Software for Academic Use

Below is the list of software available for academic use.  Academic use is the use of software in classroom related activities (non-commercial, teaching and learning only).

What it is: The collection of 20+ apps including Acrobat Pro DC, Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom and InDesign.

How to Obtain it: There are 2 ways of obtaining this license. One is buying a license from UBC Bookstore (this doesn't include free upgrades to newer versions), or the other is to obtain a subscription (which allows upgrades to newer editions) from UBC IT (CLICK HERE).

What it is: Altera is a company that specialized in FPGA chip manufacturing. Usually the license and installation information is given to the student by the instructor (or posted on Connect). Specifically, Quartus and ModelSim (from MentorGraphics, but licensed via Altera) are the two software that are being used for digital design courses and projects.

How to Obtain it: The software licenses are available via our network license server. Information about this can be accessed by contacting the ECE Engineering Services CAD manager via ECE Engineering Services.

What it is: Altium is a PCB design and circuit simulation CAD tool that is widely used in industry. It can perform a variety of functions from schematic design of a circuit, simulating its behavior, drawing its PCB layout, to producing the required design files for PCB manufacturing.

How to Obtain it: Usually the license and installation information is given to students by the course instructor. However, if you are not currently a student registered in a course that use Altium, and you need it for your project, for License/Install  information please contact the ECE Engineering Services CAD manager via ECE Engineering Services.  For teaching and research purposes, Altium Designer can be obtained through CMC Subscriptions.

What it is: ANSYS provides software useful for engineering simulation.  It is used in a variety of different environments from rocket launches to wearable technology.

How to Obtain it: ANSYS for students can be found at the ANSYS Student Product Downloads.  For the purposes of teaching/the classroom, the ANSYS Suite can be downloaded from IT @ APSC.  For research purposes, please contact the ECE Engineering Services CAD manager via ECE Engineering Services.

What it is: MATLAB is a language for technical computing that combines numeric computation, advanced graphics and visualization, and a high-level programming language.

How to Obtain it: MATLAB for all faculty, staff and researchers can be downloaded from UBC IT.  For students, MATLAB can be downloaded from Information Technology HERE.

What it is: Microsoft 365 is a package that includes software such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

How to Obtain it: With a CWL, all students at UBC are entitled to a year long subscription to Office 365 via UBC IT.

What it is: Microsoft offers a variety of products to students, in particular the OS such as Windows.

How to Obtain it: This service is offered to all Applied Science Students via Microsoft DREAMSPARK/Imagine.  Instructions on how to access Microsoft DREAMSPARK/Imagine can be found HERE.

What it is: LabVIEW is development software that engineers can use to build custom test, design, and control systems in a  graphical programming environment.  Multisim is an industry-standard SPICE simulation environment. Multisim minimizes prototype iterations and optimizes PCB designs earlier in the process.  Ultiboard is a rapid printed circuit board (PCB) prototyping environment that works with Multisim to run a variety of simulations.

How to Obtain it: The National Instrument products can be obtained through ECE IT by emailing it@ece.ubc.ca.

What it is: SolidWorks is a solid modeller software that is primarily used for 3D drawings, modelling and simulating their 3D movement. Our local licence covers teaching/classroom only. No research or commercial use is allowed.  There are two packages available for student installations.

  • Student Design Kit (SDK) limited capability, for classroom use only
  • Student Engineering Kit (SEK), same as Network Licensed tools, for classroom use only
  • Network License: primarily installed on computer labs (for classroom use only)

How to Obtain it: The instructions on how to obtain and install/activate the kits are provided by the course instructors (or posted on the course pages). However, if you are not currently a student registered in a course that uses SolidWorks, for License information, please contact the ECE Engineering Services CAD manager via ECE Engineering Services.
Registered EECE students, login and follow the instructions to obtain the SEK number at this link..