• Primary Topics: Quickly Provide Key Information About Your Course

    Selecting topics for your course is a quick way to report additional information about it, so that prospective students can locate it faster and easier. By adding topics to your course, you can provide the Udemy team with more specific information than what’s presented via categories and subcategories, so that we can surface it to interested students more effectively.

    Please note: currently the Primary Topics feature is only available for courses that are public (not private). For instructions on how to adjust the privacy setting of a course, click here. 

    Choosing The Right Topics For Your Course

    When deciding on what topics should be chosen for your course, we recommend you consider what’s primarily taught in it.  Each individual topic chosen should comprehensively describe your course’s content without being too broad. For example, “The Complete Tennis Course” should have “Tennis” selected as a topic, but not “Sports”, since the latter is too broad and not specific enough. Or if the course is related to “Finance”, and includes extensive information about financial modelling, then we would recommend adding “Financial Modelling” as a topic.

    How to Add Topics to Your New Courses

    If you’re creating a new course, then you will need select topics for it, before you can submit the course for review. To add up to four topics to your draft course, please follow the steps below:

    1. Click on the draft course from your Instructor Dashboard
    2. Click on Course Landing Page on the left hand side
    3. Scroll down to the Topics section
    4. Topic selections will have been proactively generated based off the course title. If you wish to remove one of the topics that has been suggested, however, you can do so by clicking on the X. You can select a new topic by clicking on Choose a Topic. If the topic you type doesn’t automatically populate, you can still enter it by clicking on propose a new topic below. Please note: the propose a new topic feature is not currently available for non-English courses, but will be added in the future.
    5. Select the topic that is most representative of your course. This is the topic you spend the most time covering in your course, from the primary topics that have been selected for the course. If you think your course has multiple, equally representative topics, however, you can check the box below indicating this, and our review team will evaluate if there are, indeed, two equally representative main topics. Please note that this will trigger an additional review and will delay course approval.
    6. Click Save at the top right or bottom of the page
    7. Your topic selections will be reviewed, along with the rest of your course content, when you submit the completed course for review.

    Primary Topics: Commonly Asked Questions

    Do I have to choose four topics for my course?

    No. Instructors can select up to four topics for a course, but you’re not required to select four if you don’t feel four are applicable. Topics that are selected should be relevant to the course subject, and should provide a comprehensive insight into its content. Adding irrelevant or excessive topics will result in your course being misrepresented to students, and could lead to a poor learning experience for them and negative reviews.

    Can I create a primary topic for my course if it doesn’t already exist as an option?

    Yes. You can propose a new topic that doesn’t currently exists as an option. Once you submit your topic selections or your new course for review, the Quality Review Team will approve the selection if it’s applicable to the course.

    Please note: the propose a new topic feature is not currently available for non-English courses, but will be added in the future.

    Can I add any topic that I want?

    As noted above, while you can propose a topic if it’s not currently listed as an option, our Quality Review Team will only approve a topic if it’s applicable to your course.

    After I’ve selected the course topics, can I change a topic at a later date?

    If you wish to select different topics for your courses in the future, please contact our support team to submit the new topic proposals.


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  • Republish a Course

    An unpublished course can be republished at anytime. To republish your course, head to the course management page and click on Republish Course on the left hand side.


    Please note:

    • When you click Republish Course your course will automatically return to our marketplace
    • If you are switching between private and public while republishing your course, however, your course will be resubmitted through the Quality Review Process.
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  • Navigating the Instructor Tab

    Once you've started building a course, a instructor dropdown will appear at the top of the page. Clicking on the dropdown will allow you to access the following:

    • Instructor dashboard
    • Revenue report
    • News and resources
    • Create a course page


    Instructor Dashboard

    The instructor dashboard is home to all of the courses that you're teaching on Udemy. It's now easier to manage all of your courses from a single page. From this page you can:

    • Go to course discussion boards
    • Navigate to the course roadmap
    • View your revenue
    • See course ratings

    Revenue Report

    The revenue report displays all transaction information about your course. Click here for more information about the revenue report.

    News & Resources

    This section is for up to date information about teaching on Udemy and includes helpful resources for creating the best possible course in the marketplace.

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  • Change the Price of a Course

    This article outlines how you can change the price of your course. If you wish to charge a fee for your courses, however, you will need to apply to become a premium instructor first.

    Click here for more information on how to become a premium instructor.

    How to Change the Price of a Course

    To change the price of your course, please follow the steps below:

    1. Select the course you wish to edit on your Instructor Dashboard
    2. On the Course Management page, click Price & Coupons on the left hand side
    3. Select the price you wish to set and click Save.


    As an instructor you can change the price of your course at any time. Note that the price may not be immediately reflected in the Udemy marketplace or on mobile devices, and coupons that were created before the price change may still be applied to your course.

    For more information on selecting a price for your course, please click here.

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  • Change the Title of a Course

    Your course title can be changed at any time and the change will happen immediately. 

    How to Change the Title of a Course

    1. Head to your Instructor Dashboard and select the course you want to update
    2. Click on Course Landing Page
    3. Rename the course in the first box
    4. Click Save either at the top of the page


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  • Locating the Course ID

    If you need to provide your course ID to our support team,  you can quickly locate it, by following these steps:

    1. Click on Instructor and then Instructor Dashboard at the top right of the page.
    2. Click on the course icon below that you need the course ID for.
    3. After the Course Roadmap page loads, look at the address bar above. The course ID is located in the middle of the URL.


    If you have any other questions on how to locate your course ID, please contact our support team.

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  • Delete or Unpublish a Course

    A course can only be deleted if students are not enrolled. In order to uphold the lifetime access guarantee with enrolled students, you may not delete or unpublish groups of course lectures in the original course to reduce the amount of content. This would be a violation of our Terms of Use.

    If your course does have students enrolled, you can unpublish it from the marketplace. Unpublishing a course prevents new students from enrolling.

    Unpublish a Course

    When a course is unpublished, it will no longer be visible in the marketplace and new students cannot enroll. Students who have already enrolled in your course will continue to have access. To unpublish a course, please follow these steps below:

    1. Go to the Course Roadmap page by selecting the course on your Instructor Dashboard
    2. Click on the course settings gear icon at the top right and scroll down to Course Status
    3. Click Unpublish
    4. Click yes​ to confirm your decision to unpublish your course.


    Deleting a Course

    If there are no students enrolled, you may delete your course. Deleting a course permanently erases all course content including discussions and associated files. Deleting a course cannot be undone. 

    1. Go to the Course Roadmap page by selecting the course on your Instructor Dashboard
    2. Click on the course settings gear icon at the top right and scroll down to Course Status
    3. Click Delete
    4. Click yes​ to confirm your decision to delete your course. 


    If you have any questions about removing your course from Udemy, please contact our support team.

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  • Adding Co-Instructors and Teaching Assistants


    A Udemy course can have more than one instructor, and co-instructors can be added from Course Settings in the course management dashboard.

    Before adding co-instructors to your course, please read our Rules and Guidelines for managing co-instructor relationships at this link.

    Adding a Co-Instructor to Your Course

    1. From the Course Management page, click the course settings gear icon at the top right and scroll down to Instructors.
    2. Enter the email address of your co-instructor and click Add to see their name appear in the Instructors list (Note: Your co-instructor must already have a Udemy account in order for you to add them to the course).
    3. Grant permissions to the new co-instructor via the checkboxes in each column, and assign a revenue share if you are adding the co-instructor to a paid course. See below for more details on each permission. Any co-instructor with the Manage permission checked will have the ability to add co-instructors to the course.
    4. Click Save.


    Visible: Checking the visible box means that an instructor will be publicly listed as an instructor for the course to students. Their profile picture and name will appear wherever the course is visible on Udemy. Students will be able to send a message to this instructor when deciding to purchase the course or taking the course. Instructors must be listed as visible in order to send promotional emails and announcements for the course, as well as respond in the Q&A.

    Manage: A co-instructor with the Manage permission can modify course content and settings. They have full visibility and editing access to all course management functions, including the ability to upload and delete lectures, make changes to how the course displays in the marketplace, and create coupons for the course.

    Captions: Instructors with this permission enabled can edit, upload and disable closed captions for the course. Please note that instructors with the Manage permission enabled will automatically receive the Captions permission.

    Performance: instructors with this permission enabled can access applicable data and information related to that course in their Performance tabs.

    Q&A: This permission controls whether visible instructors can view and answer questions from students in the instructor Q&A dashboard.

    Reviews: Instructors with the Reviews permission will be able to view and respond to student course reviews in the Reviews section of the Instructor Dashboard (please note: in order for an instructor to respond to reviews, they must also be categorized as a visible instructor). 

    Assignments: Instructors who are enabled with the Assignments permission will receive notifications when students submit assignments, and will be able to provide feedback for them if they wish.

    Revenue Report: If co-instructors are assigned a revenue share (above 0%), they will automatically have permission to view the Revenue Report, which details student purchases. This permission cannot be toggled off.

    When this permission is checked for co-instructors with a 0% revenue share, they will have full access to the Revenue Report, but their revenue share for new student purchase will be zero.

    Revenue Share: For paid courses, you can assign a revenue share to co-instructors. Once an instructor is designated to receive a revenue share, they will have access to the Revenue Report for all new purchases of the course, and will see their share generated in the column “Your Revenue” on the report.

    Only co-instructors who are approved premium instructors can receive a revenue share greater than 0%. Including the standard 50% Udemy share, the revenue share for all instructors added to the course must add up to 100%.


    Course Owner

    The original course creator is considered the ‘owner’ of the course and their access cannot be removed. They will automatically have the Manage permission and this cannot be toggled off.

    Only the course owner is required to complete the instructor verification process and submit a test video in order for the course to be published onto the marketplace.

    The promotional preferences that the course owner has selected will control the course’s eligibility for inclusion in Udemy’s Deals and Marketing Boost programs.

    Teaching Assistants

    Instructors who are not marked as Visible in the course, but who do have permissions checked for Q&A will display with a Teaching Assistant designation whenever they reply to student questions in the course Q&A.

    The Teaching Assistant designation is intended to give students additional context about these co-instructors, since they are not otherwise visible in the course. teaching_assistant.png

    Removing a Co-Instructor

    Co-instructors can be removed from a course by clicking the Trash Bin icon in the far right column of the Instructors list. If a course instructor has the Manage permission active, they will have the ability to remove co-instructors, including themselves. The course owner, however, cannot be removed from a course.

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  • Change Course Language

    Udemy is localized in German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Turkish, Dutch, Polish and Chinese, but you are welcome to create a course in any language.

    Changing the course language will affect how your course is discovered on Udemy, and your course will appear with other courses taught in the same language.

    Change the Language of Your Course

    1. Head to the Instructor Dashboard and click on the course you would like to edit
    2. On the left-hand side, click on Course Landing Page
    3. Scroll down and click on Basic Info
    4. Select the course language
    5. Click Save at the top or bottom of the page
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  • Course Privacy

    Instructors have the ability to make courses private. When a course is set to private, it cannot be discovered in the Udemy marketplace, so instructors must personally share the course link with potential students. To gain access to the course, the student will need to enter a password, or request access to it.

    Note: Private courses must still abide by Udemy's Terms of Use but they are not evaluated by the Udemy Quality Checklist

    How to Change Course Privacy Settings

    1. Navigate to to the course curriculum from the Instructor Dashboard
    2. Click on the course settings gear icon at the top right
    3. Toggle the setting from Public to either Private (Invitation Only) or Private (Password Protected)
    4. If you select Password Protected, enter a password in the box below
    5. Click Save


    Types of Privacy

    Password Protected

    After receiving your course URL, a student must enter the created password on the course landing page in order to access your course. 

    Invitation Only

    A student must request an invitation to the course from the course landing page and you can also send an invitation to the student directly. To send an invitation, click on "Invite Students" on the right hand side of the Students page. Please note that in order to send an invitation email to the student using the "Invite Students" feature, they must have a Udemy account.
    If a student requests an invitation for the course, however, then a notification will appear on the left hand side of the page by "Students".


    If you have created an instructor coupon code, students must enter the code manually once you have granted them permission. You will not receive the appropriate revenue share if the coupon code is not applied.

    If you are using instructor coupon codes, it is recommended that you protect your course with a password to avoid confusion. 

    If you have any other questions about the course privacy options, please contact our support team.
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  • Free Lecture Preview

    Having your lectures previewed lets potential students sample the course content and your teaching style. A lecture can be enabled for a free preview after publishing the lecture and setting a price for your course.

    • Your first video lecture will automatically be available for the free preview to ensure there is always content available for students to view
    • Select the additional lectures that you’d like to include in the free preview. You need to select enough lectures totalling 10 minutes of video content, including the first video lecture. On the curriculum page, you can turn on Free Preview for any video lecture.

    Turning on Free Preview for a Lecture

    To include a lecture in a course's free preview, please follow the steps below:

    1. Navigate to the Course Curriculum page
    2. Click the arrow to the right of the published lecture to review the lecture details
    3. Toggle Free Preview to on

    Please note: video-PDF mashup lectures are not supported by the preview function, and as a result, we recommend instructors do not select them for a course's Free Preview.


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  • What is my Course URL? How Can I See my Course Landing Page?

    Each course has a unique URL and course landing page. This is the landing page potential students see before they enroll in your course.

    Find the Course URL and Landing Page

    1. From the Instructor Dashboard select the applicable course below. 

    2. Click Course landing page on the left-hand side.

    3. Next, click Preview at the top right.


    4. You will be directed to the course landing page as it appears to students. The course URL can also be viewed at the top of the page (please note: the actual course URL does not include the characters that follow the final forward slash).


    Choosing a Unique URL

    Please note that when you submit your course into the Quality Review Process you will be able to choose a unique URL for your course. For example, www.udemy.com/the-name-of-your-course/

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