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A First for Udacity: a U.S. University Will Accept Transfer Credit for One of Its Courses

A Colorado university will give full transfer credit to students who complete a free introductory computer-science course offered by the online-education start-up company Udacity.

This is the first time a university in the United States has offered academic credit for a Udacity course, although several universities in Austria and Germany already do. The course, “Introduction to Computer Science: Building a Search Engine,” teaches basic computer-science skills by having students build a Web search engine similar to Google. Students enrolled in the free, online course also learn the basics of the programming language Python.