Academic and non-academic – the difference

Sketch Engine runs a subscription model. The pricing depends on the type of use: academic or non-academic.

Academic subscription

The academic subscription is a heavily discounted subscription for universities and schools who use Sketch Engine in their teaching process. It includes access to all tools, corpora and languages. These limitations apply to viewing and download. Any downloaded data must stay within the academic environment.

Language teaching is considered academic use when used for the development of limited-use materials or activities for a concrete lesson or a concrete group of students. However, the development of materials such as coursebooks or worksheets for sale or those to be made widely available is non-academic use.

Language learning, i.e. the use by students for their own learning, qualifies for an academic subscription.


The prices of academic subscriptions are heavily discounted and are published in the price list on our website. We offer both individual and multiuser accounts.

Academic pricing

Commercial (non-academic) subscription

Any use not included above is considered commercial, irrespective of whether it generates revenue directly, indirectly or not at all.

Lexicography (compiling and editing dictionaries and other similar lexical works or databases) is always considered commercial (non-academic), even if performed by an academic organization.

The subscription comes with these limitations.


The prices for freelancers, i.e. users not employed by a company, organization or institution, apply to translators, interpreters, terminologists and also to specialists in marketing, naming, branding, SEO, text analysis and similar fields.

In all other cases, the prices are subject to an individual quotation based on the type of use, the intensity of use, number of users and the amount of data the user plans to upload. The quotation also reflects the amount of data the user plans to retrieve from our preloaded corpora.