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FutureLearn

Course Marketplace

8.5
10
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Udemy

Course Marketplace

9.0
10
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FutureLearn vs. Udemy - complete comparison

Overview

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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.

Udemy logoUdemy

Udemy is one of the largest online course marketplaces worldwide, with more than 200,000 courses from thousands of expert instructors worldwide. Courses on Udemy span a broad variety of topics, and are taken by tens of millions of students every year.

Types of courses
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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
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INDIVIDUAL LEARNING

Udemy courses

Self-paced courses for individual learning and skill development.

$10 - $100 USDIncluded in subscription
Self-paced
Subscription plans
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PERSONAL

FutureLearn Unlimited

Unlimited access to 1400+ online courses from FutureLearn

$20 - 40 USD per month
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PERSONAL

Udemy Personal Plan

Access to a library of 11,000 high-quality courses from the Udemy marketplace.

$20 - 30 USD per month
Pros & cons
FutureLearn logoFutureLearn
    Pros
  • Wide range of courses from top universities
  • Affordable subscription
  • Cons
  • Limited free course access
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    Pros
  • Wide range of courses
  • Expert instructors
  • Lifetime access to courses
  • Huge course library
  • Cons
  • Quality of courses can vary
  • No guaranteed support from teachers

General information

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Type
Course MarketplaceCourse Marketplace
Number of courses
2000+210000+
Popularity

Relatively niche

Very popular

Available categories
Business Analytics & IntelligenceComplianceData ScienceDesign ToolsDigital MarketingEntrepreneurshipFinanceIT CertificationsLanguage LearningLeadership
3D & AnimationAccounting & BookkeepingAffiliate MarketingAppleArchitectural DesignArts & CraftsBeauty & MakeupBrandingBusiness Analytics & IntelligenceBusiness Law
Available languages
English
EnglishMandarin ChineseHindiSpanishArabicFrenchRussianPortugueseGermanTurkish

Evaluation

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Full score
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Individual scores
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Course catalog
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Affordability
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Career value
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Customer support
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Usability
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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
No apps available...
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Ios
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Company

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Company name
FutureLearn LimitedUdemy, Inc.
Company size

Medium

Large

Founded in
20122010
Headquarters

United Kingdom

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United States

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Founders
The Open UniversityEren Bali, Gagan Biyani, Oktay Caglar
External reviews
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Trustpilot
4.7481 reviews
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App Store
4.775900 reviews
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Play Store
4.6432000 reviews
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Trustpilot
2.01206 reviews

Our opinion

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Summary
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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.

Udemy logoUdemy

Udemy is one of the most well-known online course marketplaces, and for a good reason. With their massive course catalog and offerings in many of the world's most spoken languages, chances are that you will find what you're looking for on Udemy. Even though nearly anyone can start uploading their courses to Udemy, the review system makes allows you to spot great courses super easily. We particularly like the great value that Udemy courses provide, giving you the best bang for your buck and making it the #1 most popular online learning platform worldwide.

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