Coursera restores Access to non-STEM Courses for Iranian Students

Coursera announced today that it has restored access to the majority of its courses for Iranian students after working closely together with the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control.

The General License G now states that US institutions may offer undergraduate-level online courses in the humanities, social sciences, law or business to students in Iran. The sanctions still prohibit the offering of courses that deal with advanced STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Earlier this year Coursera and later edX had to block students coming from Iran, Syria, Cuba and Sudan from accessing the platform due to trade sanctions and a changing interpretation of how these sanctions relate to MOOC providers.

Students from Syria already regained access to Coursera and the MOOC platform is working on providing access for students from Cuba and Sudan. Coursera says that about 20.000 students from Iran have taken courses on the platform to date.

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