Amazon WorkSpaces is cloud-based, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution that helps higher education institutions and K12 school districts give students and instructors consistent access to teaching and learning software on their own device.  Watch the video to see how it works.

  • For Students and Instructors

    Student Registration

    Amazon WorkSpaces simplifies access to educational resources by giving students a desktop ready for their learning needs. Their applications are available using an internet connection from any location, regardless of hardware or device. Instructors and teachers can use the tools and software that work for their classroom. WorkSpaces can be used for any type of curriculum, from CAD and engineering at the college level to graphics, Pivot tables, and administrative apps in K12 classrooms. Educators can gain insight into usage by understanding aggregated student usage patterns and engagement levels, helping to identify areas where students need assistance.

    Learn more about Amazon WorkSpaces >>


  • For Administration

    Amazon WorkSpaces provides an equitable learning experience for classroom and distance learners, and gives teachers, instructors, staff, and consultants access to the computer resources they need while complying with an organization’s security policies. WorkSpaces helps reduce costs associated with computer labs and dedicated hardware for instructors, staff, and students. With a flexible pricing model that accommodates peak usage periods, organizations can save as much as 50 percent over a traditional VDI solution running on premise.  

    Learn More about WorkSpaces TCO >>


  • For Technologists

    Reduce the costs and time associated with procuring and managing hardware resources for students, instructors, and staff using WorkSpaces. Users can access their WorkSpaces with Windows and Mac computers, Chromebooks, iPads, Fire tablets, Android tablets, and Chrome and Firefox web browsers. WorkSpaces integrates with Active Directory for single-sign on to university and district resources. Organizations can select teaching and learning applications, and quickly and securely deploy and upgrade software.

    Explore WorkSpaces Features >>  

  • Pricing

    With Amazon WorkSpaces, institutions and districts pay only for what they use and there is no upfront infrastructure purchase commitment. This helps save money compared to on-premises VDI solutions. Institutions and districts can purchase WorkSpaces through pooled models, share licenses across devices, and scale the number of desktops up or down with no penalty. Qualifying Education Users are eligible for license discounts from Microsoft. Visit the WorkSpaces pricing page to learn more and confirm eligibility.  

    See WorkSpaces Pricing >>

  • Get Started

    This webinar will introduce Amazon WorkSpaces and the use cases for the service.  Learn more about VDI, challenges of application and document access and sharing, benefits of Amazon WorkSpaces, and view a demonstration.

    Watch the Webinar >>


  • Try WorkSpaces

    Take WorkSpaces for a spin with the AWS Project: Provisioning Cloud Desktops. This project will teach you how to set up, manage, and provide access to Amazon WorkSpaces. You’ll be able to access the WorkSpaces client application, create a new directory, and perform basic management tasks.

    Set Up WorkSpaces >>

“We can rethink how we teach with Amazon WorkSpaces. We can offer more to students – more interesting class content and more interactivity – without adding complexity for instructors. The sky is the limit."

Jeff Christen

Information Science Instructor, Cornell University

Registration for Student First at UMUC

Watch the webinar archive to learn how The University of Maryland University College uses Amazon WorkSpaces in a virtual environment. Students can learn anywhere, on the device of their choice, with the software tools required to complete assignments. This webinar features Dr. Kara Van Dam, Vice Provost of the Faculty and Learner Experience, and Greg Smith, Associate VP, Enterprise Operations from UMUC.

Watch Webinar Archive

“A majority of our students use Macs, but many business school applications require Windows. Amazon WorkSpaces eliminates the technical complexity for students and we can give them access to their applications in just seconds. Students have a unified learning experience.”

Piotr Zielinski
Director of Information Technology, School of Business
The George Washington University