Can Academic Staff and Post-Graduate Students Use the Student Install Option (SIO)?

Updated Apr 8, 2019

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  • Volume License Manager
  • NI License Manager

Issue Details

  • Who is eligible to use the Student Install Option (SIO)?
  • A member of Academic Staff or postgraduate student has requested to use NI software. Can I provide them with the Student Install Option (SIO) Serial Number?


Academic Staff

Academic Staff should not use the SIO Serial Number. If a member of Academic Staff would like access to NI software they should use the licenses included in the Academic Site License (ASL). These can only be accessed through the Academic Site's Volume License Server, which is managed by the Academic Institute's nominated Software Administrator.

Software under the ASL may only be used on those computers located at the physical location to which NI delivers the Software (unless otherwise specified in the ASL Agreement). A laptop owned by the Academic Institute may be taken home and continue to use NI software temporarily either through the 14-day backup automatically issued when disconnecting from the Volume License Server network, or through a disconnected license file which your Software Administrator can provide. 

Contact NI Support if you do not know your Academic Institute's nominated Software Administrator.

Post-Graduate Students

The SIO Serial Number may be used by anyone enrolled at the Academic Institution as a student, including post-graduate courses such as Masters and PhDs. If the individual is not enrolled but the Academic Institution has a Teaching and Research ASL (rather than a Teaching Only ASL), the individual could use a license from the ASL in same way as the Academic Staff above.


Additional Information

See NI's General Purpose Software License Agreement for more information. The most relevant section, correct at time of article publish, is:

“If you are a student and have acquired a license to use Software through your Academic Institution’s student install option, you must be a student enrolled in or taking continuing education classes in order to use the Software. You may use the Software for your personal education purposes, which may include use for classroom or lab coursework as well as academic research that is in furtherance of the your undergraduate work, and not for any other purpose.”


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