BFH offers its students a software palette free of charge. In addition, BFH students can purchase software at special rates from various suppliers.

Free software

Matlab is available to technical students (STEM) and staff as a home use licence free of charge for non-commercial use as an annual licence.

Procedure for obtaining and installing on a private device:

  1. Create an account with Mathworks
  2. Install according to the Windows or Mac instructions
  3. The installation under Linux is analogous

Only employees/students of the departments AHB & TI may use these licences and can read the instructions.

Students at BFH can obtain discounted or free software in Microsoft Azure.

  • BFH students can get various applications from the Microsoft 365 Portal easily and free of charge.

  • As a user name, use your BFH ID code e-mail address (e.g. and BFH password.
  • The programs can be installed on up to five PCs and Macs and additionally be used on up to five mobile devices
  • University members can use this Microsoft software platform for testing, teaching or research purposes.
  • The Imagine login is based on SWITCHaai, so you can register using your BFH login.
  • The software can only be used for training and research purposes (not commercial use).
  • With Mindjet MindManager you can create and edit mind maps.
  • As a BFH student , you can use Mindjet completely free of charge on your private device during your studies.
  1. Register at

  2. After registering you will receive an e-mail with your password.

  3. Log on at

  4. Upload a scan of your BFHcard to your profile to create a digital ID.

  5. Use your ID to obtain your Mindjet serial number at


To use current Adobe CC products, a personal Adobe ID is mandatory.

Discounted software

  • ​BFH students and employees can make use of the special discounts on various hardware and software products on this platform.

  • Orders must be made through a personal account using the BFH e-mail address.
  • There is a limited number of orders per person.

Please note: certain products are reserved for employees and lecturers for contractual and licensing reasons - for example the products in the 'Microsoft work-at-home' category.

Discounts for students directly from EndNote

Prerequisite: Enclose a copy of the legitimation card (BFHcard).

Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps Pro HED Students

With the offer from SWITCH and Adobe, students from Swiss universities receive up to 80 per cent discount on over 20 programmes from the Adobe Creative Cloud - including Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat Pro and the Adobe Stock standard media. Adobe CC products are only available to employees free of charge. Students benefit from special conditions.