IBM Academic Initiative

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Program Agreements

Each country has its own IBM Academic Initiative Program Agreement that includes the legal licensing terms of your membership. You will need to agree to the terms of your country's Program Agreement to be approved for Academic Initiative membership.

For many countries, you can agree online to the licensing terms when you submit your membership application. However, laws in the countries indicated by an asterisk (*) require their citizens to provide a hardcopy of the Program Agreement to IBM. If you are in one of these countries, you must print the Program Agreement for your country, sign it, and mail or fax it to the address or phone number on the agreement.

Latin American countries, indicated by an arrow (), require a slightly different process, as described on the Latin American institutional-level agreements page.


  1. You can access the "Catalog of Educational Materials", which is also called "Educational Materials" and "Catalog", from the Courseware page.
  2. You can access the "Eligible Product List", which is also called the "List", from the Software and System Access page.
  3. You can modify the offered courseware as needed for use in your classes. You must give proper attribution to IBM when the resources are used.
  4. You do not need to be certified to use any of the offered courses for educational purposes.

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