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Learn new programming skills. Launch your COBOL career.

While COBOL is thriving, developers are retiring. Learning COBOL is an instant career springboard. Use our tools, resources and educational program to learn COBOL and maximize your opportunity.


COBOL by the Numbers

It's a language with a reach that extends right into tomorrow.

  • 800+ billion lines of COBOL in use today.
  • 65% of all active code is COBOL.
  • 72% plan to modernize their COBOL applications vs. rip and replace.

COBOL Programmers are still in Demand

  • 70% of daily business transactions are COBOL.
  • 200x more transactions than Google and YouTube combined.
  • 83% believe COBOL will be here after they retire, creating new opportunity for the next generation of developers.

COBOL—Modern and Powerful

Read our technical ebook, “Micro Focus™ Visual COBOL: A developers guide to modern COBOL”, written for the COBOL, Java, and .NET developers. Start a new era of innovation with powerful tools for today and tomorrow.


Free Student License

Download a free student developer license for Micro Focus™ Visual COBOL

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Modern COBOL

Develop IT skills that employers are searching for. Learn COBOL.

Explore the COBOL Academic Program

Program Overview

Our COBOL Academic Program delivers valuable educational programs and resources for educators, students and employers committed to building the next generation of COBOL developers.


Leaders of businesses built on COBOL will need the best developer talent and COBOL skills to keep their core applications running today, and modernize them for the future. You can make it happen.


Employers help shape today's IT workforce and build relationships with the COBOL talent needed to support their IT assets.

Academic Partners

Many of the best academic institutions have joined with Micro Focus to nurture the finest IT talent for the best opportunities.

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