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Google Cloud for Students

Advance your career by learning Google Cloud at your own pace, earning badges and certifications, building projects, and connecting with student communities.

Using Google Cloud, students created an app to help the visually impaired

Build your future with Google Cloud

Learn at your own pace.

Complete the online program on your own terms. Develop real-world skills with under 25 hours of flexible study.

Prepare for in-demand roles.

Cloud roles are among the top 10 most in-demand IT roles. Make your resume competitive with credentials from Google.1

Join a supportive peer community.

Gain access to Developer Student Clubs, attend a hackathon, or attend online events to get hands on experience.


Your journey begins here

Google Cloud offers students access to a tailored learning program that lets them perform hands-on labs, earn badges, and demonstrate skills to employers in high-growth fields.

Step 1: Learn with Google Cloud Skills Boost

Students can request access to free online labs, quests, and courses through the Google Cloud Skills Boost platform. Follow a defined plan or build and curate your own path to working and thriving in a cloud-first workplace. 


  • 200 free Google Cloud Skills Boost credits

  • Credits expire one year after they are issued


Step 2: Earn skill badges

A skill badge is an exclusive digital badge issued by Google Cloud in recognition of your proficiency with Google Cloud. Complete a skill badge quest and the accompanying challenge lab final assessment to receive a skill badge you can share with your network.


  • Post a skill badge to LinkedIn


Step 3: Gain a certification

Students who want to position themselves well to secure employment working with Google Cloud can go further by training for one of ten Google Cloud certifications.


  • Foundational, associate or professional certifications

  • Entry in the Google Cloud Certified Directory


Step 4: Explore careers

Professional Cloud Architect was the highest paying certification of 20201 and 20192 at an average salary of over $160,000 per year. 87% of Google Cloud certified individuals are more confident about their cloud skills.3 


  • Share your Google Cloud expertise on your resume and social media


Start learning the skills

Want to start learning with Google Cloud? 

Visit Google Cloud Skills Boost to choose your path, build your skills, and validate your knowledge.

Pathway Name & Duration

Description

Overview of topics covered in the pathway.

Skill badges

Official Google Cloud skill badge earned upon completion.

Professional certificate

After completing the designated path, check out the corresponding Google Cloud professional certificate to continue your skilling journey.
  • Get started with Google Cloud training by completing this learning path that introduces you to the fundamentals of Google Cloud. This learning path guides you through a curated collection of on-demand courses, labs, and skill badges that provide you with real-world, hands-on experience in Google Cloud. 

  • A Tour of Google Cloud Hands-on Labs

  • Create and Manage Cloud Resources

  • Google Cloud Fundamentals: Core Infrastructure

  • Perform Foundational Infrastructure Tasks in Google Cloud

  • Google Cloud Big Data and Machine Learning Fundamentals

  • Perform Foundational Data, ML, and AI Tasks in Google Cloud

  • Google Cloud Fundamentals for AWS Professionals

  • Google Cloud Fundamentals for Azure Professionals: Core Infrastructure

  • Once you complete the path, check out our catalog for 700+ labs and courses to keep going on your professional journey.

Learning Path

Cloud Digital Leader Learning Path

4 activities

  • A Cloud Digital Leader can articulate the capabilities of core cloud products and services and understand how they benefit organizations. This no cost learning path guides you through a curated collection of on-demand courses, labs, and skill badges that provide you with real-world, hands-on experience using Google Cloud technologies essential to the Cloud Digital Leader role. 

  • Introduction to Digital Transformation with Google Cloud

  • Innovating with Data and Google Cloud

  • Infrastructure and Application Modernization with Google Cloud

  • Understanding Google Cloud Security and Operations

  • Once you complete the path, check out the Google Cloud Digital Leader certification to take the next steps on your professional journey.

Learning Path

Cloud Engineer Learning Path

13 activities

  • A Cloud Engineer plans, configures, sets up, and deploys cloud solutions. This learning path guides you through a curated collection of on-demand courses, labs, and skill badges that provide you with real-world, hands-on experience using Google Cloud technologies essential to the Cloud Engineering role. 

  • A Tour of Google Cloud Hands-on Labs

  • Preparing for Your Associate Cloud Engineer Journey

  • Google Cloud Fundamentals: Core Infrastructure

  • Essential Google Cloud Infrastructure: Foundation

  • Essential Google Cloud Infrastructure: Core Services

  • Elastic Google Cloud Infrastructure: Scaling and Automation

  • Reliable Google Cloud Infrastructure: Design and Process

  • Getting Started with Google Kubernetes Engine

  • Logging, Monitoring and Observability in Google Cloud

  • Create and Manage Cloud Resources

  • Perform Foundational Infrastructure Tasks in Google Cloud

  • Set Up and Configure a Cloud Environment in Google Cloud

  • Automating Infrastructure on Google Cloud with Terraform

Learning Path

Cloud Architect Learning Path

4 hours

  • A Cloud Architect designs, develops, and manages robust, secure, scalable, and dynamic solutions. This learning path guides you through a curated collection of on-demand courses, labs, and skill badges that provide you with real-world, hands-on experience using Google Cloud technologies essential to the Cloud Architect role. 

  • A Tour of Google Cloud Hands-on Labs

  • Preparing for the Professional Cloud Architect Exam

  • Google Cloud Fundamentals: Core Infrastructure

  • Essential Google Cloud Infrastructure: Foundation

  • Essential Google Cloud Infrastructure: Core Services

  • Elastic Google Cloud Infrastructure: Scaling and Automation

  • Reliable Google Cloud Infrastructure: Design and Process

  • Getting Started with Google Kubernetes Engineer

  • Logging, Monitoring and Observability in Google Cloud

  • Create and Manage Cloud Resources

  • Perform Foundational Infrastructure Tasks in Google Cloud

  • Perform Foundational Infrastructure Tasks in Google Cloud

  • Set Up and Configure a Cloud Environment in Google Cloud

  • Automating Infrastructure on Google Cloud with Terraform

  • Deploy and Manage Cloud Environments with Google Cloud

  • Optimize Costs for Google Kubernetes Engine

Learning Path

Data Engineer Learning Path

13 activities

  • A Data Engineer designs and builds systems that collect and transform the data used to inform business decisions. This learning path guides you through a curated collection of on-demand courses, labs, and skill badges that provide you with real-world, hands-on experience using Google Cloud technologies essential to the Data Engineer role.

  • A Tour of Google Cloud Hands-on Labs

  • Preparing for the Google Cloud Professional Data Engineer Exam

  • Google Cloud Big Data and Machine Learning Fundamentals

  • Modernizing Data Lakes and Data Warehouses with Google Cloud

  • Building Batch Data Pipelines on Google Cloud

  • Building Resilient Streaming Analytics Systems on Google Cloud

  • Smart Analytics, Machine Learning, and AI on Google Cloud

  • Serverless Data Processing with Dataflow: Foundations

  • Serverless Data Processing with Dataflow: Develop Pipelines

  • Serverless Data Processing with Dataflow: Operations

  • Perform Foundational Data, ML, and AI Tasks in Google Cloud

  • Build and Optimize Data Warehouses with BigQuery

  • Engineer Data in Google Cloud

  • Once you complete the path, check out the Google Cloud Data Engineer certification to take the next steps in your professional journey.

Join a community

Connect with a community of Googlers, student experts, and fellow new Google Cloud learners who can share their experience and insights with you.

Take part in one of over 200 hundred hackathons through our official partners at Major League Hacking.

Attend a hackathon

Join your local Google Developer Student Club or apply to create a new chapter on your campus.

Join a student club

Attend live and on-demand Google Cloud events through the Cloud on Air events platform.

Attend an event

Watch tutorials to learn about what it means to be a student developer and how to grow the skill set needed to flourish in your future career. 

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"When you're trying to build something that helps people, especially those you know personally, it gives you a warm feeling on the inside, as if you just struck gold."

Tejas Shah, Student, Diablo Valley College

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