Alibaba Cloud for Students

Enjoy free cloud servers, training courses, certifications and exclusive campaigns and opportunities by verifying your student status.

This offer is currently available to university/college students in these countries & regions.

Program Overview

Verified students will gain access to our exclusive student benefits, including free cloud services, training courses, certifications and more.

Students at AAEP member Institutions Non-AAEP Students
Cloud Services • 1 selected ECS Instance for free for 1 year
• Select database services for free
• 1 selected ECS Instance for free for 1 year
• Select database services for free
Training and Certification • Alibaba Cloud Academy Membership for free
• 1 ACA certifications for free
• Access to Academy Student Central
• Alibaba Cloud Academy Membership for free
• Access to Academy Student Central
Exclusive Benefits and Resources for Verified Students • Tianchi Competitions
• Global Student Community
• Tianchi Competitions
• Global Student Community

How to Join?

Step 1
Create an Account

Sign up with Alibaba Cloud for free

Step 2
Verify Student Status

Complete the process to get verified as a student (see tips)

Step 3
Enjoy the Benefits

Get free cloud services, training, certification, and more below

Free Cloud Server

Get Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS) for free for an entire year to build your first website. That's up to $133.08 in savings.

Burstable Type t5

1 Core CPU

1GB Memory

40GB Ultra Disk

Linux OS

60,000 PPS

1Mbps Bandwidth

Alibaba Cloud Academy Student Central

The place for students looking to hone their technical know-how and learn about new and revolutionary technologies.

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Free Training and Certification

Explore over 100 online courses and certifications by claiming an Alibaba Cloud Academy Membership for free* (originally priced at $4.9). In addition, students at AAEP member institutions can also sign up for the ACA certification exam for free.

Alibaba Cloud Academy Membership

With Academy Membership, you will be able to access all Academy online courses, Apsara Clouder Certifications and Specialty Certifications without any costs. Claim for Free >

Explore over 100 Training Courses and Certification >

* With an Alibaba Cloud Academy membership (valid for one year), you will have a maximum of 4 opportunities to take each Apsara Clouder and Specialty certification

Exclusive Benefits and Resources Verified students can also get exclusive benefits and resources through multiple programs and campaigns, including selected competitions on the Tianchi Platform, the Global Student Community, and Alibaba Cloud Community Blog.
Tianchi AI Competitions
Tianchi AI Competitions

Leverage AI and cloud computing to solve problems with innovation to win prizes.

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Global Student Community
Global Student Community

Verified students will be invited to join Alibaba Cloud Student Community and meet global student developers.

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Community Blog
Community Blog

Share your knowledge and experiences on Alibaba Cloud and build your influence.

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Alibaba Cloud Academic Empowerment Program

Alibaba Cloud Academic Empowerment Program (AAEP) works directly with the accredited educational institutions to provide multiple resources to students, educators and researchers.

Why Alibaba Cloud

As the cloud computing arm and a business unit of Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA), Alibaba Cloud provides a comprehensive suite of global cloud computing services to help power and grow your business.
Public cloud service provider in Asia
Public cloud service provider worldwide
Account managing data centers globally
CDN nodes worldwide
Customers worldwide

Rules & FAQs

1. What countries and regions are included in the program?

The program is available to students at selected universities and colleges in these countries & regions.

2. How can I join the Alibaba Cloud for Students program?

After you register an Alibaba Cloud, please verify your student status here, then you can enjoy your student benefits.

3. Do I have to add a credit card before getting any student benefits?

No, if you complete the student verification process, you can get the student benefits without a credit card or any other payment methods.

4. Tips for the student verification process

•The program is only available to individual accounts. If you are using an enterprise account, you are not eligible to request student verification. •Each account can submit the verification request only once. If you happen to choose the wrong school and proceed to the next step, you will have one chance to modify the school information. •Please make sure that you use your legal name registered to your school when completing your information. If you fail because the name you use with your Alibaba Cloud account does not match the name you registered with at your school, please create a new account and verify your status again.

5. How can I get my verification information if I pass the student verification?

If you successfully pass the student verification process, you can check your status here.

6. What benefits can verified students get from the program?

Verified students can get the following benefits: •One selected prepaid ECS server for free for one year. The supported instance types and regions might change from time to time. •An Alibaba Cloud Academy Membership for free (valid for one year) •Exclusive student benefits in selected Tianchi competitions. •Become an Alibaba Cloud Community Influencer and get rewards after you get any certification from Alibaba Cloud Academy. • Eligible to join Alibaba Cloud Student Community. Students at AAEP member institutions can also get an ACA exam for free, and have chances to get additional benefits when participating in selected Tianchi competitions and when applying for Alibaba Cloud Student Ambassador.

7. Can I renew my verified student status and my cloud server when they expire?

If you are at an AAEP member institution, you can renew your student status and your cloud server for free if you get an ACA certification. Otherwise, you cannot renew your verified student status and need to pay the original price to renew your cloud server when it expires.

8. Can I get the exclusive student offer on the cloud server if I have already purchased ECS?

No, you are not be eligible for getting free ECS through the student program if there is any historical ECS order in your account.

9. Can I cancel the yearly subscription of the cloud server and get a refund?

No, it cannot be canceled for a refund.

10. What can I get after I claim my Alibaba Cloud Academy Membership?

After you pass the student verification, you can get an Alibaba Cloud Academy Membership by claiming it here, which is valid for one year. With the membership, you will have one free chance to take any Alibaba Cloud Associate (ACA) Certification exam, and one free chance to take an Alibaba Cloud Professional (ACP) Certification exam, including the ACP Cloud Computing Certification Exam, ACP Cloud Security Certification Exam and ACP Cloud Networking Certification Exam. You will get unlimited access to all online training courses, all Apsara Clouder certifications, and all Specialty certifications for free. You will have up to 4 opportunities to take each Apsara Clouder and Specialty certification exam.

11. How can I join the Community Influencer program?

Once you get one Apsara Clouder or ACA certification, you can apply to the Community Influencer program. Then, you can start to post on eligible tech forums and get rewarded for your questions, answers, and posts.

12. How can my university/college enroll in the AAEP program?

Please refer to the AAEP program for details.

13. Disclaimer

Alibaba Cloud reserves the right to end or adjust this offer at any time.
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