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Referral Policy

Referral Policy

This Referral Policy applies to users (referred to as “user”, “users”, “your” or “you”) who are participating in upGrad’s Referral Scheme (the “Scheme”). Your participation in the Scheme is deemed if (a) you share your referral code with others by any means whatsoever, or (b) you use another’s referral code in your application. By participating in this Scheme, you acknowledge and agree to be bound by all of the terms and conditions of this referral policy (“Policy”), which are in addition to and subject to upGrad’s ‘Terms of Use’ and ‘Privacy Policy’ available on the Platform. upGrad offers curated and specially designed online higher education and industry-relevant diploma, certification programs and career assistance services (“Program”). By accepting this Referral Policy, you consent, agree and undertake to abide, be bound to the terms of this Referral Policy. If you do not agree to this Policy, please do not participate in the Scheme.  upGrad reserves the right to modify or terminate the Scheme, in whole or in part, at any time and in any manner.

   1) Definitions:

“Non-paid Referrer” means an upGrad user who has not paid the block amount for an upGrad Program and making the reference.

“Paid Referrer” means an upGrad user who has paid the block amount for an upGrad Program and making the reference.

Referrer” means either a Paid Referrer or a Non-paid Referrer.

“Friend” means the individual being referred by a Referrer.

“Referral Code” is the code generated when the Referrer submits his own application or otherwise in a manner decided by upGrad. 

“Reward” means the benefit receivable under this policy, in the form of cash, vouchers or fee waivers, as the case may be.

Criteria -The Referrer must share her/his Referral Code with the Friend, which in turn must be used/applied by the Friend in his/her application process at upGrad for enrolment to a Program. upGrad shall not accept the Referral Code any time after the application submission by the Friend. Additionally, the Friend must pay the entire fee amount for the Referral to be considered complete. 

Value & Disbursement of Reward- The amount of Reward receivable depends on the status of the Referrer at the time the Friend uses the Referral Code and submits the application.

Non-paid Referrers 

The Non-paid Referrer shall receive a gift voucher valued at $49 per referral, within fourteen (14) working days from the commencement date of the cohort of Friend’s Program, up to a maximum of five (5) referrals. For any further referrals, the Non-paid Referrer shall receive a maximum total Program fee waiver of 245 USD for any Program valued below 2500 USD.

The Friend’s Reward shall be a fee waiver on the Program fees and shall be determined on the basis of the Program which the Friend has registered and paid for. The fee waiver shall be applied to the balance payment stage and not at the time of block payment.  

In case the full Program fee is paid by the Friend without adjusting the Reward fee waiver, the Reward amount shall then be processed.

Program wise value of the Reward is provided in the table below:

Name of ProgramReferrer benefit (USD)
GGU Doctor of Business Administration 36 Months250
Deakin Business School - 24 Months MBA (Global) - Without Immersion49
Liverpool Business School MBA - 18 Months (Without Immersion) - All Specialisation49
IIM Kozhikode Professional Certificate Programme in HR Management and Analytics 5 Months49
IMT PG Program in Management 11 Months49
SSBM Doctor of Business Administration 36 Months49
Duke Product Management Certification Program 6 Months49
MICA PG Certification in Digital Marketing and Communication49
LJMU Master of Science in Data Science - 18 Months49
IIIT B Executive PG Program in Data Science - 12 Months49
IIMK Professional Certificate Program in Data Science for Business Decision Making 7 Months49
IIIT B Advanced Certificate Program in Data Science - 7 Months49
Master's in Data Science at IU Germany (Fees Only for Year 1 - EPGP DS Course)49
LJMU Master of Science in Machine Learning & AI - 18 Months49
IIIT B Executive PG Program in Machine Learning and AI - 12 Months49
Advanced Certification in Machine Learning and Cloud from IIT Madras + LJMU Master of Science in Machine Learning & AI - 18 Months49
Advanced Certification in Machine Learning and Cloud from IIT Madras 12 Months49
IIIT B Advanced Certificate Program in Machine Learning and Deep Learning - 7 Months49
IIIT B Advanced Certificate Program in Machine Learning and NLP - 7 Months49
LJMU Master of Science in Computer Science 18 Months49
IIIT B Executive PG Program in Software Development 13 Months (All Specialization)49
IIITB Advanced Certificate Program in Software Development 7 Months (All Specialisation)49
Masters in Data Science at University of Arizona - 24 Months49
Scrum Master Certification Training | upGrad 49
SSBM Executive MBA - 12 Months49
Professional Certificate Program in Data Science and Business Analytics49
Marketing Analytics Certificate Program49
upGrad Entrepreneurship Program49
Global Full Stack Development Certificate Program49
Global Blockchain Certificate Program49
Global Cloud Backend Development Certificate Program49
Global  Cybersecurity Certificate Program 49

[II} Paid Referrers 

The Reward receivable by the Paid Referrer and the Friend shall be determined on the basis of the Program for which the Friend has registered and paid for. For example, if the Referrer has enrolled for PGD in Data Sciences Program and the Friend is enrolled for the PG in Digital Marketing & Communication Program, the Referrer and the Friends shall be eligible for a Reward attributable to the PG in Digital Marketing & Communication Program in the table below i.e. $99, each.

The Friend’s Reward shall be a fee waiver on the Program fees, which shall be applied to the balance payment stage, and not at the time of block payment.  

In case the full Program fee is paid by the Friend without adjusting the Reward fee waiver, the Reward amount shall then be processed after deducting.

The Paid Referrer will receive the Reward in the form of a gift voucher. 

The Paid Referrer shall receive the referral benefits, in 14 working days post the Friend’s batch commencement date.

Program wise value of the Reward is provided in the table below:

Name of ProgramReferrer benefit (USD)
GGU Doctor of Business Administration 36 Months750
Deakin Business School - 24 Months MBA (Global) - Without Immersion500
Liverpool Business School MBA - 18 Months (Without Immersion) - All Specialisation500
IIT D Certificate Program in Finance for Non Finance Executives200
IIM Kozhikode Professional Certificate Programme in HR Management and Analytics 5 Months300
IMT PG Program in Management 11 Months300
SSBM Doctor of Business Administration 36 Months500
Duke Product Management Certification Program 6 Months300
MICA PG Certification in Digital Marketing and Communication300
LJMU Master of Science in Data Science - 18 Months500
IIIT B Executive PG Program in Data Science - 12 Months300
IIMK Professional Certificate Program in Data Science for Business Decision Making 7 Months300
IIIT B Advanced Certificate Program in Data Science - 8 Months150
Master's in Data Science at IU Germany (Fees Only for Year 1 - EPGP DS Course)300
LJMU Master of Science in Machine Learning & AI - 18 Months500
IIIT B Executive PG Program in Machine Learning and AI - 12 Months300
Advanced Certification in Machine Learning and Cloud from IIT Madras + LJMU Master of Science in Machine Learning & AI - 18 Months500
Advanced Certification in Machine Learning and Cloud from IIT Madras 12 Months300
IIIT B Advanced Certificate Program in Machine Learning and Deep Learning - 7 Months150
IIIT B Advanced Certificate Program in Machine Learning and NLP - 7 Months150
LJMU Master of Science in Computer Science 18 Months500
IIIT B Executive PG Program in Software Development 13 Months (All Specialisation)300
IIITB Advanced Certificate Program in Software Development 7 Months (All Specialisation)150
Masters in Data Science at University of Arizona - 24 Months500
Master Certificate in Business Analytics from Michigan State University99
Global Professional Certificate in Effective Leadership and Management - MSU49
SSBM Executive MBA - 12 Months300
Scrum Master Certification Training | upGrad 49
Professional Certificate Program in Data Science and Business Analytics300
Marketing Analytics Certificate Program300
upGrad Entrepreneurship Program100
Global Full Stack Development Certificate  Program300
Global Blockchain Certificate Program300
Global Cloud Backend Development Certificate Program300
Global  Cybersecurity Certificate Program 300

Other points to be noted:- 

  • Existing users/learners/students/alumni who enroll themselves for a new Program shall be eligible to receive double the Reward amount mentioned in the table for Paid Referrers in the form of a fee waiver, which shall be the determining basis of the new Program he/she has enrolled for.
  • The benefits under this Referral Policy cannot be clubbed with any other scholarship/fee waiver or benefits. If you have already availed of another benefit, the benefits of this Referral Policy shall not apply. For further clarity, please check with your respective counselor.
  • In case the Reward is a cash payout, a bank transfer will take seven (7) bank days from the date of receipt of the referral form duly filled with all the bank details in the case.
  • The team will be reaching out for the bank details once the final login is issued to the friend after receipt of full payment and her/his program has commenced.
  • Unless otherwise specified, there is no time limit or usage limit for the validity of any Referral Code, i.e., a referral code can be used any number of times.
  • The Referral Code usage shall be evaluated on a case-to-case basis by upGrad and upGrad holds the power to block the Referral Code if any misuse is suspected, at the sole discretion of upGrad. The decision of upGrad will be final in this case.
  • Source of referee: There will be a check of the source of the Friend and of whether the Referrer used any marketing channel or through Referrer himself/herself. The misuse of the code through any social media channels will cause upGrad to block your referral code. Our Finance team may contact you for clarification.