure whether they have an AVL. Our support team cannot give these activation codes directly to students.

Additional Information

  • Academic Volume Licenses (AVL) meant for small groups or laboratories, such as the 10-users Academic LabVIEW Full Development System (FDS) Teaching option, will not include a Student Install option.
  • An active NI User account is required if you are a student and you wish to use the Serial Number provided from your IT Help Desk.
  • To use activation codes, please provide your computer ID to your IT staff so they can generate the activation codes.