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How to sign up for a Coursera course?

Written by Dhawal Shah last updated on June 06th, 2018

Looking for a listing of Coursera courses?

  1. Find the course you are interested in by browsing Class Central’s catalog of Coursera’s online courses.
  2. When you find a course that interests you, click on its name to go to Class Central's description, then scroll down and click the green "Go to Class" button on the right to go to the course page on Coursera.
  3. On Coursera’s page click on the blue enroll button and it should provide you with different enrollment options.
  4. If the course is part of a Specialization, you will see a popup to enroll for a 7 day free trial. But you can sign up for free by clicking the audit button at the bottom of the popup.
  5. If the course is not part of a Specialization, you will see options to either pay a one time price to purchase the certificate or audit the course.
  6. For many courses, you will also see a “Full Course, No Certificate” option, which means you can get access to all the course contents including the assignments for completely free. Here is a list of 1150+ such courses discovered by Class Central.


Sometimes it can can be hard to find the free option, especially if you find yourself on the Specialization page. Here is an explanation of how to sign up for some Coursera courses without needing to pay any money.


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