How Can I Order Software?

Software for students

I am a student at the University of Mannheim. Which software can I order?
Nowadays, programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint have become indispensable for academic writing and research. However, the licenses needed for these products are mostly expensive. With free alternatives, there is often a catch, for instance when you try to open documents in the original program. Students of the University of Mannheim can order Office 365, Matlab, STATA SE oder SPSS from the University IT. Please note the License Agreement and the order process described below.

  • How do I order Office 365?

    We offer students of the University of Mannheim Office 365 in two different versions: 

    • Free of charge as an online version as part of Microsoft 365 for students. In addition to Office, other applications such as Teams, OneDrive, OneNote and Lists are available here. You can find all the information at Microsoft 365 for students.
    • as an installed version for an annual fee of EUR 3.99. You can install this version on up to five PCs or Macs plus an additional five mobile devices (Baden-Württemberg license; contractual partner is Bildung 365, more specifically the partner registered there, currently DRVIS).

    To access the Baden-Württemberg licenses for Office 365 (installed version), log into the Bildung 365 website. For the login, you will need:

    • your Uni-ID (user ID)
    • your password for this ID
    • your generic e-mail address (first name.last name students.uni-mannheim.de)
    • a Microsoft Online Services account (will be created during the purchasing process)

    During the purchasing process, you confirm that you are an enrolled student and that you accept the terms of use. Please make sure to indicate your generic e-mail address from the University of Mannheim as the license key will only be sent to this address.

    Bildung 365 will now take you step by step through the licensing process and create a Microsoft Online Services account for you. Please select a user ID and password for this account. These are the only data that will be transmitted to Microsoft Online Services to create your account (@bwedu.de) (Baden-Württemberg license; contractual partner is Bildung 365, more specifically the partner registered there, which is currently DRVIS).

    Log into Bildung 365

  • How do I order Matlab?

    You need MATLAB as a full version? Students of the University of Mannheim can benefit from a free device license for a whole year, which is provided by the company MathWorks under the Baden-Württemberg license (rental agreement).

    Licensing model
    The license is a free single-user license (device license) for a full version with limited term, which you have to reactivate every year. The license may only be installed and used on computers owned or leased by the student. Academic and non-academic staff members of the university are not authorized to use the TAH students license.
     
    License terms and conditions
    Please observe the following terms and conditions of MathWorks for using the license:

    1. The software must only be used for research and teaching purposes at the university. The software must not be used for commercial purposes.
    2. The software must not be modified, reverse engineered or translated to machine language.
    3. Copyright or property right notices must not be obscured or altered. Any copies onto data carriers must be labeled correctly.
    4. Once the term of license has ended, you are required to return or destroy any copies of the software immediately.
    5. As the licensee, you acknowledge that the software is property of Mathworks GmbH and is protected by copyright. Violating this copyright consciously or negligently can entail considerable claims for damages.
    6. The Mannheim University IT does not warrant that use of the software will be uninterrupted or error-free, and does not assume liability for defective software. It is not obligated to take measures to repair defects, and cannot be held liable for third party claims.


    Installation

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    You can download MATLAB (Baden-Württemberg license as a rental agreement) directly from the developer via the e-learning platform ILIAS.

    Please follow these steps:

    1. On the overview page in ILIAS, click on License Information (Student University of Mannheim).
    2. Follow the link to MathWorks.
    3. Click on the login symbol in the upper right corner and create a MathWorks account. Please note that you can only log in with your university e-mail address (firstname.lastname students.uni-mannheim.de).
    4. Under How will you use Mathworks Software?, please select Academic use (including campus/site license use)
    5. As a next step, you need to add the TAH student license to your MathWorks account.To do so, please click on Manage Licenses on your MathWorks account page and on Add License on the licenses page. Enter the activation key registered in ILIAS.
    6. You can now select Download Products on the licenses page and start the MATLAB installation (Windows: double-click setup.exe, Macintosh: double-click InstallFoMacOSX file, Linux: run install.sh script). Please select: Install using the internet.

    For step-by-step instructions with screenshots, you can go to ILIAS and open the instructions on the page License Information (Student University of Mannheim).

    Help and support
    As we do not provide this service directly, we ask you to contact the software company should you have any questions about the installation. For support, click here:

    MATLAB support

    You do not have technical questions about the installation, but about the software license? We are happy to help. Just send an e-mail to software-beschaffung uni-mannheim.de.

  • How do I order STATA SE?

    You need STATA SE as a full version? The University IT is happy to supply you with a device license for the full version of STATA SE for free under the campus license (rental agreement), also for the coming term until September 2022. This license can solely be used exclusively for activities within the program of study (including bachelor’s and master’s theses) and not for any work on behalf of or assigned by a chair.

    Licensing model and terms and conditions

    The license for STATA SE is a campus license granted as a single-user license (rental agreement) for a full version. It is a device license with a term from 11 September 2020 to 10 September 2021. The software must not be used commercially. Please also observe the license terms and conditions.

    Ordering and installing STATA SE
    To acquire the full version of STATA SA from the University IT, please send an e-mail from your official university e-mail address to software-beschaffung uni-mannheim.de and include the following information:

    • Subject: STATA – first name, last name – student – School
      (Example: STATA – John Doe – student – Business Administration)
    •  a scan of your enrollment certificate for the current semester
    •  the signed declaration in lieu of oath

    After we have processed your order, you will receive an e-mail specifying all important information and the link to download the software.

    Help and support
    As we do not provide this service directly, we ask you to contact the software company should you have any questions about the installation. For support, click here:

    STATA updates, help and support

    You do not have technical questions about the installation, but about the software license? We are happy to help. Just send an e-mail to software-beschaffung uni-mannheim.de.

  • How do I order SPSS?

    The University IT is happy to supply you with a device license for the full version of SPSS for EUR 55 per year under the Baden-Württemberg license (rental agreement).

    Licensing model and terms and conditions
    The term of the Baden-Württemberg license runs from 1 July 2020 to 30 September 2024. It has to be renewed every year once the previous term has ended. The software must not be used commercially. Please also observe the license terms and conditions (in German).

    Ordering and installing SPSS
    To acquire the full version of SPSS from the University IT, please send an e-mail from your official university e-mail address to software-beschaffung uni-mannheim.de and include the following information:

    • Subject: SPSS – first name, last name – student – School
      (Example: SPSS – John Doe – student – Business Administration)
    • your enrollment certificate for the current semester
    • a  fully completed and signed request form:

     SPSS full version (students) 

     SPSS full version (doctoral students)

    After we have processed your order, you will receive an e-mail specifying all important information and the link to download the software. The administration will issue an invoice for you to pay the licence fee of EUR 55 (annual fee).

    You would like to buy SPSS?
    Unlike the Baden-Württemberg license, the student license is valid for one year from the time it was activated. It can be purchased here:

    SPSS student version

    Help and support
    As we do not provide this service directly, we ask you to contact the software company should you have any questions about the installation. For support, click here:

    IBM SPSS Statistics 25
    IBM Support Portal SPSS Statistics

    Bug fixes or updates are provided by the software company here:

    Fix Central
    You do not have technical questions about the installation, but about the software license? We are happy to help. Just send an e-mail to software-beschaffung uni-mannheim.de.

Software for staff members

For an overview of the available software for staff members and instructions on the ordering process, see Services/Software (access for university members only).