Today, we are incredibly excited to announce the expansion of our Xamarin for Students program to include support for Visual Studio, furthering our mission to make it fast, easy, and fun to build great mobile apps.

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Now, students get free access to everything they need to become mobile app developers virtually overnight, creating native iOS and Android apps with Xamarin and Visual Studio. In the competitive job market, Xamarin for Students enables students to acquire highly in demand mobile skills free of charge.

Since launching last fall, Xamarin for Students has been a massive global success. We’ve responded to your feedback, and are now offering even more powerful solutions to students worldwide. As of today, Xamarin for Students includes:

  • Support for building, deploying, and debugging iOS, Android, and Windows apps from Visual Studio as well as Xamarin Studio
  • Xamarin availability in Microsoft Imagine through the DreamSpark catalog. Students can easily discover Xamarin from the Microsoft DreamSpark portal and get started with their Xamarin subscription quickly
  • Xamarin for Educators with Xamarin subscriptions, teaching materials, and complimentary Xamarin Test Cloud hours for instructors currently teaching courses related to mobile development

We are committed to developing the next generation of C# developers, giving more students the ability to publish amazing mobile experiences, and to bringing high-quality, high-performance consumer and enterprise apps to the masses. We also have a burgeoning Student Ambassadors program, which provides additional benefits to students who are leading their campus’ mobile developer community, such as the ability to become Xamarin Certified Mobile Developers. With dozens of representatives across nearly 30 countries, Xamarin Student Ambassadors not only get free subscriptions to the Xamarin platform and Xamarin University, but also access to Xamarin mobile development experts, opportunities to speak at events, and complimentary Xamarin Test Cloud hours to become automated testing pros.

Update: The Xamarin Student Ambassador program has been renamed to the Xamarin Student Partner program. Apply today!

The bottom line: Xamarin loves students. All currently enrolled students in a degree or diploma granting course of study at an accredited college, university, or high school are encouraged to apply.

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Visit our student page to learn more and apply now – and get started building and publishing your own amazing, native mobile apps with Xamarin.