• Restricted Topics

    Udemy does not publish courses on a small number of restricted topics.  This subject matter is excluded due to concerns that it is either harmful or offensive to our students, or because it is otherwise inconsistent with the values and spirit of Udemy.

    This list includes:

    • Sexually explicit content
    • Content relating to making, handling or using weapons
    • Content promoting violence or bodily harm
    • Hate speech or discriminatory language
    • Content enabling illegal or unethical behavior
    • Content that is intentionally misleading or deceptive
    • Content that violates any applicable national law
    • Harmful or otherwise inappropriate content

    We reserve the right to add to and modify this list at any time. If you see a topic that you believe should not be on the platform, please email policy@udemy.com.

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  • Course Material: Rules and Guidelines

    To deliver a consistent student experience, Udemy courses must meet minimum standards for approval. The Quality Review Team will help you get your course approved when you submit your course for review. We reserve the right to re-review courses if instructors violate these standards at any point.

    What is valuable educational content?

    Since Udemy is a marketplace for educational content, your course material should be designed with student learning in mind, not personal promotion.

    The course material is the actual content of the course and includes:

    • Section/lecture titles
    • Videos or other lecture types
    • Resources
    • Quizzes

    The course needs to meet our detailed list of quality review guidelines in order to be available in the marketplace. If we find that a course in the marketplace does not meet our quality review guidelines, we reserve the right to re-review the course.

    You may add multiple instructors to a course when they help create, develop, teach or manage the course. It is not an option that should be used simply to augment marketing capabilities and reach more students. For detailed guidelines on when to add other instructors to your course, click here.

    The course material is meant to help students learn within a safe environment. It is not meant to be used for instructors to market or sell to students in any way or form. If this happens, it results in students feeling distrustful because they’re being sold to when they want to learn. To learn how to create a great course, click here.

    Instructor – Detailed Guidelines

    • The course material needs to meet our quality review guidelines and may only include information relevant to your course topic.
    • You may include your website, social media profiles, or contact information as a small watermark on your video throughout the lecture or briefly at the beginning or end of a lecture. Learn more about the specifics in this article.
    • You may not include links to paid content off Udemy. The only exception is you’re providing access to a tool/product that is part of the Course Requirements, which is stated in the Course Landing Page.
    • You may not post personal information about students.
    • You may not include affiliate links.
    • You may not include coupon codes, links or promotional references to any Udemy courses.
    • When adding an external link to your course that requests students to pay or provide personal information, please use the following guidelines to decide where you can include the link.
    Example: A link to your book on Amazon for $10. A link to a free tool that students can use throughout the course to try out what they've learned. A link to your newsletter A link to Wikipedia
      Case 1 Case 2 Case 3 Case 4
    Does the link encourage students to buy something? Yes, and it's not part of the Course Requirements No No No
    Does the link require students to provide personal information? Doesn't matter Yes Yes No
    Is the content within the link relevant to the course, and does it help students get more out of the course? Doesn't matter Yes, I refer to it in other parts of the course, and it helps students get more out of the course, even thought it isn't required for students No, but it helps students continue their learning No, but it helps students continue their learning
    Can you include it in the course?  This link is only allowed in the bonus lecture  This link is allowed within the course, but you need to go make it clear in the course landing page that this tool is closely related to the course material, and students will need to sign up to access it. This link is only allowed in the bonus lecture   This link is allowed within the course  


    When it comes to deciding whether the link is relevant to the course or not, we will take context into account. This is where the spirit of the policy matters, so unless you can prove to our team that this material provides value to your students within the course, please don’t include it!

    When an instructor is clearly going against the spirit of Udemy policies in an attempt to game the system or if we see a severe negative impact on the student experience (high unsubscribe rates or refund rates) it will be considered a violation of our policies.

    Escalation Policy

    Learn what happens when there is a violation of our policies here.

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