Udemy Pricing – How Much Does Udemy Cost?

The price of each Udemy course is determined by the instructor who posts it.  In the United States, the minimum cost to enroll in a course is $20; prices can increase in increments of $5, up to the maximum cost of $200.  Minimum and maximum Udemy course costs, as well as price increments, vary in other countries.

For more information, see this help article on Udemy about its pricing and promotion policies.

The good news is that some courses can be taken free of charge.  Also, once you enroll in a course, you will never lose access to it, so you will never have to pay for it again.  In addition, if you enroll in a course and are not satisfied with it, you can request a refund within 30 days of signing up for it.  To learn how to do this, click here.

Does Udemy offer free courses?

Yes, there are usually some courses on Udemy that can be taken free of charge.  For a full list, click here.

Can I reduce the cost of courses with coupons?

You bet!  Instructors for certain courses on Udemy may send you coupons to promote their other courses, either in promotional announcements, their bonus lecture, or over email or social networks.  You can enter the code when you sign up for a course to reduce its cost.

For more on how to get and use coupons, chcek out this article.

 

That's a bit of information on Udemy's pricing, including whether or not you can get free or reduced-cost courses!  Now, let's take your first step towards learning on Udemy by signing up for an account in our next tutorial!


Udemy Review

After our introduction of Udemy, you may be wondering: is Udemy.com any good?  Is it too good to be true?  Or is it somewhere in between?  The following is a summary of some of the notable strengths and weaknesses of Udemy.

Pros

  • What do you want to discover? — Udemy has over 40,000 courses on a wide variety of subjects, both academic and non-academic.  From computer programming and business management to how to learn a new language or supercharge your fitness routine, there's something for everyone to learn!

  • Education on your schedule — Unlike other websites of its kind, learning on Udemy is entirely on-demand.  You don't have to wait for enrollment periods; you can join any available course on Udemy whenever you want.  And there are no deadlines, either… however long it takes you to grasp the course material is fine by Udemy!

  • Learning doesn't have an expiration date — When you enroll in a course, you will have access to it for as long as it is offered on Udemy and as long as your account remains active.  This means that you will never have to pay for a course twice if you ever want to go back and review what you've learned!

Cons

  • Pay up or move on — All courses on Udemy cost money to take.  Also, unlike similar websites (such as Coursera), you can't choose whether you want to take a Udemy course for free, or pay for it and get a bunch of extra goodies when you finish.  You can, however, often greatly reduce the costs of Udemy courses with promotional codes.

  • Who is an "expert"? — Unlike certain other websites of its kind, Udemy allows virtually anyone to create a course.  It doesn't borrow its courses and instructors from official educational institutions (though some instructors may be college or university educators).  It does, however, have a rigorous quality control process, which you can read about here.

  • The focus is skill-building, not credential-earning — Completing most courses doesn't offer any sort of credit towards a program at an official education institution.  In addition, very few courses count towards completion of technical training programs.

The bottom line: 7.5/10

The main edge that Udemy has over some of its competitors is in the flexibility of its content.  Udemy's course library isn't restricted to strictly academic subjects, meaning that you can find courses on more practical (for lack of a better word) skills such as how to play a sport better, how to cook, or how to better manage your personal bank account.  There are also no registration or assignment deadlines, meaning that you can sign up for Udemy courses and finish them pretty much whenever you want.

One of the main drawbacks of Udemy is that course financing is all-or-nothing.  Although you can often reduce the tuition fees for courses through promotional coupons, if you ultimately don't want to pay for a course, then you can't take it.  In addition, Udemy allows pretty much anyone to create a course, even if they have no teaching experience.  And most of their courses don't offer any sort of credit towards official academic or technical training programs.  This may lead some to question Udemy's educational integrity.

So, is Udemy legit?  All that we can say is that they have a rigorous quality control process to make sure that only the courses that meet their standards appear on their website.   In addition, you can check the enrollment rates and ratings/reviews of courses to decide whether or not they're worth taking.  Just remember that Udemy is largely about learning and improving your skills rather than earning and showing off credentials.  That is, you'll get more out of it if you use it to better yourself rather than to impress others.

 

That wraps up our review of Udemy!  Before you start using it (if for no other reason than to decide if our assessment is fair or not), though, we have a few notes on Udemy's pricing model in our next tutorial.  If you'd rather just get learning right away, though, head over to our tutorial on how to create an account!


What is Udemy and How Does It Work?

In today’s economic climate, having certifications, specific skills, and an impressive résumé can be key to obtaining a job. Have you ever wanted to learn skills or take courses, but didn’t have the time or money to attend an institution? It would be so convenient if you could use a website to take courses online, learning whenever and wherever it is suitable for you. This is what you get when you sign up with Udemy.

So, what exactly is Udemy?

Udemy is a massively-open online course (M.O.O.C.) website where anyone is free to create and promote courses in the style of traditional post-secondary education.  Users can also take courses to earn credit towards technical certification, or just to pick up or improve various job-related skills.

As of the writing of this article, Udemy has over 40,000 courses that have served over 10 million students.  Courses require paying a tuition fee to enroll in; the price depends on the instructor who created the course.  See our Udemy pricing article for more information.

How Udemy works: 4 things you should know to get started

1. Lots of different skills to discover

Udemy contains courses taught by professionals from all over the world on a variety of topics.  Some deal with business and technology skills, others train you in music or the arts, and still others give you pointers on how to stay healthy or fit.  There's bound to be something that you want to learn on Udemy!

Udemy course categories

2. Education made affordable

Courses on Udemy can cost as little as $20, and Udemy has tons of promotional coupon codes that can give you discounts on courses normally priced at $150 to $200!  Depending on the percentage discount that you get from a coupon code, you might be able to take an expensive course for as little as $10!

A Udemy course price drops after using a coupon

3. Learn when and how it's convenient for you

Forget enrollment periods or assignment deadlines.  If a course is available on Udemy, you can sign up for it whenever you want.  View or listen to lectures, complete exercises, take virtual notes, download supplementary files, and discuss course materials with your instructors and fellow students.  There's no time limit, so every course can be completed at whatever pace you feel comfortable with.

Viewing a Udemy lecture and using the course tools

4. Show off your achievement

When you finish a course on Udemy, you will be awarded a certificate of achievement that you can share or print out!  It looks good on your résumé, and some can even be used as evidence of progress towards certain technical certifications!

A Udemy certificate of achievement

 

That's Udemy, and how it works, in a nutshell!  For the rest of our Udemy course, we'll go over the process of signing up for Udemy, as well as the fundamental steps for taking a course.  We'll also outline its pricing structure, and how you can use promotional codes to reduce the costs of courses that you enroll in.  If there has ever been a skill that you wanted to learn or improve, but didn't know where to go (or couldn't get there), have a look around Udemy.  Chances are that someone can help you train yourself right in the comfort of your own home!