Why Take This Nanodegree Program?

Programming knowledge is indispensable in today’s world, and learning to code is one of the most valuable and useful things you can do.

Whether you’re launching a career, advancing a career, or just excited to learn a new skill, there is no time like the present to start learning, and this program offers everything you need to get up to speed—with no prior programming skills required.

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1,600 graduates from 80 countries

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Amazing content & live sessions

Effective & Engaging Content

Get started with programming through interactive content like quizzes, videos, and hands-on projects. Our learn-by-doing approach is the most effective way to learn to code.

Projects with expert feedback

Beneficial and Supportive Project Review

Advance quickly and successfully through the curriculum with the support of expert reviewers whose detailed feedback will ensure you master all the right skills.

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Guaranteed Admission

An Outstanding Community

Draw inspiration and knowledge from forums, stay on track with the support of mentors, and enjoy 1:1 video calls when you need guidance on specific challenges or projects.

Earn a Udacity Foundation Nanodegree

Get Ahead on a Career-Track Program

Learn the skills needed to enroll in a career-track Nanodegree program, then try them out on a real project from one of those programs—you’ll get credit for it when you enroll!

Learn with the Best

Andy Brown
Andy Brown

Curriculum Director

Andy Brown is a Lead Instructor at Udacity. He has a degree in physics from MIT, and since has devoted his time to teaching and learning. He loves exploring this new educational medium by creating innovative and engaging courses.

Cameron Pittman
Cameron Pittman


Cameron lives and breathes web development as he creates programming courses at Udacity. He graduated with degrees in physics and astronomy from Vanderbilt University and a master's in teaching from Belmont University.

Dave Evans
Dave Evans


Dave Evans is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Virginia where he teaches computer science and leads research in computer security. He is an award winning author with PhD, SM, and SB degrees from MIT.

Jessica Uelmen
Jessica Uelmen


Jessica spent her early career teaching teachers how to use microcontrollers and robotics in the classroom. She studied Electrical Engineering from the University of Central Florida and got an ME from the University of Wisconsin.

Kunal Chawla
Kunal Chawla


With a degree in CS, Kunal worked as a programmer for three years before switching to education. He taught science, worked with Google on distance learning, and eventually earned a master’s in educational technology from Stanford.

Steve Huffman
Steve Huffman


Steve Huffman co-founded Reddit, one of the largest communities online. In 2010, he co-founded Hipmunk. Steve made Inc. Magazine's 30 under 30 list in 2011. He studied Computer Science at the University of Virginia.

Georgia Davis
Georgia Davis


Georgia has an MS in Education at John Hopkins University. She loves to teach students from all backgrounds. Georgia previously contributed her teaching skills with Teach for America, The Flatiron School, and Girls Who Code.

What You Will Learn

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Prerequisite Knowledge

In order to succeed, we recommend having experience using the web, being able to perform a search on Google, and (most importantly) the determination to keep pushing forward!

Need to Prepare?

Prior programming experience is not required.

  • Course 1

    Learn to Code

    It begins! Get oriented, learn the basics of HTML, write your first line of code, and receive your first review!

  • Course 2

    Make a Stylish Webpage

    Add style to your HTML code with CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). Experiment with adjusting various style rules in CSS to make your website shine. Achieve the look and presentation you want for your own webpage.

  • Course 3

    Python Programming Foundations

    Explore fundamental programming concepts in Python like logic checks, data structures, and functions through interactive quizzes and practice on your own computer. Learn syntax, debugging techniques and basic problem-solving concepts.

  • Course 4

    Object-Oriented Programming with Python

    Learn OOP through a series of mini-projects and exercises using a variety of Python libraries. Programmatically send text messages, decode secret messages, and draw images with Python.

  • Course 5

    Explore Programming Career Options

    Develop an understanding of the important differences between Front-End, Back-End, iOS, Android, and Data Analysis. Learn from real-life examples of programmers in each field, so you can make informed decisions about your own path forward.

  • Course 6

    Experience a Career Path

    Select one of the five available career-track programs, and complete a series of lessons from within that program’s curriculum.

Projects You Will Build

Project 1 - Getting Started with HTML
Project 1

Getting Started with HTML

For this project, you will submit your very first programming file containing HTML code. HTML is the coding language for building websites. We recommend taking notes from this section and using your notes as the content for your HTML file. This project is not graded. Our reviewers will provide you with helpful suggestions and advice for learning in this program.

Submit your very first programming file containing HTML code.

Project 2 - Make a Web Page
Project 2

Make a Web Page

Demonstrate your understanding of HTML and CSS by building a web page that involves multiple sections, content types, and styles.

Demonstrate your understanding of HTML and CSS by building a web page that involves multiple sections, content types, and styles.

Project 3 - Code Your Own Quiz
Project 3

Code Your Own Quiz

Flex your newfound Python skills by taking a quiz ... that you build yourself! Building this program will affirm your understanding of programming logic and functions, and serve as an excellent exercise in how to approach problem-solving.

Flex your Python skills by taking a quiz ... that you build yourself! This will serve as an excellent exercise in how to approach problem-solving.

Project 4 - Create a Movie Website
Project 4

Create a Movie Website

For this project, you'll write code to store a list of your favorite movies, including box art imagery and a movie trailer URL. You will then use your code to generate a static web page allowing visitors to browse their movies and watch the trailer.

Write code to generate a web page that allows visitors to browse movies and watch trailers.

Project 5 - Choose Your Path
Project 5

Choose Your Path

Get a head start on choosing a career path by completing a course and project from one of our job-ready Nanodegree programs: Front-End, Back-End, iOS, Android or Data Analyst. This is your chance to experience firsthand the kind of work programmers in these field engage in on a daily basis, and a great opportunity to master some advanced skills, and get credit for your work when you enroll in one of the programs!

Get a head start on choosing a career path by completing a course and project from one of our job-ready Nanodegree programs!

“Learning to code is the single best thing anyone can do to get the most out of the amazing future in front of us.”

— Marc Andreessen, Co-founder of Mosaic, Netscape, and Andreessen Horowitz

Student Reviews



  • Can I apply this pricing to any of the Nanodegree programs?

    The pricing for Intro to Programming is unique to this program, and does not apply to any other program.

  • Are there promotional prices specifically for college students?

    There are no additional pricing promotions currently available.

  • What will I learn in this program?

    You will learn HTML, CSS, and Python through quizzes, videos, and projects. You will also learn how to think like a programmer, and develop problem–solving skills that you’ll be able to take with you to your next career–ready Nanodegree program.

  • Can I use a Chromebook to complete this program?

    We don't recommend it. Chromebooks are not designed to be developer machines, and many common developer tools — such as major text editors, Python, and the Linux shell – all of which are used in this course — are not available for Chrome OS – at least via the usual routes. If it's your only option, we'll try and help you make it work, because we want you to succeed! However, we recommend getting a true developer machine if you want to pursue programming professionally.

  • Am I eligible for a 50% tuition refund if I complete the program within 12 months?

    Graduates of this program who enrolled after May 1st 2017 are not eligible for a 50% tuition refund. Graduates who enrolled prior to that date, please see below.

  • I understand the pricing model has changed, but I'm a current student who enrolled prior to the launch of the new pricing. How does this impact me?

    You have two options for how to proceed:

    1. 1. If you plan to graduate before September 30th 2017, you can proceed as planned, and then apply for the 50% tuition refund when you graduate.

    2. 2. If you’d like to switch to the new pricing model, you can write intro–programming@udacity.com to initiate a change from your current subscription. You’ll receive instructions on how to re–enroll and take advantage of the new pricing.

    One of these will be the right choice for you, depending on your pace, and planned completion date. If you'd like to talk through the options live, please contact us.

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