Academic Programs

Itasca has a long tradition of partnership between the classroom and our professional engineering practice. The company began on the campus of the University of Minnesota, and actively pursues efforts to broaden this tradition of support and collaboration with colleges and universities around the world. Itasca understands students' and educators' need for state-of-the-art tools and the urgency to train engineers to solve the challenging problems that earth-resource engineering encounters. One of Itasca's core goals is to help foster future generations of geotechnical and geomechanical engineers.

Itasca operates three programs that can put these tools into the hands of students, researchers, and lecturers, to help them tackle and resolve engineering problems. These programs are the Itasca Teaching Partnership (ITP), the Itasca Educational Partnership (IEP), and the Itasca Software Training Scholarship. Itasca also provides software discounts for qualified educational institutions.

Itasca Education Partnership

The Itasca Education Partnership (IEP) is intended for students who intend to make significant use of Itasca's advanced numerical modeling software in their graduate study and thesis work. All accepted particpants are granted a loan of the appropriate software and teamed with an Itasca mentor.

PLEASE NOTE:  Application review can be a lengthy process.  Please apply early to assure we can complete your review and team you with an appropriate mentor if you are accepted. Please DO NOT submit your application in a zipped folder, as our email system often rejects them.

IEP Application

IEP Suggested Research Topics

IEP Departmental Recommendation Form

Itasca’s principal objective in operating the IEP program is to support talented students and supplement graduate programs by providing additional options in specific areas of study. As a company, Itasca is committed to furthering the disciplines of geomechanics, hydrology, geochemistry and geophysics, both in research and in practice. We consider it a natural part of that commitment to identify individuals who share this commitment at early career stages; many of whom become future partners, collaborators, clients or Itasca employees.


IEP participants are paired with a mentor from among Itasca personnel. When applying, specify the nature of the research being conducted as well as the software you intend to use.

  Program Requirements

Itasca reserves the right to use the work and results generated by IEP participants for business, promotional, and marketing purposes. The use of such material will be limited by any existing confidentiality agreements or other limitations derived from agreements with clients or other third parties. Credit to the student and the member institution for the work will be provided in any such communications.

Student Obligations

Participants will be required to complete a review form at the completion of their program. This review allows the student and Itasca to evaluate the experience, and how the program has been of assistance to them in their field of study.

Each software loan renewal is contingent on the submission of a progress report that includes any written papers, theses, or publications that have resulted from the use of the software. Failure to supply this report and accompanying documents will result in revocation of the software loan.


Applicants must meet the following requirements to qualify for participation in the IEP program:

  1. Be enrolled in an accredited university or college;

  2. Have previous experience with numerical modeling; and
  3. Their research project must not be funded in any way, at any level, by a for-profit company.


Itasca software is unique, challenging, and robust. It offers great potential for examining problems in geomechanics and can be extended into other areas.  Itasca offers IEP participants tuition-free admission to its introductory FLAC, FLAC3D, 3DEC, UDEC, PFC2D and PFC3D training courses. There are limited spaces reserved for IEP students in each class. Paying participants are given enrollment preference.  To apply for a training scholarship, please contact education[at]itascacg[dot]com



Itasca Teaching Partnership

The Itasca Teaching Partnership (ITP) is a program intended to enhance and broaden Itasca’s tradition of support and collaboration with universities around the world. We welcome your interest in the program. 

The Itasca Teaching Partnership (ITP) provides university educators access to Itasca software (UDEC, 3DEC, PFC2D, PFC3D, FLAC, FLAC3D, MINEDW and INSITE) as teaching tools. By bringing real-world tools into the classroom, you can help students better understand numerical modeling. This program is intended for university instructors. The software is loaned for the duration of the course (typically one semester).  

Itasca’s principal objective in operating the ITP is to provide talented educators with Itasca software and enable them to teach future engineers and scientists numerical modeling tools that will aid them in their current research and future careers. Itasca is committed to furthering the disciplines of geomechanics, hydrogeology, geochemistry and geophysics, through both leading-edge science and practical application

Enrollment is open year round. Due to high demand, opportunities are limited; however, we encourage all interested instructors to apply

Application review can be a lengthy process.  Please apply several months prior to the course start date.

Itasca reserves the right to discontinue this program at any time.

ITP Application Form



Itasca Software Training Scholarship

Itasca has a limited number of scholarships offering tuition-free admission to the introductory training courses in the USA on FLAC, FLAC3D, 3DEC, UDEC, PFC2D and PFC3D . These are three to four-day introductory courses.  Scholarships are available to both participants and non-participants of the IEP program described above. The Software Training Scholarship program covers the cost of course registration (valued up to $3,000 (USD)).  Scholarship recipients are respsonsible for all other costs, including travel, lodging, and meals. You can find trainings available on our website here:

During the course trainees are given introductory exposure to the software, along with example applications. If you would like to gain more exposure to numerical modeling in general and the use of Itasca software specifically, enrollment in the introductory courses offers an ideal way to satisfy that interest. Courses usually are scheduled in the spring. To apply for student training, please contact education[at]itascacg[dot]com