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Ansys for Students

Ansys is committed to setting today's students up for success tomorrow, by providing free simulation engineering software licenses to students at all levels. Support your learning with free courses, our support community and a wealth of student-focused tutorials.

Free Student Software Downloads

Used by millions around the world, students can take advantage of our free engineering software for homework, capstone projects and student competitions. Our renewable products can be downloaded at no cost by students across the globe and installed on any supported MS Windows 64-bit machine.

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Ansys Student

Ansys Student is our Ansys Workbench-based bundle of Ansys Mechanical, Ansys CFD, Ansys Autodyn, Ansys Discovery, Ansys SpaceClaim and Ansys DesignXplorer. Ansys Student is downloaded by hundreds of thousands of students globally every year and includes some of our most-used products commercially. Users of this product may also find value in downloading our Ansys LS-DYNA Student product.


Ansys LS-DYNA Student

Ansys LS-DYNA Student has a vast array of capabilities using its explicit solver, allowing the simulation of the response of materials to short periods of severe loading and extreme deformation. It can be used by students to examine materials failure and how failure progresses through a part or system. LS-DYNA Student is useful for applications in automotive, aerospace and more.

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Ansys Electronics Desktop Student

Ansys Electronics Desktop Student is our industry gold standard simulators for work with antenna, RF, Microwave, PCB, IC and IC package designs along with electromechanical devices such as electric motors and generators. Students will have access to Ansys HFSS, Ansys Maxwell, Ansys Q3D, and Ansys Icepak allowing design work a broad range of electrical and electro-mechanical systems.

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Ansys Zemax OpticStudio Student

Ansys Zemax OpticStudio Student provides an intuitive interface and powerful tools, allowing students to gain hands-on experience designing and analyzing optical systems. With extensive materials and optical element libraries, students can accurately simulate real-world scenarios, aiding their understanding of optics fundamentals and enhancing problem-solving skills. This software explores different design options, optimizes performance and manufacturability, and includes seamless integration with other programs for efficient workflows.

Ansys OnScale Free Student Software Downloads

Ansys OnScale

With Ansys’ recent acquisition of OnScale, students now have access to the fastest and most powerful cloud-native engineering simulation platform. Students can benefit from online simulation capabilities with ten free core hours per month, enabling simulation from any location and device. Ansys OnScale provides a great simulation platform for STEM students, undergraduate engineering students, and engineers who are new to simulation to learn introductory structures concepts, like general boundary conditions, stress analysis, thermal analysis, and much more. Additionally, Ansys OnScale offers easy integration into ONSHAPE® and MATLAB®.

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Ansys SCADE Student

Ansys SCADE Student is based on our unique qualified code-generation technology. It integrates the model-based design, simulation and code generation of embedded software. This student version features an adapted version of SCADE Suite used for industrial safety-critical embedded software as aircraft flight controllers or electric vehicle battery management systems.


Build Your Skill Set

Our mission is to equip every engineering student with in-depth experience using our software, prior to entering the workforce. We do this by collaborating with over 2,750 universities in 92 countries and by providing valuable free resources directly to students. Simulation mastery and materials education is a key addition to your skill set portfolio and will enhance your marketability to the world’s top companies. Additionally, learning simulation will complement your theoretical textbook studies with practical, hands-on design experience.

Free Student Resources

Ansys is committed to empowering your future. We have a variety of resources designed to help you get up and running, ranging from our Learning Forum support community to free Innovation Courses, video tutorials and more. 

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Learning Forum

The Ansys Learning Forum (formerly called Ansys Student Community) is the go-to support community for academia. Search for answers to common questions, browse discussion categories to see what others are talking about and engage with your peers and Ansys experts.

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Innovation Courses

These free courses extend beyond physics theory and reinforce concepts with high-fidelity Ansys simulations and real-world case studies. Developed for students, the comprehensive educational experience features online lecture videos led by Ansys experts and key academic partners, handouts, homework, tutorials and quizzes.

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Learning Resources

Ansys’ learning resources are a one-stop shop for all of our free learning resources available, including the Learning Forum, videos with technology tips and introductory student tutorials with step-by-step directions for performing basic simulations.


Ansys sponsors student teams with access to free bundles of multiphysics software, to help them compete and develop experience preparing them for the real world.

Today’s students become tomorrow’s engineers, researchers and entrepreneurs. Ansys provides engineering simulation software for university-based student teams that participate in competitions such as Formula SAE (FSAE), Solar Challenge, Electronic Design Competition, Solar Splash and many more.

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