COVID 19 Response for University Students


What is Coursera offering to university & college students during COVID-19? 

Free Coursera for University Students is available to current undergraduate or graduate students with a verified college or university email address. This includes full-time, part-time, community college, and university students. To gain access, sign up with your university or college-issued email address. After you join the program, you’ll need to enroll in any of the included 3,800 courses, Guided Projects, Specializations and Professional Certificates by September 30, 2020. For any course you enroll in on or before  September 30, 2020, you will continue to have free access for at least two months from the time of enrollment to complete them. After your free access concludes, you have three options for continuing your coursework: 1) pay to enroll, 2) apply for financial aid, or 3) audit the course for free.


I am a student with a university-issued email address but I’m not able to join the program. Why can’t I join? 

You may not be able to join if we weren’t able to validate your university-issued email address with our database, or if you’re a student at a Coursera partner institution that needs to approve access. Please fill out the form when you’re prompted during the enrollment flow and you’ll receive an email if we’re able to confirm your eligibility for the program. In the meantime, you can start learning with free courses for college students.


What courses are not available via this offering? Do I need to pay for them?

Free Coursera for University Students includes access to over 3,800 courses, 150 Guided Projects, 400 Specializations, and 11 Professional Certificates. Degrees, MasterTrack™ Certificates, and some additional programs are not included. 

All courses, Specializations, and Professional Certificates from the following institutions are not included: 

  • MOMA
  • University of Maryland, College Park 
  • Northwestern University 
  • Universiteit Leiden 
  • Saint Petersburg State University 
  • Columbia University 
  • New York University - Tandon School of Engineering 
  • Cisco 
  • (ISC)^2 
  • NYIF 

Specific courses from the following institutions are also not included: 

  • Yonsei University: Recent Advances in Freeform Electronics 
  • University of Virginia: Financial Accounting Specialization
  • Google Cloud: Machine Learning for Trading Specialization
  • ASU: Arizona State University TESOL Specialization, TESOL Certificate, Part 1: Teach English Now! Specialization; TESOL Certificate, Part 2: Teach English Now! Specialization 
  • UC Davis: GIS Specialization, Tableau Specialization 

For any courses, Specializations, or Professional Certificates that are not included, you can apply for financial aid or access learning material for free by auditing the course.


Can I apply for an extension if I cannot complete by the deadline?  

If there are courses, Specializations, or Professional Certificates that you still want to complete after the deadline, you can apply for financial aid or continue to access all the materials and courses by auditing the course. You can also reach out to your university leaders and ask them to bring Coursera for Campus to your college or university.


What if I don’t have a university email address?

Unfortunately, we are unable to verify email addresses from non-university domains such as Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo. If you do not have an email address with your university domain, please reach out to your university administration to get an email account issued. If we’re unable to recognize the university email domain that you’ve entered, you’ll be prompted to provide more information about your university. If we’re able to validate your status as a student with that information, you’ll receive an email notifying you of your eligibility. As you wait for your request to be processed, you can start learning with free courses for college students.


How can I keep access to my certificate after I graduate from college and don’t have access to my college email?

After joining this program, we encourage you to add your personal email addresses to your account so that you can continue accessing your certificates after you graduate. 


Will courses I take on Coursera count for credit at my college or university?

 Credit eligibility is determined by your college or university, not granted by Coursera or the content-creating partner. Please reach out to your school to see if Coursera courses can count for credit towards your degree, or count for credit within blended learning.

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