Software Licenses for Students

ArcGIS Desktop Software from ESRI

ESRI, Inc. offers a free, one-year license for students of universities with a site-wide license (FIU has a site-wide license). The use of this software is limited to educational purposes, and no commercial use is allowed. Please contact us at (305) 919-4294 or via email at to get a copy of the software (one copy and activation code per student). IMPORTANT: You will need to activate the authorization code using your ESRI Global Account before it can be used.

Before you Install ArcGIS for Desktop

  1. Check out the system requirements to make sure your computer has the hardware and software required for the trial.
    • The software cannot be installed on a computer that has a previous version of ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Server installed; if necessary, uninstall previous versions of ArcGIS Desktop or Server. It’s OK if the computer has ArcGIS Explorer installed.
    • Install an image (ISO) extractor program such as 7-Zip.
  2. Activate your authorization code
    • Visit ESRI for ArcGIS for Desktop Education and choose "I have an ArcGIS Education Edition authorization code".
    • Log in using your Esri Global Account, or create a new account, if necessary.
    • Enter the authorization code and click submit.
  3. Install and authorize the ArcGIS for Desktop software
    • If you are installing from an ISO image, unzip the ArcGIS for Desktop ISO using 7-Zip. In other words, click on the link provided above, and "Save File". Then, extract using an extractor program such as 7-Zip, or WinZip.
    • Run Setup.exe (or ESRI.exe) to install ArcGIS for Desktop.
    • The Authorization Wizard will prompt you for a product to authorize; select "ArcGIS Desktop – ArcInfo (Single Use)".
    • The Authorization Wizard will prompt you for an authorization code; enter your activated code.

Support for the ArcGIS Desktop Education Edition is available at

*All Services offered by the FIU GIS Center, including fee-based Services, are for support of FIU Educational and Research activities.