Academic Use

The intent of this scheme is to make our software available to eligible (see below) faculty, staff, and students of Computer Science or related programs within accredited academic institutions. By entering the program, the institutions will be able to better prepare their students for the emerging world of distributed object oriented systems. Example academic institutions using our software include: Malardalen University and University of Kassel.

To achieve this goal, we will license selected software products to qualifying academic institutions FREE of charge.
Note that in order to qualify for this program, the use of our products is restricted to teaching and research purposes only, and are not permitted for use in EU, Government, or Industry Funded Projects and/or for commercial gain.

Our Spectra products are exempt from the free academic program license scheme, but instead are eligible for significant discounts when institutions are using them for teaching or academic research purposes only. Please contact a member of the Spectra product sales team to discuss your requirements and determine what level of discount is applicable. Contact us.

We will endeavor to provide limited support assistance but we trust that you will appreciate that priority will be given to our Commercial customers. A full support service can be purchased at our usual list price if required.

What is not included
The following services are not included in the Academic Program:

  • Consulting
  • Training

If these services are required, they must be purchased from us at full list price.

Under the terms of the Academic Program, the selected software products are licensed free of charge. However, if you require a CD-ROM containing the services, we will charge a one-off fee of $200 (plus VAT at 20.0%, if applicable) to cover production, shipping, and administration costs.

To Apply
Please Contact Us for an Academic Program application form.

In order to join the Academic Program, you will be required to fill out an Academic Program Agreement application form. The completed and signed agreement must be faxed back to us at:
UK: +44 (0) 191 4979901

Alternatively, email the completed and signed agreement to:

The software licenses will only be shipped on receipt of a completed application form, and a signed copy of the Academic Program Agreement. Printed manuals will only be shipped on receipt of payment.

If you do not qualify for the Academic Program but want to purchase software as an academic customer, please contact your nearest sales office, as you may qualify for some academic discounts.

Academic Program Definitions

Academic Institution

The selected  products are available free of charge to accredited academic institutions or departments thereof, where projects are conducted exclusively for teaching or research purposes. Eligible applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Educational institutions accredited by associations recognized by the state boards of education or departments thereof. Examples include Colleges, Universities, and Scientific or Technical Institutions.
  • Hospitals or medical facilities which are wholly owned and operated by qualified academic institutions as described above. Examples include College or University Medical Centers, and Hospital/College or University Medical Research Centers.

Note that the products acquired through this program are restricted to teaching and research purposes only, and are not permitted for use in EU, Government, or Industry Funded Projects and/or for commercial gain.

Acceptance to the Academic Program is at our discretion. We reserve the right to refuse any application for entry to the program and no grounds for refusal need be disclosed.

We reserve the right to amend the terms and conditions of this program, and any agreement entered into as a part of this program, without notice. We reserve the right to terminate this program upon giving at least thirty (30) days notice in writing.