Udacity Launches All Access Subscription Model
Written by Sue Gee   
Tuesday, 12 September 2023

To help learners advance and expand their skill sets, online learning provider Udacity is switching to a new subscription model that provides unlimited access to its entire catalog.

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Up until now Udacity's students selected a specific Nanodegree program or Course in which to enroll and were unable to explore content on other programs without enrolling in them and paying for them separately. This was an obvious problem if  having embarked on a new AI nanodegree, you realized you needed to brush up your Python skills.

With the new model, students pay one fee to access any content they want while they remain an active subscriber. This means subscribers will have access to over 80 Nanodegree programs, which range in duration from  around 2 months to 6 months (depending on how much time students dedicate each week), and to over 300 Courses, which can typically be completed in  one month or less. Many of these courses are also as part of Nanodegree programs, but are also useful for those looking to acquire a specific skill or fill a knowledge gap.

Udacity's stated reason for introducing the new model is to further its mission of training the workforce of the future stating:

We believe that training for that future requires a sustained commitment to professional development; for the high achievers, skill development is a weekly if not daily habit. This new model is an effort to align our product offering to that reality.

Another reason is to student retention, as Udacity explains:

Upon completion of the extensive Nanodegree program, most students paused their learning and focused on deploying their new skills. Now with All Access, professionals have the freedom to actively explore additional topics from Udacity's ever-growing catalog of beginner to advanced project-based courses which includes emerging categories like generative AI, blockchain, 5G and more.

An All Access subscription costs $249 per month or $2,390 per year, representing a 20% discount. If you intend to obtain a Udacity Nanodegree, the platform's unique microcredential this pricing represents a worthwhile reduction on the previous pricing of $399 to $799 per month, depending on your chosen program. If, as a current or former student, you have been offered a personalized discount then, at time of writing, this will transfer to either the monthly or annual All Access subscription.

Udacity is very relevant to I Programmer. Not only have we reported on the distinctive hands-on training it offers since it was founded by Sebastian Thrun in 2012, members of our team have personal experience of the platform and this new subscription model does seem to be an attractive change for alumni who will be more likely to stay with Udacity for skill development over the course of their careers.  

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More Information 

FAQs about Udacity's New Subscription

Udacity Program Catalog  

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