Github Student Developer Pack Explained

There’s no substitute for hands-on experience. But for most students, real world tools can be cost-prohibitive. That’s why Github created the GitHub Student Developer Pack.


Salim Oyinlola

2 years ago | 3 min read

There’s no substitute for hands-on experience. But for most students, real world tools can be cost-prohibitive. That’s why Github created the GitHub Student Developer Pack with some of their partners and friends to give students free access to the best developer tools in one place so they can learn by doing.

Committed to students having access to the best real-world tools and training required to get started as developers, Github offers tools and training with the total value of more than $200k per student. Yes, $200,000. This pack offers you access to tools that’d cost as much as $200,000. And each offer is available to every student developer, anywhere that Github is available. Whether you’re building your first website, localizing your app for the global market, or even hardware hacking—the Pack provides you with the tools you need to be successful.

Some highlights of the pack

This pack offers a plethora of plans across different subdomains of the tech domain such that, for your speciality, there would be a pack that'd help you get ahead in your career and access the best developer tools used in that industry, for free. From Cloud Computing to Design to Game Development to Infrastructure & APIs to Internet of Things (IoT) to Marketing to Mobile development to Security Analytics, it's fair to say all bases are covered with this pack.

  • Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure is offering free access to 25+ Microsoft Azure cloud services plus $100 in Azure credit.

  • Digitalocean

Digitalocean is a cloud hosting platform. They are providing $50 credit for 12 months. Their smallest VM instance costs $5/month, so you can use their service continuously for 10 months

  • Canva

Canva is a free graphic design platform that's great for making invitations, business cards, Instagram posts, and more. Canva's wide array of features allow you to edit photos without extensive photo editing knowledge or experience.

  • Here's my personal favourite, Namecheap

Namecheap is offering free 1 year registration on a .me domain with an SSL certificate.

  • Datacamp

Datacamp has many courses and tracks to learn Python, SQL & Data Science at your own pace. They are offering 3 month free subscription.

  • Jetbrains & Bootstrap Studio

Jetbrains offering a free subscription to all their IDEs such as PyCharm, IntelliJ IDEA, etc. Bootstrap Studio, which is a powerful desktop app for creating responsive websites using the Bootstrap framework is also offering a free subscription to students.

What are the requirements?

  • Be currently enrolled in a degree or diploma granting course of study such as a high school, secondary school, college, university, homeschool, or similar educational institution.
  • Have a verifiable school-issued email address or upload documents that prove your current student status.
  • Have a GitHub user account.
  • Be at least 13 years old.

If you just said check-check-check-check in your head, then this is for you.

Note: All partner offers are subject to the partner company's terms and conditions and may not be available in all regions.

How do I get this pack?

  • Visit Github Education.
  • Sign in with your Github Account by clicking 'Sign-in' in the top-right corner.
  • Click 'Get pack' in the top-right corner.
  • You are then required to fill a form.
  • "What e-mail address do you use for school?"

If you have a school-issued email, select (or add it). Please note that email addresses must be verified and any addresses with plus signs (“+”) are not eligible.

Note: Selecting a school-issued email address gives you the best chance of a speedy review.

If you don’t have a school-issued email, follow the prompts to fill out additional information. You’re still eligible even if you only have a personal Gmail address, as long as you can provide alternative documentation to verify your current student status.

  • What is the name of your school?

This prompt is automatically filled out if you provided a valid student email. Note however that, if your school is not listed, then enter the full school name and continue. You will be asked to provide further information about your school on the next page.

  • How do you plan to use GitHub? and then click 'Continue'

  • And boom!

Not to brag but my next visit the github education website came back with this.

Yes, it is that easy.

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Salim Oyinlola

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence enthusiast







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