If you can’t afford or don’t have the time to go to university, or you live in a different far away country and you can’t attend universities due tot the fact that you would have to leave your whole wonderful life behind, do not despair as there is a great solution for you.
If you have not heard yet about MOOC courses, here’s some great information. MOOC courses are free (yes you read that well…free!), open, online courses, taught at a university level, available to anyone, no matter where you live in the world .
The good news is that the courses cover a huge range of subjects, from mathematics to biology, music, language and computers. The other good news ( there are not bad news on this blog) is that these courses are not only taught in English, but also in other languages such as Japanese, Italian, Arabic, German, Mandarin and Russian.
The courses are uploaded by reputable universities such as Harvard, Cambridge and MIT and are taught by their university professors. While you don’t get a diploma for attending the course, you will get a certificate of completion when you finish the course.
Here are some of the sites where you can attend the courses
Coursera This site has courses in several languages and subjects such as Arts, Chemistry, Food and Nutrition and Music, film and Audio. According to iflscience.com, Coursera has over 17,000,000 enrolments from students from 190 countries. Their courses come from 85 universities from 16 countries.
EdX has got courses from schools such as Harvard, Cambridge and MIT and offers courses such as Computer Science, Poetry in America, Jazz Appreciation and Introduction to the music business.
MIT offer for free the materials that they themselves use in their courses.
Duolingo is perfect if you are looking to improve your language skills or you are looking to learn a new language. They also have an Iphone application so you can take your course with you everywhere.
If you are looking for a list of courses or sites that offer free courses, the main database for free online courses is
- Who needs to go somewhere to learn anymore? (uneopen.com)
- Coursera to create ‘learning hubs’ outside the US (tech.mit.edu)