Coursera for UC San Diego


Coursera for UC San Diego offers students, faculty and staff free access to UC San Diego courses and specializations on Coursera.

UC San Diego’s Coursera courses are developed and taught by UC San Diego faculty and staff with online learning in mind. Learners engage in digital course material from anywhere and at anytime.

Enroll in as many courses as you want and earn Coursera certificates for free.

Earn Coursera certificates for free.

Learn new skills, explore a new subject, or advance your career goals.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enroll in a Coursera for UC San Diego course?

  1. Go to Coursera for UC San Diego.
  2. Click on a Specialization to view the courses.
                - or -
    Scroll down to view the Individual Courses.
  3. Click the Course you'd like to enroll in.* 
  4. Click Start.
  5. Click Log In With UC San Diego.
  6. From the drop-down menu, students select Student SSO; faculty and staff select Business SSO.
  7. Enter your UC San Diego SSO credentials. Click Sign On.
  8. If this is your first time, you may need to verify your email address by clicking Send Verification. Or you will see an invitation to join. Click Join the Program.
  9. Click Start and Go to Course.

*You can enroll in as many courses as you'd like, and be enrolled in multiple courses at the same time.

Can I receive university credit for taking a Coursera for UC San Diego course?

UC San Diego's Coursera courses are not official credit-bearing courses for UC San Diego, but rather are courses created by UC San Diego faculty in which you can earn a Coursera certificate. To learn more about Coursera certificates, please see Coursera’s page on Course Certificates. Coursera certificates do not represent university credit or continuing education units from UC San Diego and do not come with a UC San Diego transcript.

Are UC San Diego alumni eligible?

UC San Diego alumni are not currently elegible for Coursera for UC San Diego free certificate program; however, alumni can enroll in UC San Diego's Coursera courses through the main Coursera website.

What's the difference between taking a course through Coursera for UC San Diego and taking a course through the main Coursera site (coursera.org)?

Coursera for UC San Diego gives free access to Coursera courses that you would have to pay for if you accessed the course through the main Coursera website. The course experience is the same if you sign up for a course through Coursera for UC San Diego or the main Coursera website. While most courses offered through the main Coursera website have a free audit option, learners who audit a course will not be able to earn a Coursera certificate and may not earn grades on assignments or have access to certain course elements.

I'm having technical issues with Coursera. How do I get help?

Coursera provides 24/7 help for learners. Go to the Coursera Help Center or login to Coursera for UC San Diego and click the Help Icon question mark help icon in the lower right.

I am a UC San Diego instructor and would like to utilize Coursera for transforming my on-campus course. Who can I talk to?

The Digital Learning team at the Teaching + Learning Commons is available to consult with faculty and instructors who are interested in hybrid and online learning integrations or MOOC implementations. See funding opportunities or contact the Digital Learning team.