IBM Academic Initiative

IBM Academic Initiative

IBM resources - ranging from cloud access, remote hardware and datasets to training tools and lesson plans - are part of the IBM Academic Initiative which offers free resources to academic institutions worldwide and helps students develop market-ready skills. Read more at NIU Today.

Set up Your Account

  1. Go to and click the "IBM" tab.
  2. Click "Register" and use your NIU email address.
  3. Confirm your account in the email link IBM sends to your NIU email account.
  4. Click the "IBM" tab.
  5. Click either the "Student" or "Faculty" tab.
  6. Add the desired resource to your cart and checkout (no charge).
  7. Agree to the terms and answer any questions, then click to "Proceed with Order."
  8. Look for another confirmation email with instructions for accessing your ordered item.

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Education Resources


  • 6-month renewable access.
  • Coursework and tutorials.
  • Data and analytics.
  • Internet of Things.
  • Power Systems.
  • Security.
  • Watson and IBM Bluemix Live.
  • Z Systems.


  • 12-month renewable access.
  • All student resources.
  • Cloud courses and software.
  • Commerce.
  • Lesson plans.
  • Mobile.
  • Power Systems/Academic Cloud.
  • Z Systems Academic Cloud.
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