4 Top Universities Offering Free Online Courses

Education is a basic right that should be accessible to everyone, rich or poor. There are many universities doing a wonderful job of providing free online courses that can upgrade a person’s employment prospects. Most of the courses are totally free though sometimes you have to pay a small fee to get the certificate.

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We’ve rounded up 4 of our most favourite universities offering free online courses. Enjoy.

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1. Harvard University

Harvard University was established in 1636 and is the oldest tertiary education institution in the United States. The university has more than 10 degree-awarding schools and an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

Harvard University offers free online courses in a variety of subjects but students can choose to receive a verified certificate for a small fee.

Their courses include:

  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Web Programming with Python and JavaScript
  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence with Python
  • Exercising Leadership: Foundational Principles
  • Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasive Writing and Public Speaking
  • Data Science: R Basics
  • Introduction to Game Development
  • Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies
  • Data Science: Machine Learning

View all of Harvard University’s online courses here.

2. University of California, Irvine

UCI in partnership with Coursera, an online learning platform, is offering a set of on demand, career-focused higher education programs. The courses are free and you can enroll anytime, in any course.

The courses are totally free, but for small fee you can earn a Verified Certificate documenting your course completion.

Courses offered include:

  • Academic English: Writing
  • Advanced Academic Speaking and Listening
  • Advanced Grammar and Punctuation
  • Internet of Things
  • IOS Development for Creative Entrepreneurs
  • Master Intermediate Grammar
  • Project Management
  • Better Business Writing in English
  • Introduction to Electronics.

View all of the University of California, Irvine’s full list of online courses here.


3. Georgia Institute of Technology

The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the America’s leading research universities. Georgia Tech offers free online courses in a variety of subjects but the students can receive a verified certificate for a small fee. The courses include:

  • Computing in Python I: Fundamentals and Procedural Programming
  • Data Structures & Algorithms I: ArrayLists, LinkedLists, Stacks
  • Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming with Java
  • Introduction to Analytics Modeling
  • Linear Algebra I: Linear Equations
  • Computing in Python II: Control Structures
  • Data Analytics for Business
  • Computing in Python IV: Objects & Algorithms
  • Computing in Python III: Data Structures
  • The Mechatronics Revolution: Fundamentals and Core Concepts

View all of the Georgia Institute of Technology full list of free online courses here.

4. Michigan State University

Michigan State University is one of the top research universities in the world. It offers more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-awarding colleges.

Some of their free online courses include:

  • Game Design and Development 5: Capstone Project
  • Game Design and Development 4: 3D Platformer
  • Avatar Psychology for Designers
  • Structure: Building the Frame for Business Growth
  • Planning: Principled, Proposing, Proofing, and Practicing to a Success Plan
  • Journalism, the future, and you!

View all courses on offer at Michigan State University here.


Sydney Chako

Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics teacher at Sytech Learning Academy. From Junior Secondary School to Tertiary Level Engineering Mathematics and Engineering Science.

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