Alibaba Cloud for Students

Enjoy free cloud servers, training courses, certifications, and opportunities to earn credits 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 Elastic Compute Service (ECS), training courses, certifications and more.

Students at AAEP member Institutions Non-AAEP Students
Cloud Server • 1 selected ECS Instance for free for 1 year
• Conditional renewal for free
• 1 selected ECS Instance for free for 1 year
Training and Certification • 10 Apsara Clouder certifications for free
• 1 ACA certifications for free
• 10 Apsara Clouder certifications for free
Exclusive Campaigns or Awards for Verified Students to Get Credits • Tianchi Competitions with exclusive student awards*
• Student Ambassador*
• Community Influencer

*Additional benefits for Students at AAEP member institutions
• Tianchi Competitions with exclusive student awards
• Student Ambassador
• Community Influencer

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 ECS, training, certification, and other benefits 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 $139.68 in savings.

Burstable Type t5

1 Core CPU

1GB Memory

40GB Ultra Disk

Linux OS

60,000 PPS

1Mbps Bandwidth

Free Training and Certification

Explore over 100 Apsara Clouder Technical Certifications with training courses, and enjoy 10 for free* (originally priced at $10 each).

Alibaba Cloud Certified Associate (ACA)

ACA is Alibaba Cloud’s foundational certification for cloud practitioners and beginners that want to enter the cloud world. Every verified student at AAEP member institutions can get one ACA certification for free.

Explore over 100 Training Courses and Certification >

*Verified students can get 10 Apsara Clouder certification courses for free. Non-discounted prices apply for the subsequent course.

Chances to Earn Credits and Enjoy More Products In addition to standard free resources, verified students are also encouraged to participate in multiple campaigns to win exclusive offers or awards, including selected competitions on the Tianchi Platform, the Community Influencer program, and Alibaba Cloud Student Ambassador.
Global AI Innovation Challenge
Global AI Innovation Challenge

Verified students join the competition and claim benefits (a valid payment method is needed to start using PAI).

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Community Influencer
Community Influencer

Share your knowledge and experiences on Alibaba Cloud, build your influence, and get rewarded.

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Student Ambassador
Student Ambassador

Become an Alibaba Cloud Student Ambassador and get exclusive awards and benefits.

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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.

•10 Apsara Clouder certification courses for free. Non-discounted prices apply for the subsequent course.

•Exclusive student benefits in selected Tianchi competitions.

•Become an Alibaba Cloud Community Influencer and get rewards after you get one Apsara Clouder or ACA certification.

•Have a chance to apply for Alibaba Cloud Student Ambassador.

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?

Yes, but if you have already got a free ECS with the Alibaba Cloud Free Trial program, you are not eligible to get another free ECS with Alibaba Cloud for Students program.

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

No, it cannot be canceled for a refund.

10. 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.

11. How can I apply to become an Alibaba Cloud Student Ambassador?

Details about becoming an Alibaba Cloud Student Ambassador are coming soon.

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.