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Free Online Courses - Harvard University

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by Kerry Lander (subscribe)
Kerry has been writing radio copy for donkey's years, & also dabbles in short stories & travel writing. She works, plays and explores largely in the CDB and inner suburbs, gets everywhere by public transport and is the self-professed Zone One Queen.
Published April 28th 2020
You too can boast that you studied at Harvard
When people ask what you did during the lockdown, you can nonchalantly tell them "Oh, I did some study at Harvard."

Harvard University
Photo credit: Vadim Sherbakov at StockSnap


Yes, one of the world's most prestigious universities has several courses that you can study online right now. And before you assume astronomical fees most of them are free.

While Harvard is made up of a number of schools (medicine, law, business etc), one easy portal gives you access to topics in humanities, health & medicine, business, social sciences, data science, computer programming, mathematics and art & design.

Courses range from introductory to intermediate and advanced, and durations range from 3 weeks to 12 weeks, available to start right now. The thirsty learner is bound to learn something fascinating to capture the imagination or enhance career knowledge.

Take a 7 week course on designing artificial intelligence.

Spend 3 weeks getting to grips with the Ghost in Shakespeare's Hamlet, or Beethoven's 9th Symphony.

Become a backyard meteorologist or a basic 3D game developer.

Learn about the Pyramids of Giza, approaches to museum curation, the history of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring ballet which sparked a riot.

Explore the principles of biochemistry, the fundamentals of neuroscience, the health effects of climate change, how to eradicate malaria.

Be introduced to data science, contract law, entrepreneurship in emerging economies, the rich diversity of Hindu and Sikh sacred scriptures.


Go to Havard's free online course catalogue and start exploring what's on offer. There are a number of US$30 courses as well, mainly on health and wellbeing, which you can search for by adjusting the 'Price' drop-down.

Why not get a friend or family member to study along with you, and gain new things to talk about, or get your high-school student exploring a new area of interest.

Let's all be able to say we've studied at Harvard.

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Why? The opportunity to study with a prestigious universtiy- for free.
When: Available right now.
Cost: Most courses are at no cost; some have a small fee.
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What a valuable resource - thank you Kerrry. I will share it with family and friends. Marina
by Marina Marangos (score: 2|803) 34 days ago
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