What Is Coursera?

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Coursera is a global online learning platform that offers anyone, anywhere, access to online courses and degrees from leading universities and companies.

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We envision a world where anyone, anywhere can transform their lives through learning. 

Coursera partners with more than 250 leading universities and companies to bring flexible, affordable, job-relevant online learning to individuals and organizations worldwide. We offer a range of learning opportunities—from hands-on projects and courses to job-ready certificates and degree programs.

What can you expect from your Coursera experience?

  • Learn on your schedule: The great news is you can learn from these top institutions at your own pace, from anywhere. Our mobile app makes it easy to download videos so you can learn on the go.

  • Find learning that fits your budget: You can try many courses for free, and upgrade to access assessments and earn trusted credentials.

  • Gain new career skills: Build new skills by applying what you learn with courses, certificates, and degrees that help you pursue any career goal.

Did you know? Once you sign up for Coursera, you can explore more than 5,000 coursesmany of which are free to audit. Join our global community and start learning today!

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What’s your learning goal?

Millions of people are starting, switching, and advancing their careers with Coursera. Learn more about what resources are available for your career journey.


Start my career

Whether you’re looking to start a career that matches your interests, brings you fulfillment, or provides opportunities to grow, you’ve got options on Coursera.

Get tips to start your careerExplore career pathsPractice new skillsCustomize your path
Just getting started? Check out our most popular resources for starting a new career.Ready to explore careers in top-growing fields? Explore programs that help you get job-ready—no prior experience required.The best way to learn is by doing. Practice your new skills with a 2-hour project that you can showcase in an interview.Build your own learning path with a Coursera Plus subscription by combining courses, certificates, projects, and more.

Coursera has helped me expand my knowledge through several important courses that are extremely impactful and helpful for my career. 

-Christin B.


Switch my career

If you’re looking to build on your existing skills to switch or pivot to a new career path, we can help.

Get our top career switching tipsExplore career pathsDevelop your skill setCustomize your path
Considering a change? Check out our most popular resources for making a career switch.Ready to explore careers in top-growing fields? Explore programs that help you get job-ready—no prior experience required.The best way to learn is by doing. Practice your new skills with a 2-hour project that you can showcase in an interview.Build your own learning path with a Coursera Plus subscription by combining courses, certificates, projects, and more.

After my supervisor saw my coursework, she was confident that I was the right person for the job. Thanks to the Google IT Support Professional Certificate, my family gets to see me finally achieve my dream of being in IT.

-Tristen A.


Advance my career

Ready to deepen your expertise and open new doors for your career? Get ready to show your employer that you’re promotion-ready.

Get our top career-advancing tipsGet certifiedEarn your master’sCustomize your path
Just getting started? Check out our most popular resources for advancing your career.Nothing says I’m promotion-ready more than a new certificate. Gain career-building skills with these programs.You don’t need to quit your job or move to earn a top-quality degree. Explore master’s certificates and master’s degree programs.Build your own learning path with a Coursera Plus subscription by combining courses, certificates, projects, and more.

For the first time, finishing my degree seemed realistic. It was online with a flexible schedule. It felt like this program was made for my situation. 

-Ana S.


Upskill my team

Ready to help more people learn without limits? Explore ways to bring Coursera to a team or organization.

Get our top learning and development tipsUpskill a team or organizationExplore Coursera Academies
Curious about how to bring learning to your organization? Explore case studies, webinars, and more.Bring Coursera to your team, or explore one of our enterprise solutions for businesses, governments, and campuses.Explore Coursera Academies in Data Science, Marketing, and more to find curated learning experiences in high-demand topics.

We love that the Coursera platform allows us to provide a breadth of high-quality programs and a learning experience that our employees can self-select into to drive their own personal development.

-Laurent R., L’Oreal

Whether you're getting job-ready for an entry-level role, advancing your career with a certificate or degree, or upskilling your team, you can do so with access to world-class universities and leading institutions on Coursera. Join our global community and achieve your goals.

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This content has been made available for informational purposes only. Learners are advised to conduct additional research to ensure that courses and other credentials pursued meet their personal, professional, and financial goals.

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