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JetBrains Student Program: 34k Students Join in Two Weeks

It’s been almost two weeks since we first launched our free Student License program. To put it mildly, these have been very interesting and busy days.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • On September 23rd, we announced our Student License program initially supporting students and teachers with International Student Identity Cards (ISIC) and .edu email addresses for verification. The response was overwhelmingly positive but it also included a wave of feedback from “non .edu” students who could not easily apply.
  • On September 24th, just one day later, we were able to quickly integrate a great SWOT library into our system. This allowed a large new number of international students to sign up using their university email address. Additionally, if their university was not already in our database, they could contribute to it with a simple pull request on GitHub. Once a request is accepted and merged, the system is updated automatically.

That’s the power of open-source in action!

By now, we’ve already received more than 180 pull requests from universities and colleges from around the world.

JetBrains Student Program

Student License Program Stats

If you are a numbers person, enjoy!

  • Student License Numbers20K students applied in the first 48 hours
  • 34K students have been approved so far
  • Students from 117 different countries are represented (see top 10 countries graphic)
  • Universities with the most student licenses:
    • Georgia Institute of Technology
    • University of Illinois
    • University of California, Berkeley
    • University of Texas at Austin
    • Wrocław University of Technology
    • University of Washington
    • Rochester Institute of Technology
    • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

We also know a number of ways people have found to abuse the program. We are not going to spend a great deal of time fighting it, but here is a friendly reminder that the student license allows the use of our software for educational purposes only.

What Are People Saying?

Here are just a few comments from the mountains of feedback that we have received.

Student License Quote 1

Student License Quote 2

Student License Quote 3

Alternatives to Student License

If for some reason you still can’t apply for the Student License program, encourage your university or college to get a Classroom License for you and your classmates.

It’s Great to be a Student Today

We’re glad that many other companies are thinking about students and offering their professional tools and services for use in an educational setting.

For example, GitHub just announced today their GitHub Student Developer Pack in collaboration with different developer tools vendors. Microsoft has also recently made it easier for students to get Microsoft Office for free.

No doubt there are more similar offers by other vendors. Which ones have you applied for? What do you find the most useful for your studies?

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17 Responses to JetBrains Student Program: 34k Students Join in Two Weeks

  1. Pierre L. says:

    October 7, 2014

    Teacher in France, I really appreciate this initiative for the students (and teacher … but I already have my personal licence). It will definitely increase the number of users of the ultimate edition in my classroom.
    Very nice initiative …

    • Eugene Toporov says:

      October 7, 2014

      Thanks for your support Pierre!

  2. Lukas Michanek says:

    October 7, 2014

    This is indeed very nice, too bad that I already submitted a manual request by using an official document signed by my school’s principal. I’ll get there eventually, it will just take some extra time. Thank you for implementing this system, very happy that you guys listen to our feedback as much as you do. 🙂

    • Eugene Toporov says:

      October 8, 2014

      Thanks Lucas!
      Let me know if I can be of any help with the manual request.

  3. jsxqf says:

    October 8, 2014

    @Eugene Toporov
    I applied at with my university email address,but I didn’t receive an email and then my email address was used ;(
    Is there any chance you guys send me the invitation email again.thanks!

    • Eugene Toporov says:

      October 8, 2014

      Please contact the team at with more details. They will help you.

  4. Aaron Brown says:

    October 14, 2014

    What about high school students? My daughter was excited to see this, until we found that it seems to be university-only.

    Any chance of extending this to be HS-computer science inclusive?

    • Robert Demmer says:

      October 16, 2014

      Hello Aaron. Yes, Student License is possible outside of universities. Please write to – sales at jetbrains dot com – and explain your situation to them.

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    October 17, 2014

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  6. Rudy says:

    January 10, 2015

    Would be nice if this was offered to those that serve or served in the military/Veterans

    • Robert Demmer says:

      January 12, 2015

      Hello Rudy. No guarantees but write to sales at jetbrains dot com and they may be able to assist. Cheers.

  7. proxy 2016 says:

    November 29, 2015

    Can you tell us more about this? I’d like to find out some additional information.

  8. Enoch says:

    July 26, 2016

    I am excited about this, and would love to register but is this open to students in Africa

    • Eugene Toporov says:

      July 26, 2016

      Yes, of course. There are several ways to apply and hope you can use one of them. Please check details at

    • Robert Demmer says:

      August 2, 2016

      Hello. Yes, this is open to students worldwide.

  9. Mantas says:

    April 12, 2017

    Hello, does this apply only for students that are in a university? I am in grade 10 of highschool and would like to use this opportunity to get pycharm for free because I can’t afford to spend that much. Am I eligible to apply?

  10. ajallow says:

    August 23, 2017

    EduKid Gambia Foundation ( is an organization focusing on teaching the poor different technologies and kids from age 10 coding and we would be grateful if we could use the JetBrains tools.

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