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Special conditions - Software for students

The following links refer to different offers of hardware and software manufacturers as well as to the Software Portal of Lower Saxony for Research and Education (“Software-Portal Niedersachsen für Forschung und Lehre”). It's worth taking a look…

Free-of-charge virus scanner (Sophos)

For students which are matriculated at universities in Lower Saxony there is an offer for a free-of-charge virus scanner, which is Sophos Anti-Virus. You can download the software here.

On the homepage you can also find detailed instructions on installing the software on your computer. To get the password for the download and the update service, please come to the chip card issue point in the main lecture hall building or write an email to from your student e-mail address.

In case your computer is infected by an especially resilient virus, sophos offers the option of creating a boot-CD in order to perform a complete system scan. You can find an instruction manual here:

Campus license Citavi

All members of Göttingen University are able to use the newest version of Citavi Pro on two computers (or a computer and a USB stick respectively) unrestrictedly and for free. For doing so, they only have to request an unlock key by entering their university e-mail address on Here we created a tutorial for you of how to use Citavi.

Additionally, the Göttingen State and University Library offers a seminar concerning “Introduction of how to use the administrative programme for literature Citavi” in German for free. This event gives an overview about the main features of the administrative programme for literature Citavi. Here you can find more information about the seminar.

Campus License Microsoft Office 365

The Georg August University Göttingen has a campus contract for Microsoft products. Students of the University can purchase Office 365 Professional Plus for a price of 4,99 Euro per year (incl. Tax) via!381464

The Software can be downloaded for Windows as well as MacOSX. There are no physical data carriers. The proof of being a student of the University of Göttingen has to be provided with a valid student e-mail address and the corresponding password. Therefore, when purchasing at studyhouse the following organization has to be chosen: University of Göttingen. Upon completion of studies the licence may not be used anymore, i.e. without a valid student account it is not possible to buy a new validation key from studyhouse.

After buying at studyhouse, you will receive the login data via e-mail. This data can be entered on where you at first change your password for the Microsoft Office download portal. From there the office package for Windows or OSX can be downloaded and installed on up to five devices.

When installing, the software has to activated with the Microsoft account. (An internet connection is required for activation.)

To prolong the license after a year a new account has to be purchased on the studyhouse portal.

Software Portal of Lower Saxony for Research and Education

Here you can buy for example Microsoft Office packages or Windows Operating Systems for students at cheaper prices than regular student or teacher licenses (SSL).
Link to software portal

Microsoft Products: MSDN Academic Alliance / Dreamspark

Students of economic sciences, computer science as well as physics and biology are allowed to obtain Microsoft products (operation systems, Office) free of charge under certain circumstances within the framework of “MSDN Academic Alliance”.

Apple on Campus

"Apple on Campus" offers mostly cheaper options for Apple Hardware for students and employees of the University, GWDG and the Max Planck Institutes. Precondition is a valid GWDG or student account that can be used for a separate Apple Store for Göttingen. Discounts are up to 12% for Apple computers.

Students can connect to eduroam or via VPN to recieve an IP address within the University. From within the GÖNET one will be forwarded to the AoC Store without further authentication.

PV Wave

All members of Göttingen University as well as the Max-Planck-Institutes for Dynamics and Self-Organization and Solar System Research are able to download the new version 9.5 of PV-WAVE for free within the framework of the campus license here.

IMPORTANT: You can also download the license file for the new licensing period at the Internet address above!

SAS Statistik

SAS is a complete solution package for statistical data analysis, which includes one- or multi-dimensional descriptive methods, different methods of testing and estimating as well as multivariate methods like variance analysis, factor analysis, cluster analysis, discriminant analysis and principal component analysis. Medical students are able to get a free license. Here you can find an instruction of how to install SAS.


Unfortunately, SPSS can not be obtained for free through a campus license. However, Studyhouse is offering a SPSS StudyPack:

Students of the Faculties of Economic and Social Sciences and psychology students can access SPSS through a terminal server by the Computing Center of the Faculties of Economic and Social Scienes and the Georg-Elias-Müller-Institute of Psychology. Instructions for economic and social sciences can be found here. Instructions in German for psychology are here (Windows) and here (MacOS).

Campus license STATISTICA

All employees and students at Göttingen University have the possibility to use the software packet STATISTICA by the company StatSoft for professional duties or personal tasks within the framework of a financed campus license, which is a joint venture of several departments and the GWDG.

Downloading the software and ordering of the license key: Here you can download the software itself. This is only possible from computers with 134.76.*.* as IP address!

If you want to extend the license you will need a feature code. If you want to perform a new installation of the software you will need several license keys, that is to say CD key, installation key and serial number, which can be requested at Please type “STATISTICA-Lizenzen” as the subject of the message. After that the license keys are being sent immediately via e-mail.

During installation you need to provide an e-mail address which has to end on or! The authorisation for installation will be checked via an open Internet connection by the company StatSoft. The istallation will be terminated if you provide a different e-mail address without one of the endings stated above!

STATISTICA license server

Since January 2014, a central license server for the simultaneous use of max. 255 STATISTICA licenses is available. The server is maintained by the GWDG. It can be reached under the name and the IP address

In order to use the license server STATISTICA has to be reinstalled via this server. A network drive connection to\statistica 12 is required. It can only be accessed when your PC is in the university network or connected to it via VPN.

Help for setting up the VPN Client and an instruction for connetcing with a network drive can be found here. Enter “\statistica 12” into the field “Folder”. For the login, the username has to be preceeded by the domain: “ug-student\firstname.lastname”.

In this network drive, you will find the folder “Workstation Installer 32” which contains a file called “setup.exe” that has to be run to install the programm. When the installation is complete, STATISTICA can be used immediately.

Campus license MindManager

Since 1st June 2008 Göttingen University takes part in a rental model of the company Mindjet GmbH for public universities and colleges. Because of this the popular mind mapping software MindManager is available in all departments for all employees as well as for all students of Göttingen University.

You can download the software MindManager for both Windows and Apple Mac OS in English, German and French as a test version from this page:

If you want to use the software longer than for a free testing phase, you will need an unlock key. Students have to request their unlock keys on the following URL:

Thiemeonline and AMBOSS

Medical students can use the learning software Thieme Examen Online Vorklinik and AMBOSS. More information about this can be found on the University Medical Center pages (in German): Thiemeonline and Amboss. Help with setting up a VPN client can be found on our wiki pages.

Smartboard Software

Since Winter 2010 the lecture halls in the ZHG building and some seminar rooms at the central and north campus are equipped with interactive displays from the company SMART Technologies.

The license is available for all students and teaching staff members of Göttingen University. The E-Learning-Service can give introductions to the uses of the hard- and software in small groups on appointment. More information and download: (German)


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