1.   Coursera

Coursera is a free learning platform affiliated with major universities and organizations worldwide to offer courses online that students can complete at their own pace.

Students using the platform can work toward a full degree or specialized degrees, or just get a jump-start on college courses. Coursera offers dozens of STEM courses to choose from and humanities. For example, brush up on your Calculus or take a survey course on the modern Middle East.

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Coursera offers the same official languages used at the United Nations – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Although participants do not earn course credit, some students currently enrolled at other universities can receive credit for taking these courses at their own university (sometimes as individual research units).

2.  Open2Study

Have you ever wanted to visit Australia? With a secure internet connection, you do not have to make the long journey to the “land down under.” Open2Study delivers free, high-quality education online from leading experts at Australian universities.

The courses are free and you can choose anything from science and technology to business and marketing. Open2Study is not an accredited education provider. However upon successful completion, you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement, which you can use to demonstrate your interest in learning about a certain area.

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3.  Udemy

Udemy is a premier global forum for education and teaching with over three million students and 16,000 courses. Udemy’s expansion took a new turn with the recent partnership announcement with the social media giant Hootsuite, to expand its social media marketing course offerings on its corporate learning platform

Udemy offers scores of STEM and humanities courses, and users can choose from courses in the extensive database. After completing a course, users can download their certificate. Currently, courses are not designed for college credit and fees range from free to $500, based on the topic and length of the course.

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