The ANSYS Academic product portfolio is divided into three main categories:
The ANSYS Academic products are derived directly from commercial product variants. When a new ANSYS release is launched (such as ANSYS 15.0), it includes both commercial and academic components. From a user perspective, academic products offer the same look and feel as commercial products. For example, a user accessing the ANSYS Multiphysics capability bundled with an academic product will have the same GUI, workflow, pre-processing, post-processing and solver as the commercial product.
In many cases, an academic user will actually have access to far more simulation capability than the average commercial user. The ANSYS philosophy is to provide academia with very high value bundles of analysis technology without the need to purchase multiple products.