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International restrictions

United States export control regulations prohibit U.S. businesses, such as Coursera, from offering services to users in specific sanctioned regions.

In order to comply with these regulations, Coursera does not allow users in the following areas to access certain parts of our site:

  • Iran
  • Sudan
  • Crimea
  • Cuba

Licenses from government authorities allow us to provide access to most courses to learners in these regions. However, per the terms of these licenses, we must continue to restrict access to select courses (primarily advanced courses in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

Depending on your exact location, you may encounter an IP block when attempting to enroll in or otherwise access a course. In addition, learners in Iran may not purchase paid products, such as Course Certificates.

We value our global community of users and sincerely regret the need to impose any restriction on access to our site. Coursera will continue to work very closely with the U.S. Department of State and Office of Foreign Assets Control to eventually reinstate complete access for all users in all sanctioned regions. Thank you so much for your patience during this process.


The interpretation of export control regulations in relation to MOOCs was unclear when the Coursera platform first launched in 2012. In early 2014, however, Coursera received a clearer interpretation from the U.S. government. The new interpretation indicated that certain aspects of the Coursera MOOC experience are considered "services" and are thus subject to strict restrictions under export controls. While many students from sanctioned countries were previously able to access Coursera, this change required that we restrict access in order to comply with U.S. law.

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