Udacity Review 2022: All the Pros & Cons

Udacity review 2022

In this Udacity review, I’m going to put one of the best online learning platforms available to the test.

I’m going to discuss how it stacks up in terms of:

  • Udacity programs
  • Nanodegree Certificates
  • Content quality
  • Free Courses
  • Ease of use
  • Pricing and value for money
  • Support
  • Pros and Cons
  • and, more!

Let’s dive in with an important question…

What is Udacity?

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Udacity.com

Udacity is an online learning or e-learning platform through which you can learn and develop some new skills from the comfort of your home. If you are in a job then with Udacity courses you can also upgrade your skills and achieve a higher position in that.

Udacity was founded in June 2011 by Sebastian Thrun, David Stevens, and Mike Sokolsky. Udacity offers you 500 courses in only leading technology fields like Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, and many more. Currently, Udacity has 11.5M users.

Udacity has also partnered with top companies like Microsoft, AWS, Google, Intel, and more. After pursuing a paid course, Udacity offers you a Nanodegree certificate that shows you have gained expertise in a particular field.

Who is Udacity for?

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Udacity is a platform that is made for everyone who wants to learn leading tech skills online and advance his/her career in it.

Whether you’re a student, housemaker, or a part-time employee if you want to develop some new skills (like; Programming or more) besides your profession or want to upgrade your skills in your tech profession then Udacity is made for you.

Not only for individuals like you and me but Udacity also provides learning services for enterprises and governments. However, in this Udacity review, I will mostly focus on Udacity for Individuals.

Udacity for Enterprises:

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Udacity for Enterprises

If you’re running a business and want to educate your teams and upgrade their skills in programs like- Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Digital Transformation, Data Science, Financial Services, Corporate social responsibility, and Training-to-hire then Udacity offers you programs in these fields.

Right now, Udacity doesn’t give any indication for pricing but they offer you a consultation form (i.e Learn more button) to sign up for enterprises in which it asks you the name of the company and number of employees.

Udacity for Government:

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Udacity for Government

Udacity also creates job opportunities with a GDP impact for nations embracing the global digital era. It is trusted by countries like the United States, Chile, UAE, Jorden, Egypt, and more.

Udacity for Government has two sections- for Nations and Federal. Just like the Udacity for business, Udacity does not give any price indication for the government.

It offers a consultation form to sign up for Government which would be similar to a business consultation sign up form.

Udacity for Individuals:

Udacity for you (Individual)

If you are a student, part-time employee, a house maker, or any individual who wants to gain skill in any tech field and made a career in it, Udacity offers different programs and a bunch of courses for you with a Nanodegree certificate.

With Udacity courses you get the instructors who have already achieved the career you want. You get 24/7 help, 1-hour average response time, highly vetted, and personalized feedback by mentors.

Now let’s get into the programs that Udacity offers you…

Udacity Programs

Udacity offers 8 programs (i.e. subjects) in only leading tech fields. These programs are…

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Business
  • Cloud Computing
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Science
  • Product Management
  • Programming & Development

You will be surprised to know that Cloud Computing, AI and Business Intelligence, Cybersecurity comes under 5 Most in-demand tech skills for 2022 with a high salary package.

In these 8 programs, Udacity has 500 courses in different topics like; Android Development, Bootstrap, Cryptography, Deep learning, Game Development, Machine learning, and many more.

Udacity Schools:

If you decide to make a career in one particular field then you must check out Udacity schools. In one field you will get all the courses based on that field.

For example, if you land on to Udacity School of Programming then you will find the courses like Front End Web Developer, Full Stack Web Developer, Java Developer, Cloud Developer, Cloud DevOps Engineer, C++, Data Structures & Algorithms, Data Engineer, Introduction to Programming, and many more single programming based courses.

You can start learning any individual programs in it but the School of Programming would help you to get started with fundamentals and explore all the programming sectors.

How to find a perfect Udacity course?

With offering too many courses, It might be difficult for you to find a perfect Udacity course that meets your need in terms of topics, difficulty level, duration, and prices with the best rating and reviews.

Not at all!

Udacity filter system has made a very easy way to find a perfect course. Go over to Full Course Catalog and then you can set the course filter category that meets your need. You can also search for any particular course with the above search box.

Udacity full course catalog

With most of the courses, Udacity offers you Nanodegree certificates. Let’s get into deep about the Nanodegree programs and certificates…

Udacity’s Nanodegree Programs:

Udacity is well-known for its leading tech programs and Nanodegrees. Nanodegree is comprised of 3 or 4 courses and takes a longer duration to complete. Udacity is currently offering about 60+ Nonodegree courses.

Self Driving Car Nanodegree Program

A Nanodegree program starts from $399/month (or, INR 22999) and you pay for as long as you take to complete a course.

Remember, the recognition of Udacity's Nanodegrees comes from tech companies such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook. However, Nanodegrees is not recognized or accredited by educational institutions, it is issued by Udacity itself.
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Nanodegree certificate

Now, you must be wondering, Is there any value Nanodegree will add to your career growth or Is it enough to land you in a job?

Allow me to tell you…

Advantages and Value of Nanodegree programs:

  • Gives you the best skills and you gain expertise in a field
  • Pursuing a Nanodegree program allows you to use Student community and Technical mentor support
  • Nanodegree programs are built with and valued by industry leaders like Google, Facebook, Amazon, Salesforce, GitHub, and more.
  • With a Nanodegree program, Udacity also provides you career servies like- Resume support, Github review, LinkedIn profile optimisation.
  • Many top tech compamnies look for Udacity Nanodegree graduates students. And, you land on a job that you always dream of.

However, I can’t guarantee that holding a Nanodegree will always get you a job because there are also such companies you will meet who give more value to college degrees as compared to skills.

But I can bet you it’s enough to gain skills and make you an expert in a field. And, if you have the desire to start something your own with your learning skills then Udacity Nanodegree programs are best for you.

Udacity most popular and rated Nanodegree Programs

  • Introduction to Programming: This program is perfect for beginners to enter in the world of Web and App development, Machine Learning, Data Science, AI and more. HTML, CSS, and Python are the skills covered in this course.
  • Become a UX Designer: You’ll learn how to create a digital user experience that is ready to be handed off for development. UX Designer is the second most demand talent. It’s an average 3-month Nanodegree course that requires no experience.
  • Front End Web Developer: In this Nanodegree programs, you learn how to build high quality websites and dynamic applications to create stunning user experiences for the web.
  • Become a Data Analyst: If you want to advance your programming skills and refine your ability to work with messy, complex datasets then this Nanodegree program would be worth paying for you.
  • Self-Driving Car Engineer: Self-driving cars are transformational technology, on the cutting-edge of robotics, machine learning and engineering. In this program, you will learn the techniques that power self-driving cars across the full stack of a vehicle’s autonomous capabilities.

All in all, you’d have understood, Udacity focuses on giving you the right and necessary skills in the tech field that you always dream of but it can’t give you a job guarantee.

However, with the Nanodegree program skills and their mentor support, I’m pretty sure you can do something great.

Udacity Content Quality:

Now, you have understood the importance of Nanodegree programs and as I said Udacity is well known for its content quality and servicers with that. Udacity offers its courses in different duration and 3 difficulty levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Advance.

So, if I have to give an answer in one simple word, I’d say, Udacity has a great content quality.

But, how can you believe in my words?

Well, Udacity’s every Nanodegree programs built-in collaboration with related top companies. For example, its Digital Marketing Nanodegree program is built in collaboration with Google, Hubspot, Mailchimp, Moz, and Facebook.

Not only that, All instructors and mentors at Udacity are highly educated and have been working already in a field that you want to join. With every program, you can find a small bio, qualification, and the post where an instructor is working now.

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Digital Marketing Nanodegree’s Instructors

Udacity produces bite-sized video content, reading exercises, and Quizzes that brush up your learning.

Udacity all programs also include Real-world projects from industry experts, Flexible learning programs, Technical mentor support, Student community, and Career Services.

Its class content gives you real-world projects, projects reviews, and Project feedback from experienced reviewers.

However, if you are not sure about the quality of any courses then you can check the student’s reviews of the course before enrolling.

Students reviews

And, if you’re not sure a course is right for you or not, or how this course will make your career then Udacity also has FAQs sections for this.

Udacity’s Free Courses:

Udacity Free Courses

If you’re looking for some free courses on Udacity just to start your learning or for any other reason then Udacity offers you 200 free courses.

These free courses are enough to gain some fundamentals and necessary skills in any tech field but you can’t expect to get any certificate or any support with it. These free courses also fulfill the prerequisites that you ask for before enrolling in any Nanodegree programs.

Some of Udacity’s free courses can also access on Udacity’s official YouTube channel.

Udacity’s best free courses

  • AWS Machine Learning Foundations: This is a beginner-level course that gives you necessary skills to learn Machine Learning. In this free course, you learn covers machine learning (ML) algorithms, best practices, and AWS AI tools, like Amazon SageMaker and more.
  •  Intro to Python Programming: If you want to learn coding and have no idea where to start then this could is made for you where you learn phython and coding at beinner level. The free course covers all the fundamentals you need before diving into the Data Analyst Nanodegree.
  • Developing Android Apps with Kotlin: If you want to learn how to develop on Android as mobile developers with tools such as Room, Work Manager, and more then you can join this free course This course will lead you to the Android Developer Nanodegree program.
  • Intro to Data Structures and Algorithms: This course focuses on covering an in-depth look into common data structures and algorithms in Python. This course is the best way to establish a solid foundation before beginning the Introduction to Programming Nanodegree.
  • Intro to Machine Learning: This course is best for you if you want to learn data collection, ML algorithms, and ML performance evaluation. After this course, you can easily pursue a Nanodegree like AI for Healthcare, Computer Vision, or Natural Language Processing — from our School of AI.

These free best tech Udacity courses have been taken from Udacity blogs if you want to explore more free best Udacity courses then you can visit Udacity blog.

As you can see, Udacity free courses are aimed to give you the basic skills that you really need when you pursue a Nanodegree program. You can access any free course on Udacity without paying a single penny.

Remember, with Udacity free courses you won’t get any kind of support and services.

Interface and Ease of use:

Udacity has a very simple, easy-to-use, and easy-to-navigate interface. Its category pages for different sections allow users to find easily what they are looking for.

If you’ve not yet decided what you have to pursue then you can easily explore courses on Udacity schools and their programs.

Looking at Udacity’s full program catalog will also allow you to find a specific course that meets your need in terms of Topics, fields, difficulty levels, durations, and prices.

Don’t you think, Udacity has a better interface?

Before enrolling in any course, Udacity gives you complete guidelines about the course, even you can download the course syllabus for free, which is important to know what you’ll learn.

Udacity course interface
Udacity course guide for AI Nanodegree program

Unlike Coursera, Udacity has simple fee structures for its courses and Nanodegree programs that you can easily understand how you can pay (will talk later).

How to open an account at Udacity?

Making an account at Udacity for the first time might be tricky for you. So, here are the steps that you can follow to open an account easily:

  1. Visit udacity.com
  2. Instead of hitting on ‘Get Started’ click on Sign In or hit on For Indivdual button. (Get started button allows a company to sign up for a consultation.)
  3. If you hit For Individual button then you will be asked for Sign up with Google or Facebook, or you can also Sign up by putting your email address.
  4. If you hit the Sign In option then a pop-up will apprear where you have to click on Sign up and then choose the signing option.
  5. There you go. Now, you have successfully created a free Udacity account.

Once, you make your account and enroll in any courses then you will land in the Udacity classroom.

Udacity has a different location for its classes. If you pursue any course then you will have a student dashboard i.e. Udacity classroom (which will show you instead of the Get Started button on the home page). And, you will be cut off from its main website. Here is a quick look at its student’s dashboard:

Udacity Classroom

Pricing and value for money:

Now, we have come to your waited question: What’s the pricing and Value of money for Udacity courses and its Nanodegree programs?

Compared to other online learning platforms, Udacity doesn’t have any confusing prices. Udacity offers you two price plans for every paid course- Monthly access & Complete course fees with an average time to finish the course.

Digital Marketing Nanodegree Program prices

As you can see the prices for the Digital Marketing Nanodegree program. One is monthly access INR 22849 and one is 3 months course fees INR 58257, which is because it takes an average of 3 months to finish this course.

Similarly, if you browse any course you will find the same monthly access fee, and depending on the average time to complete, the complete course access prices plan would be different.

So, Udacity all course prices totally depend on how long it takes you to finish the course.

If you want to save money and you believe that you can finish 3 months course in 1 month by giving all day in learning then you can choose a monthly plan but I won’t recommend it, because overlearning is not good.

In the above price image, you can also see the comparison of both plans– in longer time plans you can save an extra 15% vs. pay as you go. However, you get the Cancel anytime option in both plans which is really good if you think you had enrolled in the wrong program.

Udacity Free-Trial

Udacity free-access

Udacity also offers one-month free access to any 1 of over 40 eligible Nanodegree programs. You can enroll in any price plan. If you choose a monthly plan then at the time of your first check out of any paid course you will be charged $0.00 and after 30 you will be charged $399 or INR 22849.

Or, If you enroll in a multi-month bundle plan then you will receive a free month at the time of the first check out, plus a 50% discount on the bundle after 30 days of the free trial when you’ll be required to pay.

You can check out all the FAQs and terms & conditions for the free trial.

Udacity Pro:

If you are looking for any yearly subscription plan at Udacity and want to try many Nanodegree Programs with one-time payment then here is good news for you- Udacity Pro.

Udacity Pro

Udacity India Private Limited has launched a new offering to provide students with the flexibility to switch between Nanodegree programs in order to explore different Learning Paths.

A Udacity Pro student can only enroll into one Nanodegree at any time, and in no event may more than one individual Student may access and use an account enrolled in Udacity Pro.

However, the student who has taken Udacity Pro shall be permitted to change his/her chosen Nanodegree one (1) time every 2 months during his or her respective access period. Additionally, there are quite more terms & conditions that you should be aware of before taking the Udacity Pro.

Prices and plans for Udacity Pro:

  • Fees of INR 90,000/- for 9 months access period
  • Fees of INR 1,00,000/- for 12 months access period

Remember, Udacity Pro is only available to Udacity Students who enroll and access the Nanodegree programs from India.

Udacity’s Refund and cancellation policy:

Udacity cancellation & refund policy

Udacity also has a refund and cancellation policy for the users who are not satisfied with the course or program they enrolled in.

A student can cancel and unenroll within the first 2 days from your first month’s subscription purchase date in order to be eligible for a full refund. I understand 2 days must not be enough for you to make a decision but sadly that’s the policy.

However, Citizens and residents of the European Union (EU) are entitled to a full refund when cancellation is requested on or before the first fourteen (14) days following when the subscription begins.

Along with these conditions, there are quite more terms & conditions for refund and cancellation policy.

Scholarships at Udacity:

Udacity has tough prices for its courses and if you can’t afford it then you can grab the opportunity of a scholarship at Udacity.

Its Scholarships are sponsored by top companies like Google, Microsoft, AT &T, and more for a definite time being. Different companies offer different kinds of scholarships with a specific number of students and Nanodegree programs.

Udacity featured scholarships

Even, some scholarships can be also based on a particular region which means students from that region would be only eligible to apply.

To participate in a scholarship program, you will be required to fill up an application. You can check out Udacity scholarship programs.

Support:

As I said, Udacity is trusted and partnered with top companies like Microsoft, AWS, Google, Intel, and more so it’s obvious Udacity has a good support system for its users.

Let’s dig into…

Udacity provides two types of supports-one is customer support to get some help and one for learners support who have enrolled in its programs or courses.

If you want to contact or need any help then Udacity has its chatbot, FAQs, Contact page. You can also ask and submit your question directly at Udacity in form of a message.

Udacity customer support

However, if you pursue any Udacity Nanodegree programs or courses then you get Technical mentor support, Student community, and Career support like resume support, Github review, Linkedin profile optimization that helps you to land one a job that you always dream of.

Udacity Learners Support

Udacity review conclusion:

Udacity is a great online learning platform that is well known for its quality courses and Nanodegree programs. Where other e-learning platforms like Coursera and Udemy offer a wide range of courses in too many fields, Udacity focuses on only leading technology fields which makes it completely different.

Especially, Programming, Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, and Machine learning are the top Nanodegree programs that you find at Udacity.

Udacity can’t take any guarantee to get you a job after graduating from any courses however it supports you. But learning skills from Udacity can make you an expert in a field that can beat a college degree.

The main downsides? Well, Udacity doesn’t have any mobile application which let down most of its users. Additionally, its high fees for the Nanodegree program and courses are also a bit disappointing that most of the financially poor students might afford it.

But overall, Udacity is a great platform to learn and develop leading tech skills. And, if you want to gain expertise in a tech field rather than a college degree then the Udacity program is worth taking for you if you can afford it.

To finish up, below you’ll find a summary of the key pros and cons of Udacity and some queries that you might have in your mind before making up any decision.

Pros of Udacity

  • Udacity is trusted and partnered with top companies like Microsoft, AWS, Google, Intel, and more.
  • High quality content and taught by top mentors that have been already working in that field.
  • Flexible learning programs and works in real-life projects.
  • Provides you Nanodegree certificate after graduation from it, that shows you have gain expertise in a field.
  • Career services and supports like Github review, resume support, and more.
  • Free courses that helps you build the basic foundation.
  • Udacity also provides scholarships that are sponsored by top companies.

Cons of Udacity

  • Udacity doesn’t have any mobile application so you can’t take its courses on your phone effectively.
  • Udacity’s courses and Nanodegree programs have high prices that financially poor student can’t afford it.
  • Its refund and cancellation policy allow only 2 days to take a decision and unenroll after taking subscription.
  • Udacity’s course and programs contents are available in only English language.
Our Overall Rating: 4.6/5

Alternatives of Udacity:

Udacity is not an alone e-learning platform available today, there are many more platforms like this and you should definitely check out them before taking any Udacity courses.

However, the main competitors to Udacity are Coursera, edX, LinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight Skills.

Even recently, we published an article on Udacity Vs Coursera where I shared which one would be better for your learning.

These alternative platforms have a wide range of subjects and courses whereas Udacity focuses only on the leading tech field which makes it completely different and holds a great identity.

Coursera is a platform where you can pursue online degree courses and professional certificates courses from recognized universities and top companies. And, edX and LinkedIn learning platform provides you certificates like Udacity’s Nanodegree platforms but have comparatively less prices than Udacity.

If you’re on a tight budget and it’s difficult for you to afford Udacity programs then Coursera professional certificates courses or edX courses are worth checking out for you.

Now It’s your turn:

So, in this Udacity review, I shared all about Udacity and my experience with it.

Now I’d like to hear from you: Got any thoughts or questions about Udacity? And, Did you satisfy with my Udacity’s review?

Let me know in the comment.

Udacity FAQs

Is the Udacity Nanodegree worth it?

Udacity Nanodegree shows that you have acquired enough skills in a field. It is true that Udacity Nanodegree can’t get you a job always however, most of the top companies who prefer skills over a college degree often consider and gives value to the Udacity Nanodegree.

Are Udacity courses Recognised?

Udacity Courses and its programs are a built-in collaboration of top tech companies and industry experts. For example, its Digital Marketing Nanodegree program is built in collaboration with Google, Hubspot, Mailchimp, Moz, and Facebook.

How reliable is Udacity?

Udacity is trusted and partnered with top tech companies like Google, Microsoft, and many more. Even, Udacity courses and programs are built in collaboration with these top companies.

The instructors or mentors who teach at Udacity, have been already worked or working in a field that you want to join.

Yeah! It’s true that Nanodegrees is not recognized or accredited by educational institutions, it is issued by Udacity itself. But, the recognition of Udacity’s Nanodegrees comes from tech companies such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook.

Can I get a job through Udacity?

It is quite difficult to answer. You can’t expect to get a job always with a Udacity Nanodegree certificate. The companies that give value to skills rather than a college degree only can hire you, even many recognized tech companies look for Udacity graduates. However, Udacity career services support helps you to get your dream job.

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