Udacity Vs Coursera: Which one is going to be the best for you?

FactorsUdacityCoursera
Total Courses500 courses4000 courses
SubjectsOnly Leading Tech Fields (AI, Cybersecurity and more)Tech to Health, Business to Language Course
Career ValueNanodegree CertificatesDegrees and Professional Certificates
PricesStarts from $399 and depend on time you takes to completeProfessional certificates starts from $39 and depends on courses you take
Free-trial and Refund30 days free trial and 7 days refund period7 days free trial and 14 day refund period
Subscription feeUdacity Pro from INR 1,00,000/yearCoursera Plus from INR 29,739 /year
Free Courses200 courses1400 courses

Coursera or Udacity, are you confused with these two online learning platforms?

I was too when I started my online learning. But after doing multiple courses in these two platforms, I’ve understood completely that in Udacity Vs Coursera, which one is gonna be the best?

Google Trends for Coursera and Udacity

However, we can’t decide by just the trends, rating, and the number of users they have.

So, in this Udacity Vs Coursera comparison, I am going to put these two leading online learning platforms head to head in all aspects — and help you find out which of them best meets your needs.

I’m going to discuss how these platforms compare in terms of:

What are Coursera and Udacity?

Coursera and Udacity are two online learning or e-learning platforms, through which you can learn a skill and make a ladder for your career from the comfort of your home.

Coursera Interface

Coursera was founded in 2012 by Stanford University computer science professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller. Coursera offers around 4000 total courses in a wide range from tech to health. Currently, Coursera has 45M users.

Coursera has partnered with top companies and universities like Google, IBM, the University of London, Duke University, IIT Mumbai, and more. On Coursera, you can pursue Online Degrees, Postgraduates Studies, Professional Certificates courses, and more, which can make your career.

Udacity Interface

However, 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 more. Currently, Udacity has 11.5M users.

Udacity has also partnered with top companies like Microsoft, AWS, Google, Intel, and more. On Udacity, you can pursue its Nanodegrees or Certificates programs which can make you expertise in a field.

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 but they can give you a job guarantee, career support, and resources in a field.

Not only for individuals, but these platforms also have learning programs for business or Government. However, in this Udacity Vs Coursera, I will be focusing as an individual.

So now let’s directly get into it…

Registration and User Interface

Being a curious student, your first step would be to check out their websites and make an account. Isn’t it?

However, to make an account on these platforms, all you need is to fill up a form- enter your name, email and create a password, Or you can directly sign up with your Google or Facebook account.

In Coursera, just hit the Join for Free (check out the above Coursera image) then, a pop-up will appear to sign up. 

Coursera Sign up

After creating an account whenever you need to open Coursera again just hit the ‘Log In’ and enter the details that you have given in your registration time.

But in Udacity, making an account is quite tricky. Instead of clicking on the ‘Get Started’ button (it’s a sign-up for consultation), you have to click on either ‘Sign In’ or Individual (check out the above Udacity image), then a pop-up will appear where you have to select the Sign-up option to make an account.

Udacity Sign up

For Moblie Users:

If you don’t have a laptop or pc then you can access these applications on your smartphone also. Coursera has also provided a mobile application for mobile users that you can easily download through the play store or app store. However, Udacity doesn’t have any app feature yet, you can only access it through your mobile browser.

Both platforms are well designed and have very friendly interfaces. You can easily navigate and find the courses that you’re looking for. They both have a filter system to find courses that meet your need. We will talk in the next step about the filter system.

Coursera and Udacity both offer you great courses on different programs.

Udacity offers you top leading tech skills courses, business skills, and more in 9 different programs (Programs as referred to as Subjects) while Coursera has a wide range of course categories, here you will get courses from Tech to Health, Business to Personal Development, and more in 11 different subjects.

Coursera Subjects Vs Udacity Programs:

Udacity ProgramsCoursera Subjects
Artificial IntelligenceHealth
Autonomous SystemComputer Science
BusinessBusiness
Cloud ComputingInformation Technology
CybersecurityLanguage Learning
Data ScienceData Science
Product ManagementPersonal Development
Programming & DevelopmentPhysical Science & Engineering
CareerSocial Sciences
–NIL–Arts & Humanities
–NIL–Math & Logic

With this table, You can notice their subjects or programs, and some subjects are common on both platforms.

In these nine programs, Udacity offers you 500 courses while Coursera offers you 4000 courses in 11 subjects. So, the courses in Udacity can be also offered by Coursera.

For example, if you try to find an ‘Artificial Intelligence’ course in Coursera they don’t have a specific subject on it but they will show you some results and basics course on it. And, if you try to find a Language course in Udacity you won’t get anything in the result.

In Udacity’s every program, you get deep knowledge that advances your career and upgrades your skills. Like Coursera and Udemy, Udacity doesn’t have a wide range of courses but they are well popular in the above technology skills and courses.

Likewise, in Coursera’s every subject you get deep knowledge and hold a degree or certificates that make your career and get a job in a field that you always dream of.

How to find a course in Udacity and Coursera?

With having too many courses on both platforms it might be not easy for you to find a specific course that meets your need with duration, course level, price, and more.

Well, it’s easy with the filter systems on both platforms.

Udacity’s courses catalog or filter system has made it very easy to find a course that meets your need…

Udacity Course Catalog

Set the filter systems with the topic name, field, difficulty level, duration, prices, and there you go. You can also use a search box or check out the footer section of Udacity to find a course.

Similarly, Coursera also has a filter system but it has quite different filters. Click on the search box at the top and enter your course name or check out the bottom and click on see all courses and there you go…

Coursera filter system

Now you can set the filters with language, course level, duration, subjects, skills, and learning products like degrees, certificates, or more. You can also check out the footer section to get an idea about all courses in Coursera.

If you’re not a course specified and want to learn something new, you might be confused to find the popular and the best course on both platforms. So, based on students’ reviews, ratings, no. of enrollment, and high completion rate here I’m listing top courses that you can look for on both platforms…

Best Courses in Udacity

  • AWS Machine Learning Engineer: This is a 5-month course and to pursue this course you should have the basic knowledge of machine learning algorithms and Python programming.
  • Front End Web Developer: It’s a 4-month Nanodegree course and to pursue this course you should have knowledge of basic HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
  • Become a Data Analyst: It’s again a 4-month Nanodegree course and to pursue this course you should have prior experience in Python & SQL.

Best Courses in Coursera

  • What is Data Science: It’s a professional certificate course offered by IBM and over 481,000 students enrolled in this course.
  • Technical Support Fundamentals: This prpfessional certificate course offered by the Google Career Certificate and over 981,185 students already enrolled in this course.

Remember, this is not a complete list of these platforms’ popular courses. However, if you’re interested in any of these courses then do check out more information by following the above links.

Free courses in Coursera and Udacity:

To test the content quality of these platforms by yourself either you can take their free trials or take free courses. Yes, both platforms have plenty of free courses for learners who can’t afford the course fees but want to build some skills. So, let’s get deep into it and find out in Udacity and Coursera which is best for free courses?

Udacity offers around 200 free courses while Coursera offers 1400+ free courses. As I said above Coursera has a wide range of subjects so it’s obvious it has more free courses.

Find Udacity free courses

On Udacity, free courses help you to learn skills at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. AWS Machine Learning Foundations, Intro to Python Programming, Developing Android Apps with Kotlin, Intro to Machine Learning, and more are the top free courses in Udacity.

Remember, for free courses Udacity doesn’t offer you any certificates or Nanodegrees.

Find Coursera free courses

Coursera also offers you free courses to kick start your online learning and gain some new skills. Machine learning, The Science of Well-Being, Financial Markets, Introduction to Psychology, and more are the top free courses in Coursera.

If you want to pursue any free course then you won’t be charged for any penny however if you want to earn certificates also then you have to pay a small amount for this.

Udacity Vs Coursera: Content Quality

This is a tough one to decide which one has better content quality Udacity or Coursera. Both platforms produce bite-sized content. Video lectures, Reading exercises, Quizzes, and Practice sets. These are common content formats in both platforms.

(I like the quizzes more which keep you engaged with the class and you know exactly how much information you’ve successfully gained.)

Udacity has tied up with leading technology companies and the instructors who have already achieved a higher position in a field that you would like to enroll in.

Udacity Partners

Udacity is well known for its Nanodegree programs. And, with the content, Udacity gives you too many features like student community, Real-world projects, and more.

Udacity additional content services

Besides these supports, if you want to join a course in Udacity, it also gives you an overview about Why should I enroll? How do I know if this program is right for me?, What jobs will this program prepare me for? and a syllabus that you can download for free.

These FAQs you can easily find while browsing any course. Interesting, right?

With having all these features in their content I found one thing that they need to improve- Free content. I’m not saying the free content quality is average but it has a lack of features like notes taking Assignments submission and more.

Even most Udacity Free Courses are also available on YouTube by their official channel.

Coursera has also tie-up with top companies and universities that make it enough for users to trust in their content quality.

Coursera has tied up with these companies

Like the Udacity, Coursera also provides all details about a course- What you’ll learn, Skills, you will gain, Instruction qualification, a small bio of instructors, Course syllabus, and reviews.

Coursera course transparency

Coursera courses are well designed and have added features like Discussion forms, grades, notes, messages, and more whether you enroll in free courses or paid courses you’ll get these advantages in all courses.

And the one content feature that I most like in Coursera is it takes quizzes and asks you some question in the middle of video lectures that keeps you active during classes.

Coursera top courses and degree programs have great and fresh content quality while in some free courses some users say free contents need to be updated.

As you can see, Coursera and Udacity both have some pros and cons in their content quality and it doesn’t decide which has better content quality however both are master in their course category and career values.

Certificates and Career value:

So you have taken a look at their subjects and their different courses. Now you must be wondering what these platforms offer you after completing a course and Is there any career valuation is added with their certificates?

Well, besides learning we should also look for earning and the life you’ll get after the learning. So let’s figure out what Udacity and Coursera offer you and who can add more career value after finishing a course?

Udacity Nanodegree Value:

(Source: Udacity)

Udacity is great for learning tech skills and upgrading your learning. Udacity is well-known for its Nanodegree programs. Nanodegree programs give you job-ready skills and make you master in a field.

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 but it can make your for job ready.

Pursuing any Nanodegree programs also help with your GitHub account and LinkedIn profile. Many top tech companies who focus more on in-demand skills and expertise rather than a degree can be interested in offering you a job. 

And, in your profile, if a company sees that you have done a Nanodegree program in a field then there is a higher chance they would offer you a job. However, if you want to make something your own by getting expertise in a field rather than a degree then Nanodegree programs are great for you.

So in short, the Udacity Nanodegree makes you ready for a job but you can’t expect always that you get a placement with a Nanodegree where companies ask for a degree holder.

Besides nano-degree certificates, Udacity only offers you free courses, which are well enough to learn a skill.

Coursera Degree and Certificates:

If you want to make a career in a field where you need a degree or post-graduate studies then Coursera would be great for you.

Coursera has online degree courses in Bachelor and Master studies and professional certificate courses. All online degree courses are offered by top universities like the University of London, Macquarie University, and more where its professional certificates courses are offered by giant companies like Google, IBM, and more.

Online degrees are acceptable around the world while many top companies seek professional certificates in UX design, Data Analytics, and more.

Coursera certificate

In summary, Coursera degree and professional certificate courses are great to add value to your career and there is a high chance of getting a job.

Besides these degree and professional programs, Coursera also offers you free courses and a certificate of completion which might not help you with your job but you can gain some sort of skills.

Price and Value for money:

Udacity and Coursera- both platforms have different prices and plans for different courses, so, comparing both platforms course prices together won’t make any sense and you too won’t be able to understand it properly.

So let’s discuss one by one…

Udacity Prices and Plans:

As I said already Udacity offers you Free and Paid programs. Udacity Nanodegree programs come under paid programs.

The Nanodegree program’s prices depend on the duration of the course and how long it takes you to complete the course. In every Nanodegree program, Udacity will show you two enrollment plans- Monthly access price and an average course completion duration plan.

Take an eye at the prices of Digital Marketing Nanodegree Programs.

Udacity Nanodegree Prices

A monthly access plan is fixed for all Nanodegree programs whereas complete course fees depend on the average time to complete the course. In the case of the Digital Marketing course, it takes you INR 58257/- (or, $1000+) for 3 months course.

If any Nanodegree programs take an average of 5 months to complete prices would be higher while monthly access would be the same.

Udacity have also a subscription plan for students i.e. Udacity Pro.

Udacity India Private Limited (“Udacity”) has launched a new offering to provide students with the flexibility to switch between Nanodegree programs to explore different Learning Paths. Here are the Udacity Pro prices plans…

  • Fees of INR 90,000/- Only (Indian National Rupees Ninety Thousand Only) for 9 (nine) Months access period
  • Fees of INR 1,00,000/- Only (Indian National Rupees One Lakh Only) for 12 (twelve) Months access period

However, for a pro plan, Udacity has proper terms and conditions like A Pro Student shall be permitted to change his/her Chosen Nanodegree one (1) time every 2 months.

Coursera Prices and Plans:

Coursera prices and plans are completely different from Udactity. Its prices and plans depend on which program and course you want to enroll in.

For example, If you want to pursue a degree course like Bachelor of Science in Marketing (3-6 years) from the University of London then the complete course fee would be £12,000 – £16,000*, depending upon geographic location.

However, if you want to enroll in Certificates courses then the prices depend on how long it takes you to complete the course. Take a look at the prices and the plans for the Professional Certificate course- Google Data Analytics.

Coursera Professional Certificates Prices

The prices and hours/week can differ for each course but the average duration (i.e. 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months) would be the same.

Coursera has also too many free courses. And if you also want to hold a Certificate of completion after completing the free course then Coursera charges you INR 1999 for purchasing a certificate.

Like Udacity, Coursera has also a subscription plan i.e. Coursera Plus, which starts from INR 4,397/month and INR 29,739 /year and you cancel anytime.

Now by pivoting both platforms' prices together, you have got an idea about which one has better prices and value for money. However, in my opinion, Coursera prices are more affordable as compared to Udacity Nanodegree fees.

Scholarship and Financial Aid:

Well, if you find Udacity and Coursera prices tough then both platforms provide you scholarships services.

At Udacity, scholarships programs are sponsored by top companies like Google and others. Udacity offers different types of scholarship programs for a definite time being. With a scholarship, you’ll get an opportunity to complete any one Nanodegree that you want to pursue.

At Coursera, you get different types of financial aid and scholarships in degree and post-graduate courses.

However, for a professional certificate course, you get financial aid for only one section of the course or the EMI payment option.

Coursera Vs Udacity: Support

Support system is a sign of good company, which makes trust with the users. Udacity and Coursera both platforms provide support systems for their users.

If I talk about Udacity, it provides you support with a Chatbot, FAQs, Content questions, and anything else in the form of a message.

Udacity support

Along with these supports, Udacity also provides many supports in content and career services with the Nanodegree programs like Technical mentor support, Student community, resume support, and more.

Coursera has also support systems that you can access through its Contact Us page, Learner Help Centre, and FAQs.

Coursera learner support

And, if you enroll in any Coursera course then you get community support (i.e. discussion forums) and 14 days of refund support.

My Experience with Coursera and Udacity:

I have done several courses on both platforms and most of the points I have covered already in this blog and all these things you’ll also find while using these platforms. So, here I will tell only the things that I like and dislike on both platforms.

Udacity and Coursera, both platforms have better and easy-to-use interfaces but Coursera has also a mobile application and because of these, I used to spare time with Coursera more.

If I have to learn some tech courses like the programming, and AI then I would prefer Udacity more and if I have to learn UX design and soft skills then Coursera is better for me.

That’s why I have done HTML and basics of programming courses from Udacity and brand kit marketing with Canva, English for Career development courses from Coursera.

Alternatives of Coursera and Udacity:

Coursera and Udacity are not alone online learning platforms, there are many more in this field. So here I’m introducing a few alternatives of Coursera and Udacity that you should also look at…

  • Udemy: Udemy is a platform that allows students to take courses in Development, Business, Finance & Accounting, IT & Software, and many more like Coursera and Udacity. It has also a wide range of courses like Coursera. However, Udemy offers you only certificates courses, not degree courses like Coursera and any Nanodegree programs like Udacity.
  • Skillshare: Like the name sounds, Skillshare courses help one to learn and develop new skills in Animation, Graphic Design, Photography, Leadership, Marketing, and more. You can also pursue any courses in Business, Technology, and lifestyle. Like Coursera and Udacity, Skillshare also has a wide range of courses but they don’t offer any free courses.
  • edX: This e-learning platform is also like Coursera and Udacity. You will also find Computer Science, Language learning, Data Science any many more courses here. edX offers courses organized by world-class universities like MIT, Berkeley, and Harvard. With certificate courses, this platforms also provides hundreds of Free courses.

Conclusion:

So, here I have tried to cover all aspects for individuals to find out, in Coursera Vs Udacity which one is better for one.

Remember, before choosing your learning platform first you should find what you want to learn and in Degree and Skills which is most important for you or else you need both of them?

Now, I’d like to hear from you:

Which platform you’re going to try? And, which course do you want to pursue?

Let me know in the comment…

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