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Illinois on Coursera gives Illinois students, staff, and faculty free access to more than 170 non-credit online courses and Specializations. Created by Illinois faculty, Illinois' Coursera courses provide opportunities to advance your career, explore your interests, or expand your skill set. With Illinois on Coursera you can take any course you want, whenever you want, the way you want. Complete the course and receive an Illinois/Coursera course completion certificate to post on resumes and LinkedIn ©.

Getting Started

3. Log in with UI 
2. Click the “Join for Free” icon.
Choose "Login with University of Illinois (UIUC)".

3. Course of interest
3. Enter your Illinois netid and password
or link with your existing account.

4. Create new account
4. Select the course that interests 
you, then click "Start" or "Enroll". 

5. Select Course
5. Return to your course
of interest and click "Go To Course". 


How is Illinois on Coursera different than taking a course on

Illinois on Coursera has the same content as, but entering via Illinois on Coursera means you don’t have to pay for certificates that you would typically pay for on In addition to course content, you also have access to quizzes and exams at no cost. You can pass the course and receive a course certificate -- all for free. 

Can I receive university credit or a transcript for Illinois' Coursera courses?

Illinois on Coursera courses are not official courses at the University of Illinois. Created by Illinois faculty, Illinois' Coursera courses provide opportunities to advance your career, explore your interests, or expand your skill set. 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 Illinois and do not come with a University of Illinois transcript.

Will this affect my academic performance or work evaluations? Can I earn credit?

No, you cannot earn academic credit with these courses. Certificates earned from Illinois on Coursera are non-credit. However, Coursera certificate badges are the second most-posted microcredential on LinkedIn. You can absolutely post your certificates on LinkedIn, in your resume/CV, etc.

Though you may use your accomplishments on Illinois on Coursera to further your studies or career, your professors, advisors, supervisors, etc. cannot see your performance. You will not earn credit or change your GPA by taking these courses.

The degree programs and MasterTrack certificate programs that lead to University of Illinois credit are not available under Illinois on Coursera. These affordable for-credit graduate options are available separately. Learn more by visiting

Can I take these courses if I don’t have access to Illinois on Coursera?

Yes! Anyone can access Illinois courses hosted on the Coursera platform. Illinois created content on is the same as the content on Illinois on Coursera. The difference is that you will need to pay to access certain content and quizzes or to receive a credential for your learning. Most courses offer an option to “audit,” which gives free access to a portion of the learning content, but no course certificate

I thought this was free, but I’m being asked to pay. What should I do now?

You likely entered Coursera through its main homepage, and not through the entrance that will identify you as an Illinois on Coursera user. If you are looking for the option of free course offerings/certificate opportunities for current Illinois students, faculty, and staff, you'll need to do that directly from this page and select the Login with University of Illinois option.

Is this available to Illinois alumni?

While Illinois alumni are not currently eligible for Illinois on Coursera, alumni can sign up for Illinois’ Coursera courses through the main Coursera website.

Troubleshooting and Support

    • If you experience an issue joining Illinois on Coursera, please ensure that your Coursera account is not already linked to another organization, such as Facebook. You can check whether your Coursera account is linked to Facebook in Account Settings when you are logged in.
    • Once you have unlinked Facebook from your Coursera account, you can re-attempt to join Illinois on Coursera using the steps outlined above.
    • You can reach support for any technical or account issues you experience when joining Coursera on Illinois through Coursera 24/7 chat or your program support email.
    • Please make sure you are logged in to the Learner Help Center in order to access 24/7 chat.