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Why is my country blocked?

United States export control regulations prohibit U.S. businesses, such as Coursera, from offering services to users in specific sanctioned countries. In order to comply with these regulations, Coursera has implemented an IP address block that prevents users in Iran, Cuba, and Sudan from accessing certain parts of our site.

Depending on your exact location, you may encounter an IP block either:

  1. When attempting to log into Coursera. We currently cannot allow users in Cuba and Sudan to log into an existing account or to create a new account on Coursera.

  2. When attempting to enroll in a course. As of June 2014, we are excited to announce that we have restored login access to users in Iran, as permitted under a new General License (Iran General License G) issued by the U.S. government earlier this year. However, per the terms of this license, we must continue to restrict access to select courses (primarily advanced courses in STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Iranian users will now be able to log into Coursera, but may not be able to enroll in certain courses.

We value our global community of users and sincerely regret the need to impose any restriction on access to our site. Coursera will continue to work very closely with the U.S. Department of State and Office of Foreign Assets Control to secure the necessary permissions to reinstate complete access for users in sanctioned countries. Thank you so much for your patience during this process.

Background
The interpretation of export control regulations in relation to MOOCs was unclear when the Coursera platform first launched in 2012. In early 2014, however, Coursera received a clearer interpretation from the U.S. government. The new interpretation indicated that certain aspects of the Coursera MOOC experience are considered “services” and are thus subject to strict restrictions under export controls. While many students from sanctioned countries were previously able to access Coursera, this change required that we restrict access in order to comply with U.S. law.


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