• Getting Started: How do I Create my Udemy Course?

    Congratulations on making the decision to create an online course on Udemy! We’re so glad you’re here. Now let’s get started.

    For an interactive Success Tracker to keep track of all of the steps in creating your course, access this Google Doc. You'll need to hit "File" --> "Make a Copy" or "Download as .xlsx". Enter in your Publish Goal Date and the dates will auto-set.

    What is a Udemy Course?

    A Udemy course gives students the opportunity to learn actionable skills that will help them in their career, their hobbies, and their life.  The most engaging Udemy courses use a combination of different teaching styles and formats and incorporate real world examples, quizzes, and projects.  These courses incorporate the instructor's personality, the skills taught, and the structure of the curriculum itself.

    What Makes up a Udemy Course?

    Above is a high level picture of what a Udemy course is and what it should accomplish.  For all of the specific criteria that makes up a Udemy course you’ll need the Udemy Course Quality Checklist.  This is what the Udemy Review Team uses to evaluate your course after you publish.  You’ll need to hit all of the “Required” elements to be approved on the marketplace, and the “Recommended” items are key for making a good course great. 

    Look below to see how to actually create your course using these elements and to find all of the relevant resources you'll need and make sure to look at the Teach Hub for more information.

    How do I Create my Udemy Course?

    Don’t have any video content?  Then follow the steps below to create your Udemy course.  If you have created videos already, skip to Step 2: Producing your Course.

    Step 1: Plan Your Course

    Planning your course is the first step on your course creation journey and it’s very important to provide yourself with a solid foundation for building the rest of your course.
    • Decide what you want to teach. You probably have an idea of what you want to teach, and now it's time to get really specific. Think about how you want to differentiate your course. Specialized topics shine in our marketplace, and we encourage you to choose one with a specific audience in mind, rather than going too broad.
    • Craft your Course Goals. This will help you identify who your target audience is, and what you want them to learn from your course. Getting course goals right will go a long way in helping you create a great course structure.
    • Use your course goals to create a course structure. This is where you scope the content of your course to ensure that there is enough content for students to engage with and achieve their objectives. This is also where you think through how you want to organize your content.  Be sure to conclude each section with either a quiz or a summary to sum up what students have learned.
    • Break down your course into lectures and describe them.  This step is to help you get more detailed about your content, and break it down into individual sections and lectures. Write a lecture description for each lecture, summarizing what students will learn. 

    Step 2: Produce Your Course

    This is the real meat and potatoes of your course creation process!  Get ready to become a Hollywood-ready video producer.
    • Select your equipment and set up your home studio using our production guide.
    • Submit a test video.  Create a quick, ~30 second long video to test out your audio, video, and editing setup to make sure you’re on track for creating high quality videos.  If you're looking for one step you should not miss, this is it!
    • Script out your course to make sure you're covering all of the topics you planned on.
    • Practice your script. It is important to practice your script a few times to make sure you’ve got your instructor delivery down.  Students love teachers who are passionate, interesting, and not monotonous so make sure you keep those energy levels up! While scripting the course, plan different ways of delivering your content to maximize student engagement.
    • Check against our course quality checklist. Before you start recording your course, do a once over of the course quality checklist to make sure that everything is according to plan
    • Create your videos.  Make sure to use the set-up that the Review team approved during your test video.
    • As you're creating your lectures, consider different types of learners. Video lectures should alternate between the different lecture types and also between presentation styles such as “talking head”, slides, screencasts and drawing boards. Upload your promo video to help draw students in and convince them that your course will change their life.
    • You can create up to 550 curriculum items for a course (sections, lectures, quizzes, coding exercises, practice tests and assignments). 
    • Use the bulk uploader to upload your videos into your course.  You can also use the uploader to upload any other resources you’re including (supplemental resources, PDF, audio, or presentation lectures). Once your videos are uploaded, go through your outline and associate the videos with the correct lecture.

    Step 3: Polish Your Course

    In this step we’re talking about making your course ready for the marketplace.  Follow the steps below to polish your course to ensure that your students will want to purchase it.

    Step 4: Publish Your Course

    Congratulations!  It’s finally here -- time to publish your course and start actually teaching students.
    • Publish each of your lectures individually.
    • Submit your course for review by clicking the "Submit for Review" button at the top of your course.
    • Once you have submitted your course for review, the Udemy Review team will look over your course and evaluate it against our Course Quality Checklist.  
    • Once the Review team has completed their review, they’ll send you some feedback on your Course Feedback page.
    • If you have any “Required” elements of the quality checklist that need a bit more love, make those changes and then resubmit your course for review.  If you have no "Required" items pending your course will be published into the marketplace!
    • Take a look at the promotional strategies outlined on the Teach Hub to get your course up, running, and reaching students.

    For an interactive Success Tracker to keep track of all of the steps in creating your course, access this Google Doc. You'll need to hit "File" --> "Make a Copy" or "Download as .xlsx".  Enter in your Publish Goal Date and the dates will auto-set.

    Resources for Creating your Course

    • The Udemy Teach hub.  On the Teach Hub you'll find everything you need to create a high quality course, market your course, and stay up-to-date with all the latest Udemy news.
    • Studio U.  Join our online community to talk with your fellow instructors about anything related to your Udemy course.
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  • Create a Course Outline and Receive Feedback

    Once you've created an outline, it's time to get feedback. By sharing your outline you'll receive feedback from both the Udemy Instructor Team as well as from your peers in the instructor community.

    Receiving Feedback on Your Course Outline

    1. Create a course outline in Google Docs by using this template.
    2. Click File > Make a copy to save the template to your Google Drive
    3. When you're ready to share the outline, click Share at the top of the page
    4. Select Anyone with the Link can view:
    5. ​Copy the link to your outline.
    6. Go to Studio U and paste your link into a new comment and ask for feedback on your outline
    7. When you have received feedback and finalized your outline, transfer it to your Udemy account.

    After receiving feedback on your outline, we recommend scripting out your course content.  Check out this section of our How to Create Your Udemy Course course for how.


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  • Become a Premium Instructor and Charge for Your Course

    Anyone can create a free course on Udemy. If you want to charge students a fee for your courses, however, you will need to apply to become a premium instructor. The application is free, and is usually approved within 2 business days.

    Apply to Become a Premium Instructor

    1. Start building a course.
    2. From the Course Roadmap click on Price & Coupons
    3. Click on here to complete your premium instructor application 


    Completing the Premium Instructor Application

    After you click on the Premium Instructor application link on the Price & Coupons page, you can complete your application, by following these steps:

    1. ​​​Enter your name or company name.
    2. Include a 60 character headline, or quick description of your expertise.
    3. Write a short bio.
    4. Enter your billing address and phone number
    5. Upload a profile picture
    6. Accept Udemy Terms of Service and choose which promotional programs you would like to participate in.
    7. Select your payout method (please see below)

    Selecting Your Payout Method

    Once you have entered your information and selected the promotional programs you would like to participate in, you will be prompted to select your payout method. Instructors can receive their payouts via PayPal or Payoneer.

    To active a payout method for your Udemy account, please follow the steps below:

    1. On the Payout Method page, select the payout method you wish to use by clicking on Log In for PayPal and Connect for Payoneer.
    2. You will be directed to the payment processor’s website, where you will authenticate and create a link to your Udemy profile. If you do not have a PayPal or Payoneer account yet, you can also create a new account during this process.


    After you’ve submitted your request, it may take up to three days to receive final approval from the payment processor. When your request is approved, the payment method status will change from Pending to Active, which indicates that you will now receive payment through that vendor. No further action is required on your behalf. 



    Please note: after your payment method has been approved, be sure to return to your course and select a price for it.

    If you’re notified that the request was unsuccessful, you can also contact the payment processor directly to learn more about why a connection could not be established. You can contact PayPal Support by clicking here, and Payoneer’s Support team by clicking here.


    There is no fee to become a premium instructor, and Udemy does not charge any transactional fees when delivering payment to instructors. Udemy does, however, keep a percentage of each sale depending on the transaction. Please click here to learn more about Udemy's revenue share.

    You can review any fees PayPal or Payoneer charge on their respective sites. Payoneer’s fees can also be reviewed during the payment application process.


    Payments from PayPal are delivered directly to your PayPal account, which can in turn, be transferred to your bank account. Payoneer payments can be delivered to your local bank account or to your prepaid MasterCard®.

    Changing Your Payment Method Preference

    If you wish to change your payment method in the future, you can do so, by following these steps:

    1. Return to the Payout Settings page in your My Profile
    2. If you currently only have one payment method active, click on Log In for PayPal and Connect for Payoneer, beside the payment method you wish to add
    3. Once the request has been approved the payment method will be listed as Active

    Once you have established connections with each payment method, you can select which payment processor you would like to deliver your payouts at anytime by clicking on the “Set Active” link.  Active indicates that you will now receive payment through that vendor.

    Changing the Account of a Payment Method

    If you need to change the PayPal account you have registered for your payment method, you can do so by following these steps:

    1. Return to the My Profile, Payout Settings page.
    2. Click on Log In beside the PayPal icon
    3. After clicking Log In, you will be directed to PayPal’s website, where you will authenticate a different account, and generate a link to your Udemy profile.

    If you wish to change your credentials for your Payoneer account, however, you will need to contact Payoneer directly. You can contact Payoneer support by clicking here.

    Contacting Paypal And Payoneer

    If you encounter any issues while authenticating your account on PayPal or Payoneer, please contact their respective support teams for assistance. You can contact PayPal Support by clicking here, and Payoneer’s Support team by clicking here.

    For our FAQ article regarding Payoneer, please click here.

    If you have any additional questions regarding how to set up your Premium Instructor account, please contact Udemy Support.  

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  • Join Studio U

    Studio U is Udemy's online instructor community where you can get help and feedback both from us and hundreds of other instructors. The community consists of a mix of seasoned instructors and incoming newbies, all dedicated to creating the best student learning experience online. Ready to tap into a global network of colleagues just like you? 

    Here’s how to join:

    1. Go to https://teach.udemy.com and click "Create a Course". Add in a preliminary course topic to register as a Udemy instructor!
    2. Submit your Facebook name via this page so that we can link your Udemy account. 
    3. Visit the Studio U group on Facebook and click the "Join Group" button.
    4. Before posting in the group, please you read through our Studio U Code of Conduct so we can ensure all community members are able to use the Studio in a fun and productive way.

    Studio U is an amazing community and we promise it will help you create an awesome course. You can get feedback on your first test video, course outline, course structure, and so much more. We look forward to seeing you there! 

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