10 of the world’s leading universities that offer free online courses
Have you been thinking of ways to ask your employer for a pay rise?
Maybe you’re looking to progress to the next stage of your professional journey?
What if you just enjoy learning, but can’t justify the expensive course fees?
I get you, these things can be challenging. But if you are stuck in any aspect of your life, learning might be the key to unlocking the door to the next chapter.
Developing a new skill, learning a different language, or mastering the fundamentals of an educational course can bring about a new and improved perspective on life, as well as countless professional opportunities, if you know where to look.
Aside from the abundance of learning tools available on video sharing services, such as YouTube, did you know that some of the world’s leading universities also offer a range of free online courses?
An online course from a prestigious university is one of many ways that you can strengthen a job application, or the case for a raise or promotion. Along with professional endeavours, keeping your mind active through learning is also beneficial for cognitive function and longevity, so the thirst for knowledge should never be quenched.
If you are looking to expand your knowledge, consider a free online course from one of the following universities:
Ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world is Sydney’s, Macquarie University.
There are more than 60 courses offered by Macquarie University, exploring topics such as corporate finance, leadership, personal resilience, Microsoft programs, connecting with learners through Zoom, cultural intelligence, negotiation skills, artificial intelligence (AI), global sustainability and marketing.
University of California, Irvine
The University of California, Irvine (UCI), offers a range of free, downloadable courses, from Business English to Engineering and Political Sciences.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Since 2012, more than 3.3 million users have enjoyed the 30 free online courses offered by Georgia Institute of Technology. From data analytics, logistics and leadership, to a long list of engineering courses, you may find something of interest at Georgia Institute of Technology.
Michigan State University
Among the largest American universities, Michigan State University (MSU) is also one the world’s top research universities and well known for its academic programs in education and agriculture. Michigan State University pioneered the studies of packaging, horticulture and music therapy, but there are also 37 free courses exploring topics such as journalism, photography, novel and script writing, game development and business strategy.
California Institute of the Arts
Ranking among world’s top universities for Art and Design is California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), offering programs through six schools – art, critical studies, dance, film/video, music, and theatre.
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is an international research facility, dedicated to advance teaching and research in science, technology, engineering, management and business studies.
Some of the 50 courses available are based around topics including Chinese politics, FinTech, programming and IT, gastronomy, patenting and copyright, web and app development, Python and statistics, mathematics, social science and physics.
From computer sciences and game design, to philosophy and the path to happiness, Harvard University sits among the top Ivy League Universities and provides over 100 free online courses for perusal.
Some interesting topics explored in Harvards free courses include the health effects of climate change, Shakespeare’s life and work, and justice: an introduction to moral and political philosophy.
The University of London
The University of London has been providing distance education since 1858, enriching the lives of students in more than 180 different countries.
Some of the unique topics explored in courses offered by the University of London include: primary education, supporting children with difficulties in reading and writing, 3D interaction design in virtual reality, virtual reality gaming, international business, global diplomacy, common law, managing the company of the future and brand management.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
More commonly referred to as MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been known as one of the world’s most prestigious universities since its founding in 1861.
Some of the topics explored in the free courses offered by MIT include entrepreneurship, economics, supply chain fundamentals, biotechnology, cybersecurity, global music, accounting, molecular biology, banking, finance and the manufacturing process.
The University of Queensland
The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, is one of the world’s premier teaching and research institutions. Striving for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge UQ ranks in the top 50 Universities as measured by the QS World University Rankings.
I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Queensland and would highly recommend the school to anyone who has the opportunity to enrol.
Education doesn’t have to be expensive (remember how great YouTube is if you have the discipline to use it properly), but keep investing in yourself, even if it just means putting a little bit of time every day into learning.
Read books, listen to podcasts, scroll through reddit forums on interesting topics, use a language teaching app, or dig into a free online course to advance your knowledge. |
Out of the 10 universities listed above, you are guaranteed to find a course that interests you, or is beneficial to your goals and aspirations.
You can achieve anything, the only thing standing in the way is you.