What are the guidelines for academic licenses?
Academic subscriptions are free and intended for members (students, professors, and so forth) of colleges and universities. To receive an academic subscription, you must have a valid and reachable academic email address set for the account's primary email.
We will automatically give you an academic subscription for your individual Bitbucket account provided your email domain matches our list of accredited academic institutions. Don't worry if we were unable to match your email domain, you can provide details of your academic institution when requesting a Bitbucket academic subscription. Our customer advocates will assist you in getting an academic subscription.
You can also request an academic subscription for an existing team Bitbucket account. You can read more about team accounts here.
Academic subscriptions are useful for students who may be working on assignments or groups during their academic studies. These subscriptions allow students and teachers to collaborate with an unlimited number of programmers. In contrast, a standard free Bitbucket subscription limits the number of collaborators to five.
An account holder on academic subscription can join teams or work on other projects that are not academic and that belong to other Bitbucket accounts. In these cases, joining a team or project, your account does "count" toward that team's or project's plan like any other account.
When Your Education Email Address Expires
We perform checks from time to time to validate academic email addresses. If your academic email address becomes disabled or you leave the university, you no longer qualify for an academic subscription. If your educational email address expires:
- Change the primary email on the account.
- Remove the expired email address.
- Update your plan to a whichever level you would like.
If you change to a paid plan, Bitbucket charges you under the new plan.