The Great Courses App enables you to play courses you have purchased from us.

The Great Courses brings the world’s greatest professors to millions who want to go deeper on the subjects that interest them most. No exams. No homework. No schedule. Just a world of knowledge available anytime, anywhere, via audio OR video. Use this app to:

• View free audio and video lectures from our most popular courses
• Stream any course you have purchased (Internet connection required)
• Download your lectures to enjoy later when not connected
• Access course guidebooks (included with most courses)
• Manage your stored audio/video lectures

Your Digital Library includes digital editions purchased directly from The Great Courses, and does not include courses purchased from other retailers.

What's New

Version 5.4

Welcome to The Great Courses app! The most recent update includes iPhone X support and bug fixes. Enjoy the app and please send any suggestions to us at

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5

548 Ratings

548 Ratings

Great Courses / mediocre app


The app needs work. I own 377 courses from the teaching company. This app doesn't allow me to organize the courses into files. I would like to bundle the courses into categories so I could listen to the lectures in a logical sequence, but the app only lists courses in alphabetical order, most recent purchase, or most recently opened. They should offer other ways of categorizing the courses such as topics. Other problems with the app are the FF and Rewind are too close to other items, I can't tell you how many times I tried to rewind a bit, only bring it to the beginning or move to the next lecture.

The quality of the lectures is excellent! Informative and interesting. Each lecture is just enough time to cover a topic without being too long. I can listen to a lecture going to and coming from work. Converting down time to productive time. Now I don't get frustrated with traffic.

I wish they would just improve the app.

Great content but app needs work


I love the wide selection of course offerings, you can learn quite a bit in half hour blocks and each course runs in average between 24 and 34 lectures. I’ve learned about Japan, grammar, art history, literature, geology to name but a few.
My disappointments are with the downloads. You absolutely must download over Wifi in my case, I’m going out of state where I won’t have WiFi and started to download a 34 module course this morning on my IPhone. Courses take a long time to download. I hit the pause button when I left the house but the app started downloading in my car and ate through 8 GBs of data. You can turn off data from your phone to only use data, but I thought since I hit the pause button I’d be safe. Well, like the Great Courses, there’s a learning curve....I otherwise highly recommend the Great Courses.

App still needs improvements


I love the content, but the app still needs improvement. Most of these should be easily fixable.

1) The UI needs to be better. The controls for fast forward and rewind are too close to other buttons. Hence, I keep going to the previous lecture instead of just rewinding. Similarly, it is really hard to move the playhead when playing audio courses. Please pay attention to small, easily fixable details to make user experience more pleasant.

2) The app is very slow to start and needs Internet connection (even if I have downloaded the content ahead of time). I need to open the app with Internet connection until I can access my courses.

This is a major annoyance and the primary reason for my low rating. Often, I try to watch the content when commuting with poor internet connectivity (most urban public transportation nws). If you really need to authenticate the user, do it on a schedule and don't force the user to authenticate when they open the app every time.

3) For some reason, the app takes up lot of space even after I delete all the downloaded videos. I have a lot courses and I had to delete the app and reinstall to really free up the space. Please ensure that space is freed up after the user deletes the video (or fix whatever issue that is causing this problem).

I love the content, but the app needs to improve.


61.1 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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