Unreal Engine 4

for Academic Use

Epic Games is committed to supporting students and schools, and to helping companies that license Unreal Engine 4 find and hire qualified developers.

Free to use, Unreal Engine 4 can be downloaded and installed to classroom computers as well as personal systems at no cost. With full access to the complete source code and tools, Unreal Engine 4 levels the playing field to give everyone the resources needed to learn professional-quality development.

In addition, schools and students receive regular updates, making it easy to stay current with the latest in development for games, cinematic content, visualization and real-time production.

For complete details, visit the FAQ.

UE4 for Academic Use

Learn the Engine Used by Pros

Developers, publishers and leading brands across the world choose Unreal Engine for high-quality games and experiences on PC, console, VR, AR and mobile devices. No other commercial engine is used more by professional teams. Our partners include:

  • Warner Brothers
  • us army
  • ubisoft
  • Take 2
  • Square Enix
  • Sega
  • sony
  • Oculus
  • nvidia
  • nintendo
  • Nasa
  • Apple
  • nexon
  • ncSoft
  • Microsoft
  • Konami
  • HKS
  • HD FIlms
  • Glu
  • Gamesoft
  • US Airforce
  • Google
  • Twitter
  • facebook
  • Disney
  • CCP
  • capcom
  • Bandai Namco
  • amazon
  • Activision
  • Kamcord
  • intel
  • Geomerics
  • GCS3
  • Fonix
  • FMOD
  • digimask
  • Bink Video
  • Gameware
  • AudioKinetic
  • Allegortihmic
  • Xoreax
  • Vivox
  • Umbra 3 Software
  • Trioviz
  • Speedtree
  • Natural Motion
  • Simplygon
  • Real 3D
  • Quazal
  • pixel Mine
  • PhaseSpace
  • OC3


Learning Unreal Engine 4 will give you skills and experience that can help you land a job working on everything from mixed reality and cinematic experiences to PC and console games. The tools you learn are the same ones in use by top talent at industry-leading organizations, and inside Epic on games such as Paragon, Fortnite, Unreal Tournament, Robo Recall, Battle Breakers and SPYJinX. Unreal Engine is also widely used for architectural visualizations, training simulations and other non-games applications. Using professional tools for your portfolio shows off your skills and provides an edge in achieving your career goals.

Art & Animation

Professional tools, workflows, and rendering technology give you unprecedented capability to realize your vision in beautiful fidelity.



Three million lines of complete engine and editor C++ source code on GitHub give you full access to professionally developed engine code. Join the community to learn and contribute to live engine development.

Open Source


Blueprint visual scripting and powerful design tools give you the power to create gameplay experiences, no coding required. You can prototype, develop and launch complete games using Blueprints.



High-end photorealistic rendering and easy-to-use tools empower you visualize projects with physically accurate lighting and outstanding quality.

Realistic Rendering

Teachers and Administrators

Integrating Unreal Engine 4 into your curriculum gives students the opportunity to learn an engine that will help place them in professional, well-paying jobs. Only Unreal Engine offers students the breadth of opportunity to work as a professional in so many industries that are adopting real-time technology today.

We provide free educational materials such as complete projects, template games, tutorials, documentation and full source code access that can be used as the foundation for developing lesson plans that work for your students and school.

And, because the engine and supporting materials are free to use for both schools and students, no additional budget is required.

Please contact us here if we can make Unreal Engine work better for your needs.

Tutorials, samples and documentation

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Share this page with your professor, teacher or school administrators, and be sure to check out the sampling of awesome student work below. 

Here is a list of schools that have reached out to let us know they use Unreal Engine in their programs.