Provide unemployed workers with access to online learning

Government agencies serving the unemployed can now secure free access to Coursera for Government.
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The Coursera community is launching an effort to assist countries, states, and cities reskill their unemployed workers to re-enter the workforce.

Government agencies serving unemployed populations can get Coursera for unemployed workers

How the program works:

  • 3,800 courses and 400 Specializations available
  • Course Certificates offered for each course completed
  • Institutions that signed up before September 30, 2020 can enroll unemployed workers in courses through October 31, 2020
  • Newly-enrolled learners will have through December 31, 2020 to complete their courses
  • Dedicated program implementation support, enhanced analytics, custom content pathways, and authoring available for an additional fee

Government agencies can apply for access to this program by completing the form below.

Government agencies serving unemployed populations can get Coursera for unemployed workers

Provide free access to over 3,800+ courses from top universities and companies

Imperial College London
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
John Hopkins
Indian School of Business (ISB)
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Alberta
Rice University
Tech de Monterrey
UC Irvine

Provide the in-demand skills unemployed workers need to re-enter the workforce

Professional Certificates

  • Cloud Architecture with Google
  • Cloud Engineering with Google
  • Google IT Automation with Python
  • Google IT Support
  • IBM z/OS Mainframe
  • SAS Programmer
  • SAS Visual Business Analytics

Job Paths

  • Android App Developer
  • Business Analyst
  • Cloud Architect
  • Cloud Computing Professional
  • Digital Marketer
  • Game Developer
  • iOS App Developer
  • Java Programmer
  • Market Analyst

3,800+ Courses including

  • The Science of Success
  • Strategic Career Self-Management
  • Time Management
  • Engaging in Persuasive and Credible Communication
  • Business Writing
  • Teamwork Skills
  • Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19

Quickly begin offering online learning to your unemployed workers

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World-class content

World-class content

Provide courses, professional certificates and Specializations from top universities and industry-leading companies

Governments are using Coursera to educate and train their workforces

“We are excited to join this initiative to make online learning widely available to Colombians who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. With access to courses teaching high demand digital skills, our citizens will be better prepared to return into new jobs and careers.”


Ivan Duque
President of Colombia

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If you are part of a government agency, please complete the form below for more information about Coursera for Government.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find more information in our Learner Help Center FAQ here.

We will provide every government agency directly serving an unemployed population impacted by COVID-19 with free access to our course catalogue for these unemployed workers. Government organizations can sign up to provide unemployed workers with access to more than 3,800+ courses and 400 Specializations from Coursera’s university and industry partners. Governments will be able to offer free access until October 31, 2020 and learners enrolled at that time will continue to have access to finish their courses until December 31, 2020.

Representatives from governmental organizations that directly serve unemployed workers are eligible for this program. If you are part of a large non-profit or NGO dedicated to providing services to unemployed workers, please fill out the form and we will consider your application on a case-by-case basis. Coursera for Government is designed for government agencies to provide reskilling and upskilling programs for entire communities. Individuals cannot sign up directly for this initiative. If your community has been impacted by COVID-19, please ask your government agency to submit their information on the website.

As an individual, you can still visit and sign up to take courses. This is not covered by the Coursera for Workforce Recovery Initiative, and you may see course fees. If you are concerned about course costs, there are several options for gaining access including free auditing and financial aid for many courses. If you need technical support using Coursera, please visit our Learner Help Center for articles to commonly-asked questions. We appreciate your interest in Coursera and hope we can help you continue learning in these challenging times.

Please reach out to your Customer Success Manager to learn more.

Our goal is to bring Coursera for Government programs live as quickly as possible. Once you submit the interest form and create a Coursera account, you can expect to hear back from our team within 2 business days. Your program with Coursera can launch within two weeks.

Enrollment for the Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative closes on October 31, 2020. Learners enrolled by that time will continue to have access to finish their courses until December 31, 2020. The government agency can decide to renew all, or a percentage of licenses to continue to use Coursera for Government after the free contract end date.

We are providing up to 50,000 licenses per impacted government. Please contact if you believe you need more.

Each instance of Coursera for Government in the Cousera Workforce Recovery Initiative will utilize the same initial curation of courses, regardless of geography. Program Administrators can adjust the courses shown to their learners in their program dashboards, and select from 3,800+ courses.

In order to offer this program to governments at no cost, we have excluded our human support services and customized technology features from the free offering. Dedicated program implementation support, enhanced analytics, custom content pathways, and private authoring can be provided for a fee. Contact if you are interested in learning more.

Our team is continually exploring options to expand access and we hope one day to offer unrestricted access throughout the world. For more information, go here.