Join Coursera For Rice

Coursera for Rice: Access over 80 Rice University free online courses on Coursera.

Coursera for Rice opens all of our online courses to Rice University students, faculty and staff for free.

With a Rice NetID you will have premium access to an ever-expanding catalog of Rice's courses and specializations on Coursera. You will be able to fully participate in courses, post in course discussion forums, and earn certificates for successfully completed courses.

Enroll in highly-rated courses developed and taught by Rice faculty, in high-demand subjects that include data analysis using Excel, Python programming, mindfulness techniques, and more.


Who has access to Coursera for Rice?

All current students, faculty and staff can enroll in any Rice course offered on Coursera.

Do I receive academic credit for completing courses through Coursera for Rice?

No, academic credit is not awarded for courses taken on Coursera. The courses offered on Coursera are created and taught by Rice faculty, but are not official academic courses. If you complete a course on Coursera, you earn a certificate offered by Coursera.

What’s the difference between taking a course through Coursera for Rice and taking a course through the main Coursera site (

Coursera for Rice gives you free access to the same courses you would have to pay for if you accessed them on the Coursera site. While anyone can audit a course for free on the Coursera site, auditing students don’t have access to some learning activities, assignment grading, and cannot participate in the course discussion forums. Through Coursera for Rice, you have free, premium access to all Rice courses, which means you can fully participate in the courses and can even earn a certificate for successfully completing a course.

How long does it take to complete a course?

Courses are self-paced. You can take as much time as you need, but most courses are designed to be completed in 4-6 weeks if you’re investing 3-6 hours per week. However, this online material also works well as a supplement to your current coursework and/or interests. Browse courses for relevant units or subject matter without worrying about a time limit.

I’m a Rice faculty member. How can I learn more about creating my own online course?

If you're interested in digital education or creating online courses, contact Shawn Miller, Associate Provost for Digital Learning and Strategy, at