Free Online College Courses

Discover thousands of online courses from top universities like MIT, Stanford, and Harvard. There are an estimated 800 institutions offering more than 10,000 online courses, many of which are free and self-paced, allowing you to take them at your convenience. While similar to university courses, these do not tend to offer academic credit.

Class Central: Class central was set up in 2011 when universities first began making courses available online for free. It aggregates over 10,000 courses from many providers, focusing primarily on free (or free to audit) courses from universities. It includes the ability to review courses you’ve taken (and read other people’s reviews); follow universities, subjects, and courses to receive personalized updates; and also plan and track your learning.

Coursera: Coursera works mainly with universities and college, but also with some corporations and governments to provide over 1,800 free courses. Like Class Central, it also includes a rating system. As well as the ability to search by difficulty level, skills learned, and relevance to particular jobs. works with over 120 universities and companies to bring you over 3100 free courses. Two thirds of their courses are self paced, and you can filter by subject, difficulty level, school, and language.

FutureLearn: FutureLearn has over 700 courses you can choose from. You can access each course for 14 days for free, or purchase it to have unlimited access. Once you have access you can comment on and discuss the course with people taking it at the same time. To find courses you can sort by subject and start date.

MOOC List: MOOC List is an aggregator (directory) of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Free Online Courses from different providers. These providers include Coursera, edX and FutureLearn. You can search by multiple criteria: Providers and Categories, University/Entity, Instructor, Country, Language, Type of Certificate and Tag.

You can find examples of courses below:

Learning How to Learn from UCSD
Science Matters: Let’s Talk About COVID-19 from the Imperial College London
Financial Engineering and Risk Management from Columbia University
Seeing Through Photographs from the Museum of Modern Art
Learn to Program: The Fundamentals from the University of Toronto
Introduction to Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh
Buddhism and Modern Psychology from Princeton University

Class Central:
Modern and Contemporary American Poetry from the University of Pennsylvania
Extinctions: Past and Present from the University of Cape Town
Introduction to Dutch from the University of Groningen
The Science of the Solar System from the California Institute of Technology
The Bible’s Prehistory, Purpose, and Political Future from Emory University
The Musculoskeletal System: The Science of Staying Active into Old Age from Newcastle University , The University of Sheffield, and the University of Liverpool
Constitutional Interpretation from Princeton University
Origins of the Human Mind by Kyoto University
Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology by SmithsonianX
Teaching Historical Inquiry with Objects by SmithsonianX
Sustainable Development: Solutions and Trends by KTHx
International Women’s Health and Human Rights by Stanford Online
Masterpieces of World Literature by Harvard University

Engaging with Controversies in the Food System by EIT Food, the University of Reading, and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology
Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology by Durham University and Teesside University
Global Ethics: An Introduction by The Open University
How Computers Work: Demystifying Computation by Raspberry Pi
Irish 102: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture by Dublin City University
Staying Safe: How to be Prepared in the Modern World by the Emergency Planning College
Causes of Climate Change by the Universities of Bergen and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research