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FutureLearn

Course Marketplace

8.5
10
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Udacity

Education Company

8.2
10

FutureLearn vs. Udacity - complete comparison

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Description
FutureLearn logoFutureLearn

FutureLearn is a British online learning platform that offers courses developed by their more than 175 university partners worldwide. The platform was founded in 2012 and has since attracted more than 10 million learners worldwide.

Udacity logoUdacity

Udacity is an online learning platform popular for its "Nanodegree" programs. The courses on the platform focus on skills for the tech sector, ranging from software development to cybersecurity and digital business.

Types of courses
FutureLearn logoFutureLearn
BACHELORS DEGREE

Bachelor's Degree

Get a Bachelor's degree from one of FutureLearn's partner universities

$10000 - $30000 USD
10-15 hours per week
MASTERS DEGREE

Master's Degree

Get a Master's degree from one of FutureLearn's university partners.

$10000 - $40000 USD
1-3 years
INDIVIDUAL LEARNING

Short Courses

Short courses on a wide variety of topics, created by universities and other institutions

FreeIncluded in subscription
2-4 hours per week
INDIVIDUAL LEARNING

Microcredentials

Create specialized courses created by top academic institutions worldwide. Some courses might count as academic credit towards a degree.

$500 - $1000 USD
6–12 weeks
Udacity logoUdacity
Subscription plans
FutureLearn logoFutureLearn
PERSONAL

FutureLearn Unlimited

Unlimited access to 1400+ online courses from FutureLearn

$20 - 40 USD per month
Udacity logoUdacity
PERSONAL

Udacity membership

Access to all Nanodegree programs, project reviews, and career services

$200 - 250 USD per month
Pros & cons
FutureLearn logoFutureLearn
    Pros
  • Wide range of courses from top universities
  • Affordable subscription
  • Cons
  • Limited free course access
Udacity logoUdacity
    Pros
  • High-quality courses
  • Great learning support
  • Career services available
  • Cons
  • Expensive subscription
  • Only tech-related courses

General information

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Type
Course MarketplaceEducation Company
Number of courses
2000+400+
Popularity

Relatively niche

Popular

Available categories
Business Analytics & IntelligenceComplianceData ScienceDesign ToolsDigital MarketingEntrepreneurshipFinanceIT CertificationsLanguage LearningLeadership
Data ScienceMobile DevelopmentProgramming LanguagesWeb Development
Available languages
English
English

Evaluation

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Full score
8.5
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Individual scores
Course quality
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Course catalog
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Udacity
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Affordability
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Udacity
More expensiveHigher value
Career value
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Udacity
Low valueHigh value
Customer support
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Usability
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Udacity
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Features

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Support options
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Chat
  • Community
  • Knowledge base
  • Learning support
  • Career support
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Chat
  • Community
  • Knowledge base
  • Learning support
  • Career support
Available apps
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Company

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Company name
FutureLearn LimitedUdacity, Inc.
Company size

Medium

Large

Founded in
20122011
Headquarters

United Kingdom

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United States

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Founders
The Open UniversitySebastian Thrun, David Stavens, Mike Sokolsky
External reviews
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Trustpilot
4.7481 reviews
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Trustpilot
4.62620 reviews

Our opinion

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Summary
FutureLearn logoFutureLearn

FutureLearn is one of the few online learning platforms that offer full online degrees. We also like that you can access a lot of their regular courses for free for a limited amount of time, with the upgrade to the paid course being offered as an optional add-on. In contrast to some other similar companies, their offering is also a lot more streamlined and easier to understand, which we think is another benefit of FutureLearn. That said, their catalog isn't as big as that of some of their competitors, which means that you might not find the course you're looking for, especially if it's a bit more niche. Overall, we can recommend FutureLearn for students that want to take full online degrees, as well as students that want to learn with courses from universities, instead of courses from individual instructors.

Udacity logoUdacity

Udacity offers a variety of learning programs designed to help students acquire relevant tech skills. We particularly like the amount of support students receive, with project reviews and direct access to subject-matter experts. This however comes at a price, so Udacity might not be best suited for students looking to learn on a budget, but if good learning support is important to you and budget is not your biggest concern, Udacity might be the perfect place for you to learn some new tech skills.

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