Activating NI Software as a Student Through an Academic License

Updated Aug 3, 2023

If you are a student using NI Software that was provided by your school, use this article to activate your software license. 

Begin by contacting your software administrator to determine how your school handles NI Software student licenses. Then use the appropriate section below.

Student Install Option (SIO)

  1. Request SIO serial number.
    • Your IT staff may need to contact NI if they cannot find the serial number or if they are not sure whether they have an AVL.
    • Note that our support team cannot and will not give serial numbers nor activation codes directly to students.
  2. Follow Serial Number Activation steps in Activating NI Software with a Single-Seat License to activate software.
    • Note: For a serial number-based activation, an active NI User account is required.
The Student Install Option licenses automatically expire after one year. After expiration, contact your license administrator to renew your license with a new serial number.

User-Based Licensing

  1. Contact your IT admin and provide the requested information, which may include:
    • Your full name.
    • The software you want to download and activate.
    • Computer ID (in case offline activation is needed).
  2. Then follow steps in Activate NI Software as Part of a Volume License Agreement to connect to the school's Volume License Server