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Getting started with Azure Dev Tools for students

Azure Dev Tools for Teaching are developer tools and learning resources to support students with learning Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs.

This program provides access to a number of applications (Visio, Project, Microsoft Windows, SQL Server, Windows Server, etc) as a $100USD credit for hosted Microsoft Azure Cloud services, and is free for academic student use in qualifying programs.

Creating an account and setting it up for the first time

Creating an account

  1. Navigate to the Azure for students FAQ page.
  2. Click the Activate button.
  3. Either sign in with your existing Microsoft account or create a new one. Note: You must use a personal email account and will not be able to create an account using your email account. The account you use must be a non-educational account.

Verifying your identity and student status

Microsoft will want you to verify your identity with a text or call code. Follow the steps to verify your identity; text is very quick. Both methods assume each student has a phone.

After verifying your identity, you need to verify your status as a student:

  1. Enter and re-enter your school email address.
  2. Click Verify Academic Status.
  3. Your email will be validated, and an email sent to your inbox.
  4. Check your myBCIT email at for a Microsoft Academic Verification email. Follow the link to verify your student status.

Creating your student profile

  1. Complete the profile fields, and click Next.
  2. Review and agree to the subscription agreement by checking the checkbox. Note: This is not optional and a subscription will not be granted if you do not agree. However, allowing notifications for tips, offers and newsletters is optional.
  3. Click the Sign Up button.

Your subscription will be created and you will be taken to the Azure Portal & Services Hub.

Accessing your Azure Dev Tools for teaching subscription

  1. Navigate to the Azure Dev Tools for Education site.
  2. Sign in using your personal email account and password as in the steps above.

This will take you to the Azure for Education site. To download software, follow the instructions in the “Accessing Azure Dev Tools student software” article.